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