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Delaware could be getting a major employment boost.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Harvey Hanna & Associates plan to buy the former General Motors plant on Boxwood Road.

Redevelopment of the 142-acre site is expected to generate thousands of job.

The paper reports that the site is seen as a convenient transportation hub with a rail line and easy access to major highways such as I-95 and I-495.

In addition, it is also within easy reach to the Port of Wilmington as well as airports in Philadelphia and New Castle.

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Perdue AgriBusiness is taking its soybean operation to Pennsylvania where it will process 17.5 million bushels a year at its new $60 million plant.

It’s the first in the Keystone state.

And it will be located in Conoy Township, Lancaster County.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the state of Pennsylvania is kicking in $8.7 million to develop the site and put in a grain elevator.

There will be an estimated 35 positions created as well as 150 construction jobs.

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Another 240 jobs may be coming to Dover.

The cleaning company Jan-Pro has decided to open up operations by next year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that it’s an Atlanta-based company that offers franchises to individual owners.

The paper reports that the company will have a regional franchise which will then be responsible for others to own and operate smaller ones

There could be as many as 80 smaller franchises with a minimum of 3 employees.

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Governor John Carney signed measure that amends Delaware’s Coastal Zone Act that would allow development of 14 former and current heavy industrial sites.

Carney called the law a win-win opportunity for the First State that would make for a cleaner environment as well as provide additional jobs to Delaware’s economy.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that it has been praised by business groups but has been condemned by environmentalists.

All but one of the industrial sites are located in New Castle County.

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SoFi will be adding around 400 employees to its Claymont office by the end of next year.

The online personal loan provider said it would increase the number of workers at the former Zenbanx office with around 100 workers in August.

That will be followed by 200 employees by the end of this year and a total of 400 by the end of 2018.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that most of the new hires will be in their call center but there will also be IT positions as well as jobs in management and development.


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A defense industry firm is bringing 42 jobs to Salisbury.

Manufacturing Support Industries is expanding its operations in the city over the next three years.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the company has made high-precision weaponry parts for the military.

The paper reports this will be the third major manufacturing project for the city over the last six months.

The other companies involved were RDI Wire & Cable and Toriod P&H.

Governor Larry Hogan praised the job growth that has begun to take place in the Crossroads of Delmarva.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A new study has found Virginia's solar job market grew 65 percent in 2016.

The Solar Foundation's report said Virginia is tied for ninth in country for fastest solar job growth last year and there were more than 3,200 solar jobs in the state last year.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe praised the report's finding, saying it was a testament to his administration's focus on solar energy.

Much of the growth in solar energy in Virginia has been driven by large tech companies that are trying to be carbon neutral in their energy usage.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. John Carney is appearing before Delaware lawmakers to outline his political agenda for the next year and his priorities for his first year in office.

Carney, who took office in January, is scheduled to speak to a joint session of the legislature on Thursday.

Among the issues he is expected to address are the budget challenges facing the state and his ideas for creating jobs and growing Delaware's economy.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Labor market analysts say Maryland added 11,500 jobs in February, although the state's unemployment rate held steady at 4.2 percent.

The Baltimore Sun reports that last month's job gains powered the strongest three-month surge of job creation in Maryland since the Great Recession.

The gains, reported Friday by the U.S. Labor Department, pulled more than 14,000 people into the labor force, as people started working or looking for work.  The Labor Department also revised its figures for January to a gain of 13,200, nearly double the previous estimate.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia beat out Maryland to land a Spanish manufacturing company that will create 15 new jobs.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday that Atarfil, which makes thermoplastic geomembranes, will spend $5.1 million build a manufacturing facility in Suffolk. It's the company's first U.S.-based facility.

Virginia is giving a $60,000 grant to the company, which will also be eligible for other tax incentives.

McAuliffe said the company's decision to locate in Virginia shows that the state's advanced manufacturing industries are gaining momentum.

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The unemployment rate in Delaware inched up slightly to 4.4 percent in January – the first change since July when it was 4.3 percent.

That’s according to the Labor Department.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the increase appears to be the result of people returning to the workforce faster than its expansion.

The labor force had grown by 600 people while the number employed rose by 400.

The paper reports that the figures are based on the latest monthly surveys of around 13-hundred businesses and 850 households in the First State.

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B.F. Rich Windows and Doors is shutting its doors after 60 years of being in business.

The Ogletown company produced energy-efficient doors and windows.

But the Wilmington News Journal reports that the firm has been struggling for almost ten years and never recovered from the Great Recession that began in 2007.

So this week the company informed its 130 employees that it would be going out of business.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is highlighting economic concerns in his third State of the State speech.

The Republican governor urged members of the Democrat-controlled legislature Wednesday to support incentives to attract jobs and help parts of the state that are struggling.

Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush prepared this report on the governor's remarks and the Democratic response.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Amazon is announcing plans to open a facility in North East, Maryland.

Amazon made the announcement Tuesday for the 1.2-million-square-foot fulfillment center.

Amazon now employs more than 3,000 associates at its fulfillment and sortation centers in Baltimore and plans to create 700 new positions at its third Maryland facility.

Employees at the North East fulfillment center in Cecil County will pick, pack and ship larger items such as big-screen televisions, kayaks and patio furniture.

