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Palmetto Synthetics Expanding In S.C. With $1.1M Investment

October 3, 2013 11:05 am | by S.C. Department of Commerce | News | Comments

Palmetto Synthetics, a producer of staple fiber, consisting of polyester, nylon and other specialty polymers, today announced that it will expand its existing operations in Williamsburg County. The $1.1 million investment is expected to generate 20 new jobs.

Auto Parts Supplier Expanding Ind. Factory

September 27, 2013 11:24 am | News | Comments

Heartland Automotive's factory in Lafayette makes dashboards and other interior parts for Subaru's nearby vehicle assembly plant. The Heartland expansion is a ripple effect of Subaru's announcement in May of a major expansion that's expected to add 900 workers.

Laserflex Expanding S.C. Operations, Hiring 20

September 24, 2013 2:21 pm | by S.C. Department of Commerce | News | Comments

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Laserflex will expand its South Carolina operations by moving to a new, 63,000-square-foot building in Wellford, which will increase the company’s manufacturing space by 23,000 square feet. The expansion will allow Laserflex to add a range of new operations, including machining, paint and laser tube cutting.


Unilever Expanding Tenn. Ice Cream Factory

September 20, 2013 7:40 am | by Adrian Sainz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Unilever officials and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced the expansion at the factory in Covington, located about 35 miles northeast of Memphis. It will add 428 full-time jobs over a four-year period, giving the company a workforce of about 1,000 in the city of about 9,000 people.

Polish Chandler Picks Southwest Va. For U.S. Plant

September 20, 2013 2:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Polish candle-maker is opening its first U.S. production plant in Virginia's Pulaski County, bringing 170 jobs with it. Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Friday Korona S.A.'s $18.3 million investment in southwest Virginia. He said the new addition to the Pulaski County economy will be housed in an existing building and at a site that allows for future growth.

Martin Engineering Acquires TNJ Industries

September 19, 2013 4:59 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | News | Comments

Martin Engineering has announced its acquisition of Arizona-based TNJ Industries, which specializes in dust management for the crushing and conveying of mine materials. The purchasing company says the acquisition will strengthen its line of dust control products, giving customers more options when making an investment. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

MAPI Outlook: Return To Moderate Growth Forecast

September 19, 2013 11:05 am | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

Following a strong pace of production in the first quarter of 2013, manufacturing production eased in the second quarter but should accelerate growth, according to the quarterly Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation U.S. Industrial Outlook, a report that analyzes 27 major industries.

Ford To Pump $680M Into Canadian Factory

September 19, 2013 9:46 am | News | Comments

Ford says it will sink 700 million Canadian dollars ($680 million) into an assembly plant near Toronto to add models and meet increased demand for vehicles around the world. The investment will preserve the Oakville, Ontario, plant's 2,800 jobs and expand its manufacturing capability, the company said Thursday.


Autodesk Opens New San Francisco Workshop For Advanced Manufacturing

September 16, 2013 3:25 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | News | Comments

The company behind some of the most used and highly-regarded 3D design software has opened up a new 27,000 square-foot facility on San Francisco’s Pier 9. The Autodesk Workshop aims to help more people imagine, design and create new software, tools and advanced workflows across industries.

Daimler North America To Expand In Portland

September 16, 2013 8:24 am | by Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press | News | Comments

The unit of Daimler AG said its new building will house 400 new white-collar workers and hundreds of existing employees who now work in rented offices across the Willamette River. The expansion will happen on the company's existing campus on Swan Island.

Daimler Vans Manufacturing Expanding In S.C., Hiring 60

September 12, 2013 12:37 pm | by South Carolina Department of Commerce | News | Comments

Daimler Vans Manufacturing will expand its existing van assembly plant in Charleston County, located at 8501 Palmetto Commerce Parkway. Daimler distributes its vans from the facility to markets throughout North America. The company will make improvements to the building and changes to its current assembly line. The company expects to complete expansion by 2018.

Food Plant Expanding, Plans To Add 200 Jobs

September 12, 2013 4:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A food company in northeastern Kentucky is expanding and planning to add 200 jobs. Custom Food Products says it is investing $44 million in the expansion project at its Owingsville plant in Bath County. The company, which is a subsidiary of Idaho-based CTI Foods, processes meats, soups, sauces and tacos for food manufacturers and foodservice chains.

