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Maker's Mark Expanding Distillery

February 27, 2014 2:20 pm | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

The $67 million expansion comes barely a year after the brand created a backlash by saying it was cutting the amount of alcohol in each bottle to stretch its whiskey supplies.             

Four Finalist States, Others, Fight For Tesla’s ‘Gigafactory’

February 27, 2014 12:05 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | News | Comments

Tesla Motors recently announced that four states are in contention for a massive new $5 billion plant that the company hopes will build batteries for 500,000 cars a year and employ up to 6,500 people, and there's no doubting that the level of incentives offered will be off the charts.

WeylChem U.S. Expanding S.C. Facility, Hiring 49

February 26, 2014 11:59 am | by S.C. Department of Commerce | News | Comments

WeylChem U.S. Inc., a provider of custom manufacturing and tolling services, as well as advanced intermediates and reagents is announcing the expansion of its Kershaw County facility. The $10.8 million investment is expected to create 49 new jobs.


ELFA: New Equipment Finance Up 2 Pct. In January

February 26, 2014 10:55 am | by The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association | News | Comments

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association said overall new business volume for January was $6 billion, up 2 percent from new business volume in January 2013. Volume was down 44 percent from December, following the typical end-of-quarter, end-of-year spike in new business activity. 

French Automakers Seek To Catch Up In China

February 25, 2014 7:50 am | News | Comments

French automakers Renault and Peugeot are looking belatedly to China to revive their flagging fortunes but picked a tough time to try to expand. Three decades after Volkswagen became the first global automaker to produce cars in China in 1984, Renault SA announced plans in December for a Chinese factory.

Climate Case At Supreme Court Looks At EPA's Power

February 24, 2014 7:37 am | by Mark Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The justices are hearing arguments Monday in a challenge to a regulation that forces companies that want to expand facilities or build new ones that would increase overall pollution to evaluate ways to reduce the carbon they release. Carbon dioxide is the chief greenhouse gas.

IHS: 4Q Manufacturing Employment Surges To 4-Year High

February 19, 2014 4:52 pm | by Aparna Soni, Economist, IHS Global Insight | News | Comments

At over 12 million jobs nationwide, manufacturing employment is now the highest it has been since 2009. The sector recovered handsomely from the setbacks it had faced earlier in the second and third quarters and is poised to start the new year on a strong footing.

Marlboro Maker Altria Taking E-Cigs Nationally

February 19, 2014 9:46 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc. is planning to expand its MarkTen electronic cigarette brand nationally in the second quarter. The owner of the nation's biggest cigarette maker, Philip Morris USA, announced the expansion plans on Wednesday.  


Toray To Invest $1 Billion, Hire 500 In S.C.

February 18, 2014 1:52 pm | by S.C. Department of Commerce | News | Comments

Toray Industries, Inc., a Tokyo-based manufacturer of fibers and textiles, plastic resins, films and carbon fiber compositematerials, has selected Spartanburg County, S.C. for its next global facility. The $1 billion investment over the next decade is expected to create 500 new jobs and represents one of the largest initial capital investments in South Carolina's history.

After UAW Defeat, Can GOP Fulfill Promise Of Jobs?

February 18, 2014 7:56 am | by Erik Schelzig and Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

On the first of three days of voting at the Chattanooga plant, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, citing unnamed Volkswagen officials, all but guaranteed that the German automaker would announce within two weeks of a union rejection that it would build a new midsized sport utility vehicle at its only U.S. factory instead of sending the work to Mexico.

Tesla Protests Bills That Would Limit Expansion

February 18, 2014 7:42 am | by Lisa Baumann, Associated Press | News | Comments

Language in Washington state bill says the Department of Licensing would no longer be able to issue additional facility licenses to Tesla because of its status as a vehicle manufacturer and not as a dealer. The company sells cars directly from the manufacturer to the consumer.

Maine Trailer Manufacturer Expanding To S.D.

February 14, 2014 10:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Maine-based manufacturer of aluminum trailers plans to open a plant in South Dakota's largest city. The Governor's Office of Economic Development says the Alcom LLC plant in Sioux Falls will create 20 jobs initially and up to 180 positions in the next three years.

Study: Manufacturers Will Benefit From Low-Cost U.S. Natural Gas

February 13, 2014 10:59 am | by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) | News | Comments

Low U.S. electricity prices in natural-gas-fired plants, for example, are already encouraging investment in energy-intensive industries such as steel and glass. Not yet visible are the advantages that makers of intermediate products, such as plastic-resin pellets, and makers of finished goods, such as plastic toys and plastic auto parts, will reap from cheaper inputs.