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DOVER, Del. (AP/WSCL) - Democrat John Carney has been sworn in as Delaware's 74th governor.
Carney and Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long, also a Democrat, took their oaths of office Tuesday morning in a rain-soaked ceremony on the steps of Legislative Hall.

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Some 50 employees in Delaware got a new lease on life.

DuPont has sold its food safety diagnostics business to Hygiena a California based life sciences firm.

The jobs range from sales and research to development and production.

They are located at the 150-acre Experimental Station near Wilmington.

Hygiena has signed a two-year lease with the right to renew.

The Wilmington News Journal reports there is a possibility that the site could wind up being the primary location for its operations.

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AstraZeneca will be eliminating 700 jobs in the United States and 120 of those at their Fairfax headquarters in Delaware.  

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the company said the layoffs were in part to reverse the decline it has seen in U.S. revenue this year.

Governor Jack Markell issued a statement saying that his heart went out to those workers will be receiving pink slips and said the Department of Labor would begin helping them find other jobs.

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DuPont Company will receive $7.5 million from New Castle County in new economic development funds.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the money comes from tax reserves and will be paid out in annual installments over the next five years.

The paper adds that there is no plan for DuPont to repay the county.

Dow and Dupont are in the middle of a $130 billion merger and they have also received $9.6 million from the state government coffers.

County officials say the money is worth the commitment by the two companies for keep jobs in the First State.

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Fifty new jobs are coming to Salisbury.

RDI Wire & Cable Solution will add the new employees to its workforce over the next three years.

This is in addition to the 20 current employees that were displaced with the shutdown of the Labinal Power systems’ plant in Salisbury last month.

WBOC reports that the company will put up $375-thousand to upgrade its plant including computers and new machines.

The company is involved in the aerospace and automotive industries as well as supplying the military.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A tech company will expand its headquarters in Northern Virginia and create 368 new jobs.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday that Applied Predictive Technologies is expanding its headquarters in Arlington County.

McAuliffe's office said Virginia beat out North Carolina and Washington, D.C., for the project.

The state will give APT, which makes software that helps analyze large amounts of data and whose clients include Walmart, Starbucks and other major companies, a $1.75 million grant.

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) - Discount store Dollar Tree plans to spend $110 million to expand its Virginia headquarters.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the expansion Wednesday, saying it will create 600 new jobs in the next six years.

McAuliffe approved more than $9 million in grants for the expansion, which he said will help the state's economy.

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The Chemours headquarters will stay in downtown Wilmington with 1-thousand jobs to stay in the First State.           

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the firm had looked at other sites in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The headquarters employs around 800 people with another 200 at research sites throughout the state.

The News Journal reports that the impact on Wilmington and the surrounding area could have been devastating if the company had decided to pick up and leave.

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MILFORD, Del. (AP) - The Milford-based upholstery and sewing company First State Manufacturing has announced that it is adding more than 25 new positions.

FSM Director of Marketing Lori Tovcimak-Speed tells the Wilmington News Journal that the company wants to put people to work "as soon as possible." Filling the new positions will expand FSM's workforce by nearly a third - growth that will equal the number of jobs the company has added over the last three years.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Kraft Heinz Co. is set to receive state funds to create 28 full-time jobs at its Dover plant.

The Delaware Council on Development Finance on Monday approved two grant requests totaling about $1.2 million for the factory. $1.05 million will be used to upgrade the plant's bakery division, while an addition $131,130 will come from the state strategic fund for the creation of the new jobs.

The grants will be issued through the Delaware Economic Development Office.

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - UnitedHealthcare is looking to hire more than 100 employees at its Frederick office.

Company spokeswoman Mary McElrath-Jones tells The Frederick News-Post that the health care firm seeks to fill 120 customer service-related positions in Frederick by December.

The positions include care provider customer service representatives, customer service advocates and claims representatives.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he's approved a $1 million grant to a large accounting firm that plans to expand in Northern Virginia.

McAuliffe announced Thursday that Grant Thornton had decided to consolidate its offices and add 348 new jobs in Arlington County.

Besides the $1 million grant from the Commonwealth's Opportunity Fund, the company will also be eligible from state assistance in the form of the Virginia Jobs Investment Program and Major Business Facility Job Tax Credit.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - A state panel has approved almost $8 million in taxpayer money for Chemours Co., the financially struggling chemicals business spun off from the DuPont Co.
The Council on Development Finance voted unanimously Monday to give Chemours a Strategic Fund grant of up to $7.2 million to retain 900 full-time jobs in Delaware through 2020.
The panel also approved a capital expenditure grant of up to $695,000 to Chemours for a headquarters project in Wilmington.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland Senate panel has approved $37.5 million in tax credits over five years for defense contractor Northrop Grumman, if it keeps 10,000 employees in the state.

The bill was approved Wednesday in a bipartisan vote, sending it to the Senate.

Supporters say it's an important tool to keep jobs in Maryland. Opponents say it's a huge tax break for one company.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A multimillion-dollar incentive package to keep DuPont Co. in Delaware after it merges with Dow Chemical includes a $7.5 million contribution from New Castle County.

The companies announced Friday that the agricultural company that will be created after the $130 billion merger is completed will be headquartered in Wilmington.

A specialty-products business that will also be spun off in the merger had already been confirmed for Wilmington.