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SC, GA Issue Joint Resolution on Ports Dredging

Representatives of development agencies in two states whose ports are competing to become the go-to destinations from an expanded Panama Canal appear to be pooling their resources. South Carolina’s Lowcountry Economic Alliance reportedly has joined the Georgia Ports Authority and the Savannah Economic Development Authority signing a joint resolution in support of deepening both the Savannah and Charleston h ...

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Biofuel Will Help Boligee and the Environment

Coskata Inc. plans to build a new ethanol plant at the Crossroads of America Industrial Park in Boligee, Alabama. The Illinois-based company has secured a $250 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and will seek additional funding for the plant, which will turn wood and plant waste into ethanol. After the rest of the money is raised, the company can outline a construction schedule t ...

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UMass Biotech Manufacturing Project Moves Forward

A tentative agreement has been reached to build UMass Dartmouth's proposed $22-million biomanufacturing facility in Fall River on land that had more recently been offered as a site for a casino, university and city officials told SouthCostToday.com. A final decision will be made after additional review at the state level. The $22 million facility, which would be funded with a mix of state and university mon ...

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Delta Power Equipment Plans Facility in SC

The South Carolina Department of Commerce and Anderson County announced that Delta Power Equipment Corporation, a maker of power tools, will establish its new operations in Anderson County. The company will invest more than $3.6 million and expects to generate 40 new jobs. “The new facility will allow Delta Power Equipment to continue its tradition of providing top-notch woodworking equipment to our custome ...

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Eating our lunch

When Japan, Inc. flexed its muscle in the U.S. auto and consumer electronics markets in the 1980s, there was a lot of hand-wringing in America that the Land of the Rising Sun posed an existential threat to U.S. manufacturing. Our friends in Japan responded to this concern, particularly in the automotive sector, by building huge assembly plants in the United States. The message was clear: Japan understood th ...

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Johnson Controls Begins Work on Florence Recycling Center

Johnson Controls has broken ground on a $150-million, fully integrated battery recycling facility in Florence, SC, said to be the first new facility of its kind to receive an air permit in the U.S. in 20 years. The Florence Recycling Center, slated for completion during 2012 and to be operated by Johnson Controls’ Power Solutions business unit, will create an estimated 250 new jobs and approximately 1,000 i ...

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DuPont Picks Iowa for Cellulosic Ethanol Facility

In Iowa, the Iowa Power Fund Board has approved terms to start contract negotiations on a grant award for a DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol biorefinery that will produce cellulosic ethanol in Iowa, Biofuels Digest reports. With the terms approved, a final contract will be negotiated and could be approved as early as February’s Board meeting. The terms call for a $9 million grant from the Iowa Power Fund, ...

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Premier Manufacturing Expands in Tennessee

Premier Manufacturing Corporation has announced it will expand the company’s Henderson, TN facility. The expansion represents a $2.8 million investment that will add 45 new production jobs to the plant located along Highway 45. Premier Manufacturing is a leading supplier of fabricated wire products for the Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) industry. “It’s encouraging and exciting to see exist ...

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Global Investment in Alternative Energy Tops $243 Billion

According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, new global investment in clean energy reached $243 billion in 2010, up from $186.5 billion in 2009. Last year's investment figures double those from 2006. The main factors in this growth were the huge Chinese market, the expansion of offshore wind, European solar markets and global R&D. “This is a spectacular result, beating previous record investment levels by ...

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RE Firm Plans $200M Data Center in Chicago

A real estate firm has purchased the Northern Trust building in Chicago, and plans to spend $200 million to convert it into a data center. The former check processing plant in Chicago’s south loop was purchased by the Red Sea Group late last month for $35 million from Northern Trust Corp., Chicago Business Reports. Last November the Red Sea Group launched Server Farm Realty (SFR) with projects in Washington ...

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