Major investments in pharma research and manufacturing, identity security, retail distribution and women’s fashions top the week’s job creation and site selection news:
In Texas, HID Global plans a manufacturing and distribution center in Austin creating at least 276 jobs over a 10-year period, paying an average wage of $51,398 a year. Thethe state is investing $1.9 million through the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) in the California-based secure identity company.
In North Carolina, Sheetz Inc., a large chain of convenience stores and gas stations, will establish a distribution and food manufacturing facility in Burlington. The company plans to create 254 jobs by the end of 2018, and invest more than $32.8 million in its Alamance County facility.
In New Jersey, Allergan Inc. has opened its first major facility in the state, a hub of pharmaceutical research and manufacturing. The California-based, multi-specialty health care company has a presence in more than 100 countries and approximately 10,500 employees worldwide. The new research center in Bridgewater will be specifically focused on clinical development and is expected to eventually house several hundred employees.
In Virginia, retailer Vitamin Shoppe Inc. plans a 311,000-square-foot distribution center in Hanover County. The company, a specialty retailer and direct marketer of vitamins, minerals, herbs, supplements, sports nutrition, and other health and wellness products, expects to create about 175 jobs with the $39.4 million investment. More on the deal here.
In Illinois, Cook Medical has opened a $19 million production plant that will add 60 high-skill workers, The new facility joins an existing $20 million Cook factory in Canton that opened two years ago and are expected to employ a total of 350 workers. The company produces medical devices, drugs, biologic grafts and cell therapies at locations around the world.
In Kentucky, international online fashion distributor Nasty Gal will locate a 527,000-square-foot national distribution center in Shepherdsville. The move will create 300 new, full-time jobs and an $18 million investment in the state.