Top 5 Manufacturing States Fueled By High-Tech Innovation

September 9, 2013 10:50 am | by R. Lockard | Articles | Comments

As computer and electronic integration continues to grow and permeate every level of daily life, Oregon reigns supreme in its enterprise. Each new year ushers in another level of computing power and technical innovation, fueling continual research and innovation in a highly competitive market.


MAPI: Advanced Manufacturing Could Hold Promise For American South

September 9, 2013 9:48 am | by The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

A new report finds that the implementation of advanced manufacturing in the American South could help the region realize its economic potential and make a vital contribution to an industry-led strategy for a revival in U.S. economic fortunes.

Toyota Technical Center Plans $28M Investment

September 6, 2013 1:50 pm | News | Comments

The Toyota Technical Center plans to invest more than $28 million to expand its powertrain operations at two facilities in the Ann Arbor area. The division is part of automaker Toyota Motor Corp.'s North American operations.      

MAPI Economic Forecast: Return To Moderate Growth

September 6, 2013 12:42 pm | by The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

Manufacturing production is expected to fare somewhat better than the overall economy, with anticipated 2.2 percent growth in 2013 and 3.2 percent growth in 2014. The 2013 forecast is a decrease from 3.1 percent and the 2014 estimate is down from 3.6 percent predicted in the May forecast.

5 Quick Questions: Mike Weller, President, Miller Electric

September 6, 2013 9:35 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

I would invest training in current employees. These are the people who have helped build our company. At Miller, our average seniority is 19 years with less than two percent turnover. We believe in giving people the chance and the skills to build their careers and want to continue to see them grow.

Survey: 43 Percent Of Leaders To Invest In Efficiency Next Year

September 5, 2013 2:42 pm | by Schneider Electric | News | Comments

Forty-three percent of energy leaders say their investment in energy efficiency next year is projected to be more than it was last year, according to survey results released today by Schneider Electric. Twenty-two percent said their projected investment would stay the same, and 10 percent reported their investment would be less than last year.

Crown Group To Open New S.C. Plant, Hire 42

September 4, 2013 12:01 pm | News | Comments

The Crown Group, a provider of coating services for the automotive, heavy truck and agriculture industries, has announced a $5.4 million investment that is expected to create 42 new jobs over the next five years. This plant will be the company’s seventh in the U.S. and the first in South Carolina.

Study: U.S. Oil And Gas Revolution To Increase Income, Boost Trade

September 4, 2013 11:20 am | by IHS | News | Comments

The economic and employment contributions from U.S. unconventional oil and gas production are now being felt throughout the U.S. economy, increasing household incomes, boosting trade and contributing to a new increase in U.S. competitiveness in the world economy, a new study by IHS finds.

Mining Equipment Firm To Open Va. Facility

August 29, 2013 11:38 am | News | Comments

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Thursday that W&B Fabricators Inc. will invest $3.1 million in the operation. The company has operated in Mercer County, W.Va., for more than 24 years and provides services to major coal operators throughout Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and Pennsylvania.

Tenn. Cheesemaker MDS Foods Plans New Plant, Jobs

August 29, 2013 11:27 am | News | Comments

Cheesemaker MDS Foods Inc. plans to build an expanded production facility in Manchester. Coffee County industrial board executive director Ted Hackney says employment is expected to grow from 41 to about 70 in the next few years.

Georgia’s Recipe For U.S. Manufacturing Recovery

August 28, 2013 4:04 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Lockheed Martin | Articles | Comments

Georgia, among other southeastern U.S. states, has been receiving a lot of attention from manufacturers lately for its business-friendly climate and proximity to big-name players in advanced manufacturing — think Tyson, Kia, Caterpillar, Lockheed Martin and more. That success, while multifaceted, can be directly traced to the state’s economic development efforts.

$1.5B North Dakota Fertilizer Plant On Course

August 28, 2013 11:34 am | News | Comments

A group planning a $1.5 billion nitrogen fertilizer plant in northeastern North Dakota has secured a supply of natural gas and is in the process of buying a site. Northern Plains Nitrogen Chairman Darin Anderson said the company is buying land next to Grand Forks' municipal sewage lagoons north of the city and east of Interstate 29.

Shell Seeks Ethane For Proposed Pa. Cracker Plant

August 28, 2013 9:18 am | News | Comments

Shell Oil Co. is seeking ethane suppliers for its proposed petrochemical complex in western Pennsylvania. The company says in a statement Tuesday that it will accept bids from August 27 to October 4, 2013. Shell is still a year or more away from making a final decision on whether to build the multi-billion dollar plant at an industrial site about 40 miles north of Pittsburgh.

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