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Ark. Mower Firm Expands To Multi-Terrain Vehicles

August 8, 2013 10:51 am | News | Comments

A Batesville-based company that makes high-end riding lawnmowers said Wednesday it completed an expansion for a new line of multi-terrain vehicles and will add up to 200 new employees.Bad Boy Mowers said Wednesday it will hire the new workers over the coming three to five years.

Chrysler To spend $52M At Michigan Engine Plants

August 7, 2013 11:16 am | News | Comments

The company will invest $40.5 million at an engine plant in Dundee, Mich., southwest of Detroit. Chrysler will convert an assembly line to make cranks, heads and engine blocks for the 2-Liter four-cylinder Tigershark engine. Another $11.5 million will be used to add a Tigershark assembly line at the North engine plant in Trenton, Mich.

Honda To Invest In Engine Plant, Training Centers

August 7, 2013 11:14 am | News | Comments

Honda says it will spend $215 million to expand an engine plant and build two training centers in Ohio. The investment will add about 60 jobs in the state, although 50 of them will come from other Honda operations in North America.   

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Missouri Plastics Companies To Co-Open $5 Million Facility

August 5, 2013 12:50 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The Kansas City Area Development Council has announced that IBC North America and Clean Tide Container will open a new facility in the Kansas City area to manufacture and refurbish intermediate bulk containers. The sister companies will invest more than $5 million to build the expansion, which will also create 87 new jobs in the area.

igus Keeps Moving After Strong 2012

August 1, 2013 3:51 pm | News | Comments

igus Inc. has announced that despite difficult market conditions throughout 2012, it managed to increase turnover by five percent and finish the year on a record high due to what it is calling “organic growth.” The East Providence, R.I.-based company delivered its cabling products to more than 175,000 customers around the world, with its ReadyChain division, which provides pre-harnessed chains and continuous-flex cables, leading the charge.

Nissan Building Park For Suppliers At Miss. Plant

July 31, 2013 7:35 am | by Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Phil Bryant and Nissan officials spoke Tuesday during a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday near Canton. The manufacturing plant opened in 2003 and is about 15 miles north of Jackson, facing Interstate 55. The new supplier park will not be visible from the interstate.

CertainTeed Expands With New $150M Mo. Facility

July 26, 2013 10:23 am | News | Comments

Gov. Jay Nixon was joined Wednesday by leadership from CertainTeed Corporation at a groundbreaking ceremony for the company’s new $100 million manufacturing and distribution center in Jonesburg. The project is expected to create 100 new jobs.

Report: Small Businesses 'Uniquely Vulnerable' To Climate Change, Extreme Weather

July 25, 2013 3:45 pm | by The American Sustainable Business Council & Small Business Majority | News | Comments

Lacking access to the capital and resources of large corporations, small businesses can suffer lasting economic damage as a result of a single extreme weather event. For example, of the 60,000 to 100,000 small businesses negatively affected by Hurricane Sandy, up to 30 percent are estimated to have failed as a direct result of the storm.

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Tecumseh To Add Jobs In Mississippi

July 25, 2013 8:13 am | News | Comments

A refrigeration compressor company will expand its factory near Tupelo, adding up to 150 new jobs over the next five years. Tecumseh Products Co. said Wednesday that it will begin making a new kind of compressor at its Verona plant, which already employs 350 people.

QualiChem Completes Expansion To Support Growth

July 24, 2013 9:37 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Salem, Va.-based QualiChem has announced that is has completed a major expansion if its headquarters, laboratory and manufacturing facilities. The company's Salem facility is now 70 percent larger, with 35 percent more space for quality control, R&D laboratories and manufacturing, plus 50 percent more floor space for raw material and finished goods.

Fertilizer Industry Grows Despite Safety Concerns

July 18, 2013 3:06 am | by David Mercer and Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press | News | Comments

 The wave of potential expansion comes with concerns. An explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant in April killed 15 people in the community of West, highlighting the dangers of such facilities and how loosely they're regulated. But in communities like Tuscola, local officials say they're prepared to handle those risks.

Food Service Manufacturer To Expand In N.C. Counties

July 17, 2013 9:49 am | News | Comments

An Illinois-based food service and food packaging manufacturer says it's expanding its facilities in North Carolina's Lenoir and Iredell counties, with additional plans to create 77 jobs. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's office announced Tuesday that Pactiv LLC will invest more than $9 million in its facilities in Kinston and Mooresville.

