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SPF North America, Inc. Expands Greenwood County Manufacturing Complex
A developer of innovative solutions for pet food manufacturers, SPF North America, Inc. is investing $12 million to expand its plant in Hodges, South Carolina. The Greenwood County plant, located at 5300 Highway 25 North in Hodges, produces pet food flavor enhancers. The expansion will allow the company to meet growing customer demand and will be facilitated by an increase in machinery needed to manufacture new flavorants. Area Developer
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Hernon Manufacturing Plans $2 Million Expansion At Its Sanford, Florida, Production Plant
Hernon Manufacturing, a global manufacturer of adhesive sealants and dispensing equipment, will invest $2 million to expand its local operations in Sanford, Florida, and create 20 new jobs over the next two years. Area Development
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3 of 10 Most Affordable Neighborhoods With the Best Schools Are Southern
For many homebuyers, the top consideration when searching for a place to live is where their children will go to school. As a result, consistently stellar schools often go hand-in-hand with high home prices. 247wallst.com
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Manufacturing Jobs Just Aren't Good Middle Class Jobs Any More
I have to admit that as an outsider looking in I’ve never really quite grasped this American near mythologisation of manufacturing jobs. Where I come from they were regarded as hard, boring and not all that well paid. But, OK, national myths do vary between nations. However, I do get very much more confused when people talk about how wonderful it would be if there were a renaissance of US based manufacturing, as if that would bring back those days of blue collar workers having middle class lifestyles. The world has changed and that’s just not going to happen. Forbes
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Officials: Coal ash costs will be borne by Duke Energy customers
While many Lee County residents have raised environmental and health concerns regarding Duke Energy's proposed coal ash storage site off Post Office Road, local and state officials expect that there will be financial costs associated with the project as well. Sanford Herald
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Those from Mexico will benefit most from Obama’s executive action
Unauthorized immigrants from Mexico account for two-thirds of those who will be eligible for deportation relief under President Obama’s executive order even as they account for about half of the nation’s unauthorized population, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis. Pew Research
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This Town Was Named After A Company Residents Say Is Slowly Poisoning Them
DUKEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA — It was fall of 2012, and only a short metal fence separated Sherry Gobble from a tree full of bright, orange persimmons. It was the third year they had blossomed, and Sherry was sick of watching them grow, fall, and get eaten by deer. Half-joking, she told her husband that one day she would climb that fence, pick those persimmons, and bake them into one of her famous pies. Think Progress
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Controversial EPA Carbon Rules Would Save Drought-Stricken Texas Water
As state regulators fret about how President Obama’s effort to combat climate change would affect the Texas power grid, a new study says the rules would be simpler to adopt than those regulators suggest – and that it would save the state billions of gallons of water annually. Governing.com
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Texas' Greg Abbott on Obama's Immigration Order: I'm Going to Sue
Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott didn’t mince words while reacting to President Obama’s executive action that grants amnesty to roughly 5 million illegals, saying simply in a tweeted message: I’m going to sue. His words: “Pres. Obama has circumvented Congress and bypassed the will of the American people. I am prepared to immediately challenge this in court.” Governing.com
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Hiring for new Appomattox manufacturer to begin in the spring
It’ll be another month before the keys are turned over to the new owners of the former Thomasville Furniture Industries plant in Appomattox and another three months before a bulk of the new hires materialize, but the community already is preparing for the new company. News Advance
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For those who still languish over "losing to China" or believe that the economy is still in recession, wake up and smell the data. Economic development in the South was about as good as it gets in calendar year 2015 according to the data. And as for China, borrowing a quote from the late football coach Bear Bryant that he made in the half-time locker room down 15-0 to Georgia Tech in 1960, "We got 'em right where we want 'em." For those of you who don't know the rich history of Alabama Crimson Tide football, Bama scored all of its 16 points in the fourth quarter, kicking a field goal on the last play of the game to beat Tech 16-15.
 

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Today, factories in the U.S. make twice as much product as they did in 1984. And they are doing it with one-third of the manufacturing workforce. In fact, the output of durable goods in 2015 was the highest in the nation's history. So, we do have a strong manufacturing base, at least in the South, much of the Midwest and parts of the West, and it is getting stronger because on a cost-basis, we can compete with any major manufacturing nation in the world.  
 

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The argument for or against a minimum wage hike continues between the reds and the blues, as well as within the economic development community in the South. Should we stay the course with a minimum wage under $8 an hour to better compete with Mexico, the South's biggest competitor for jobs, or set a minimum wage just over $10 an hour, a wage floor most centrists support? That $10 per hour is, according to the MIT Living Wage Calculator, about right in most states in the South for one adult to be able to cover basic expenses plus all relevant taxes.
 
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Recent data from the Computing Technology Industry Association (Comp TIA) showed that the technology industry is one of the fastest growing job generators in the South and the nation. The report also indicated that technology job compensation is growing faster than any other sector.
 


 

 

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