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Nissan Adds 900 Jobs To Make Rogue At Tenn. Plant

June 27, 2013 11:56 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

The jobs announced Thursday are in addition to 800 positions added at the Smyrna plant last year, and will bring total employment at the suburban Nashville facility to more than 7,000. Hiring is already underway. Rogue production is scheduled to begin this fall.

Canon To Expand Virginia Manufacturing Operations

June 27, 2013 11:53 am | News | Comments

Gov. Bob McDonnell said Thursday that Canon Virginia Inc. plans to invest $27 million to expand its operations. Officials say the expansion is a result of a meeting with Canon in Tokyo during McDonnell's recent Asia trade mission. Canon Virginia's operation in Newport News employs nearly 2,000 people.

Calif. Developer Bids For Historic Ore. Paper Mill Site

June 27, 2013 9:35 am | News | Comments

Eclipse Development Group is the first buyer to make an offer since the paper mill closed in early 2011 amid bankruptcy proceedings, putting 175 employees out of work. They plan a mix of office, retail and residential uses for the 23-acre Blue Heron mill site.


GM To Invest $691M In 3 Assembly Plants In Mexico

June 27, 2013 8:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 GM Mexico's president Ernesto Hernandez said Wednesday the investment will help build a new factory in Silao to manufacture 8-speed transmissions and expand the factories in San Luis Potosi and Toluca. Hernandez added that the automotive sector is one the pillars of Mexico's economy, representing more than 20 percent of manufacturing GDP.

GM Announces $133 Million Expansion Near St. Louis

June 26, 2013 1:13 pm | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

The $133 million expansion announced Wednesday calls for GM to build a new 114,000-square-foot stamping plant. Construction will begin in July and the press is expected to be operational by early 2015. GM makes the full-size Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans at Wentzville.

Auto Parts Maker To Employ 150 In Kentucky

June 26, 2013 11:57 am | News | Comments

Whitehall Industries has broken ground on a facility in Paducah, Ky. that will employ 150 people making aluminum components for the automotive industry. Gov. Steve Beshear's office says the company plans to invest nearly $13 million in the project.

Coca-Cola Bottling Expands Roanoke Co. Center

June 26, 2013 6:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated has expanded its sales and distribution center in Roanoke County. No new jobs will be created. Media outlets report that company and local officials held a ribbon cutting for the $7 million expansion on Tuesday.

‘Rightsourcing’ — A Better Procurement Model For Manufacturers

June 25, 2013 3:57 pm | by Jack Daniels, President and CEO, EastBridge Engineering | Articles | Comments

There's vigorous — and at times emotional — argument surrounding strategies for insourcing, outsourcing, near sourcing or keeping it in-house. The argument really shouldn’t focus on the fervent and at times politically-tinged abstractions of what flag flies over the factory, but rather what’s best for your business.


Plastics Firm Plans $500M Expansion At La. Plants

June 24, 2013 8:17 am | News | Comments

Shintech will expand its production capacity by more than 10 percent, Japanese parent company Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. Ltd. said in a news release last week. Shin-Etsu said its Plaquemine plant is running at capacity and expansion is needed to meet growing worldwide demand for PVC.

VW Mum On Prospects For U.S. Plant Expansion

June 24, 2013 8:12 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen calls its Chattanooga plant a global model for energy conservation and efficient production. But executives remain tightlipped about whether the facility is in line to produce a new crossover SUV for the German automaker.     

EcoDual Invests In New S.C. Production Plant, 307 New Jobs

June 21, 2013 10:25 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | News | Comments

Columbia, S.C.-based EcoDual Inc., a provider of dual fuel conversion systems for heavy-duty trucks, will relocate its manufacturing assets in a new facility in Beaufort County over the next 18 months. The $13 million investment is expected to create 307 new jobs over the next five years.

Toyota To Spend $200M On 3 U.S. Plants

June 21, 2013 8:11 am | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday it is investing a total of $200 million on three U.S. engine plants to boost production capacity. Of the total, $150 million will be spent to increase its production capacity to around 750,000 units per year by July 2015 from the current 506,000 units at a factory in Alabama, the automaker said.

Lego To Expand Czech Facility To Meet Demand

June 18, 2013 7:35 am | News | Comments

Danish toymaker Lego says it will expand a factory in the Czech Republic and create some 800 jobs to meet growing regional demand for its popular building blocks. Carsten Rasmussen of Lego's European packing division did not reveal the size of the investment except to say it was "a large two-digit million euro figure."


