Monthly Archives: March 2012

Foxconn Agrees to Improve Working Conditions at Factories

In a move that could transform manufacturing in China, Apple's largest supplier says it will cut workers' hours and increase their pay after an investigation uncovers abuses.

Procter & Gamble Duracell Puts $36 Million in TN Facilities

The battery maker is expanding its manufacturing and packaging in Cleveland, TN, creating 80 jobs.

Kuhn Krause Grows Capacity in Hutchison, KS

The implement manufacturer is planning a $5 million expansion of its Hutchison plant, to be completed by the end of the year.

Amazon Puts New Fulfillment Center in Jeffersonville, IN

The online giant's $150-million logistics hub, Amazon's fifth shipping facility in Indiana, will bring 1,050 new jobs to the area by 2015.

Australian Manufacturer Plans Factory in Dyersville, IA

The $2.2-million facility for equipment maker Digga North America will anchor Dyersville's industrial park.

Nexans Plans $85-million Cable Plant in Berkeley County, SC

The new high-voltage power cable manufacturing plant is expected to create up to 200 jobs, servicing power transmission infrastructure projects in North America.

Good News About Gas Prices

The U.S. is rapidly running out of storage space for the humongous amount of natural gas we're producing.

KPMG Study: Cincinnati Lowest-Cost U.S. City for Business

The latest Competitive Alternatives study by the global tax advisory firm ranks Orlando, Tampa and Dallas-Ft. Worth second, third and fourth, respectively.

Halliburton Plans Operations Hub at Eastpointe Business Park

The hub in Zanesville, OH will support Halliburton's customers in the development and production of energy from Utica shale, creating 300 jobs.

Leggett and Platt Consolidating Kentucky Operations

The maker of engineered components is moving its manufacturing from Nicholsville to its Porter County facility in Kouts.

Prudential Plans New Headquarters Tower in Newark, NJ

The Newark-based insurance giant picks a 3.25-acre site on Broad St. for its $444-million building over a competing parcel next to the NJ Performing Arts Center.

Helmer Expanding Headquarters in Noblesville, IN

The life sciences company will invest $10.6 million to construct a 137,500-square-foot manufacturing and global operations facility at the Noblesville Saxony Corporate Campus.

Caterpillar Expanding Manufacturing in Sumter, SC

The $20-million project will nearly triple the size of the Sumter plant, moving production of large hydraulic cylinders currently made at the company's Joliet, IL plant.

Minnesota-based Steel Manufacturer to Open Portage, IN Facility

Ratner Steel Supply Co. will invest $14.3 million to build and equip a 102,000-square-foot steel service unit at the Port of Indiana Burns Harbor.

Fiber Producer Puts $8-Million Facility in Florence County

Naturally Advanced Fibers will locate its operations in the 143,500-square-foot Delta Mills Cypress plant in Pamplico, SC.

Brightery Solar Moving Headquarters to Kansas City, MO

The solar development and finance firm will invest $2.2 million and create 115 new jobs over the next five years.

Back in the U.S.A.

A U.S. machine-tool maker moves its assembly work to New Jersey, bringing the operation back from China.

Belk Puts eCommerce Distribution Center in Union County, SC

The department store retailer make a $4.5-million capital investment in a former Disney facility, creating 124 new jobs.

Apparel Retailer Expands Distribution in Putnam County, IN

Charming Shoppes, Inc. will receive $1.1 million in conditional tax credits from the state to upgrade its logistics operation in Greencastle, IN, creating 135 jobs.

Rolls-Royce Plans Second Manufacturing Facility in Virginia

The British jet engine maker will invest $170 million in a new facility in Prince George County to produce parts for Boeing and Airbus, creating 150 jobs.