S.C. Exporters Post Record $26.1B Sold To 202 Countries

February 11, 2014 3:02 pm | by S.C. Department of Commerce | News | Comments

The 2013 figures, released today by the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration, represent a nearly four percent increase in South Carolina's export value, which was $25.1 billion in 2012 and previously an all-time record for the state.

Lubrication Technologies Inc. To Expand To La.

February 11, 2014 12:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A $16 million upgrade of a manufacturing facility in Shreveport means new jobs in north Louisiana. Gov. Bobby Jindal and Lubrication Technologies Inc. CEO Chris Bame announced the project Monday. They say the project will create 75 new jobs with an average annual salary of more than $41,400 per year.

Cargill To Expand Seed And Oil Research

February 10, 2014 8:35 am | by Pat Ferrier, The Coloradoan | News | Comments

With an eight-year turnaround from research to yield, Cargill's expansion in Fort Collins will reach into the next generation of oils to meet consumer needs including Omega 3 for brain and eye development, said Lorin DeBonte of Cargill Specialty Seeds & Oils.

U.S. Engine Valve To Expand In S.C., Hire 125

February 6, 2014 11:08 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | News | Comments

U.S. Engine Valve, a manufacturer of high-engineered valves, has announced today its plan to expand operations at its existing facility in Westminster, S.C. The company will invest $29.5 million and add at least 125 new jobs with the initiative.

MAPI: January Factory Slowdown 'Worrisome'

February 4, 2014 9:38 am | News | Comments

“While U.S. manufacturing continued its growth into the new year, survey data from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) showed that the pace of factory activity slowed considerably. The overall Index fell by 5.2 percentage points from 56.5 in December to 51.3 in January, still signaling overall output advances but at a far more muted pace."

SE Mich. PMI: January Rebound After Year-End Low

January 31, 2014 10:56 am | by The Institute for Supply Management - Southeast Michigan | News | Comments

The Southeast Michigan Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for January is 52.3, up from 50.6 in December, as both the Production and New Order indexes rebounded after a seasonal, year-end low. A PMI value above 50 generally suggests economic growth.

Aviation Technical Services To Create 500 Mo. Jobs

January 30, 2014 4:40 pm | News | Comments

Aviation Technical Services, headquartered in the state of Washington, is expanding its operations and locating a facility at Kansas City International Airport, where they plan to create more than 500 new jobs over the next three to five years.

Honda Becomes Net Exporter In The U.S.

January 28, 2014 12:51 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | News | Comments

Throughout 2013, the company exported 108,705 U.S.-made Honda and Acura vehicles while importing 88,537. In addition, the company achieved record production levels of 1,309,917 units on American soil — a 7.4 percent increase over the previous record in 2012.

Manufacturers Are Leaving China, But Where Are They Headed?

January 28, 2014 10:59 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation | Blogs | Comments

Seeing China’s manufacturing sector shrink is a trend that excites Americans, although it may not actually alleviate much of the pressure around a U.S. unemployment rate of 7.3 percent. The reality, according to many experts, is that the phenomenon is more one of nearshoring than reshoring, as many of these businesses — along with their jobs — head to Mexico.

Plastics Machinery Shipments Rise Sharply In Q3

January 27, 2014 1:57 pm | by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association | News | Comments

Taking a closer look at the data, shipments of injection molding machinery were up 20 percent in the third quarter when compared with the same quarter of a year ago. Shipments of single-screw extruders advanced 9 percent, and shipments of twins-screw escalated 12 percent. Shipments of new thermoforming equipment spiked up 50 percent in Q3 when compared with last year

CAT CEO, NAM Want Obama To Make U.S. 'Can-Do' Nation

January 27, 2014 11:45 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | News | Comments

Yesterday, Doug Oberhelman, chairman and CEO of Caterpillar Inc., and Jay Timmons is president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, penned an open letter to President Barack Obama calling for more leadership on creating an environment in which manufacturers can grow once more to create jobs and generate a stronger economy.

Sen. Roberts Introduces R&D Tax Credit Bill

January 27, 2014 10:05 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | News | Comments

On January 14, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) introduced Senate bill 1920, the Innovators Job Creation Act, which intends to ament the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend and modify the R&D tax credit, with the aim of eking out more innovation.

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