Corporate Moves Archives

New England Corporate Moves

MASCOMA OPENING HEADQUARTERS Mascoma Corporation is moving the company’s corporate headquarters from Boston into a new research laboratory and office building in Lebanon, NH. Construction of the new building will be completed in August, with occupancy by September. The producer of low carbon, advanced biofuels was founded in 2006 in nearby Hanover, NH by two Dartmouth College professors, Drs. Lee Lynd and Charles Wyman. The company has operated a research and development lab in Lebanon since that time. Today, the majority of Mascoma’s employees are based in Lebanon. The headquarters move will allow R&D, engineering and commercial development staff to work together under one roof—providing smooth technology transfer from the lab to operating facilities. It will eliminate travel between offices and decrease the company’s carbon footprint. Corporate administrative and operating costs also will be reduced. “The move will provide three things: it will make our production process scale-up easier, provide operating efficiencies, and lower costs”, said Bruce Jamerson, Mascoma chairman and CEO. Mascoma owns and operates a large-scale demonstration facility in Rome, NY that produces cellulosic ethanol from non-food biomass feedstocks such as wood chips. Mascoma’s affiliate Frontier Renewable Resources is actively developing a commercial scale production facility in Kinross, MI, expected to begin construction in 2010. The corporate office move will involve a reduction of 12-15 positions due to elimination of redundant functions and inability of some staff to relocate. However, some new positions will be created in Lebanon, and Rome staffing will be unaffected. Mascoma recently announced that the company has made major research advances in consolidated bioprocessing (CBP), a low-cost processing strategy for production of biofuels from cellulosic biomass. CBP avoids the need for the costly production of cellulose enzymes by using engineered microorganisms that produce celluloses and ethanol at high yield in a single step. “This is a true breakthrough that takes us much, much closer to billions of gallons of low-cost cellulosic biofuels,” said Michigan State University’s Dr. Bruce Dale, editor of the journal Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefineries. In a recent Forbes article, biofuels expert Helena Chum of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, commented on CBP. “This is the golden dream. All of the processes in one super-organism. That would be the lowest cost possible,” she said. CBP is widely considered to be the ultimate low-cost configuration for cellulose hydrolysis and fermentation. Multiple research advances presented by Mascoma at the 31st Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals in San Francisco provided proof of concept for CBP. These include advances with both […]


Indiana Corporate Moves

BERRY PLASTICS INVESTS $150 MILLION IN EVANSVILLE FACILITY Berry Plastics Corporation has announced plans to expand its Evansville, IN operations, creating 360 new jobs by 2015. The plastics packaging company, which employs more than 1,200 people in Evansville and more than 13,500 worldwide, will invest $150 million to expand its thermoform operations and build an additional facility to their existing campus. Construction is scheduled to begin next year. Lt. Governor Becky Skillman and Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel recently joined executives from Berry Plastics to announce the expansion. “Berry Plastics” continued growth is a great sign that the spirit of enterprise is alive and well in our state,” said Skillman. “We are pleased they have recognized Indiana as the location to grow their global operations.” Berry Plastics’ expansion plans include the addition of a new 375,800-square-foot facility to increase the capacity of drink cup manufacturing. The company also produces containers, bottles, closures, prescription vials, trash bags, duct tape and other packaging materials. “We’re excited to continue our long history of growth in Evansville where we have enjoyed a terrific relationship with our community, government and employees since 1967. We are pleased to build on our outstanding workforce in Evansville which serves as the foundation for Berry to continue to strengthen our position as a leading plastic packaging supplier,” said Bill Norman, executive vice-president of strategic planning at Berry. The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Berry Plastics up to $4.9 million in performance-based tax credits and up to $200,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. The City of Evansville will provide additional tax phase-in at the request of the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana. “This is such great news for Evansville. In these tough economic times, it’s truly an encouraging sign to see hundreds of new jobs and millions of dollars in new investment coming to our community,” said Weinzapfel. “I would like to once again thank Berry Plastics for its continued partnership with the people of Evansville.” Berry Plastics’ announced expansion in Evansville is the fourth investment in four years from the plastic packaging giant. In 2005, the company expanded its existing facilities and support staff that included a 170,000-square-foot addition and 64 new jobs. In 2007, the company made two separate announcements totaling 300 jobs and more than $63 million in capital investment. Berry Plastics is a leading manufacturer and marketer of plastic packaging products. Berry Plastics is a major producer of a wide range of products, including open top and closed top packaging, polyethylene-based […]


