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From Site Selection magazine, January 2015

Coldwater Goes Whole Hog


lemens Food Group is investing $250 million in a new, 550,000-sq.-ft. (51,000-sq.-m.) pork processing facility in Coldwater, Mich., that will create about 800 jobs. The Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) approved $12.5 million in Community Development Block Grant funds for the City of Coldwater for infrastructure improvements, land acquisition, workforce development and on-the-job training. The Pennsylvania-based Clemens Food Group is a sixth-generation, family-owned integrated pork production operation including farming, processing, transportation and logistics. The company has 2,200 employees.

Clemens considered both Michigan and Ohio for a Midwest expansion of its pork processing operations, choosing Michigan for the location of the facility based on the state and community support as well as site feasibility and labor force preparedness.

A key to the success of the project was the collaboration of Coldwater and Coldwater Township on a land transfer agreement. The transfer will allow the City of Coldwater to contribute $4.5 million toward the project for infrastructure improvements at the site, including water and sewer main extensions and a new municipal electric overhead distribution line. That support, along with MSF’s CDBG approval, is part of an overall package of local and state support that will total $55 million. This also includes nearly $16 million in tax savings as a result of the recently approved personal property tax reform.

Twice as Nice

Subaru's corporate headquarters has been in New Jersey since 1969.

ubaru of America, Inc., one of the fastest-growing automobile companies in the US, will double the size of its Cherry Hill, N.J., headquarters at a new facility in nearby Camden. More than 500 employees and contractors in sales, marketing, service and administration will move to the new location. “We are very excited to be moving this project forward as we seek to bring all our corporate employees together on one site, in a first-class facility,” said CEO Tom Doll. The 250,000-sq.-ft. (23,225 -sq.-m.) facility is slated to be completed by the end of 2016 or early 2017, pending approval from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.

You’re Wearing That?

A loom helps TE Connectivity's new Wearables Lab experiment with developing new solutions for state-of-the-art wearable products that require embedded electronic systems in textiles.

witzerland-based TE Connectivity opened the TE Wearables Lab in Menlo Park, Calif., in November 2014. The company focuses on creating wearable technologies in the consumer, medical, industrial and defense sectors. TE’s team of engineers, scientists and customers will use the new lab as a collaboration center during the design process. “Providing our customers with a Wearables Lab allows us to enhance our role as a strategic partner,” said James O’Toole, president of Consumer Solutions for TE Connectivity. “We seek to truly iterate and collaborate — engaging earlier in the process — to support customer innovation with the goal of delivering the best antennas, smart connectivity solutions and sensors.” The TE Wearables Lab team is also exploring innovations around wireless power and conductivity across textiles, plastics and other materials.

Guess They Like the Coffee


nline and mobile real estate marketplace Zillow, Inc. is expanding its national headquarters in an iconic building in downtown Seattle. The company will occupy five additional floors in the Russell Investments Center, providing an additional 113,470 sq. ft. (10,541 sq. m.) of office space. With the expansion, Zillow will become the largest tenant in the 42-story building. “This is an exciting time at Zillow,” said Spencer Rascoff, the company’s CEO. “We continue to hire the best and brightest to support our record growth. At the same time, we’ve maintained our startup-like culture where we think big, move fast and everyone has an impact.” The company employs more than 1,100 people nationally, with 750 at the Seattle headquarters. Zillow currently has more than 120 open positions in Seattle.

‘Nashville Prevailed’


ridgestone Americas announced plans to relocate the company’s headquarters to a newly constructed facility in downtown Nashville, expected to be completed in mid-to-late 2017. The 514,000-sq.-ft. (47,452-sq.-m.), 30-story building is valued at $232.6 million and will create 607 new jobs in Davidson County. The headquarters will combine employees from its current Nashville location as well as three business units located out of state. “We received world-class receptions and very competitive offers from several major cities,” said Gary Garfield, CEO and president of Bridgestone Americas. “At the end of the day, Nashville prevailed. The city offers a great quality of life and low business costs, with a reasonable cost of living for our teammates. Locating here makes perfect sense, given Bridgestone’s existing strong presence in and deep ties to Nashville and Middle Tennessee.”

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