Volkswagen Group announced today that it has grown by about 248,000 employees, representing a rise of 76 percent, since 2007. 123,000 of those are new jobs created around the world, and 125,000 are from employees of companies acquired during that period and integrated into the larger group. At the end of 2013, the company has about 573,000 employees, the highest number in its history.
An industrial plant near Decatur is about to undergo an expansion worth almost $100 million. BP Amoco Chemical Co. says it will invest $95 million in the factory to improve production of three chemicals used for manufacturing.
According to a news release Tuesday, Horsehead Corp.'s agreement extends the time Shell has to buy the site about 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh and includes plans to start demolishing the zinc plantearly next year at Shell's expense.
Communist leaders are trying to steer China to slower, more sustainable growth but an unexpectedly sharp decline in 2012 and this year prompted concern about politically dangerous job losses. Beijing temporarily reversed course and shored up growth in mid-2013 with a mini-stimulus of higher spending on building railways and other public works.
The surge in orders for durable goods, which are products expected to last at least three years, was the latest evidence of a rebound in manufacturing. The gains will likely provide support for the economy into 2014. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that orders for durable goods jumped 3.5 percent last month compared with October, when they had fallen 0.7 percent.
An ethanol plant that will make the fuel from corn cobs, leaves, and husks is on track to start production early next year. The plant located in Emmetsburg is a joint venture of Sioux Falls, S.D.-based POET and Royal DSM, and a biotech company based in the Netherlands. It is designed to make 20 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year.
Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Nuverra Environmental Solutions Inc. says it is "launching a massive hiring blitz over the holidays" and will continue to search for qualified candidates until all positions are filled. Nuverra, together with its subsidiaries including Power Fuels, has nearly 2,700 employees in 26 states.
Consumers' income rose 0.2 percent, an improvement from a 0.1 percent decline in October. Wages and salaries, the most important component of income, rose a solid 0.4 percent. That gain reflected strength in the private sector and a modest gain in government pay.
A leading firearms company is moving into new headquarters west of Birmingham. Steyr Arms says it will be up and running in its 33,000-square-foot complex in Bessemer on Jan. 2. The company has been operating in the Birmingham suburb of Trussville.
Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration says a mill in northern Maine is expected to add 20 new jobs early next year. LePage's office says the Louisiana Pacific Corporation plant in New Limerick hired 41 new employees last year and is hoping to continue to grow in the new year.
Gov. Pat McCrory and Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker joined Electrolux Major Appliances North America CEO Jack Truong to announce construction of a new six-floor, 375,000 square-foot facility for marketing, research and development and other company operations.
Ohio Valley Resources president Doug Wilson of Fairfield, Ill., announced Thursday that the Chinese company will provide equity financing for the construction while his company will manage the project near the Ohio River town of Rockport.
The Atlanta-based chemical manufacturer said it could make a decision sometime early next year. Axiall would invest $1 billion of its own money, while an unnamed partner would put in $2 billion. The plant could open in 2018, creating 225 permanent jobs. An estimated 2,000 to 3,000 construction would be created over four to five years.
The Michigan Economic Development Corp. this week announced that Circuit Controls Corp. and North American Lighting Inc. are getting incentives approved by the Michigan Strategic Fund. The state says the expansions could mean 112 new Michigan jobs.
Manufacturing.net has been covering the “re-shoring” trend for years, but in 2013, the trend finally hit mainstream, and became a real possibility for far more companies than previously thought possible. Re-shoring was discussed in the news and within important economic circles, and even the President mentioned it multiple times during the State of the Union and other key speeches.
The Hayes Cos. will invest $3 million to expand its metal fabrication plant. Hayes will hire another 75 workers in Pineville, La., paying them $45,000 a year, on average. The company says it's selling more to large clients, including Union Tank Car Co., General Electric Co. and OneSubsea.
Altra Industrial Motion Corp. (Nasdaq: AIMC) today announced the closure of its acquisition of Svendborg Brakes A/S and S.B. Patent Holding ApS, which manufacturing caliper brakes. Headquartered in Vejstrup, Denmark, Svendborg services a number of industrial markets, including oil and gas, mining, metals, material handling and more.
Boeing asked for proposals from interested states after union workers in Washington state rejected a new contract offer. At least 22 states responded, hoping to land a plant that would employ up to 8,500 people. Illinois economic development officials sent the proposal last week. They declined to discuss details, including whether it includes tax breaks or other measures that would require legislative approval.
Overall, confidence in the equipment finance market is 55.8, a decrease from the November index of 56.9, reflecting industry concerns over uncertainty regarding capital expenditures (capex) and competitive market pressures in 2014, among other issues.
Novelis Inc. says it will invest $120 million to install a third aluminum automotive sheet finishing line and expand recycling of automotive scrap at its production plant near Oswego. The company says the expansion will create 90 jobs at its facility in the town of Scriba, and other upgrades to the plant also will be made.
Mercedes-Benz is opening a new section at its plant in Tuscaloosa County. The German automaker is cutting the ribbon on a $70 million logistics center at its automotive factory in Vance on Wednesday afternoon. Gov. Robert Bentley is among the officials planning to attend the event.
New York Governor Cuomo last weekend announced the FuzeHub, which aims to connect small- and medium-sized manufacturers (SMEs) with state resources, such as the New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program, economic development agencies and more.
The manufacturing sector is optimistic about growth in 2014, with revenues expected to increase in 16 manufacturing industries, and the non-manufacturing sector predicts that 14 of its industries will see higher revenues. Capital expenditures, a major driver in the U.S. economy, are expected to increase by 8 percent in the manufacturing sector.
OMEGA Engineering will be opening its newest office in Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil, on December 16, 2013, as part of a larger plan to expand business and leadership on a global scale. The company, part of Spectris plc, has been making components for process measurement and control since 1962.
Investment in equipment and software is expected to grow 3.1 percent in 2014 as economic conditions solidify and business confidence continues to recover, according to the Annual 2014 Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook released today by the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation. Equipment investment is expected to grow across most verticals.