LAS VEGAS/RENO, NV (March 15, 2018) – Today, board members for the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development approved applications for 12 businesses throughout the state, which will create 654 new jobs, and nearly $500 million in capital investment. 

“After leading the nation in private-sector job growth last year, Nevada is off to a strong start in 2018 and this impressive slate of diverse companies, either relocating to or expanding in the Silver State, will help to ensure our growing workforce continues to have access to a stable, sustainable job market and rising wages,” said Governor Brian Sandoval.

“The range of the dozen companies before our board today exemplifies the ‘New Nevada’ from autonomous vehicle research and development, information technology, and financial services to manufacturing and logistics,” said GOED Executive Director Paul Anderson. “The industry mix and the potential for growth bode well for the future of Nevada’s economy and its ability to weather economic downturns.”

The board also approved $210,000 in Workforce Innovation for a New Nevada (WINN) funding for the SNAP Pilot Expansion – Phase Two. The funds will provide career development opportunities to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients in Nevada through training in technical skills stackable certificate training programs at Nevada community colleges, leading to gainful employment at family-sustainable wages in emerging in-demand occupations.

Abatement applications approved by GOED board:

AeroSpec NDT Services, Inc. – Washoe County: (30 jobs and $124,649,800 in capital investment)

An established Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) service provider, the company serves the commercial aviation, defense, pipeline, and automotive industries. AeroSpec NDT will provide NDT testing services for Boeing, Bombardier, Cessna, GKN, GE Aviation, Pratt & Whitney, Goodrich, Triumph, Vought, Aerion, Coastal Composites, ATK Alliant, among others. The company is looking to establish a corporate headquarters in Washoe County. It will focus on hiring locally and also engage with local colleges and universities to cultivate a talent pipeline.

C4Mining Company – Clark County: (13 jobs and $30,425,000 in capital investment)

The company provides cryptocurrency mining services to enable non-technical qualified clients to generate Bitcoin through the mining process. Bitcoin miners use special software to solve complex math problems related to blockchain and are issued a certain number of bitcoins in exchange for their effort. This provides a decentralized way to issue the currency and creates an incentive for mining. Having one or two computers in a mining operation can be an inconsistent endeavor. However, having myriad machines requires significant capital and there are additional risks, such as natural disasters and unreliable power. A C4Mining contract eliminates a client’s need to personally deal with these issues. C4Mining buys the machines, houses, powers, configures, networks, cools, maintains, repairs, and replaces them if necessary. The company plans to lease a 100,000-square-foot facility in Southern Nevada, which will be its primary mining operation.

InternalDrive, Inc. dba iD Tech Camps – Washoe County (14 jobs and $5,601,352 in capital investment)

A summer computer camp provider specializing in education for children ages seven through 18, the company has provided STEM education programs since 1999 with programs nationwide and in countries such as England, Singapore, Hong Kong, and China. iD Tech Camps offers courses in video game design, programming, app development, game modding, 3D modeling, robotics, graphic arts, web design, digital video editing, digital photography, and film production. iD Tech Camps' summer tech programs are held at 150 prestigious campuses including Stanford, UNLV, MIT, and the University of Hong Kong. The company will move its logistics department from California to Reno where it will prepare and distribute educational hardware and other essential supplies needed to run its programs worldwide. This includes kitting of educational hardware such as robotics and circuitry kits as well as the imaging, repair, and maintenance of a large fleet of high-end laptops.

MECP1 Reno 1, LLC – Storey County (50 jobs and $221,418,850 in capital investment)

MECP1 Reno 1, LLC is an EdgeCore Data Centers project. EdgeCore is a U.S.-based, privately-held owner, developer and operator of high availability enterprise-class, cloud-connected data centers. The company provides colocation services, including disaster avoidance, uninterrupted power, cooling infrastructure, internet connectivity, and 24/7 security and facilities staffing. EdgeCore is currently developing data center campuses in Dallas, Phoenix, and Reno. EdgeCore’s Reno data center campus will be located in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Corridor and involves ground up construction of six data center buildings and investments in additional infrastructure to support multi-national telecom, cloud, government, and digital enterprise customers seeking a low-cost alternative to other substitute markets in the western United States. The company plans to expand its Western Region footprint to include a scalable, multi-tenant data center campus in Storey County, which involves the construction of a 1.1 million-square-foot facility and 225 MW of data center capacity. The company plans to hire and train employees from the local area and indirectly support hundreds of construction workers during the construction and development phase of its campus.

Monin, Inc. – Washoe County (30 jobs and $9,000,000 in capital investment)

A global manufacturer of premium beverage syrups, concentrates, sweeteners, and flavorings, the company offers more than 200 products made from premium and authentic ingredients including fruit smoothie mixes, gourmet sauces, organic syrups, and sugar-free syrups. Founded in 1993 and third-generation family-owned and operated, Monin’s headquarters and Flavor Innovation Center are based in Clearwater, Florida. The company employees more than 600 people and distributes its products to more than 144 countries. Monin is considering building an 80,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution facility in Reno, which would support customer demand in 11 western states and serve as the backbone of its long-term west coast operations.

