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U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Up 13.1 Pct. In October

December 11, 2013 3:17 pm | by The United States Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) | News | Comments

October U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $176 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) collaboration, was up 13.1 percent from September’s total but down 5.8 percent from October 2012.

MAPI Forecast: Moderate Growth From A Deep Recession

December 11, 2013 1:56 pm | by The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

Manufacturing production is expected to fare better than the overall economy, with anticipated growth of 3.1 percent in 2014 and 4.1 percent in 2015. The 2014 forecast is a slight decrease from the 3.2 percent predicted in the September forecast; the 2015 projection is unchanged.

Automotive Insights 2: Re-Shoring And The Southeast

December 9, 2013 10:27 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Videos | Comments

In the second part of Automotive Insights, sponsored by Omni-ID, we’re talking how re-shoring and the Southeast’s rise is changing American automaking. Over the last few years, the automotive industry has seen more foreign manufacturers, like Toyota, Honda, and Volkswagen, establishing manufacturing operations here in the U.S. What has been game-changing for many is their decision of where in the U.S. to manufacture.


Mohawk Industries To Expand 2 Georgia Plants

December 5, 2013 8:09 am | News | Comments

Governor Nathan Deal has announced that flooring manufacturing company Mohawk Industries is planning to renovate two facilities in northwestern Georgia and create more than 400 new jobs. Deal said Wednesday that Mohawk industries is planning to invest $85 million in the renovation of two facilities in Rome and Dalton over the next two years.

ISM: A Good Solid Month For Manufacturing

December 4, 2013 9:39 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November for the sixth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 54th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

Construction Begins On Cheese Plant In Brookings

November 29, 2013 9:16 am | News | Comments

The Bel Brands USA facility is on track to be completed late next year and product testing will begin in March. Bel Brands makes Mini Babybel and The Laughing Cow cheese wedges. The company has said it will invest about $100 million in the plant that will employ 200 people initially.

Small Spartanburg Textile Company Now Thriving

November 29, 2013 9:09 am | by Trevor Anderson, (Spartanburg) Herald Journal | News | Comments

In a landscape dotted with massive crumbling relics of Spartanburg County's textile heritage, it might seem impossible for a smaller outfit to beat the odds. But Green Textile Associates Inc., which has been family-owned for four generations, has continued to thrive. The company will celebrate its 76th anniversary this year.

VW Expanding Warehouse At Chattanooga Plant

November 29, 2013 9:04 am | News | Comments

German automaker VW has begun construction at its Chattanooga plant for an extension of its assembly parts shop warehouse. The extension will triple the warehouse capacity to more than 300,000 square feet. It is expected to be completed by August. The on-site expansion will eliminate the need for two external staging warehouse.


Materials Sciences Corp. To Add 23 S.C. Jobs

November 26, 2013 12:18 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | News | Comments

Materials Sciences Corporation (MSC) has today announced its intention to establish a new manufacturing facility near Greenville, S.C., with a $1 million investment. Under the current plan, MSC will renovate and upfit a 13,000-square-foot space in a former textile manufacturing facility.

Locomotive Company Expanding In Knoxville

November 22, 2013 2:13 pm | News | Comments

State officials say a locomotive manufacturer is establishing an assembly and fabrication plant in Knoxville, adding 203 jobs over the next three years.Officials say Knoxville Locomotive Works will establish the plant in Knoxville to satisfy new Environmental Protection Agency emission requirements for trains.

Spanish Automotive Supplier To Bring 118 Jobs To Kansas City

November 21, 2013 2:25 pm | by The Missouri Partnership | News | Comments

Missouri’s resurgent automotive industry is bringing another leading automotive parts supplier and more jobs to the Kansas City region, Gov. Jay Nixon announced today.  Grupo Antolin North America will invest more than $15.7 million in a 150,000 square-foot automotive manufacturing facility to supply Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant, creating an estimated 118 new jobs.

Exploring Tax Breaks And Fourth Quarter Equipment Financing Benefits

November 21, 2013 12:42 pm | by Peter K. Bullen | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing businesses considering a capital equipment investment may want to act now to take full advantage of long-standing capital equipment tax breaks set to expire on Dec. 31 and IRS equipment depreciation guidelines providing year-end benefits.

