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Wolverine Advanced Materials To Expand VA Plant

November 6, 2014 5:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wolverine Advanced Materials is planning to expand its specialty rubber coated materials manufacturing operation in Montgomery County, creating 93 jobs. Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Thursday that Wolverine will invest more than $10 million in the expansion. Officials say Virginia successfully...

Nissan Launches U.S. Murano Production

November 5, 2014 4:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan’s Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant has gone global as the company rolls the first all-new 2015 Nissan Murano off the line today, marking the first time the model has been produced in the U.S. Nissan Canton is now the company’s worldwide hub for Murano production, expanding export opportunities...

Auto Part Manufacturer To Open IN Plant

November 5, 2014 4:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Michigan-based automotive supplier has announced plans for its first Indiana operation. Fisher Dynamics said Wednesday that it will create 169 jobs within two years of the opening of a 113,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in Evansville. The privately-owned company that makes...

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Looking to Expand? Workforce, Transportation, Location Are Key

November 5, 2014 2:29 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

As I mentioned in my recent article “Manufacturing Growth: Missouri Got It Right,” Missouri is currently experiencing a huge surge in the manufacturing sector. I discussed the resurgence with Ms. Amy Susan, the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Missouri Department of...

China-Owned Firm To Open VA Plant, Create Jobs

November 5, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new company is moving into the former Thomasville Furniture facility in Appomattox, creating 349 jobs. Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday that Lindenburg Industry LLC will invest $113 million to establish an industrial honeycomb manufacturing...

Engine Maker Nears Completion Of $15M Warehouse

November 3, 2014 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Engine maker Cummins Inc. expects to have construction finished by the end of this year on a new $15 million warehouse and distribution center in southern Indiana. The company plans to consolidate 80 employees from distribution sites in Seymour, Jonesville, and Greenwood at the new center in an...

Cabot Corp Lignite Coal Mine Opens In TX

November 3, 2014 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cabot Corporation announces the opening of its new mine in Texas. This mine will produce lignite coal and supply Cabot’s adjacent activated carbon manufacturing facility in Marshall, Texas for an expected 50 years. Furthermore, it enables Cabot to continue to serve its customers’ activated carbon...

Alcoa Announces $190M Investment

November 3, 2014 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lightweight metals leader Alcoa announced a $190 million investment at its Davenport Works, Iowa, facility to expand its product offerings in the aerospace and industrial markets. Alcoa is installing manufacturing technology to enhance the performance of thick aluminum and...

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Amy's Kitchen To Open In Converted ID Plant

October 30, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Organic frozen food maker Amy's Kitchen is opening a new plant in southeastern Idaho. The company is buying the former H.J. Heinz Co. plant that closed in June, eliminating 400 jobs. At an announcement of the plan in Pocatello on Wednesday, Amy's Kitchen co-founder Rachel Berliner said the company...

SunCoke Proposes Plant In Greenup

October 30, 2014 1:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SunCoke Energy South Shore LLC has filed an application with Kentucky officials to build an electric generating plant in conjunction with a coke plant on about 250 acres along the Ohio River. The Independent reports the proposed plant in northeastern Kentucky would use the coke-making process to generate up to...

Pharma Firm To Establish Operations In VA

October 30, 2014 1:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese pharmaceutical ingredients maker is planning to invest $22.5 million to establish operations in Virginia, creating 376 jobs. Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Thursday that UniTao Pharmaceuticals LLC has purchased the Boehringer Ingelheim plant that's slated to close by the end of the year. Officials say the project is a...

Appalachian Biofuels To Establish Facility In VA

October 29, 2014 3:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Appalachian Biofuels LLC is planning to establish its headquarters and biodiesel production facility in Russell County, creating 40 jobs. Gov. Terry McAuliffe says the company will invest $3.5 million for the project. Virginia successfully competed against South Carolina for the...

