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3M Plans $18.7M Expansion In Missouri

April 24, 2014 2:16 pm | News | Comments

Plant manager Todd Cantrell said Wednesday the expansion will make the site the largest 3M plant in Missouri and one of the largest in the country. The project will create 22 new jobs.             

Honeywell Aerospace Expanding In Puerto Rico

April 23, 2014 2:15 pm | News | Comments

Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla says the Arizona-based aerospace industry company is opening a second plant that will begin operations in April 2016. He said Wednesday that 310 jobs will be created.            

PHD, Inc. To Expand Ind. Operations With $4M Investment

April 23, 2014 12:25 pm | by PHD, Inc. | News | Comments

Headquartered in Fort Wayne, Ind., PHD is investing $4.18 million to equip its 76,000 square-foot production facility in Huntington. Multi-axis CNC equipment will be installed in the coming weeks with plans to begin insourcing production of CNC-machined parts.

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Tesla Plans Expansion In China

April 22, 2014 8:54 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Tesla delivered its first eight electric sedans to customers in China on Tuesday and CEO Elon Musk said the company will build a nationwide network of charging stations and service centers as fast as it can.         

We Are In The Post-Industrial Economy

April 21, 2014 1:25 pm | by Mike Collins, Author | Blogs | Comments

The reality is that today’s big corporations are really only focused on three things — cost reduction, profitability, and increasing returns to their investors. They are not moral, patriotic, loyal, or immoral, and we cannot and should not depend on them to devote anything more then lip service to the plight of the middle class or the decline of American manufacturing.

MAPI: Output Shows 'Moderate Growth' Future For Manufacturing

April 16, 2014 10:59 am | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

The Federal Reserve reported that total industrial production (consisting of manufacturing, mining, and utilities) grew 0.7 percent during March. Manufacturing, which accounts for the lion’s share of total industrial production, grew a healthy 0.5 percent.

USMTO: Manufacturing Technology Orders Down In February

April 14, 2014 5:07 pm | by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

 This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 6.6% from January and down 6.2% when compared with the total of $377.82 million reported for February 2013. With a year-to-date total of $733.82 million, 2014 is down 0.6% compared with 2013.

Palmetto State Armory To Expand S.C. Plant, Hire 300

April 10, 2014 2:35 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

South Carolina-based gun manufacturer Palmetto State Armory (PSA) has announced plans to expand its facility in Lexington, S.C., with a $4.2 million investment.                            

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Tenn. Volkswagen Expansion Talks At Standstill

April 8, 2014 8:12 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Expansion talks at Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant have ground to a halt amid disagreements about the role of organized labor at the factory in Tennessee.                    

Will Textiles Manufacturing Survive In America?

April 7, 2014 2:01 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology — @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

In the latest loss for the American textiles industry, Fruit of the Loom has announced its plans to close its plant in Jamestown, KY. Work at the facility will be moved to Honduras in an effort to cut costs.             

Southeast Manufacturing Reaches Highest Point Since 2012

April 7, 2014 12:44 pm | by Kennesaw State University | News | Comments

Manufacturing activity in the Southeast increased for March, registering its highest reading since 2012, according to the Southeast’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) report released today by Kennesaw State University’s Econometric Center in the Michael J. Coles College of Business. The Southeast PMI increased 5.5 points to 61.5, while the National PMI increased 0.5 points to 53.7. 

Suminoe Textile To Expand S.C. Facility, Hire 100

April 4, 2014 3:48 pm | by S.C. Department of Commerce | News | Comments

Suminoe Textile of America Corporation, a supplier of textile products for the North American automotive market, is expanding its needle punch carpet facility in Cherokee County that makes automotive carpeting. The $5 million investment is expected to create 100 new jobs.

ISM: Manufacturing Springs Into Production

April 2, 2014 2:42 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March for the 10th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 58th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.  

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MAPI: March Manufacturing Numbers Should Allay Fears

April 1, 2014 12:19 pm | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

The index of 53.7 in March is slightly better than 53.2 in February, and both are above the 50 percent level that separates growth from decline. Over the last 20 years, the ISM index has equaled or been higher than 53.7 only 39 percent of the time.

BMW Plans $1B Expansion In S.C.

March 28, 2014 2:03 pm | by Jeffery Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

BMW is celebrating its 20th anniversary of building cars in the United States by investing $1 billion in its plant in South Carolina to build two of its new X-series vehicles.                        

What Is The Mystery Project That Could Get Millions From Florida?

March 26, 2014 11:25 am | by Gary Fineout - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Documents from Space Florida, the state's aerospace economic development arm, show that the company that would receive the money is promising to spend up to $500 million on real estate, equipment and furnishing between now and 2020.     

Amy's Kitchen To Open $100M Orange County Plant

March 26, 2014 9:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company is expected to break ground on the 500,000-square-foot organic food-manufacturing plant early next year and open by the end of 2016.                                

GE Aviation To Build 200-Job Indiana Engine Plant

March 25, 2014 4:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Indianapolis Business Journal reports the jobs will pay an average of $36 per hour, or about $75,000 per year. The state is providing incentives $3.3 million in tax credits.                         

Report: Inexpensive Natural Gas Is Boosting Manufacturing Jobs

March 21, 2014 12:50 pm | by The United States Conference of Mayors | News | Comments

Through 2020, the report projects that energy intensive manufacturing employment will expand by more than 1 percent annually nationwide, with 72 percent of those jobs coming in metro areas.            

GAF Roofing To Invest $149M In Mo. Operations

March 21, 2014 9:45 am | by Missouri Department of Economic Development | News | Comments

GAF will build a 320,000 square foot facility in Moberly to house both manufacturing operations and warehousing. The new, state-of-the-art plant will have the highest production capacity in the industry and will be equipped with the most modern technology.

KOSTER American Breaks Ground On $4.6M Virginia Expansion

March 12, 2014 10:26 am | by The Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development | News | Comments

Located in Oceana South Industrial Park, KOSTER purchased their original 14,000-square-foot facility in 2004. Today’s groundbreaking will begin KOSTER’s next expansion phase with the construction of a 14,000-square-foot production facility.

Ky. House Passes Bills Aimed At GE, AK Steel

March 12, 2014 8:41 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers agreed to extend state tax incentives aimed at spurring new expansion projects by General Electric Co. and AK Steel, two key employers in the state.                  

2014: The Year Of The Big Deal

March 6, 2014 8:12 am | by Ken Sweet, AP Markets Writer | News | Comments

Flush with cash and high stock prices, companies are buying up the competition at levels not seen since the dotcom bubble.                        

Chobani To Expand Plant In Idaho

March 5, 2014 12:56 pm | News | Comments

Twin Falls officials in south-central Idaho have approved a $3.5 million expansion of a Greek yogurt plant operated by Chobani.                     

Meyer Tool Expanding S.C. Operations With $5 Million Investment

March 4, 2014 11:49 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Meyer Tool Inc. (MTI), a high-tech supplier to the gas turbine industry, will more than triple its manufacturing operations near Greenville, S.C., with an initial $5 million investment that will add at least 50 new jobs to the production.

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