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BMW’s S.C. Plant Hits Record Production

January 10, 2013 3:03 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

BMW Manufacturing achieved a record production year throughout 2012, with total production landing at 301,519 vehicles for the year. The company says this represents a 9 percent increase over volume for 2011, during which it produced 276,065 vehicles, and is the highest annual volume recorded in the Spartanburg plant’s 19-year history.

Kiswire Inc. Opening Second Facility In Newberry County, S.C.

January 10, 2013 1:31 pm | News | Comments

Kiswire Inc., a maker of steel cord for the tire industry, will expand its manufacturing operations in Newberry County. The first phase will involve a $15 million investment that is expected to generate 30 new jobs. The company expects to begin construction on the building this quarter and begin production at the facility by the end of 2013.

Intelligrated Celebrates Grand Opening Of Ohio HQ Expansion

January 9, 2013 11:43 am | News | Comments

Intelligrated, a leading North American-based automated material handling solutions provider, announces the grand opening of its 122,000-square-foot headquarters expansion in Mason, Ohio. With a combined area of 262,000 square feet, Intelligrated’s headquarters will accommodate an ongoing increase in engineering, research and development staffing.

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NY Semiconductor Maker Adding NY R&D Facility

January 8, 2013 5:08 pm | News | Comments

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, announcing the project Tuesday, says it is expected to result in at least 500 new jobs at the new technology center on the company's campus in rural Saratoga County, as well as 500 more jobs at its administration and manufacturing buildings.

Montana Jet Engine Part Manufacturer To Expand Operations

January 3, 2013 4:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GE Aviation and Marysville, Wash.-based SeaCast Inc. announced Thursday that they have established a joint venture — Montana Precision Products — to produce jet engine components at SeaCast's facility in Butte. Company officials say the venture will enhance GE Aviation's global supply chain as its engine production rates continue to rise.

Startup Auto Company Moving Into Former GM Plant

January 3, 2013 4:09 pm | by Melinda DeSlatte, Associated Press | News | Comments

A startup car company called Elio Motors is moving into the former General Motors plant in Shreveport, where it plans to build three-wheeled, low-price vehicles. The company said it averages 65 miles per gallon of gas and will sell for $6,800 when commercial production begins in mid-2014.

Ford Spending $773M On Mich. Plants, Adding Jobs

December 27, 2012 8:06 am | News | Comments

Ford is spending about $773 million to expand six Michigan manufacturing plants while adding 2,350 factory jobs in the state, part of a broader investment plan announced last year. The expansion should help increase manufacturing of transmissions and axles as demand grows for fuel-efficient cars and F-Series pickup trucks, Ford said Thursday.

Blue Giant Equipment Corporation Announces U.S. Expansion

December 21, 2012 10:08 am | News | Comments

Blue Giant Equipment Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of its U.S. operation, Blue Giant Equipment LLC, which is marked by the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Greensboro, North Carolina. Situated on Burnt Poplar Road in an industrial park in Greensboro, this new facility will provide Blue Giant with additional manufacturing space and favorable freight and lead-times to customers in that market.

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Bell Expanding Helicopter Production In Tenn.

December 21, 2012 8:08 am | News | Comments

Bell Helicopter Inc. will add a second manufacturing plant in Piney Flats, Tenn. Gov. Bill Haslam and other state officials announced Thursday that the $10.1 million investment in Sullivan County is expected to create 125 new jobs. The expanded operations will take place in a 150,000-square-foot-building Bell bought near its current facility.

SC Johnson Powers Up Wind Energy At Company’s Largest Manufacturing Facility

December 19, 2012 10:23 am | News | Comments

When the blades started spinning yesterday on SC Johnson’s two new wind turbines, the company’s Waxdale manufacturing facility began to further minimize its dependence on fossil fuels. The addition of the turbines means that products made at Waxdale — trusted brands like Scrubbing Bubbles®, Glade® and Windex® — will now be made using clean energy.

Apple To Produce Macs In U.S. Next Year

December 6, 2012 8:18 am | by Bree Fowler and Peter Svensson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple CEO Tim Cook says the company will produce one of its existing lines of Mac computers in the United States next year. Cook didn't say which line of computers would be produced in the U.S. or where in the country they would be made. Cook says the consumer electronics world has never really had a big production presence in the U.S.

Ga. Food Processing Company Plans To Add 200 Jobs

December 6, 2012 8:16 am | News | Comments

Officials at a Dawsonville-based food processing company have announced plans to expand their plant in northern Georgia and add 200 jobs. The Gainesville Times Wednesday reported Gold Creek Foods plans to expand its plant in Gainesville and hire new employees in 2013.

