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2018 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards: Kansas and Mississippi Awarded Silver Shovels - States with Populations Less than 3 Million

Q2 2018

Kansas Lots of goods make their way across the Kansas landscape, so it’s no surprise that the state is good at landing logistics and distribution jobs. Three of the big projects that earned Kansas a Silver Shovel award fall into this category, all in the general vicinity of the Interstate 35 corridor. Spectrum Brands and Horizon Global both announced plans for the community of Edgerton, in the 1,700-acre Logistics Park Kansas City development. Up the road in Overland Park, Multi Service Technology Solutions is creating another 100+ logistics/distribution jobs.

2017 Top Projects: Kansas

Population: 2.85 Million


Company City N/E Job Creation Investment Industry
1. Nueterra Holdings, LLC Leawood N 389 $17.9 million Healthcare Facilities Mgmt.
2. Spectrum Brands Edgerton N 511 $50.9 million Logistics/Distribution
3. CrossFirst Bank Leawood N 173 $46 million Banking
4. Multi-Service Technology Solutions Overland Park N 116 $13.7 million Logistics/Distribution
5. Kiewit Corp. Lenexa N 268 $130 million Construction/Engineering
6. Simmons Pet Food KS Emporia E 131 $101.3 million Pet Foods
7. Horizon Global Edgerton N 122 $30 million Logistics/Distribution
8. Himoinsa Power Olathe N 75 $38 million Portable Generators
9. Viega, LLC McPherson E 150 $73 million Piping
10. Dold Foods Wichita N 384 $151 million Food Products

Dold Foods is big in the bacon business, and the past year saw an announcement that it’s cooking up an expansion that’ll add 384 jobs linked to precooked bacon production. Among other deals, there are nearly 300 construction/engineering jobs on the way at Kiewit in Lenexa, and hundreds of jobs in both banking and health facilities management at Leawood projects.

Mississippi Mississippi earned a Silver Shovel award for its big manufacturing news in 2017. Leading the way was an expansion plan by Milwaukee Tools to add 660 jobs in three locations in Greenwood, Jackson, and Olive Branch. The company is boosting its cordless power tool and accessory manufacturing along with distribution capacity.

2017 Top Projects: Mississippi

Population: 2.98 Million


Company City N/E Job Creation Investment Industry
1. Milwaukee Tool Jackson/Greenwood Olive Branch E 660 $33.4 million Power Tools/Saw Blades
2. FedEx Supply Chain Olive Branch N 450 $12 million Distribution/Logistics
3. Pearl River Foods Carthage N 150 $2 million Poultry Processing
4. Calsonic Kansei Madison E 98 $16.3 million Automotive
5. Regions Bank Hattiesburg N 91 $22.7 million Banking
6. Stark Aerospace Columbus E 90 $6.7 million Aerospace
7. BorgWarner Water Valley E 75 $20 million Automotive
8. KeyTronicEMS Corinth E 75 $500,000 Electronics
9. Precision Machining Services Clinton N 70 $5 million Aerospace/Defense & Medical Parts
10. Northrop Grumman Pascagoula E 60 $3.7 million Aerospace

Also making headlines were aerospace related projects: Northrop Grumman in Pascagoula, Stark Aerospace in Columbus, and Precision Machining Services in Clinton. More jobs are growing in the automotive sector, as well as at a banking project in Hattiesburg. The past year also saw a 450-job promise from FedEx Supply Chain in Olive Branch.

2018 Gold Shovel Awards: The Winning States

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2018 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards: Billion Dollar(s) Projects Of The Year (2017)

Project Location Jobs Investment
Switch Lithia Springs, GA 65 jobs $1 billion
Apple Inc. Waukee, IA50 jobs $1.3 billion
Amazon Hebron, KY2,700 jobs $1.5 billion
Toyota Motor Manufacturing KY Georgetown, KY1,209 jobs $1.3 billion
Lotte Chemical Louisiana Calcasieu Parish, LA130 jobs $1.13 billion
Wanhua Chemical Group T/B/D, LA170 jobs $1.12 billion
Ford Motor Co. Flat Rock, MI 700 jobs $1.2 billion
Invenergy LLC, GE, American Electric Power Texas County, OK0 jobs $4.5 billion
Denso Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc. Maryville, TN1,000 jobs $1 billion
ExxonMobil - SABIC Portland, TX 600 jobs $10 billion
Facebook Henrico County, VA100 jobs $1 billion
Foxconn Mount Pleasant, WI13,000 jobs $10 billion