Boat Maker Expanding With New Ind. Factory

June 14, 2013 9:29 am | News | Comments

A company making high-end pontoon boats is moving to a new location in Fort Wayne with plans to double its workforce over the next couple years. State and local officials joined Brunswick Corp. executives in a ceremony Thursday at its new factory on the city's west side at the site of a closed restaurant oven plant.

Yamaha Expanding Vehicle Production In Georgia

June 12, 2013 8:00 am | News | Comments

Officials at Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corp. say they've opened a second assembly plant in Newnan and will hire 100 employees to work on a new utility vehicle. The Japanese company also said this week that it has completed transferring all of its ATV production to the Coweta County plant south of Atlanta.

HELUKABEL Opens $50 Million German Expansion

June 11, 2013 12:45 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | News | Comments

The Eglin, Ill.-based HELUKABEL USA has announced that is German parent company has brought its expanded global logistics center, a $50 million project, online for the first time. The facility in Hemmingen will double the company’s warehousing capacity and better enable it to provide rapid order delivery to customers worldwide.

Amway Building $81M Facility In Michigan

May 30, 2013 7:59 am | News | Comments

Amway Corp. is building an $81 million manufacturing and warehouse facility near the company's headquarters in West Michigan. The direct-sales giant on Wednesday announced the official start of construction of the 317,000-square-foot facility near its headquarters in Kent County's Ada Township.

Eastman Adding 300 Jobs, Spending $1.6B

May 29, 2013 1:33 pm | News | Comments

Eastman Chemical Co. will put $1.6 billion into an expansion in Tennessee that will create 300 new jobs. The expansion is called Project Inspire. Eastman management said it will invest in new growth opportunities, safety and environmental projects, increased warehouse space, building renovations and expansion of its corporate campus in Kingsport.

Hitachi Automotive Expanding Its Operations In Ga.

May 29, 2013 11:04 am | News | Comments

The expansion will require an additional 290,000-square-foot facility adjacent to its current two buildings, Gov. Nathan Deal said in a written statement. The company's current facility, formerly Unisia of Georgia Corp., was established in Monroe —about 45 miles east of downtown Atlanta — in 1996.

Advanced Technical Finishing Invests $10 Million In Huntsville Facility

May 21, 2013 3:29 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | News | Comments

Advanced Technical Finishing, the Huntsville, Ala.-based surface treatment resource for components in a variety of industries — aerospace, defense, medical and transportation — is adding 16,000 square feet to the current facility with a $10 million investment.

Hershey Tapping Into 'Milk Candy' Market In China

May 21, 2013 12:19 pm | News | Comments

The new product marks Hershey's latest push to expand its presence in China, where the potential for sales growth is far greater than in developed countries such as the U.S. But the company has plenty of catching up to do with just 2.2 percent of the country's chocolate market, according to Euromonitor International.

GM Investing $44.5 Million In Mich. Plant, Hiring 200

May 21, 2013 10:55 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | News | Comments

Lansing, Mich.-based General Motors today announced a $44.5 million investment for its Lansing Grand River Assembly plant, which currently manufactures the Cadillac ATS and CTS. With the investment, the company will build a 400,000 square-foot Logistics Optimization Center and hire 200 additional employees.

2 Companies To Expand Operations In Puerto Rico

May 16, 2013 7:57 am | News | Comments

One of the largest eye care companies in the U.S. is expanding its operations in Puerto Rico. Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla says CooperVision will invest $250 million to build 15 new production lines, a project that will create some 350 new jobs. The company currently employs 1,600 workers at a plant in the southern town of Juana Diaz.

Kobe Aluminum To Expand In Bowling Green, Ky., Create 100 Jobs

May 15, 2013 3:47 pm | by Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce | News | Comments

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear today joined company and local officials to break ground on an 87,000 square foot addition to Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products (KAAP), LLC advanced manufacturing facility in Bowling Green, representing $66 million of new capital investment and the addition of 100 new full-time employees.

Bobcat Breaks Ground On $20 Million ND Facility

May 13, 2013 2:37 pm | News | Comments

Bobcat Co. is investing $20 million in an expansion and renovations in Bismarck, about 3 ½ years after closing its manufacturing plant and laying off nearly 500 workers.The compact construction equipment maker broke ground Monday on a research-and-development facility at its existing site at the Northern Plains Commerce Centre.

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