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Governor Jack Markell’s Update

Written on: July 9th, 2010 in Job Creation

So far this summer, Delaware added thousands of new jobs. Some of this growth came from the success of existing Delaware companies and some resulted from the decisions of others to become Delaware companies.

We are committed to becoming the best place to start and grow a business, and we’re seeing results. Here are four exciting examples:

Who made the first moon spacesuit?

Cutting the Ribbon at ILC Dover!Delaware’s very own ILC Dover. Since 1947, ILC has been contributing to Delaware’s legacy of innovation.

In June, ILC secured a contract to field a Lighter-than-Air aerostat-based radar system to help safeguard our troops. To win this contract, ILC had to move quickly, so state and local agencies worked together to ensure efficiency. As a result, ILC just opened a new facility where 70 people will be employed.

“In concert with the State of Delaware and the City of Dover, we have been able to ramp up our production rate to our customer’s demands in a time frame believed to be unobtainable a few months ago.”

– Bill Wallach, President, ILC Dover

Why move a headquarters to Delaware?

Sallie Mae – the leading provider of student loans and administrator of college savings plans – chose to relocate to Delaware because of our skilled workforce, which understands their industry and is ready to get to work. When these new jobs arrive, they’ll find a government invested in job creation and committed to moving quickly.

“We appreciate the business spirit of officials at the state and local levels and that Delaware has made clear it will be a great place to grow our business.”

– Albert L. Lord, CEO, Sallie Mae

Here’s more on what brought Sallie Mae to our state.

Do companies like what they find in here?

TMI's Solar SystemTesting Machines Inc. (TMI) employees are experts on analyzing the quality of all kinds of things – and they like what they’ve discovered about us.

TMI, which manufactures physical property testing instruments, just moved from New York to New Castle. Their new plant employs 28 people, with 22 more workers coming soon. With a grant from the Green Energy Fund, TMI is also reducing their energy use by 80% by using cutting-edge systems installed by local contractors.

“It is really incredible what we have been able to accomplish with the help of both the local bank and State agencies, which have been efficient, effective, responsive, and timely.

– John Sullivan, President, The TMI Group of Companies”

What can you do with an old carpet?

Cutting the Ribbon for Modular Carpet Recycling!Modular Carpet Recycling (MCR) is turning old carpets into high-purity renewed nylon (Renewlon™) and 30 new jobs, while reducing waste in our landfills. MCR recently chose Delaware as the site of their new corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility.

To learn more about what Delaware has to offer ground-breaking entrepreneurs like MCR, check out this post from Alan Levin, Director of the Delaware Economic Development Office.

“Delaware is a great place for us to build our initial facility and headquarters. We found a talented workforce, combined with an excellent site at a central location and a government that knows what companies need to create jobs.”

– Ron Simonetti, CEO of MCR

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