Tempur Sealy International Inc. is planning a $13.3 million expansion of its manufacturing operation in Virginia's Scott County, where the company makes Tempur-Pedic mattresses and pillows. Gov. Bob McDonnell said Wednesday that the expansion is expected to create 42 jobs.
A proposed beef processing plant is facing some opposition in Scottsbluff as officials review the plan. The nonprofit Twin Cities Development Corporation says it supports economic development that creates jobs in the area. But Twin Cities opposes the Future Food Energy plant.
After a car maker or a steel mill wears out a factory, extracts all the tax breaks a treasury will bear, and accumulates more obligations to its workers than the stockholders will bear, it flees town like a deadbeat husband, leaving a worn-out, exploited patch of land no else will touch. An industrial city follows the same life cycle as a boxer, or a prostitute.
To stay competitive, RSS Manufacturing & Phylrich needed an inexpensive automation solution that could easily be moved between CNC machines, assembly lines and tube benders. The company deployed a UR5 from Universal Robots and was quickly impressed with the Danish robot arm's performance and ease of use.
Toshiba Corp. said Tuesday it will expand its semiconductor manufacturing plant in central Japan to meet growing demand for memory chips used in smartphones and tablet computers. Expansion work at the Yokkaichi facility in Mie Prefecture will start in late August for scheduled completion in summer next year, the company said.
A North Dakota heavy equipment manufacturing company is showing off its $50 million expansion project. The Caterpillar Reman Drivetrain facility in West Fargo will help produce components for large off-highway trucks and other mining equipment.
Oddello Industries LLC announced it $4 million expansion on Thursday. Company COO Tom Roberts noted Oddello began in East Tennessee and said Morristown is a logical fit for continued growth, particularly with rising overseas shipping and labor costs.
The jobs announced Thursday are in addition to 800 positions added at the Smyrna plant last year, and will bring total employment at the suburban Nashville facility to more than 7,000. Hiring is already underway. Rogue production is scheduled to begin this fall.
Gov. Bob McDonnell said Thursday that Canon Virginia Inc. plans to invest $27 million to expand its operations. Officials say the expansion is a result of a meeting with Canon in Tokyo during McDonnell's recent Asia trade mission. Canon Virginia's operation in Newport News employs nearly 2,000 people.
Eclipse Development Group is the first buyer to make an offer since the paper mill closed in early 2011 amid bankruptcy proceedings, putting 175 employees out of work. They plan a mix of office, retail and residential uses for the 23-acre Blue Heron mill site.
GM Mexico's president Ernesto Hernandez said Wednesday the investment will help build a new factory in Silao to manufacture 8-speed transmissions and expand the factories in San Luis Potosi and Toluca. Hernandez added that the automotive sector is one the pillars of Mexico's economy, representing more than 20 percent of manufacturing GDP.
The $133 million expansion announced Wednesday calls for GM to build a new 114,000-square-foot stamping plant. Construction will begin in July and the press is expected to be operational by early 2015. GM makes the full-size Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans at Wentzville.
Whitehall Industries has broken ground on a facility in Paducah, Ky. that will employ 150 people making aluminum components for the automotive industry. Gov. Steve Beshear's office says the company plans to invest nearly $13 million in the project.
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated has expanded its sales and distribution center in Roanoke County. No new jobs will be created. Media outlets report that company and local officials held a ribbon cutting for the $7 million expansion on Tuesday.
There's vigorous — and at times emotional — argument surrounding strategies for insourcing, outsourcing, near sourcing or keeping it in-house. The argument really shouldn’t focus on the fervent and at times politically-tinged abstractions of what flag flies over the factory, but rather what’s best for your business.
Shintech will expand its production capacity by more than 10 percent, Japanese parent company Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. Ltd. said in a news release last week. Shin-Etsu said its Plaquemine plant is running at capacity and expansion is needed to meet growing worldwide demand for PVC.
Volkswagen calls its Chattanooga plant a global model for energy conservation and efficient production. But executives remain tightlipped about whether the facility is in line to produce a new crossover SUV for the German automaker.
Columbia, S.C.-based EcoDual Inc., a provider of dual fuel conversion systems for heavy-duty trucks, will relocate its manufacturing assets in a new facility in Beaufort County over the next 18 months. The $13 million investment is expected to create 307 new jobs over the next five years.
Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday it is investing a total of $200 million on three U.S. engine plants to boost production capacity. Of the total, $150 million will be spent to increase its production capacity to around 750,000 units per year by July 2015 from the current 506,000 units at a factory in Alabama, the automaker said.
Danish toymaker Lego says it will expand a factory in the Czech Republic and create some 800 jobs to meet growing regional demand for its popular building blocks. Carsten Rasmussen of Lego's European packing division did not reveal the size of the investment except to say it was "a large two-digit million euro figure."
A company making high-end pontoon boats is moving to a new location in Fort Wayne with plans to double its workforce over the next couple years. State and local officials joined Brunswick Corp. executives in a ceremony Thursday at its new factory on the city's west side at the site of a closed restaurant oven plant.
Officials at Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corp. say they've opened a second assembly plant in Newnan and will hire 100 employees to work on a new utility vehicle. The Japanese company also said this week that it has completed transferring all of its ATV production to the Coweta County plant south of Atlanta.
The Eglin, Ill.-based HELUKABEL USA has announced that is German parent company has brought its expanded global logistics center, a $50 million project, online for the first time. The facility in Hemmingen will double the company’s warehousing capacity and better enable it to provide rapid order delivery to customers worldwide.
Amway Corp. is building an $81 million manufacturing and warehouse facility near the company's headquarters in West Michigan. The direct-sales giant on Wednesday announced the official start of construction of the 317,000-square-foot facility near its headquarters in Kent County's Ada Township.
Eastman Chemical Co. will put $1.6 billion into an expansion in Tennessee that will create 300 new jobs. The expansion is called Project Inspire. Eastman management said it will invest in new growth opportunities, safety and environmental projects, increased warehouse space, building renovations and expansion of its corporate campus in Kingsport.