Scotland-based Sparrows Group, the engineering and maintenance services specialist for the international energy and industrial sectors, on September 21 announced global expansion to six new, purpose-built facilities in Abu Dhabi; Kazakhstan; Doha, Qatar; Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia; Perth, Australia; and Lake Charles, Louisiana. The projects will create 200 new jobs overall in a company that employs 2,500 globally. The new 5,000-sq.-m. (53,820-sq.-ft.) facility in Doha will provide space for the maintenance and refurbishment of large components, including drilling equipment. Sparrows expects employment at the facility to increase by ~15% by the end of 2021. “We see enormous potential in these locations to provide services to the energy and industrial sectors,” said Stewart Mitchell, CEO at Sparrows, noting an uptick in training needs as the company continues to recruit across the Middle East. “We intend to continue to invest in both people and equipment to accelerate our growth.”
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy on September 21 announced approval of the first award under the Emerge Program, New Jersey’s new job creation incentive program created under the New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020, for a planned headquarters consolidation by Party City that will bring 357 new jobs to a site in Woodcliff Lake and retain 338 full-time jobs currently at risk of leaving New Jersey. The largest party goods retailer in North America is planning to consolidate its Rockaway, New Jersey, and Elmsford, New York, sites into one national HQ, where it will invest more than $32 million to lease a 208,911-sq.-ft. office building. Party City will receive a tax credit award of $9,996,000 over seven years. According to the governor’s office, the Emerge Program incorporates reforms that “address the shortfalls of New Jersey’s previous tax incentive programs,” including environmental and worker protections, and increased minimum net economic benefit requirements. More information about the Emerge Program’s suite of incentive and support is available at www.njeda.com/emerge.