Virginia Corporate Moves

Virginia Corporate Moves

Linden Lab Taps Terremark for Critical IT Infrastructure of Virtual 3D Environment Terremark Worldwide, Inc., a leading global provider of managed IT infrastructure services, recently announced that Second Life developer Linden Lab has selected the Network Access Point (NAP) of the Capital Region to co-locate the critical IT infrastructure that brings to life the world’s leading 3D virtual world environment. Developed and launched by Linden Lab in 2003, Second Life has become one of the largest hubs for user-generated content in the world, boasting a robust “inworld” economy with more than $450 million in annual user-to-user transactions. When it opens later this month in Culpeper, VA, Terremark Worldwide, Inc’s NAP of the Capital Region will be the most secure and technologically sophisticated datacenter on the Eastern seaboard. From this advanced datacenter campus outside Washington, D.C., Terremark will provide Linden Lab industry-leading co-location services supported by fully redundant power systems that meet the needs of today’s high-density computing environments. The NAP of the Capital Region’s innovative design, featuring security elements that exceed federal government standards and power infrastructure backed by 100 percent service level agreements for the datacenter’s power and environmental systems, offered Linden Lab the ideal facility for the business-critical infrastructure that powers Second Life. “As Second Life continues to expand its infrastructure to meet current and future demands in user traffic and content generation, we felt Terremark’s full suite of world-class IT solutions provided a high level of flexibility for those future business and technology needs,” said Frank Ambrose, senior vice president of global technology for Linden Lab. “The NAP of the Capital Region’s sophisticated design affords us the opportunity to expand in multiple facilities within the same campus while partnering with a company that shares our commitment to limiting the environmental impact of activities by employing energy-efficient systems.” With continued strong demand for world-class IT infrastructure solutions from both federal government agencies and large enterprises, Terremark launched construction on the second datacenter facility on the NAP of the Capital Region’s 30-acre campus in January, and the project continues on-schedule, with completion expected in the early part of 2010. The datacenter campus, designed to accommodate up to five, 50,000-square-foot independent datacenters and one 72,000-square-foot office building, meets the needs of today’s power, space and bandwidth-intensive mission-critical applications and hot/warm sites for disaster recovery/COOP environments. “The fact that Linden Lab has selected to co-locate their critical infrastructure in Terremark’s datacenter outside Washington, D.C. is a powerful testament to our impressive combination of leading-edge solutions and world-class datacenters,” said Barry Field, […]


California Corporate Moves

California Corporate Moves

Quallion Lithium Battery Plant Boosts Green Jobs Quallion has announced plans to expand its lithium ion battery manufacturing facilities in Sylmar, CA, creating hundreds of green jobs in Southern California. “Now, more than ever, America understands the need to invest in home-grown clean energy technologies for automobiles and heavy-duty trucks that reduce gasoline consumption and decrease CO2 emissions,” said Paul Beach, Quallion President. “Lithium ion batteries manufactured in Quallion’s new facility will deliver a real and immediate clean energy solution that will also greatly improve our country’s energy independence and deliver jobs when Americans need them most.” If its application for U.S. Department of Energy funding is accepted, the construction of Quallion’s facility will create more than 500 construction and manufacturing jobs, the company said. Once completed, the facility has the potential to create up to 2,350 long-term jobs in Southern California and across the country, supporting the production and installation of advanced lithium ion battery technology for heavy duty trucks. The facility, which will be fully operational by 2012, could produce more than 20,000 lithium ion batteries each year. DOE funding will allow Quallion to build on its experience manufacturing large-format lithium ion batteries for military vehicles and leverage the benefits of mass production by setting up a right-sized production facility, which will allow it to implement many of its proprietary technologies. Quallion’s Zero-Volt™ battery technology allows the charge in high-voltage batteries to be completely removed while they are handled by technicians. The initial focus for Quallion’s new facility will be the production of zero-emission advanced lithium ion batteries designed to replace engine idling as a power source for stationary trucks. With the DOE funds, Quallion says it will be able to deliver a “shovel ready” clean energy solution that enables the 1 million heavy trucks on U.S. roads to comply with the growing number of anti-idling laws. Quallion currently produces high volume medical and military batteries as well as custom-designed aerospace batteries.Quallion LLC was founded in 1998 by biotechnology and aerospace entrepreneur Alfred E. Mann and lithium ion battery specialist Dr. Hisashi Tsukamoto. The company also develops new battery chemistries for the military, aerospace, medical and automotive industries. $100-Million Bleach Plant To Open in Pittsburg, CA A $100-million bleach manufacturing plant will be built and operated by K2 Pure Solutions at Dow Chemical Co.’s Pittsburg, CA site. K2 will put up the plant on 15 acres leased from Dow on its 513-acre east Contra Costa County site. Dow will supply raw materials. The new plant, expected to be […]


