January/February 2016 Issue (Volume 49, Number 1)

The State of the Year and Deal of the Year awards are the focus of Business Facilities January/February 2016 issue, plus an Automotive Industry Focus.

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Snapshots: 60 Seconds… with Don Pierson, Secretary, Louisiana Economic Development

COVER STORY – State of the Year: Alabama | With Mercedes-Benz expanding auto production in Tuscaloosa, Airbus ready for liftoff in Mobile and a new $600-million Google data center, the Crimson Tide rolls into BF’s top annual honor.

2015 Economic Development Deal of the Year Awards

Gold Award: Mega-campus in Houston | Daikin Industries’ Goodman Group is building a 4.1-million square-foot consolidated campus that will integrate manufacturing, offices, distribution and R&D under one roof for the HVAC systems maker.

Silver Award: Volvo Drives into SC | The Palmetto State takes a giant leap up the list of top-tier automotive manufacturing powerhouses by rolling in Volvo’s first North American auto plant, rising on a site in Berkeley County.

Bronze Award: Louisiana Lands Formosa | What may be the largest petrochemical complex on Earth will rise on a 1,000-acre greenfield site in Louisiana’s St. James Parish.

Honorable Mentions | BF’s Economic Development Deal of the Year contest attracted a record number of project submissions from across the country, seven of which were singled out for a tip of the hat by our judges.

Good Eats for a Bulging Bottom Line | Recent mega-mergers of major food companies are not slowing the growth of food processing hubs. Pull up a seat at our dinner table and chow down on the hottest foodie locations.

Hitting on All Cylinders | 2015 was recorded as the best year ever for the U.S. auto industry—but can it keep the pedal to the metal in 2016?

Shining on the Sunflower State | With numerous business advantages in place, it’s no wonder Kansas has experienced significant growth and emerged as a business leader in various industry sectors.

The Golden Standard | Renovate America’s HERO program has helped create thousands of local jobs in California while at the same time helping to increase energy efficiency.

Exceeding Expectations | Utah has proven that sometimes predictability is the best thing for business.

Business Report – Georgia: A Record Year for Ports | The Port of Savannah moved 3.73 million 20-foot equivalent container units, an 11.7 percent increase over 2014.

Business Report – Florida: Rolling for Dollars | Gov. Rick Scott calls for a new Florida Enterprise Fund on his “1 Million Miles for 1 Million Jobs” bus tour across the Sunshine State.

Business Report – Louisiana: Megadeals in Chemicals | Chemical giants Axiall Corp. and Lotte Chemical Corp. are investing a combined $3 billion in two new manufacturing facilities in Lake Charles.

Business Report – Iowa: Growing Bushels of Jobs | The Iowa EDA recently awarded direct financial assistance and tax benefits to four companies for job creation and expansion projects.

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