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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...

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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...

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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...

Manufacturers Announce Plans To Invest And Recruit

October 24, 2014 10:43 am | by Andy Richardson, The Northern Echo | News | Comments

Optimism is returning to the regional engineering and manufacturing industries as firms announce plans to recruit workers, invest millions, and expand premises. DPE Automotive is buying new machinery to double its press capacity after completing a management buy-out which has saved...

2 Michigan Businesses Receive $500K In Grants

October 23, 2014 11:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is awarding $500,000 in grants to two business expansion projects that are expected to add up to 200 jobs in southeast Michigan. The MEDC announced the strategic fund grants Wednesday for Lippert Components Manufacturing in Sterling Heights and...

Wolverine Power Plans New $100M Plant

October 23, 2014 10:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wolverine Power Cooperative plans to build a more than $100 million natural gas-fueled power plant in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula. Cadillac-based Wolverine announced Wednesday the electric generating facility is planned for Otsego County's Elmira Township, west of Gaylord. Wolverine says the...

Oklahoma Manufacturer Expands, Creates 250 Jobs

October 23, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials in Bartlesville are celebrating a new expansion at ABB Totalflow that's expected to create 250 jobs over the next 10 years. The $14 million expansion will double the size of Bartlesville's complex, where more than 300 people now work. The employees design, develop, and manufacture natural...

Mars Food Expands With $31M Investment

October 22, 2014 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mars Food, which makes Uncle Ben's Rice and other products at its Greenville plant, will invest $31 million to modernize operations and expand research at the plant.The company plans to add 25 jobs to the current 226 full-time and 230 contract workers at the 35-year-old operation. New production workers are expected to...

KY Manufacturing Company Expands, Adds 30 Jobs

October 22, 2014 4:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A western Kentucky company is expanding and expects to add 30 jobs in Daviess County. Castlen Welding & Manufacturing LLC was started in 2008. The company makes material-handling equipment for the fertilizer and grain industries and erects and installs the equipment...

Boeing 777X Plant Breaks Ground

October 21, 2014 4:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing celebrated the groundbreaking Tuesday for its 777X Composite Wing Center at Everett.The new $1 billion, 1 million square foot center is close to the widebody plant where the 777X will be assembled because the wings are the largest Boeing has ever built — 114 feet long and 23 feet...

SKF To Expand, Relocate Facility

October 21, 2014 5:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that makes industrial lubrication systems could receive state and local incentives to build a new manufacturing plant in the St. Louis area. Sweden-based SKF plans to relocate its facility from St. Louis city to St. Louis County while retaining 388 jobs and creating an additional 73...

Morito Acquires Scovill Fasteners, Expands U.S. Operations

October 17, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Morito Co., Ltd., a leading global supplier of apparel fasteners, components for automobiles and cameras, and other niche manufactured products, today announced the acquisition of Scovill Fasteners. Morito’s President, Takaki Ichitsubo, said, “Scovill Fasteners is an important part our...

GE Aviation Celebrates Opening Of NC Factory

October 16, 2014 10:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GE Aviation is celebrating the opening of its new advanced composites factory near Asheville with a ceremony featuring state and local leaders. The new 170,000-square-foot facility, which opened Wednesday, will be the first in the world to mass produce engine components made of advanced ceramic...

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