Ohio Corporate Moves

Ohio Corporate Moves

Better Built Snares Two Projects from Army Corp Better Built Construction, based in Middletown, OH, has garnered two major defense contracts in the past four months. Better Built topped seven other construction firms last month to land a $9.1-million U.S. Army Corps of Engineers award to build a training support center at Ft. Campbell, KY. The Middletown-based firm also recently was tapped by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for one of the last major Wright-Patterson Air Force Base construction contracts. It won an $11.6-million contract to design and build a dormitory for students attending the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, relocating to the area in 2011. According to Joe Munger, Better Built’s director of operations, the Wright-Patterson project will add more than 100 new construction jobs to the area economy. The company has about 18 full-time employees and more than $30 million in government contracts. The 52,000-square-foot, three-story building will be located on base in the Kittyhawk Center, which houses many on-base amenities, across from the old theater on Broad Street in downtown Fairborn, a Dayton suburb. Construction will start this summer, Munger said. The 96-room dorm will service the 711th Human Performance Wing, housed in a 680,000-square-foot, $194.5-million complex, and will be home to about 200 airmen fresh from basic training, arriving for the aerospace medicine school. Occupancy is set for June 2010. To date, $226 million in construction funds have been awarded as the base prepares to receive about 1,200 people as part of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Process, the largest flurry of projects since World War II. The government soon will award the final construction award: a 140,000-square-foot, $40-million project at the Air Force Research Laboratory sensors complex. Ford to Build “Cleaner” Engine in Cleveland The first Ford Motor Co. plant to make a new line of fuel-efficient engines will be located in an existing facility in suburban Cleveland that has been closed since 2007. The Cleveland plant was chosen to make the 3.5-liter, V-6 EcoBoost engines that will be standard on the Ford Taurus SHO and optional on the Lincoln MKS and MKT, and Ford Flex cars. EcoBoost engines combine direct injection technology and turbo-charging for improved fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions. The EcoBoost engines can achieve up to 20% better fuel and 15% lower CO2 emissions, compared with larger displacement engines, without sacrificing power. The new EcoBoost engine will get an estimated 25 to 26 miles per gallon on the highway and 18 to 20 miles per gallon in […]


Mississippi Corporate Moves

Mississippi Corporate Moves

Advanced Manufacturing Flocks to Mississippi Mississippi is becoming a magnet for companies specializing in advanced manufacturing techniques that also are seeking centralized logistics operations. With low taxes and a low cost of doing business, the state also is an attractive choice for companies looking for ways to reduce operational costs. In April, G & G Steel, producer of some of the world’s largest fabricated metal components, announced plans for a metal fabrication facility to be located in the Tri-State Commerce Park in Iuka, MS. The company will fabricate metal components for large-scale projects including bridges, locks and mining equipment at its new facility. The area’s available workforce and access to major transportation networks were key factors in the decision to locate in Mississippi. Earlier this year, Handy Hardware, a member-owned hardware-buying group, announced the location of a distribution center in the Meridian I-20/59 Industrial Park. Handy plans to break ground on its new facility by the middle of this year. Once complete, the distribution center is expected to create more than 150 new jobs, representing a $20-million investment by the company. Other companies are expanding operations already located in Mississippi: Alliant Techsystems (ATK), is making preparations to manufacture composite structures for commercial aircraft applications at its Iuka, MS, facility. The company will produce composite stringers and frames, which are essential components of next-generation commercial aircrafts. The expansion is expected to retain 176 current jobs and increase the workforce to a total of 800 employees over the next eight years. Nissan North America, which has been manufacturing automobiles in Mississippi since 2003, currently is expanding its Canton, MS, plant as the company prepares to launch commercial vehicles (CV) in 2010. The facility will produce the NV2500 Concept, which is Nissan’s first entry into the CV market in North America. The expansion represents a $118-million investment by Nissan North America. Mississippi also is home to a number of leading research centers dedicated to telecommunications, geospatial systems, aerospace and aviation, biotechnology and biodefense, polymers and more. From the University of Southern Mississippi’s Polymer Institute to Mississippi State University’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, the state’s universities and colleges are forming innovative partnerships with companies to provide the technology resources companies need to develop new products and new manufacturing capabilities. Tylertown Site Shines for Kalencom Kalencom, Inc. recently selected the former MultiCraft facility in Tylertown, MS to manufacture soft-good jewelry packaging and specialty-sewn products. Kalencom is a multi-faceted manufacturer made up of four divisions. The company’s marketing distribution concentrates in the U.S., Canada, Caribbean, […]


