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MAPI: Factory Output Numbers Show 'Solid Footing'

June 16, 2014 11:20 am | News | Comments

The report is a very positive confirmation that the manufacturing sector will continue to grow faster than the general economy this year and next. Growth is driven by a ramping up of the housing supply chain.              

Giti Tire To Invest $560 Million, Create 1,700 S.C. Jobs

June 16, 2014 10:57 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The Singapore-based company will produce both passenger and light truck tires in the new facility, which will combine manufacturing and distribution within its estimated 1.8 million square feet.                 

Why Making Lights In America ‘Is Not Just An Option’

June 11, 2014 4:57 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

After an unsuccessful tryst with China, Independence LED Lighting ended up establishing a new headquarters and manufacturing operation in Wayne, Penn., just under 20 miles northwest of Philadelphia — reshoring all that production work to the U.S.

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ConAgra Expanding Popcorn Facility In Indiana

June 11, 2014 3:48 pm | News | Comments

ConAgra Foods says it will spend nearly $9 million to expand its popcorn production operations in northwestern Indiana, where it expects to add up to 80 workers in the coming year.              

National Instruments Drops Texas Expansion Plan

June 11, 2014 7:58 am | News | Comments

National Instruments Corp. has dropped plans for an $80 million expansion in Central Texas that would have added about 1,000 jobs.                      

GE Breaks Ground On $400 Million Advanced Manufacturing Facility

June 10, 2014 1:42 pm | by The Greenville Area Development Corporation | News | Comments

This first-of-its-kind facility in Greenville, South Carolina, will serve as an incubator for innovative advanced manufacturing process development and rapid prototyping.                     

MAPI Economic Forecast: Investment Spending Will Drive Growth

June 9, 2014 12:18 pm | by The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) Quarterly Economic Forecast predicts that inflation-adjusted gross domestic product will expand 2.5 percent in 2014 and 3.2 percent in 2015. The former is a decrease from 2.8 percent and the latter equal to the 3.2 percent from MAPI’s March 2014 report.

Why Does This Tax Credit Need A Revival?

June 5, 2014 10:57 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

The New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program, established back in 2000 to spur economic development in blighted communities around the U.S., actually doesn’t exist anymore. But if the story of Mölnlycke Health Care and Brunswick, Maine, means anything, it's that the tax credit is about due to be revived.

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S.C. Announces 300 New Jobs, $38M In Investment

June 2, 2014 9:54 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was joined by state and local economic development officials last Thursday evening to announce $38.2 million in new capital investment and 304 new jobs in South Carolina.               

GP Announces $40M Expansion At Ark. Plant

May 30, 2014 3:45 pm | News | Comments

Georgia-Pacific says it will invest $40 million in an expansion at its Fort Smith plant, which manufactures paper plates and other paper products.                  

Actavis Investing $48M In Puerto Rico Plants

May 29, 2014 7:48 am | News | Comments

Drug maker Actavis Plc is investing $48 million to reactivate and expand two manufacturing plants in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.                     

MAPI: Despite Some Drops, Durable Goods To Grow Soon

May 27, 2014 9:54 am | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

The growth in April’s new orders was entirely due to large defense contracts which have very long lead times and thus do not reflect activity that is likely this year. Having said that, defense capital goods contracting has exploded in early 2014.

MIT Prof.: More Costly To Offshore Than Many Companies Think

May 23, 2014 9:52 am | by MIT Sloan School of Management | News | Comments

Using a new finance tool, she shows how the mismatch costs that result from extending the supply chain may well be higher than the lower cost offered by the offshore supplier, leading to reduced profits.                 

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InSinkErator Plans $65M Expansion

May 22, 2014 4:00 pm | News | Comments

The Racine company best known for its garbage disposers is opening another manufacturing plant in Kenosha and will upgrade its operations in Racine.                  

Brembo Celebrates Michigan Parts Plant Expansion

May 22, 2014 3:23 pm | News | Comments

High-end auto parts manufacturer Brembo S.p.A announced plans Wednesday to make North America its top market while celebrating expansion of its plant in southern Michigan.              

Plastic Products Company Investing $3.2M In S.C.

May 22, 2014 2:24 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Plastic Products Company Inc. (PPC), a manufacturer of plastics and injection molding, has announced its plan to invest $3.2M in a new facility in Seneca, S.C.                           

California Approves Toxic Waste Site Expansion

May 21, 2014 2:15 pm | News | Comments

State officials have approved a major expansion of a toxic waste landfill in Central California that residents say has caused birth defects in children.                  

British Company Plans Third Pellet Mill

May 19, 2014 3:01 pm | News | Comments

Permit and grant applications show the same British company that's building a wood pellet mill in Gloster is planning one in Magnolia.                    

Northrop Grumman Expanding In Florida

May 12, 2014 10:32 am | News | Comments

Defense contractor Northrop Grumman, spurred on by millions in cash incentives from the state of Florida, announced plans for a major expansion of its already-existing operations in the state.           

ISM: Solid Numbers All Around

May 2, 2014 2:17 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in April for the 11th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 59th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. 

Land O' Lakes Closing Wisconsin Cheese Plant

May 2, 2014 7:48 am | News | Comments

Land O' Lakes also announced a multi-million dollar expansion to its Kiel facility. Among the improvements in the next few years will be new milk silos and new cheese vats.                

Tesla To Break Ground At Two ‘Gigafactory’ Sites

April 30, 2014 11:17 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The company has not said when they would be willing to announce the two top-runners. Musk also did not explain what would happen to the “losing” site after the company has already broke ground and decided to finish the plant elsewhere.     

Honeywell To Expand Va. Plant Production

April 30, 2014 8:00 am | News | Comments

Honeywell International plans to add a new production line at its plant in Chesterfield County to meet demand for high-grade nylon polymers.                   

3M Plans $18.7M Expansion In Missouri

April 24, 2014 2:16 pm | News | Comments

Plant manager Todd Cantrell said Wednesday the expansion will make the site the largest 3M plant in Missouri and one of the largest in the country. The project will create 22 new jobs.             

Honeywell Aerospace Expanding In Puerto Rico

April 23, 2014 2:15 pm | News | Comments

Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla says the Arizona-based aerospace industry company is opening a second plant that will begin operations in April 2016. He said Wednesday that 310 jobs will be created.            

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