Nov 9, 2012
Bill McMeekin
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Investment and Job Creation: Take Two to Vegas, Deere Expands

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A software developer moves some operations to Las Vegas, Deere fires up an expansion in North Dakota and Louisiana scores another new facility in the week’s major job creation and investment news:

In Nevada,  Take-Two Interactive Software will move its wholly-owned 2K publishing label’s 2K West QA Testing studio from Northridge, CA to downtown Las Vegas, creating 150 jobs. The move is expected to be completed by early 2013 and will enable the label that is known for interactive entertainment experiences, including the recent releases of NBA 2K13, Borderlands 2 and XCOM: Enemy Unknown.

In North Dakota, agriculture equipment maker John Deere & Co. plans to expand its Valley City manufacturing plant. The company plans a $20-million expansion of its Valley City plant, which manufactures crop seeders and tillage equipment. Company officials said the 100,000-square foot expansion will support 50 to 100 new jobs.

In Florida,  the Navy has broken ground on the new Strategic Weapons System Ashore (SWS Ashore) facility at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Officials anticipate 100 jobs may be created within three years as a result of the project, with average annual salaries of $90,000.

In Louisiana, Nachurs Alpine Solutions will invest $13.9 million to open a facility, renovating a 174,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Iberville Parish to produce and distribute liquid fertilizers to global agricultural customers. The project will create 16 new direct jobs and 44 indirect jobs.

In the Charlotte USA region, Steag Energy Services, a provider of environmental consulting and manufacturing services, will expand its operations in Cleveland County, NC. The company plans to create 29 jobs and invest $6 million dollars over three years in Kings Mountain. The company provides engineering and consulting services that enable  large energy producers to meet environmental regulations.

In South Carolina, wholesale grocery supplier W. Lee Flowers and Co. will expand its operations in Florence County. The $6.5 million investment is expected to generate 15 new jobs. The company plans a 75,000-square-foot addition to its warehouse operation. The company supplies IGA retail stores and independent supermarkets across South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.


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