Scientific Games Corporation – Clark County (195 jobs and $7,000,000 in capital investment)

A leading developer of technology-based products and services and associated content for worldwide gaming and lottery markets, the company’s portfolio includes instant and draw-based lottery games, electronic gaming machines and game content, server-based lottery and gaming systems, sports betting technology, loyalty and rewards programs, and social, mobile and interactive content and services. Scientific Games Corporation has approximately 8,400 employees worldwide and serves customers from advanced-technology manufacturing and operational facilities in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. The company is looking to add to its Nevada-based global headquarters. As part of this project, the company will significantly expand its existing footprint in the state. The project has potential to result in significant growth of IT jobs at the new facility. The renovated campus will create a more collaborative work environment, which will allow the company to continue to attract workforce talent; both locally and from out of state.

The company was also approved for up to three periods of Catalyst Fund disbursements not to exceed $1,825,000 for the creation of up to 200 jobs at an average wage of at least $34 per hour. No award will be given unless 50 percent of the maximum jobs created is met.

Smith’s Food & Drug Centers, Inc. – Clark County (182 jobs and $8,442,945 in capital investment)

A subsidiary of The Kroger Co., the company owns and operates food and drug stores in the United States. In conjunction with fresh produce, the company offers books and movies, digital photos, floral products, fuels, health and beauty products, and pet care products. It also provides in-store money and no-contact wireless services. Founded in 1948 and based in Salt Lake City, Smith’s Food & Drug Centers is considering opening a 482,000-square-foot distribution facility in Henderson. The facility would ship product to various states in the Southwest United States including Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.

VM Innovations, Inc. dba VMI Enterprises, LLC – Clark County (8 jobs and $60,980,000 in capital investment)

A jet charter company operating a fleet of light jets and serving Las Vegas customers as well as people who are interested in private travel to Las Vegas, VMI Enterprises offers quick and convenient travel to and from Las Vegas from anywhere in the United States. The company operates from the Henderson Executive Airport, a premier business aviation facility and a primary reliever airport to McCarran International Airport. VMI Enterprises has partnered with West Coast Aviation Services to increase its suite of jet chartering services. The company is considering expanding its current operations at the Henderson Executive Airport. The expansion will initially comprise office space with the potential to include a new hangar in the future.

Abatement applications approved by GOED director:

Cascade Financial Technology, Corp. – Clark County (64 jobs and $1,328,000 in capital investment)

A prepaid program manager and offers services to help organizations execute their prepaid program objectives, the company provides prepaid card services, prepaid consulting services, Person-to-Person (P2P) mobile payments, and prepaid call center services. Cascade Financial Technology also offers General Purpose Reloadable (GPR) prepaid cards, gift card programs, rewards and loyalty programs, and commercial prepaid programs. In addition, the company provides end-to-end wearable solutions such as business consulting, device design, sale, and program management services. The company has 17 client companies and cardholders in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Cascade Financial Technology plans to expand its Clark County facility from approximately 2,000 square feet to more than 20,000 square feet within the next few months. The company started in Chatsworth, CA in 2014 and transitioned to Nevada in 2016. Over the course of its first year in the state, the company transitioned all of its jobs to Nevada and no longer has facilities or operations in California. The company’s Clark County facility currently houses a 24/7/365 call center along with operations, technical, and professional staff.

Delphi Automotive Systems, LLC – Clark County (50 jobs and $1,000,000 in capital investment)

Delphi Automotive Systems, LLC is an Aptiv PLC company. Aptiv PLC is a global technology company that develops safer, greener and more connected solutions, which enable the future of mobility and provides leading automated driving solutions. The company designs, engineers and manufactures a comprehensive line of high-quality and innovative connectors and connection systems for various industries and product segments. The company is headquartered in Gillingham, Kent, UK. With offices worldwide, Aptiv PLC operates manufacturing sites,14 technical centers, and customer centers across 45 countries. Delphi Automotive Systems provides products and services worldwide. The company designs and engineers a variety of automotive systems and components including fuel cells, entertainment systems, sensors, powertrain systems, driver interfaces, and security devices.

Delphi Automotive Systems is considering Nevada as a location for a multi-phased project which could lead to the establishment of a Global Mobility Command Center. Such a centralized Command Center would deploy, manage, and control automated vehicles in cities across the globe and would put Nevada at the Global Center of one of the fastest growing and most critical technologies. The project has potential to transform the world economy and bring significant external revenue streams to the state. Delphi Automotive Systems is currently evaluating several cities in a search to identify the optimal community in which to accommodate its rapidly growing research and development and operations teams.

Ellsworth Adhesives Specialty Chemical Distribution, Inc. – Washoe County (18 jobs and $15,167,000 in capital investment)

A global distributor of adhesives, sealants, and dispensing equipment for a wide range of markets including transportation, medical, power, and general industry, the company is a privately-held, global company headquartered is in Germantown, Wisconsin. Ellsworth Adhesives employs 260 individuals in North America and more than 1,000 staff on a global basis. Ellsworth Adhesives has operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Europe, and the Asia Pacific. The company is in the process of evaluating several states to relocate its West Coast distribution operations from its current location in Irvine, California. Reno is being considering as a potential site. The relocation would involve the building of a new 120,000-square-foot facility to serve customers primarily located in the West and Southwest United States, and Mexico.

About the Governor’s Office of Economic Development
Created during the 2011 session of the Nevada Legislature, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development 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.

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