Cover Story: 2014 Business Facilities Rankings Report

We’re marking the 10th anniversary of our annual rankings festival by doing what we do every year: refining our rankings criteria to give you the most meaningful benchmarks of state and metro performance.
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Cover Story: 2014 Business Facilities – Metro And Global Rankings

In this year’s Metro Rankings Report, we’ve taken note of the crucial role exports are playing in the Recovery for many locations by charting their success in two of our rankings categories, Exports Growth Leaders and Exports Recovery Leaders. We've also included our Global Rankings within this story.
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Business Facilities’ 10th Annual Rankings Report: Tennessee Races To The Top In Education; Alabama...

In a new category, Tennessee emerged as the top-ranked state for education and Alabama came out as number 1 for automotive manufacturing strength in Business Facilities' 10th Annual Rankings Report.
SL America

SL Tennessee, LLC To Create 1,000 New Jobs In Clinton, TN

South Korean automotive parts manufacturer to invest $80.5 million to build third manufacturing facility.
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Location Focus: The Carolinas – Growth Climate Warms In The Carolinas

Numerous new projects have been drawn to North and South Carolina, where the welcome mat has been set out for innovators and manufacturers across a wide range of industries.
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Volkswagen Group Expanding Chattanooga, TN Operations

The state of Tennessee is providing a $165.8 million grant for costs associated with site development and preparation, infrastructure, production equipment acquisition and installation, and facility construction.
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Business Report: A Rising Tide Of New Jobs, Investment Rolls Into Alabama

Nearly 17,000 new jobs and more than $4.4 billion in capital investment came to Alabama in 2013.
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Certified Chatham Megasite Is Vital Step For Local NC Economic Growth

A Certified Site reduces the risks associated with development by providing detailed information about a site, including price and availability, utilities, access, environmental concerns and potential development costs. Sites are periodically recertified to ensure accurate, reliable data.
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Hatch Stamping Company Selects Portland, TN For New Manufacturing Plant

Automotive components manufacturing company to invest $17 million and create 101 new jobs.
Giti Tire

Giti Tire To Build New Plant In South Carolina

This is the first greenfield project in North America for Giti Tire. The plant will be built with a focus on maintaining a healthy balance with the environment and following the company's green initiatives.
Nissan Canton

Nissan Revs Up Production At Canton, MS Plant

Production of the all-new 2015 Nissan Murano crossover later this fall means 500 new jobs for Nissan's Vehicle Assembly Plant in Canton, Mississippi.
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Business Report: Businesses Are Finding It’s Better In The Bluegrass State

In 2013, companies invested $3.3 billion in 281 new projects in Kentucky across a broad spectrum of industries, creating 14,000 jobs.

Turbocharging Motown’s Recovery

JPMorgan Chase commits $100 million to help rebuild Detroit.
Mahindra GenZe

Ann Arbor SPARK Supports Mahindra GenZe; Company Expands To U.S.

International company expands to U.S. with new vehicle research and high tech manufacturing facility.
Constellium

$150 Million Aluminum Facility Coming To Bowling Green, KY; Creating 80 Jobs

Japanese, European partnership to supply aluminum sheets to automotive manufacturers.

Toyota Moving North American Headquarters to Plano, TX; Generating 4,000 Jobs

Manufacturing, sales and marketing, corporate and financial services headquarters to unify in new, shared campus.

Molecular Miracle

As flexible as rubber, thinner than a human hair and 200 times stronger than steel, graphene is about to change the world.

Battle for North America

Germany's auto giants are set to unleash billions of dollars to expand North American production.
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German 3-D Printing Company voxeljet To Open In Canton, MI

The company’s first U.S. service center is expected to come online in the third quarter of this year and will allow voxeljet to print on-demand parts, molds, cores and models for automotive and other industrial customers.

Dealing from the Bottom of the Deck

Old-school automakers are circling their dealership wagons in a last line of defense against Tesla.
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Listen Now: Living And Learning In Lubbock, Texas, With John Osborne, CEO, Lubbock EDA

Lubbock EDA CEO John Osborne discusses business climate and downtown revitalization in the Business Facilities Podcast.
2024 GLOBAL RANKINGS

U.S., Brazil, Canada Top Foreign Direct Investment Rankings

Business Facilities 20th Annual Rankings Report showcases economic development activity worldwide, including Renewable Energy and AI Growth Hubs.
METRO RANKINGS 2

Phoenix, Austin, Memphis Are Top Manufacturing, Logistics Metros

Foreign Direct Investment was drawn to Texas, Michigan leads Automotive, and Georgia moves to top of EV ranking in State section of Business Facilities 20th Annual Rankings Report.

Location Spotlight: The Entergy Region

Entergy’s four state territory spanning Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas is home to the largest industrial base in the U.S.