Nov 30, 2012
Bill McMeekin
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Expansion and Job Creation: Big Blue, Electric Vehicles, Foodservice Packaging

IBM will create some 500 jobs in Columbus, OH, with the opening of its Advanced Analytics Center.

A big deal for a big advanced computing center for IBM in Columbus OH tops the week’s job creation and site location announcements:

In Ohio, IBM Corp. will create 500 jobs over the next three years as it establishes the IBM Client Center for Advanced Analytics at its northwest Columbus campus. The center will be IBM’s main hub for helping clients with advanced analytics solutions through sifting of enormous amounts of data produced by digital transactions, social media and mobile devices to find patterns that will help businesses run more efficiently. Big Blue also plans to use the center to develop advanced computing techniques, provide a prototype testing environment for clients and broaden awareness of business analysis skills among the region’s students and professionals

In the Charlotte USA region, automotive and industrial component supplier Schaeffler Group USA will expand its existing operations in Chesterfield County, S.C. The $40 million investment is expected to generate 190 new jobs. Schaeffler Group USA has been manufacturing bearings for more than 40 years in Cheraw and has two plants in Chesterfield County. Both facilities will be expanded to produce bearings and engine components for new automotive applications.

In Michigan, Dart Container Corp. is expanding its operations in Mason. The expansion will generate up to $47 million in new private investment and add a projected 325 new jobs. Dart is a major manufacturer of foodservice packaging products

In Louisiana, AgraTech International Inc. will renovate a former Opelousas bottling facility, creating 50 new direct jobs and making a $10 million capital investment. The biotech venture will convert seafood shell waste into commercial products for the automotive, defense and medical sectors.

In Illinois, Smith Electric Vehicles will open a manufacturing facility in Chicago, creating hundreds of direct and indirect jobs in the state’s growing battery and electric vehicle sector. Smith is a manufacturer of all-electric, zero-emission commercial vehicles. The company produces trucks for multiple industries, including food and beverage, utility, telecommunications, retail, grocery, parcel and postal delivery, school transportation, military and government

In Florida, utility  U.S. Gas & Electric plans to create more than 330 jobs in the next year. As part of its plans, the company is expanding its Miami headquarters. The company has hired more than 30 of those positions already.

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