A visit to the North of France proves that the French know more about food than just how to cook—they also lead Europe in food processing and research.
The Ontario government unveiled plans to invest in an Automotive Centre of Excellence in the city of Oshawa as part of the CA $2.5 billion GM Beacon Project.
A new global business focus is quickening the pulse and changing the face of Virginia’s economy.
New Mexico is becoming a model state for “green” business development and practice.
Kentucky has been working hard to entice cutting-edge companies to invest in the state through a variety of incentive programs targeted at fostering innovation.
New grants and jobs bolster Indiana’s diverse technology industry.
The automotive sector continues to be one of the most successful industries in North America. But, global competition, emerging eco-trends, and innovations are changing the playing field.
Companies choose Alabama because of its pro-business attitude, its strong infrastructure, and especially because of its best-in-class employee training program.
Allstate Ensures Cheyenne’s Growth In December, Allstate opened an office in Cheyenne, WY to expand and improve its insurance claims service to customers. The Allstate Express office has brought 200 new entry level jobs and 94 indirect jobs into the community, with a total of $5.2 million in direct payroll. Over the next five years, the business activity will contribute $672,000 in local taxes, and $686,000 in state taxes to Wyoming, according to estimates. The total long-term impact on the community is estimated at $97 million. “Allstate could have located this facility anywhere in the nation,” says Tom Thorson, vice president of Cheyenne LEADS. Cheyenne was one of many cities evaluated for the Allstate Express office and was ultimately chosen based on several criteria including cost of living, availability of talent, and the ability to maintain operations during severe weather occurring in other parts of the country. Thorson expects Allstate to employ most of the city’s available customer service workforce. Allstate began retrofitting 28,000 square feet of an existing building in March 2007. Hiring began in September, and training followed in October with excellent results. Allstate already has more people applying than the company needs to keep its training classes full. A $400,000 Workforce Development Training Fund Grant from the state of Wyoming and the Department of Workforce Services’ training programs also factored into Allstate’s decision to locate its facility in Cheyenne. Nortrack on the Right Track in Cheyenne Last summer, VAE Nortrak North America Inc. purchased two buildings from the city of Cheyenne. Nortrak will use one building to expand its manufacturing of pre-stress concrete switch ties for the railroad industry, an investment of nearly $4.7 million. Nortrak had leased the second building since 2000. After remodeling and renovating, the plant became fully operational in late 2007. Most of the equipment required for the new facility was custom-built, with many components imported from Europe. Nortrak has hired 20 new employees and anticipates acquiring an additional 50-60 workers within three years. The company currently employs more than 120 people in Cheyenne. Including its newest facility, Nortrak now utilizes 158,000 square feet of manufacturing space on a 28-acre site in Wyoming’s capital. New Technology Creates Clean Water in Buffalo In February, RG Global Lifestyles completed construction on its first water treatment plant in the Powder River Basin near Buffalo, WY. The facility is the company’s first to utilize the Catalyx Fluid Solutions ion exchange technology to treat water discharged during the harvesting of coal bed methane (CBM). The treated water […]
Companies Continued to Choose Overland Park in ‘07 Overland Park is gaining approximately 40 new information technology-related jobs thanks to Software Engineering Services (SES), which announced in August 2007 that it will open a regional office in Building 51 of the Corporate Woods business park. SES, a 15-year old technology solutions company based in Omaha, NE, specializes in public-sector clients including the Department of Defense, state agencies, and local governments across the country. The Overland Park office will focus on private-sector clients, which include numerous Fortune 200 companies. In September 2007, Allied National, one of the nation’s oldest and most respected administrators of small employer benefit plans, announced plans to put its headquarters in Overland Park. The company is bringing a $4.9 million payroll to the city with 98 employees earning an average salary of $50,000. By 2010, Allied National plans to add 10 employees with an average salary of $56,666, bringing its payroll to almost $5.5 million. BRAINPOWER Without Breaking the Bank Overland Park, KS—part of the Kansas City, KS/MO metropolitan area—is a suburb of superlatives. The city has invented itself as a magnet for telecommunications, pharmaceutical/biotechnology, and financial services companies. Given that these industries are driven by employee brainpower, it’s hardly surprising that Overland Park also has the highest percentage of high school graduates in the United States (97% among those 25 and older) and three of the highest ranked school districts in the country. Despite having such a desirable workforce composition, Overland Park is not expensive for companies. The average home price in the area is only $238,172, for example, and Overland Park’s property tax mill levy is 18% lower than any major community in the region. Business Parks in the City Much of Overland Park’s 22.4 million square feet of office space is located throughout its many business parks. Strategically located around the city, each business park is uniquely designed to cater to businesses of all sizes. Major existing office parks in Overland Park include Corporate Woods (2.3 million square feet); Southcreek (1.2 million square feet); Executive Hills (1.7 million square feet); Lighton Development (893,555 square feet); Foxhill Office Park (629,580 square feet); and Bryan Office Park (854,337 square feet). Overland Park has the potential to offer more than 24 million square feet of commercial office space.