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Panasonic, Coronal Group Complete Nine Solar Projects

October 1, 2014 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company and Coronal Group LLC announce the completion of nine solar projects in Tulare and Kings Counties in Central California. The projects provide 16.2 MW of energy to Southern California Edison’s grid...

Mondelez To Build $90M Plant In Bahrain As Mideast, Africa Demand Grows

October 1, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mondelez International, the world's leading maker of chocolate, biscuits, gum, and candy, today mannounced plans to invest $90 million in building a biscuit plant in the Kingdom of Bahrain to meet rising demand in the Middle East and Africa for beloved...

Ford Adding 1,000 New Jobs In Canada

October 1, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. of Canada says it is adding 1,000 jobs at its plant in Oakville, Ontario, by the end of this year to build the 2015 Ford Edge crossover SUV for the global market. The automaker said Wednesday it also expects to increase...

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Belarus, GM To Set Up Assembly Plant

September 30, 2014 11:01 am | by Russia & CIS Business and Financial Newswire | News | Comments

Belarus has reached an agreement with General Motors to set up an assembly plant in the country with the capacity to produce 20,000 to 25,000 cars per year, Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich said. "We agreed to create this capacity gradually, in accordance with agreements made with the Customs Union and EurAsEC to achieve at least 30% localization by ..."

Brose Celebrates Opening New Michigan Plant

September 29, 2014 3:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Brose North America celebrated the grand opening of its new facility in New Boston, Michigan, today. The facility will support increased growth with Brose's domestically located OEM partners while making a positive impact on Michigan's economy. The opening...

GE To Build Oil And Gas Plant In Jacksonville

September 29, 2014 2:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric Co. is building a plant for its oil and gas division in Jacksonville, which promises to employ at least 500 people by the end of 2016. Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and Gov. Rick Scott announced the new plant Friday. The company will...

Solaris Acquires Loadcraft Site Services, Purchases Manufacturing Facility

September 29, 2014 1:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure LLC announced two transactions today: the acquisition of the assets of Loadcraft Site Services LLC and the purchase of a manufacturing facility in Early, Texas. The Early manufacturing facility will be dedicated to...

Boeing To Bring Hundreds Of Jobs To Charleston

September 26, 2014 10:29 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Boeing is bringing hundreds of new jobs to South Carolina. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that the aerospace company has leased a 100,000-square-foot building in North Charleston for a new research center that will employ as many as ... 

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Duke Energy To Build Solar Plant In NC

September 25, 2014 4:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy says it plans to build a solar plant in Bladen County. The Fayetteville Observer reports the utility said Arizona-based Phoenix Solar is the contractor, and the solar panels will be manufactured by Yingli Solar. A Duke spokesman said...

Old Forester Bourbon Distillery Planned For Louisville

September 25, 2014 4:00 pm | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Spirits maker Brown-Forman Corp. is returning to its roots to build a distillery to produce Old Forester bourbon, its founding brand. The company revealed its plans Thursday to invest about $30 million to transform two historic buildings into the production facility and tourist attraction along...

Siemens Powers First Flex-Plant In Texas

September 25, 2014 1:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panda Power Funds and Siemens Energy Inc. dedicated the Panda Temple Power Project in Temple, Texas. This is the first Flex-Plant in commercial operation in Texas. Siemens Energy supplied the natural-gas-fired Combined Cycle Power Plant (CCPP) in consortium with its...

Vortex International Expands Manufacturing Facility To Meet Global Demand

September 25, 2014 1:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vortex Aquatic Structures International, a manufacturer and world leader in aquatic play landscapes and entertainment solutions, has announced that it will expand its manufacturing plant. Groundbreaking will be held Sept 25. The expansion, adding...

SpaceX Breaks Ground On Launch Site

September 23, 2014 5:06 pm | by Christopher Sherman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The commercial rocket launches that could begin as early as 2016 in the southernmost tip of Texas will be a critical step toward one day establishing a human presence on Mars, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said Monday. With waves from the Gulf of Mexico crashing just over the dunes and crabs skittering around a tent erected for the...

