Development

Utah business and government leaders recently got a small taste of what will soon become a theater hub for Salt Lake County's growing ensemble of aspiring performers and expectant audiences. Economic development officials, performing arts experts and city and business figures from around the state were treated to (socially distanced) tours of the Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center construction site as part of Taylorsville City's second annual Summer Summit.

Alcorta Forging Group will establish its first United States manufacturing operations and regional headquarters in Marysville, Ohio. The 100-year-old Spanish automotive supplier will invest $15 million and create 50 new jobs in the Columbus region, with a potential expansion to double in five years, pending state and local approvals.

Amid the rapidly changing landscape and a recovering Arizona economy, Pacific Hospitality Group and Mortenson recently broke ground on a 238-room, eight-story Hyatt Place hotel in downtown Phoenix. Pacific Hospitality Group, in partnership with Mortenson, is developing the project.

Crews from Skanska, USA broke ground on the newest facility at the Audubon Metals Texas Plant project. Audubon reached an agreement with officials in Corsicana and Navarro County to build the facility there by investing $50 million. Audubon President Brian Hawkes said that as per the agreement, the 95-acre facility is to be located at Highway 31 Industrial Park in Corsicana, employing approximately 100 personnel.

Amazon.com Inc. is building another 850,000-sq.-ft. fulfillment center in the Houston area. Dallas-based Trammell Crow Co. is the developer for the project, which is being built on 93.5 acres at 10507 Harlem Rd., Richmond, in Fort Bend County, according to a press release.

Braskem, the largest polyolefins producer in the Americas and leading producer of biopolymers in the world, announced the construction completion of its newest, world-class polypropylene production facility located in La Porte. Mark Nikolich, Braskem America CEO, states, "We are proud to announce the milestone of construction completion for our new polypropylene production facility, the newest in the United States.

Work will begin in July on an $84 million, 58-megawatt natural gas-fired plant near Huron, S.D. This flexible-capacity resource will provide energy as needed 24/7 for NorthWestern Energy's South Dakota customers. Reciprocating internal combustion engine technology will replace the existing natural gas/diesel fuel-fired combustion turbines at the Huron Generating Station.

The city of Newton, Ill., Jasper County and St. Joseph Renewable Fuels LLC announced plans to build a $400 million renewable diesel plant in southern Illinois that envisions utilizing innovative technologies and a new healthcare protocol to test and certify a COVID-19 free workforce.

Coca-Cola Consolidated Inc. announced it will invest $55 million in a new distribution and automated warehouse facility in Whitestown, Ind. Construction is under way and is anticipated to be completed in spring of 2021. "We are excited to continue our journey of growth in the Hoosier State," a company official said.

Facebook announced on June 30 it is joining the DeKalb, Ill., community and will be building its newest data center there. The Facebook DeKalb Data Center will be among the most advanced, energy- and water-efficient data center facilities in the world, according to the company.

Burns & McDonnell has completed design and construction services for the redevelopment of the historic Braniff Operations and Maintenance Base in Dallas. After sitting dormant for more than two decades, the aviation landmark is flying high once again, this time as the Braniff Centre — an aviation hub and multi-use facility designed to generate corporate and commercial momentum along the east side of Dallas Love Field Airport.