GOED Board Sees Job Creation and Capital Investment in Nevada Increase

Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development

LAS VEGAS, NV (May 20, 2013) – The Board of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) last Thursday approved tax abatements for nine companies, creating nearly 330 jobs initially and increasing capital investment in Nevada by an additional $200 million.

“I am pleased that as a direct result of our economic development efforts, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development Board had the opportunity to approve incentives for nine companies to relocate or expand in Nevada,” Governor Brian Sandoval said.  “Some of these companies were recruited by other states and cities, but ultimately chose Nevada. The hundreds of jobs created by these companies will put Nevadans to work and continue to diversify our economy. It’s a win-win for all Nevadans.”

“Nevada’s commitment to economic development is resulting in real jobs for Nevadans,” said Steve Hill, Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.  “Over the last several months, the number of high-caliber jobs that are resulting from companies relocating to Nevada or expanding within our state has continued to increase, and our economy is feeling the positive impact from this. Job creation is the driving force behind our economic development efforts, and with each GOED Board meeting, new jobs are being created in Nevada. It is exciting to see Nevadans getting back to work.”

Companies that were approved for abatements, totaling under $18 million, include:

Performance Pipe: The Company, a division of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP and the largest producer of polyethylene piping products in North America, is looking to expand its current operation in Washoe County.

Fab Fulfillment Corp: The new-to- Nevada company, a design centric e-commerce retailer which has surpassed $130 million in sales globally and employs over 600 globally, would locate a 450,000 sq. ft. e-commerce fulfillment center is North Las Vegas.

GreatCall, Inc.: The Company, which provides reliable and easy-to-use wireless services, including the award-winning Jitterbug, will be opening a call center in Washoe County.

Hamilton Company: Headquartered in Reno since 1970, Hamilton Company would be expanding its current Washoe County operation. A global leader in design and manufacturing of liquid handling, process analytics, robotics, and automated storage solutions, Hamilton Company’s products serve a wide-range of industries, including mining, food and beverage, forensic laboratories, blood banks, life science, and bio-pharma manufacturing and research.

MBT Repair: The Company, which plans to expand to Nevada and locate in Clark County, is a rapid-response provider for aircraft wheel and brake repair and overhaul services.  MBT Repair serves commercial airlines, low-cost carriers and aircraft parts providers with wheel and brake shops in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Miami, Florida as an FAA repair station.

PPG Industries, Inc.: As a manufacturer of house paint, PPG would be expanding its operation in Storey County. PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets to aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company.

Schwabe North America: A leading manufacturer and distributor of high-quality dietary supplements, over-the-counter drugs and homeopathic drugs, the company would be new to Nevada and would be building a distribution facility in Storey County.

St. Joseph Health System: The Company, which provides a full range of services to healthcare facilities, including 14 acute care hospitals, home health agencies, hospice care, outpatient services, skilled nursing facilities, community clinics, and physician organizations, plans to build an information technology/data storage center in Clark County to support the needs of its organization.

Switch, Inc.: Switch will be expanding its Clark County operation. A complete engine of technology capabilities driven toward one purpose: creating a revolutionary environment where businesses experience the world’s fastest data storage, lightning-fast Internet speed, the globe’s most affordable connectivity, and 100% uninterrupted uptime.

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About the Governor’s Office of Economic Development:

Created during the 2011 session of the Nevada Legislature, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) is the result of a collaborative effort between the Nevada Legislature and Governor Brian Sandoval to restructure economic development in the state. GOED’s role is to promote a robust, diversified and prosperous economy in Nevada, to stimulate business expansion and retention, encourage entrepreneurial enterprise, attract new businesses and facilitate community development. More information on the Governor’s Office of Economic Development can be viewed at www.diversifynevada.com.