California Corporate Moves

California Corporate Moves

Moving Toward a Better Place Palo Alto-based startup company, Better Place, aims to bring an electric-car infrastructure system to the Bay Area. Its business model will provide the public with stations to charge vehicles and swap out leased batteries. California hopes to reinvigorate the state and region’s competitive advantage in innovative technology through public-private investments in electric vehicles and other elements of green frameworks. The state’s move toward a sustainable mobility model of electric vehicles fueled by renewable energy will ideally function as an economic and environmental stimulus blueprint for the entire country. The Bay Area will serve as the first region of California to make the switch from carbon-based transportation to sustainable mobility. According to early results of a study by Venture Lab at the University of California at Berkeley, widespread usage of electric vehicles over the course of two decades would save consumers $175 billion in fuel costs and bring a $120-billion boom for battery makers. “California is already a world leader in fighting global warming and promoting renewable energy,” said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. “This type of public-private partnership is exactly what I envisioned when we created the first ever low carbon fuel standard and when the state enacted the zero emissions vehicle program. This partnership is proof that by working together, we can achieve our goals of creating a healthier planet while boosting our economy at the same time.” Once the system is fully deployed, this move from greenhouse gas-emitting cars that run on fossil fuel, to clean, electric cars fueled by renewable energy, will be an estimated $1-billion network investment in the Bay Area. The Better Place model is an open network model built on industry standards, allowing for fixed battery and battery exchange electric vehicles to operate on the network. Better Place’s founder and CEO, Shai Agassi, hopes to wrap up permitting in the Bay Area by the end of 2009, roll out the infrastructure in 2010 and fine-tune its technology during the next several years as more electric cars come to market. “We hope that by the time we deploy, we’ll see Renault, Nissan [and] the three U.S. manufacturers developing cars that have a plug, and have the ability to drive around the city and charge as they go.” California is estimated to generate upwards of $2.5 billion in jobs building this new infrastructure, with billions more in car and battery sales to consumers. “The green technology industry is going to boom, and it is our job to ensure it booms here, in the […]


Georgia Corporate Moves

Georgia Corporate Moves

GreenTech Manufacturing Digs Deep in Douglas In March, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue announced that an environmentally friendly manufacturer of construction products, GreenTech Manufacturing, plans to locate a new facility in Douglas, GA. The company will create 320 jobs and invest more than $20 million in a new manufacturing and distribution facility. “In Georgia, we work hard to support innovative companies such as GreenTech Manufacturing,” said Gov. Perdue. “As the world focuses on green technologies and cleaner manufacturing processes, GreenTech Manufacturing is a perfect fit for our state.” GreenTech Manufacturing has contracted a 103,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution center located on nine acres in Douglas’ Southwest Industrial Park. GreenTech is wholly owned by Gulf Coast Arms, a nonprofit trust incorporated in Texas, whose mission is to foster sustainability and affordability solutions across the country and abroad. GreenTech uses the innovative Powder Impression Molding (PIM) system to produce stronger-than-steel, lightweight construction products using up to 95 percent recycled materials from single-stream solid waste sources. The result is an environmentally sustainable, efficient and cost-effective alternative to traditional construction products such as metal, wood, concrete and fiberglass. “It has been a privilege to work with the State of Georgia, whose leadership values innovation and whose involvement has been essential in bringing this project to Georgia,” stated GreenTech Spokesman Michael Moreland. “Douglas’ community leadership also strongly compelled our decision to locate in Georgia. The location’s considerable transportation connectivity is ideal for GreenTech’s distribution to national and export markets. The local workforce is well trained, and the community has ample access to educational resources for ongoing innovation and job training.” To grow roots in the local community and establish early positive relations, GreenTech will offer high-quality and high-paying administrative, technical and operational jobs that include high-tech job training and significant employee benefits. The company is working with Quick Start, East Central Technical College, the Georgia Department of Labor and Georgia Tech’s FaciliTech Team to create and implement customized workforce training. Job search and placement is expected to begin immediately, and the first PIM product to roll off the line could happen as early as September. “This is a great day for Coffee County,” said JoAnne Lewis, executive director of the Douglas-Coffee County Chamber of Commerce. “GreenTech Manufacturing will become one of the city’s biggest employers. The company’s official an-nouncement helps us celebrate the 50th anniversary of economic development in Douglas. Businesses like GreenTech will help us carry on our tradition of economic success and progress.” Big Tex Trailer Trailblazes in Cordele Big Tex Trailer Manufacturing announced in […]


