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Last year was such a good one for Northern Kentucky investment that it ranks in the top five in the 28 years Northern Kentucky Tri-ED has been keeping track.

Twenty-seven companies announced new locations and expansions in 2015, an increase of 17 percent from 2014. That is the highest number in the previous three years. The average is 22. The 2015 projects created 2,435 jobs, a 22 percent increase from 2014 and $459.8 million in capital investment, up 106 percent.

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The California online company iHerb told Northern Kentucky economic development officials that it chose to establish a regional headquarters in Hebron three years ago because of the operations and logistics provided by DHL's superhub. iHerb ships its herbal supplements all over the world.

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DHL plans to announce more details Friday morning about its recent expansion at CVG and plans for future growth.

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DHL is expanding its operations at the Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport.  The German-based package delivery company plans to hire more part-time and full-time employees than were announced last November. 

In a news release Tuesday morning, DHL says shipping volumes have increased in the last year and it now wants to fill 150 non-seasonal positions, instead of the previously announced 100. 

About 40 percent of the positions are full-time.

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Air cargo company DHL is adding temperature controlled air freight service between Brussels and Cincinnati.  Specialized cargo planes will carry life sciences products including pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, blood samples and vaccines.

Spokeswoman Jennifer Pakradooni says the six weekly flights are being added because of customer demand in Europe.

"Given the location in Cincinnati and its proximity for freight to be able to reach the various US cities on both coasts in within days of the freights arrival, Cincinnati is a good choice of locations," says Pakradooni.

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Airport officials say they're seeing signs that things are moving in the right direction.  CVG reports the number of passengers was up about 3 percent and its cargo traffic grew about 9 percent, comparing 2013 to 2012.

Here's the statement from CVG:

Local origin and destination (O&D) passengers using Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) yielded an increase for nine out of twelve months during 2013.

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Northern Kentucky has generated lots of economic announcements in the past year--business expansions here,  job expansions there--and the momentum continues into this year.  Much of the growth is thanks to a wealth of resources such as available land, a well-trained workforce and nearby transportation, including the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and DHL.

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Air cargo carrier Southern Air is moving its global headquarters to Florence, Kentucky. The $3.5 million investment will create 150 jobs.

Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson says companies aren't picking the state solely based on tax incentives.

iHerb, an online provider of natural products and food supplements, has announced it will establish a regional e-commerce headquarters in Northern Kentucky. The company is based in California and plans to build a new state-of-the-art e-commerce center at IDI's Park West industrial park in Hebron.