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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, | 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.

Gov. Beshear Praises Tobacco Plant Expansion

February 28, 2014 8:35 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

In recent weeks, however, Beshear has called tobacco use the single-biggest factor contributing to Kentucky's dismal overall health status.                    


After UAW Loss, Plant Shows No Sign Of Expansion

February 28, 2014 7:55 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sen. Corker blamed the UAW appeal — and the resulting delay in certifying the results of the union election — for putting a hold on expansion talks at the plant.                   

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.

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