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China is poised to fill the void left by the U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Vacuum Power

Vacuum Power

China is poised to fill the void left by the U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Mexican Standoff

The Dealmaker-in-Chief blows up his first really big negotiation.

Steel Manufacturer Expanding At Port Of Indiana

Ratner Steel Supply is investing $8.83M to double the size of its operations at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor in Portage, creating up to 37 new jobs by 2019.

Ports And FTZs: Enter With Less Risk

Ports and FTZs are beneficial locations for all of your business needs, providing the transportation link that gets your goods where they need to go.

September / October 2016 Issue (Volume 49, Number 5)

Business Facilities' September / October 2016 issue features advanced manufacturing, ports and FTZs, logistics, and the impact of natural gas. Plus, a look at New Jersey, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Indiana.

State Focus: Staying On Top In Tennessee

The Volunteer State keeps breaking its own records for new job commitments, capital investment and FDI. Tennessee is aiming to bring in 28,000 new jobs in 2016.

Royal Prerogative

There's a way to clean up the Brexit mess, but there's only one person in the United Kingdom with the power to do it.

Expanded Panama Canal Officially Opens

The largest enhancement project since the canal opened in 1914 will provide the world's shippers, retailers, manufacturers and consumers with greater shipping options, better maritime service, enhanced logistics and supply-chain reliability.

Selecting Success

We hope President Obama's last keynote at SelectUSA marked a beginning and not an end.

June 26 or Bust

There may be "still a lot of work to do," but officials insist the expanded Panama Canal will be open for business by the end of next month.

South Korean Steel Processor Adding 60 Jobs In Indiana

The Pohang, South Korea-based multinational steel producer will invest $19 million to establish operations at the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville, creating up to 60 high-wage jobs by 2018.

Savannah Notches Record Cargo Volume

Georgia’s largest port moved nearly 4 million containers in 2015, an increase of 11.7 percent over the previous year.

The Oculus

New York City unveils its new $4-billion train station for the World Trade Center.

TopShip Investing $68M In Mississippi Shipbuilding Operation

Edison Chouest Offshore will receive more than $36M in incentives, including grants, workforce training, and infrastructure improvement assistance to establish its TopShip facility.

Home Stretch: The Panama Canal Expansion

When the project was announced nearly 10 years ago, the new-and-improved 77-kilometer waterway through the narrow Isthmus that connects North and South America was expected to reopen for business in time for the 100th anniversary of the Canal in 2014. But the daunting engineering challenge of building a third set of new locks—and a toxic combination of legal and labor issues—rendered that deadline unrealistic almost from the get-go.

Panama Canal: Bigger, Better and Ready to Rumble

Two years later than the original plan, the $5.25-billion expansion of the Panama Canal is set to be completed in April, dramatically altering the global shipping paradigm.

Georgia Ports Authority To Invest $152M In Brunswick

Over the next 10 years, the Georgia Ports Authority plans to invest $152 million in improvements at the Port of Brunswick.

Michigan’s Port of Monroe To Undergo Major Improvements

Michigan’s gateway port to Lake Erie and St. Lawrence Seaway will undergo a broad range of major improvements and alterations expected to transform the city of Monroe’s harbor into a leading cargo transportation center on the Great Lakes.

Border Without Walls

Economic development cooperation on the U.S.-Mexico border is getting stronger.

Seaport Industrial Real Estate Occupancy Exceeds Expectations

JLL’s seventh annual Seaports Outlook reports historically high occupancy and escalating demand for space.

Business Report: Maryland Exports Hit Record Level In 2014

The top trade markets for Maryland goods and services are Canada ($1.9 billion), Saudi Arabia ($915 million) and China ($714 million), with transportation equipment, chemicals and electronic products leading the surge.

Port Everglades Expansion Wins Army Corps Approval

A plan to deepen and widen Florida’s Port Everglades has won a key approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, clearing the way for the port to seek Congressional funding for a project that would generate thousands of jobs and maintain the region's leading position in international trade.

State Focus: Washington – A Legendary Place To Do Business

Construction cranes are dotting the idyllic skies in the northwest, where, among other projects, the new world headquarters of Amazon is taking shape amid a bustling real estate market.

State Focus: New York – A Startup Empire Grows In New York

Since its inception in 2013, more than 80 companies have embraced the Empire State’s innovative START-UP NY program, which created tax-free zones linked to New York’s system of higher education.

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