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Kyle Neu Joins MSC Team

Kyle Neu

We are pleased to announce that Kyle Neu joined the staff as a Consultant in June.  Kyle will be working on various MSC Site Evaluation and Certification programs for economic development agencies and private landowners across the country.  He will also work with MSC’s corporate clients in assisting them with their site selection and incentive negotiation decisions.

Kyle graduated from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Financial Economics and International Studies.  He was also a pitcher on the baseball team.  He worked with Phillips Edison & Company as an NTR intern and the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden as a Purchasing Intern.

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Ed McCallum Endowment at Clemson University


Ed McCallum Endowment

Ed’s wife, Michelle, and his two children, Shaun and Briana, have established the Ed McCallum Endowment at Clemson University.  The endowment is now open for additional donations.  Donations can be made one of two ways: by writing a check to the university or using Clemson’s online donation system.

Donation by Check

Make check payable to “Clemson University Foundation” and in the memo section put “Ed McCallum Endowment – #6691738.  Then mail it to: LeRoy Adams, Director of Development, 110 Daniel Drive, Clemson, SC  29631.

Online Donation

Go to the Clemson University Giving site:

If you are not already registered to give online, click on the New User Registration under the Sign In key.  Note: If you register as a guest, there is NO opportunity to be selective with your contribution, so you must register to donate to the Ed McCallum Endowment.

Once on the registration page, complete all requested information and press submit.

Once on the next screen, first enter the amount of the donation as indicated.  In the Designation drop down box, selected the last item.  Then in the Other box  put “Ed McCallum Memorial Fellowship Endowment.”   In the next section, provide the information of anyone that you would like notified of the gift.  Once completed, click Add to Cart.  Then complete the requested information.





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Michelin Announces Midwest Distribution Facility


Michelin has entered into a build-to-suit agreement whereby the tire manufacturer will lease 1.7 million square feet of distribution space to be constructed at the RidgePort Logistics Center in Wilmington, Illinois, approximately 40 miles southwest of Chicago. Construction is scheduled to begin soon, with an expected delivery in mid-2015.  RidgePort is a 1,500-acre rail-served intermodal park being development by Ridge Development, the industrial arm of Transwestern Development Company.

McCallum Sweeney provided incentive negotiation services to Michelin for this effort.  Key location criteria included transportation accessibility, labor quality and availability, real estate and developer partnership, and incentives.  In addition to incentive services, McCallum Sweeney delivered customized labor analyses for locations being considered for the project.  Analysis included the evaluation of demographic and workforce data based on customized workforce areas pertinent to sites under consideration in addition to existing employer interviews.  Key project partners included the City of Wilmington, Will County, and the State of Illinois.  The facility will be Michelin’s Midwest U.S. distribution center.

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Edward Lee McCallum, Jr.

Ed McCallum


Edward Lee McCallum, Jr.

It is with heavy hearts that we share that our beloved colleague Ed McCallum passed away on Sunday, September 8, 2013.   The visitation will occur at Mackey Mortuary on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 from 6:00pm-8:00pm.  The funeral will be at the Mackey Mortuary Chapel on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 1:00pm.  Burial will follow the service at Oakwood Cemetery in Spartanburg.   A gathering will follow the burial for all family, friends, clients, and colleagues at Cleveland Park (141 N. Cleveland Park Drive, Spartanburg, SC  29303) from approximately 3:30pm-5:30pm.

Edward Lee McCallum

Edward Lee McCallum, Jr., 59, of Inman, died Sunday, September 8, 2013.

Born in Roanoke, Virginia, he was the son of Edward Lee McCallum, Sr. and the late Iris Snyder McCallum.

He received his BA degree from James Madison University and his Masters from Clemson University. He played football for Indiana University, attended the Air Force Academy and worked for Fluor Daniel for 14 years before joining forces with Mark Sweeney to form McCallum Sweeney Consulting in 2000.

Surviving beside his father are his wife, Michelle Smith McCallum; a daughter, BrianaMcCallum (Jonathan) Cavin; son, Shaun Jeffrey McCallum; sister, Cheryl Gordon; brothers, Buster and Jim McCallum.

Memorials may be made to Hope Lodge, Charleston, SC, 843-958-0930; American Cancer Society or Spartanburg Regional Hospice both available online.

Condolences may be made on line at Mackey Mortuary.  

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Shaw Announces New Facility in Georgia



Georgia Governor Nathan Deal announced today that Shaw Industries Group, Inc. will build a new facility in Bartow County to manufacture modular carpet tiles. The company is expected to make an $85 million investment in Georgia and create 500 new jobs.  Shaw plans to build and equip 600,000 to 700,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space. The plant will be built on 117.6 acres located near the intersection of Highway 140 and Hall Station Road. Construction will begin in 2014.

“Through the combination of product innovation, design and sustainability, we have grown to become the largest producer of carpet tile in North America,” said Shaw Chairman and CEO Vance Bell. “We have expanded our existing Cartersville carpet tile facility to its maximum so the Adairsville plant will allow for continued long-term growth in this important product segment. We will also soon open a new carpet tile plant in China to service the Asia market.”