2018 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards: Large Job-Creating Projects Of The Year (2017)

Project Location Jobs Investment
Chewy, Inc. Goodyear, AZ1,200 jobs $30 million
Bank of the West Tempe, AZ1,000 jobs$25 million
Concentrix Tempe, AZ 1,538 jobs $14.5 million
General Motors San Francisco, CA 1,163 jobs $14 million
Amazon North Haven, CT1,800 jobs $255 million
Charter Communications Stamford, CT1,100 jobs $100 million
ASOS Union City, GA 1,620 jobs $42 million
Luxottica Group NA McDonough, GA 1,000 jobs $78 million
Amazon Jefferson, GA 1,000 jobs N/A
Infosys Ltd. Indianapolis, IN2,000 jobs $8.7 million
XPO Logistics Supply Chain, Inc. Lebanon, IN 1,160 jobs $49.4 million
Amazon Hebron, KY 2,700 jobs $1.5 billion
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky Georgetown, KY 1,209 jobs $1.3billion
Diversified Consultants Inc. Louisville, KY 1,000 jobs $6.7 million
DXC Orleans Parish, LA2,000 jobs N/A
Amazon Baltimore City, MD1,500 jobs $225 million
Amazon Romulus, MI 1,600 jobs $140 million
Centria Healthcare Farmington Hills, MI1,200 jobs $10 million
Amazon Shelby Charter Twp., MI1,025 jobs $40 million
24/7 In Touch Clark Cty., NV 1,200 jobs $1.3 million
Amazon Staten Island, NYC2,250 jobs $100 million
Amazon Manhattan, NYC2,000 jobs $55 million
Strategic Financial Solutions Amherst, NY1,547 jobs $2.1 million
Tesla - Solar City Buffalo, NY1,460 jobs N/A
Spotify Manhattan, NYC 1,050 jobs $200 million
EY Manhattan, NYC 1,152 jobs $279.8 million
Allstate Mecklenburg Cty., NC2,250 jobs $22.6 million
Infosys Wake Cty., NC 2,000 jobs $8.7 million
Credit Suisse Wake Cty., NC1,200 jobs $65 million
Amazon North Randal, OHl 2,000 jobs $100 million
Ensemble HP, LLC Blue Ash, OH 1,100 jobs $34 million
Volvo Car USA, LLC Berkeley, SC 1,910 jobs $620 million
BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC Spartanburg, SC 1,000 jobs $600 million
Arthrex, Inc. Anderson, SC1,000 jobs $69 million
Tyson Foods Inc. Humboldt, TN 1,500 jobs $320 million
Denso Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc. Maryville, TN 1,000 jobs $1 billion
Textile Corp. of America Pikeville, TN 1,000 jobs $27.1 million
NTT Data Corp. Plano, TX 6,377 jobs $28.8 million
Nutri Biotech USA Garland, TX 1,600 jobs $100 million
USAA San Antonio, TX 1,500 jobs $70 million
United Parcel Arlington, TX1,400 jobs$22.7 million
C3 McGregor, TX 1,200 jobs $1.35 million
Pluralsight South Jordan, UT 2,464 jobs $371.8 million
Adobe Lehi, UT1,260 jobs $90 million
Navy Federal Credit Union Frederick Cty., VA 1,400 jobs $100 million
Favor Tech-Consulting, LLC Fairfax Cty., VA 1,200 jobs $1.7 million
Foxconn Mount Pleasant, WI 13,000 jobs $10 billion


MethodologyArea Development’s annual Gold and Silver Shovel Awards recognize states for their achievements in attracting high-value investment projects that will create a significant number of new jobs in their communities. We collected information from all 50 states about their top-10 job-creation and investment projects initiated in 2017 (only those projects that actually had monies invested, “broke ground,” began an expansion, started new hiring, etc. were considered). Based on a combination of weighted factors — including the number of new jobs to be created in relation to the state’s population, the combined dollar amount of the investments, the number of new facilities, the diversity of industry represented — five states achieving the highest weighted overall scores were awarded Area Development’s 2018 Gold Shovels in five population categories: 12+ million, 8+ to 12 million, 5+ to 8 million, 3+ to 5 million, and fewer than 3 million. Runners-up in each of these population categories were awarded 2018 Silver Shovels.

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