MaxLite Opens New Facility In Anaheim

October 29, 2014 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MaxLite, a leading manufacturer of LED lighting solutions, expands its U.S. operations with the opening of a new LEED-certified facility recently. The 48,864-square-foot-building increases MaxLite's product assembly and testing capabilities and features the company's first full showroom on the...

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GM To Invest $63M In MI Car Plant

October 29, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. is investing $63 million in a mid-Michigan plant where crossover vehicles are being built. The Detroit-based automaker said Wednesday that the expansion at its Lansing Delta Township Assembly will add about 263,000 square feet to the plant. New robotic equipment also...

Novo Nordisk Hiring For NH Manufacturing Facility

October 29, 2014 11:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Novo Nordisk, a global pharmaceutical company that produces medicines for patients with diabetes, hemophilia, or growth-related disorders, announced plans to hire up to 90 people at its newly-acquired manufacturing plant in West Lebanon, NH. The facility was formerly owned by Olympus...

Williams Partners Expects Plant To Start Producing In November

October 29, 2014 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 Williams Partners L.P. today announced it expects its expanded Geismar Olefins plant to begin manufacturing ethylene for sale in November. That timeline is consistent with the financial guidance the partnership provided in July. All major construction related to the...

Johnson & Johnson Innovation Launches Asia Pacific Innovation Center

October 28, 2014 5:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson Innovation today announced the opening of the Asia Pacific Innovation Center, located in Shanghai with satellites in Singapore, Australia, and Japan. The Asia Pacific Innovation Center extends the network of Johnson & Johnson Innovation Centers in life sciences hotspots around...

Rentech Commences Start-Up Of Atikokan Wood Pellet Facility

October 28, 2014 4:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Rentech, Inc. announced today that start-up of the Atikokan wood pellet facility has begun. During the next few weeks, the plant will undergo safety inspections, equipment testing, and final commissioning. Sean Ebnet, senior vice president of Rentech’s wood fibre business, said, “I’m pleased to reach...

Digi-Key's 2014 European Sales Revenue Hits Record Level

October 28, 2014 4:28 pm | by Digi-Key Corporation | News | Comments

Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability, and delivery, today announced exceptionally strong growth in Europe, averaging 26-percent growth year-over-year across the entire region. The company attributes this rapid sales...

Magna Celebrates Facility Grand Opening In MI

October 28, 2014 2:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Magna International Inc. announced today the grand opening of DexSys, a new greenfield facility in Delta Township, Michigan, for the manufacture of automotive exterior products. Company officials were joined by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, United States Senator Debbie Stabenow, members of local...

Chronus To Build $1.4B Fertilizer Plant In IL

October 28, 2014 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has confirmed that a chemical company has decided to build a $1.4 billion fertilizer plant in eastern Illinois. Department spokesman David Roeder said Tuesday that Cronus Chemicals will build the plant just outside Tuscola. The plant will employ about...

GM To Move Volt Part Production To U.S.

October 28, 2014 12:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is moving production of a critical component in the Chevrolet Volt from Mexico to Michigan. GM CEO Mary Barra is expected to announce the plan later Tuesday in a speech to the Detroit Economic Club. The automaker will build the electric drive unit for the...

Battery Maker Touts Big Prospect For NC Jobs

October 27, 2014 6:35 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A small start-up company said Monday it would create hundreds of jobs when it moves into a massive, former Philip Morris USA cigarette plant to build batteries that it says will help power companies save energy and work more efficiently. North Carolina officials on Tuesday are expected to hear...

Goya Opens New Facility, Distribution Center

October 27, 2014 9:35 am | by Goya Foods | News | Comments

Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States, expands its West Coast headquarters with a new facility and distribution center in Southern California in response to the increased consumer demand of Goya's healthy and nutritious products. As the only...

Union Says Ford Picks Mexico Over Ontario For Engine Plant

October 24, 2014 12:58 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Unifor says Ford Motor Co. has decided to build its new engine in Mexico after it was unable to reach a deal with the federal and Ontario governments. Unifor national president Jerry Dias says the union is disappointed the company and the...

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