Q&A: Restoring The ‘Tech Belt’ With Next-Generation Manufacturing

July 16, 2013 9:00 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

The so-called “Tech Belt“ region of the U.S. has undergone explosive growth in the years since the Great Recession. In order to get more information about how that winning bid came together, and details about where NAMII is headed as it continues to grow, we sat down with Representative Tim Ryan, of Ohio’s 13th District, which includes both Youngstown and Akron. 

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Honeywell Announces $208M Expansion In Louisiana

July 16, 2013 7:58 am | News | Comments

Honeywell International Inc. has announced plans for $208 million in expansion projects at its Louisiana production sites in Baton Rouge, Shreveport and Geismar. The expansion projects are estimated to create 42 new jobs at the sites, with an average salary of $68,300.

MAPI Business Outlook: Slight Improvement In Composite Index

July 11, 2013 10:50 am | News | Comments

The survey’s composite index is a leading indicator for the manufacturing sector. The June 2013 composite index advanced to 58 from 56 in the March survey, the second straight quarterly advance after 10 consecutive quarterly declines. For the past 15 quarters, the index has remained above the threshold of 50, the dividing line separating contraction and expansion.

Denso To Expand Plant In Mexico

July 11, 2013 9:07 am | News | Comments

Denso will invest approximately $51.4 million to expand the Silao plant, which will start producing air conditioners in October, to accommodate the new line for customers such as Ford Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp., as they increase production in the region.

Carpet Company To Invest $350M On Factory

July 11, 2013 9:05 am | News | Comments

The planned facility is a 2 million-square-foot manufacturing center. The Calhoun-based company in May announced that it would build two new plants in northwest Georgia. It has said it will hire 2,400 workers at the plants in Whitfield and Murray counties.

Toshiba Completes Expansion Of Houston Control Plant

July 9, 2013 12:18 pm | News | Comments

Toshiba International Corporation (TIC), headquartered in Houston, Texas, has announced today the completion of its control plant expansion, which provides an additional 107,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space. The company says the $20 million investment will double production capacity of its medium voltage adjustable speed drive product line.

Tempur Sealy To Expand Va. Operations

July 3, 2013 3:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tempur Sealy International Inc. is planning a $13.3 million expansion of its manufacturing operation in Virginia's Scott County, where the company makes Tempur-Pedic mattresses and pillows. Gov. Bob McDonnell said Wednesday that the expansion is expected to create 42 jobs.

Proposed Western Nebraska Beef Plant Criticized

July 3, 2013 11:50 am | News | Comments

A proposed beef processing plant is facing some opposition in Scottsbluff as officials review the plan. The nonprofit Twin Cities Development Corporation says it supports economic development that creates jobs in the area. But Twin Cities opposes the Future Food Energy plant.

Nothin' But Blue Skies

July 3, 2013 10:57 am | Articles | Comments

After a car maker or a steel mill wears out a factory, extracts all the tax breaks a treasury will bear, and accumulates more obligations to its workers than the stockholders will bear, it flees town like a deadbeat husband, leaving a worn-out, exploited patch of land no else will touch. An industrial city follows the same life cycle as a boxer, or a prostitute.

Universal Robots Brings Manufacturing Back To U.S.

July 2, 2013 4:04 pm | by Universal Robots | Videos | Comments

To stay competitive, RSS Manufacturing & Phylrich needed an inexpensive automation solution that could easily be moved between CNC machines, assembly lines and tube benders. The company deployed a UR5 from Universal Robots and was quickly impressed with the Danish robot arm's performance and ease of use.

Toshiba To Expand Semiconductor Plant In Japan

July 2, 2013 8:03 am | News | Comments

Toshiba Corp. said Tuesday it will expand its semiconductor manufacturing plant in central Japan to meet growing demand for memory chips used in smartphones and tablet computers. Expansion work at the Yokkaichi facility in Mie Prefecture will start in late August for scheduled completion in summer next year, the company said.

Grand Opening Set For West Fargo Equipment Plant

July 1, 2013 2:17 pm | News | Comments

A North Dakota heavy equipment manufacturing company is showing off its $50 million expansion project. The Caterpillar Reman Drivetrain facility in West Fargo will help produce components for large off-highway trucks and other mining equipment.   

Tenn. Furniture Manufacturer Adding 228 Jobs

June 27, 2013 2:14 pm | News | Comments

Oddello Industries LLC announced it $4 million expansion on Thursday. Company COO Tom Roberts noted Oddello began in East Tennessee and said Morristown is a logical fit for continued growth, particularly with rising overseas shipping and labor costs.

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