We provided site selection and incentive negotiation services to Shaw for this effort.

About Shaw 

The world’s largest carpet manufacturer and a leading floorcovering provider, Shaw Industries Group, Inc. is a vertically integrated manufacturer that supplies carpet, rugs, hardwood, laminate, resilient, ceramic/stone flooring products and synthetic turf to residential and commercial markets worldwide. A wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. with more than $4 billion in annual sales and 23,000 associates, Shaw is headquartered in Dalton, with salespeople and/or offices located throughout the United States, as well as Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Mexico, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

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CalStar Announces New MS Facility



CalStar has announced it will establish a new manufacturing facility in Columbus, Mississippi.  The new facility will produce the full line of CalStar’s sustainably manufactured masonry products including bricks, pavers, and Thru-Wall units, and will feature expanded capabilities for trim and accent shapes through the inclusion of an automated cast stone production line. Existing color offerings will be available, along with additions to the color palette made possible by the use of regional materials.  The company announced estimated employment of up to 60 people in the facility.

We provided site selection and incentive negotiation services to CalStar for this effort.  Key criteria included access and proximity to specialty raw materials, labor and training, and incentive financing.

CalStar Products, Inc. develops and manufactures sustainable building products that allow green architects to dramatically reduce the energy and CO2 footprint of their projects and incorporate significant recycled materials, without compromising building performance or budgets.

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Cole Egan Joins MSC Team

Cole Egan

We are pleased to announce that Cole Egan has joined the staff as a Consultant. He will work with MSC’s corporate clients in assisting them with their site selection and incentive negotiation needs. Cole will also participate in various MSC Site Certification programs for economic development agencies and private landowners across the country.

Cole graduated with honors from Furman University in May 2013, receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Economics. While at Furman, Cole was Vice President of the Furman Economics Society and was the recipient of the Hollingsworth Research Fellowship.


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SGL Group Invests in Ozark, AR Facility


On April 17, 2013,  SGL Group – The Carbon Company – recognized a significant investment in its Ozark, Arkansas facility for the construction of new state-of-the-art graphitization for the manufacture of graphite electrodes, which are used for the production of steel in electric arc furnaces. The investment volume is approximately $26 million.

This investment will yield cleaner technology, reduce energy consumption by approximately 20% and have a considerable impact on the competitive position of SGL Group. This capex will also ensure that the Ozark facility continues to be an exceptional corporate citizen in the region while offering the best, most secure jobs in the area. As last year’s winner of Arkansas Environmental Federation Diamond Award, the Ozark facility has proven that it exhibits action and resourceful management in environmental affairs. In 2012, the facility also celebrated a milestone in safe production – achieving 10 years without a Lost Time Accident (LTA).

SGL Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of carbon-based products and materials.  It has a comprehensive portfolio ranging from carbon and graphite products to carbon fibers and composites. SGL Group’s core competencies are its expertise in high-temperature technology as well as its applications and engineering know-how gained over many years. These competencies enable the Company to make full use of its broad material base. SGL Group’s carbon-based materials combine several unique properties such as very good electrical and thermal conductivity, heat and corrosion resistance as well as high mechanical strength combined with low weight. Due to industrialization in the growth regions of Asia and Latin America and increased substitution of traditional with innovative materials, there is a growing demand for SGL Group’s high-performance materials and products. Products from SGL Group are used predominantly in the steel, aluminum, automotive and chemical industries as well as in the semiconductor, solar and LED sectors and in lithium-ion batteries. Carbon-based materials and products are also being used increasingly in the wind power, aerospace and defense industries.

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Hertz Announces New HQ




Hertz announced on May 7, 2013 it will relocate its headquarters from Park Ridge, NJ to Estero, FL – a community near Ft. Myers, in Lee County, FL. The company announced it will employ 700 people in the headquarters in its new headquarters facility, estimated to be a $60 million investment. The company expects to begin moving employees to the Ft. Myers area beginning this summer.

The Hertz Corporation, a subsidiary of Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HTZ), is the world’s largest airport general use car rental brand. Combined with the Dollar and Thrifty brands, the company operates from approximately 10,400 locations in approximately 150 countries worldwide. Hertz also operates Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation and owns Donlen Corporation, a leader in providing fleet leasing and management services.

McCallum Sweeney Consulting provided site selection and incentive negotiation services to Hertz for this effort. The State of Florida and Lee County, FL provided high impact grants, tax incentives, and training assistance to Hertz in support of the company’s location decision.

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Coeur d’Alene Mines Announces New HQ


McCallum Sweeney Consulting’s client Coeur d’Alene Mines announced it will relocate its headquarters from Coeur d’Alene, ID to Chicago, IL.  The company announced it will employ 60 people in the headquarters, with growth expected to reach 100 employees in the next several years.  The company expects to move into its new space on Michigan Avenue in Chicago beginning this summer.

Coeur d’Alene Mines Corporation is the largest U.S.-based primary silver producer and a growing gold producer. Coeur was incorporated in 1928 and employs over 1,900 people at its operations across the world.

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