California Corporate Moves

California Corporate Moves

Moving Toward a Better Place Palo Alto-based startup company, Better Place, aims to bring an electric-car infrastructure system to the Bay Area. Its business model will provide the public with stations to charge vehicles and swap out leased batteries. California hopes to reinvigorate the state and region’s competitive advantage in innovative technology through public-private investments in electric vehicles and other elements of green frameworks. The state’s move toward a sustainable mobility model of electric vehicles fueled by renewable energy will ideally function as an economic and environmental stimulus blueprint for the entire country. The Bay Area will serve as the first region of California to make the switch from carbon-based transportation to sustainable mobility. According to early results of a study by Venture Lab at the University of California at Berkeley, widespread usage of electric vehicles over the course of two decades would save consumers $175 billion in fuel costs and bring a $120-billion boom for battery makers. “California is already a world leader in fighting global warming and promoting renewable energy,” said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. “This type of public-private partnership is exactly what I envisioned when we created the first ever low carbon fuel standard and when the state enacted the zero emissions vehicle program. This partnership is proof that by working together, we can achieve our goals of creating a healthier planet while boosting our economy at the same time.” Once the system is fully deployed, this move from greenhouse gas-emitting cars that run on fossil fuel, to clean, electric cars fueled by renewable energy, will be an estimated $1-billion network investment in the Bay Area. The Better Place model is an open network model built on industry standards, allowing for fixed battery and battery exchange electric vehicles to operate on the network. Better Place’s founder and CEO, Shai Agassi, hopes to wrap up permitting in the Bay Area by the end of 2009, roll out the infrastructure in 2010 and fine-tune its technology during the next several years as more electric cars come to market. “We hope that by the time we deploy, we’ll see Renault, Nissan [and] the three U.S. manufacturers developing cars that have a plug, and have the ability to drive around the city and charge as they go.” California is estimated to generate upwards of $2.5 billion in jobs building this new infrastructure, with billions more in car and battery sales to consumers. “The green technology industry is going to boom, and it is our job to ensure it booms here, in the […]


Tennessee Corporate Moves

Tennessee Corporate Moves

German Chemical Giant to Build $1-Billion Polysilicon Plant in Tennessee Wacker Chemie AG, the Munich-based chemical company, has announced plans to build a $1-billion polysilicon plant in Bradley County, Tennessee. The new chemical facility, expected to create more than 500 new jobs in the region, is the third mega-project landed by Tennessee in the past eight months. Earlier this year, Hemlock Semiconductor announced that it would invest $2.5 billion in a new semiconductor plant near Clarksville, TN, and last summer Volkswagon chose a site just north of Chattanooga for its return to car manufacturing in the U.S. The new Wacker plant will manufacture hyperpure polycrystalline silicon, a primary component used in the manufacture of solar panels and semiconductors. The development announcement was jointly made by Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen, Economic and Community Development Commissioner Matt Kisber, Dr. Rudolph Staudigl, president and CEO of Wacker Chemie AG, and Dr. Ingomar Kovar, president of Wacker Chemical Corporation, Adrian, MI. “This announcement further enhances Tennessee’s growing reputation as an innovation center in the development and manufacture of clean energy technologies,” said Bredesen. “I appreciate Wacker Chemie’s investment in Tennessee and its recognition of the productivity of Tennessee workers, and I’m very pleased the company believes this is the best place to enhance its position in this growing economic sector.” “We expect polysilicon demand from the solar and semiconductor industries to further increase in the coming years,” said Dr. Staudigl. “Purchasing this site is an essential prerequisite to quickly build up additional production capacities outside the euro zone in line with projected market trends and growth in demand.” The facility will be located in southeastern Tennessee on a 550-acre greenfield site near the Hiwassee Industrial Park in the Charleston community of Bradley County. “Under Governor Bredesen’s leadership, we’ve developed a strategy for the creation of ‘green collar’ jobs in Tennessee,” said Kisber. “That strategy has resulted in more than $2.5 billion dollars in capital investment and over a thousand new jobs being announced in the past year and we truly believe Tennessee is well-positioned for the growth of a sustainable economy in the U.S.” In addition to the state’s strong business climate, Wacker officials cited Tennessee’s well-developed infrastructure and the cooperative partnership of state agencies, local government, the Tennessee Valley Authority and the local chamber of commerce. As part of its investment, Wacker will qualify for statutory incentives on the state and local level, including the FastTrack Infrastructure Development Program, the FastTrack Job Training Assistance Program and the Super Jobs Tax Credit. The strong […]