Schaeffler Group USA Expanding South Carolina Operations

November 29, 2012 12:21 pm | Boeing | News | Comments

Schaeffler Group USA, an automotive and industrial component supplier, today announced that it will expand its existing operations in Chesterfield County. The $40 million investment is expected to generate 190 new jobs. “Schaeffler Group USA is proud to continue our long standing partnership with the Town of Cheraw, Chesterfield County and the state of South Carolina,” said Bruce Warmbold, CEO of Schaeffler Group North America.

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NuSil Technology Continues Expansion With Fourth Building

November 28, 2012 12:30 pm | News | Comments

“The expansion at Bakersfield is a long-term strategic decision for NuSil to help facilitate and maintain the growth of the company,” said Scott Mraz, President and CFO of NuSil Technology LLC. “Our goal is to increase capacity with the best available manufacturing technology, and we have made significant investments in new energy-efficient buildings and processes to accomplish this goal.”

Report: Wide Agreement On Paths To Restore U.S. Competitiveness

November 20, 2012 9:17 am | News | Comments

A new Harvard Business School (HBS) survey reveals serious concern about America’s competitiveness trajectory, but wide agreement between liberals and conservatives on the policy imperatives that Congress and President Obama should advance following the election.

Reshoring 101: Rebuilding U.S. Manufacturing With Right Sizing

November 19, 2012 9:38 am | by Tim Hutzel, Dave Lippert and MainStream Management, LLC | Articles | Comments

The story of how the United States lost its place in manufacturing dominance and why jobs were shipped offshore is highly relevant for business executives, government leaders and anyone interested in understanding their true impact on the country and what it will take to reestablish America’s prominence as a manufacturing leader.

Hanesbrands Upgrading Va Plant

November 16, 2012 4:13 pm | News | Comments

Clothing maker Hanesbrands Inc. is planning to upgrade a Virginia facility, retaining 215 workers and adding 50 additional jobs. Gov. Bob McDonnell said Friday that the company will invest $1.6 million to add new high-speed fabric manufacturing equipment at the plant in Woolwine.

L'Oreal To Expand In Kentucky

November 16, 2012 8:36 am | News | Comments

A global manufacturer of cosmetics and hair care products announced plans to add 211 jobs at its northern Kentucky plant, nearly doubling its workforce as part of a $42 million expansion project at the facility. L'Oreal currently has about 220 employees at the Florence plant and another 60 at its distribution center in Walton.

Pratt & Whitney Expands Florida Plant

November 15, 2012 5:18 pm | Pratt & Whitney, United Technologies Corp. | News | Comments

Pratt & Whitney is expanding its aircraft engine plant in West Palm Beach with help from Florida taxpayers. The $63 million project is expected to result in 230 new jobs. The company currently employs about 1,000 people in Florida. The state and Palm Beach County contributed $4.4 million in incentives toward the expansion project.

Dennen Steel Opens First Southern U.S. Plant

November 12, 2012 1:20 pm | News | Comments

Dennen Steel cut the ribbon on its steel stamping facility to serve the Southern USA market. Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant cut the ribbon on the new $7 million facility. Dennen Steel Chairman Andrew Dennen reported that “we are making a significant investment here because we projected growth opportunities with existing and new customers in the region.”

John Deere To Expand ND Plant

November 5, 2012 8:10 am | News | Comments

John Deere says it will be making a $20 million investment to expand its manufacturing plant in Valley City. Valley City plant manager David Bradford tells KOVC radio that the company is adding a tillage equipment production line to the facility. He says the company plans to add 55 to 100 jobs.

CF Industries Spends $1.7B In Iowa Expansion

November 2, 2012 8:17 am | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fertilizer maker CF Industries Inc. plans to invest $1.7 billion in Iowa to expand its facility on the south edge of Sioux City, the company announced Thursday. Gov. Terry Branstad said the project is the largest capital investment ever for the state of Iowa.

Honda Plans $200M Investment, 200 Jobs In Ohio

November 1, 2012 7:56 am | News | Comments

Honda says it will make $200 million in new investments at two plants in western Ohio, creating about 200 manufacturing jobs. The automaker says the expansions for the Anna engine plant and Russells Point transmission plant were announced Thursday to mark Honda's 30th anniversary of auto production in the United States.

Japanese Company Expanding Indiana Factory

October 31, 2012 8:11 am | News | Comments

Hitachi Powdered Metals said it would build a second facility at its site in Greensburg and plans for operations to start there next August. The company now has about 150 full-time workers at its Greensburg factory and expects to possibly hire 60 more people in the coming year. Hitachi says it is looking to hire for production, engineering and maintenance jobs.

Lilly Plans Insulin-Related Manufacturing Growth

October 30, 2012 2:18 pm | News | Comments

Drugmaker Eli Lilly says it is planning a multi-million dollar expansion of its manufacturing operations to make cartridges that deliver insulin to patients. The company says the cartridges will help meet growing demand in the U.S. for diabetes treatments. Nearly 26 million U.S. residents have type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

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