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Polaris Announces Grand Opening Of Manufacturing Facility

September 23, 2014 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Polaris Industries Inc. today announced the grand opening of its new manufacturing facility in Opole, Poland. The 345,000-square-foot facility will be the first Polaris plant dedicated to manufacturing Off-Road Vehicles (ORV) outside...

Texas Celebrates Its First N-Type Solar Manufacturing Factory

September 22, 2014 4:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At a ceremony this morning, Mission Solar Energy, LLC. celebrated the grand opening of their state-of-the-art solar panel manufacturing facility at Brooks City-Base. The factory, which is the only N-type solar cell and module manufacturing facility in Texas, will create...

Apex Plastics Expands Manufacturing Facility To Accommodate Growth

September 22, 2014 4:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Extrusion plastics blow molder, Apex Plastics, announced the opening of its newly remodeled and expanded manufacturing facility at 570 S. Main Street in Brookfield, Missouri. The expansion includes 2,000 sq. ft. of additional office space and 2,500 sq. ft. of added warehouse and...

The Panama Canal Is Opening Up To A Busy Future

September 22, 2014 9:16 am | by GE Report | News | Comments

The Panama Canal is a full century old, but that doesn’t mean it still can’t grow. The 48-mile-long landmark that cuts across “the backbone of the Western Hemisphere” is going through the final year of a massive expansion. When work is completed...

San Francisco Orders 175 Light Rail Cars From Siemens

September 19, 2014 4:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency has awarded Siemens a contract to deliver an initial 175 light rail cars for its Muni transit system at a value of US$648 million. With an option for an additional 85 cars, this is the biggest Siemens order ever for light rail cars...

Thor Industries Plans Expansions For 2 Indiana Factories

September 19, 2014 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Thor Industries is planning expansion projects at two recreational vehicle factories in northern Indiana. Thor Industries says the projects will boost production at its Heartland RV plant in Elkhart and for its Keystone subsidiary in Goshen. Thor officials say it is spending $8 million on...

Auto Part Suppliers Unsure Of Medium & Heavy Commerical Vehicles Segment

September 19, 2014 1:48 pm | by Ashutosh Shyam, The Economic Times | News | Comments

The medium & heavy commercial vehicles (MHCV) segment has seen improving sales in the past three months. The expansion, after a prolonged period of falling sales, gives credence to expectations of an economic turnaround and much-needed relief to vehicle manufactures, but...

Bibby Financial Provides $1.25M Facility For Apparel Manufacturer

September 19, 2014 12:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bibby Financial Services announced today that it has funded a $1.25M non-recourse factoring facility for a California-based apparel manufacturer. This new business saw increased demand for private-label denim, but as a start-up had struggled to...

Chesapeake Utilities To Build Heat, Power Plant In Florida

September 19, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation announced today that its subsidiary, Eight Flags Energy, LLC, is pursuing the development and construction of a combined heat and power plant in Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island in Nassau County, Florida. The plant will be...

Aircraft Interior Manufacturer Announces Arkansas Facility

September 17, 2014 2:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A French aircraft cabin interior manufacturer said Wednesday that it is spending $2.5 million to open a new facility in Arkansas that will initially employ 75 people. Beaudet Aviation said its new facility is adjacent to the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport and that it will supply...

Boat Manufacturing Company Expands, Adds Jobs In GA

September 16, 2014 4:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A boat manufacturing company is planning to expand its facility in south Georgia and is looking to create 50 new jobs in the process. Gov. Nathan Deal's office announced Tuesday that Chaparral Boats is expanding its facility in Berrien County. Officials say the company employs...

Central Glass Announces Plans To Expand Carlex Operations

September 16, 2014 2:22 pm | News | Comments

Central Glass Co., Ltd., a parent company of Carlex Glass Company, announced that it has resolved to conclude a share transfer agreement to acquire all of the outstanding shares of two subsidiaries of Guardian Industries Corp.: Guardian Automotive Products, Inc. (GAPI), headquartered in Sterling Heights, Michigan, and...

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