U.S. manufacturing expansions, positive outlooks

Oak Brook, IL—Though layoffs and plant closings have captured headlines lately, that's not the only news about U.S. manufacturing. Here's a smattering of recent good news, including plant openings and expansions.


Oak Brook, IL— U.S. manufacturing plant layoffs and plant closings have captured headlines lately, as well as growth of high-profile, non-U.S. manufacturing, which includes many outsourcing and offshoring efforts. However, that's not the only news about manufacturing. Here's a smattering of recent U.S. manufacturing good news, including plant openings, and expansions, along with links to other sites that have more information:

  • U.S. manufacturers are confident of growth in 2004, according to a recent survey conducted by Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates Inc. and sponsored by Siemens. The respondents added that investing in new automation technologies is a top priority for corporations. More than half (61%) of respondents say their company is either in the process of investing in new automation technologies, or will be sometime this year.

  • 31 examples of jobs being “insourced” into the U.S. or expansion in 2004 are cited in a recent Economic Times of India article, “ Ha! Ha! BPO creates most jobs in U.S.

  • American Woodmark Corp. will start operations at its third manufacturing facility in Hardy County, WV, in June 2004, eventually adding 300 jobs.

  • Kaz, a home health care products manufacturer, is expanding operations at its Memphis, TN, facility, to include light manufacturing, creating 300-400 jobs.

  • Sterilite Corp. will hire 200 when it opens a $65-million plant in Clinton, S.C., in May 2004.

  • Merit Medical Systems Inc. is constructing injection molding and electronics facilities in South Jordan, UT, adding 300-500 new jobs.

  • plant three times larger than its current facility and plans to hire between 100 and 125 new employees through September 2004.

  • Natural Choices Home Safe Products LLC, a manufacturer of environmentally safe cleaning and laundry products, announces the opening of a new manufacturing and distribution facility in Franklin, WI, near Milwaukee.

  • Sealy opens new facility in Green Island, N.Y. The $25-million plant employs 115.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Mark T. Hoske, editor-in-chief

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