Feb 15, 2013
Bill McMeekin
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Site Selection: Verizon Brings Major Operation to Orlando

Verizon Wireless

Verizon’s major back office operation in the Orlando area and D.H. Pace picking a new corporate site in Kansas tops the week’s expansion, site selection and job creation:

In Florida, Verizon Communications will establish a finance and accounting Center of Excellence in Lake Mary. The facility will initially create 300 jobs by the fourth quarter of 2014, with a total of 750 new jobs by 2016. The new location will centralize Verizon’s accounting, finance, and back office operations and represents a $50 million capital investment to the Orlando area.

In Kansas, D.H. Pace Co. Inc. will locate its corporate headquarters and other operations in Olathe. The residential and commercial door company plans to bring over 280 jobs to the state over the next five years as a result of the move. D.H. Pace provides sales, installation and repair service for all types of commercial and residential doors and door related products in the United States and Canada, operating several Overhead Door distributorships as well as its own DH Pace Door Services brand.

In Kentucky, two foreign direct investment projects will create a total of 135 jobs. In Bowling Green, Alpla Inc. plans to establish manufacturing operations in Bowling Green, a $22 million investment that will create 72 jobs. Alpla produces customized plastic packaging solutions used for items such as beverages, motor oil and cleaning supplies. In Covington, Russian bottle decorating and packaging company Westpack plans a manufacturing operation that will create 63 jobs and will represents a $4.5 million investment. Westpack is a full-service glass container decorating and packaging company serving the alcohol beverage industry.

In Georgia, Norton Packaging Inc. is creating 90 new jobs and investing $12 million in a new manufacturing operation in Jasper County. Norton Packaging specializes in containers that hold a wide variety of products, and will manufacture plastic injection molded rigid shipping containers at the Monticello facility.

In Virginia,  Daikin McQua will invest $9.2 million to expand its operation in Augusta County. Daikin McQuay is the world’s largest global manufacturer of commercial heating, ventilating, air conditioning, refrigeration and building management equipment and systems. The company will be upgrading the facility to increase its ability to generate energy-saving global chiller products. The project will create 50 new jobs.

In Indiana,  Nishikawa of America plans to expand its operations in Topeka, creating up to 25 new jobs by 2014. The company, which makes sealing systems, will invest $8.6 million to equip its current 200,000 square-foot facility. As part of the expansion, which is expected to be completed by December, NISCO will install three new rubber-extrusion lines and additional injection molding presses. The company currently employs 925  workers.


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