Folgers Investing $5M In New Orleans Expansion

November 18, 2013 9:49 am | News | Comments

The Folgers Coffee Co. plans a $5 million expansion in eastern New Orleans as parent J.M. Smucker Co. continues consolidating coffee production. A new $3 million administration building will have bigger offices, not more people, Smucker spokeswoman Maribeth Burns told New Orleans CityBusiness (


Lilly Plans $715M Insulin Manufacturing Investment

November 14, 2013 8:16 am | News | Comments

The Indianapolis company said Thursday it will spend $350 million to expand its insulin cartridge manufacturing in China, another $120 million for a similar improvement in France and $245 million to boost manufacturing capacity in Puerto Rico and Indianapolis.

Sogefi To Expand W.Va. Plant

November 12, 2013 12:46 pm | News | Comments

Sogefi Group plans to expand its auto parts plant in Wayne County and create 250 new jobs. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced the expansion Tuesday. Tomblin met with Sogefi Group CEO Guglielmo Fiocchi in France during a 13-day investment trip to Europe in October.

DeWalt Ramps Up U.S. Cordless Tool Production

November 12, 2013 10:06 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | News | Comments

DeWalt, the manufacturer of industrial power tools, has announced its intention to build more than 600 different cordless power tools, hand tools and accessories in the U.S., using globally-sourced materials. The company says its 75,000-square-foot facility near Charlotte, N.C., has been producing tools since early October.

Raytheon Adds Jobs, Expands In Miss.

November 12, 2013 8:17 am | News | Comments

Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems President Rick Yuse said in a news release that the expansion reflects an anticipated growth in airborne radar and electronic warfare markets. The Mississippi Development Authority is giving the company $6 million to pay for renovation and infrastructure, as well as for the construction of the 20,000-square-foot addition.

Kia: Collaborating On The Southeast’s Automotive Future

November 11, 2013 9:50 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Articles | Comments

The need for a good workforce is critical, Jackson says. Only if the available workforce is good can a company even consider locating or expanding in a certain region. He adds, “I almost refer to it as peeling an onion. Every layer has its purpose, but the core is the workforce. The most important is the workforce.”

Emerson Opens New Global Headquarters For Regulator Tech

November 8, 2013 4:34 pm | News | Comments

Emerson Process Management has today announced the opening of its new $25 million headquarters for the design, testing and manufacture of its regulator technologies. The company says these products include pressure regulators and relief valve solutions for the oil & gas, chemical and power industries.

BorgWarner Bringing Jobs To S.C.

November 8, 2013 11:36 am | News | Comments

Automotive parts maker BorgWarner Inc. is expanding its operations in Seneca, S.C. and creating more than 100 jobs. The state Commerce Department said Friday that BorgWarner is investing nearly $25 million and expects to create 105 new jobs.    

Fitesa Simpsonville Invests $50 Million In S.C. Expansion

November 7, 2013 11:36 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | News | Comments

Fitesta Simpsonville, Inc., today announced its plans to expand its existing Greenville Country facility to significantly increase production capacity for its spunmelt nonwoven hygiene products. The company says its $50 million investment, which will remodel the 190,000-square-foot facility, will create at least 32 new jobs.

Quartz Manufacturing Company To Build Plant In Ga.

November 6, 2013 2:02 pm | News | Comments

Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday that Caesarstone is planning to invest between $70 million and $100 million in the new plant in Richmond Hill — about 20 miles southwest of Savannah. Deal says the company will import raw materials to make new countertops, and will export the finished products from Georgia's ports.

Vt. Beer's Rapid Success Gets Neighbors Bubbling

November 6, 2013 12:18 pm | by Dave Gram, Associated Press | News | Comments

Customers lined up at The Alchemist brewery to buy cases of Heady Topper, the double IPA that Beer Advocate magazine recently ranked No. 1 out of the top 250 beers in the world. The hoppy concoction is so popular — sales have grown 600 percent in the two years since the brewery opened on the outskirts of Waterbury — that owners Jen and John Kimmich plan to shutter their retail operation on November 15 to avoid a neighborhood dispute.

Fiber-Optic Cable Manufacturer Expanding Va. Plant

November 6, 2013 11:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fiber-optic cable manufacturer is planning to expand its Culpeper operations, creating 30 jobs. Gov. Bob McDonnell said Wednesday that TE Connectivity Ltd. will invest more than $15 million in the expansion.

KI Logistics To Add 149 Jobs With S.C. Expansion

November 1, 2013 10:07 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | News | Comments

KI Logistics today announced its plans to invest $11.5 million to establish its new North American headquarters and logistics facility at The Matrix Business and Technology Park in Greenville County. With the new investment , the company plans to create as many as 149 new jobs over the next several years. The 206,000-square-foot facility will be fully operational by July 2014.

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