Building products, boat builders, poultry processing, health insurance and agriculture equipment top the week’s major investment and job creation announcements:
In North Carolina, a major poultry processor is moving ahead with a $91 million plant in Nash County. Sanderson Farms plans the project on a 140-acre site and says the new facility will employ 1,100 workers.
In Alabama, Firestone Building Products plans to more than double the size of its Shoals TPO manufacturing plant in· Tuscumbia, adding 150,000 square feet to the existing building. The expansion creates 40 jobs. The company is a leading manufacturer of roofing systems, insulation and accessories for the commercial roofing industry.
In Nebraska, Orthman Manufacturing Inc. has broken ground on a new manufacturing facility on 28 acres in southeast Lexington. The expansion will produce 100 new jobs. The company makes macinery used in agriculture and industry.
In New York, United HealthCare is adding 150 jobs at its operations center in suburban Buffalo. Coupled with 125 jobs the insurer created there in 2011, the new jobs will bring employment at the center to 700.
A builder of boats, vessel parts and pontoons is expanding in Missouri. Bass Pro Shops Tracker Marine will investment $15 million to expanding its facilities in Lebanon, creating 76 jobs over the next five years. Bass Pro Shops Tracker Marine’s two Lebanon plants employ more than 600 local workers. The main manufacturing plant was built more than 30 years ago and currently produces boats and pontoons for Bass Pro Shops.
In South Carolina, eCycling International is locating its new facility in Allendale County. The more than $23 million investment is expected to generate 18 new jobs. The company offers commercial recycling and performs zero-waste landfill services.