Yearly Archives: 2012

BF Rankings Report: LA, VA Tops in Economic Growth Potential

The Bayou State surges to the top of our annual assessment of Economic Growth Potential, edging out last year's number one, Virginia.

McCall Farms Expands in Florence County, SC

The producer of canned and frozen vegetables will invest $10.6 million in a project that will create 80 jobs.

Cheney Brothers Plans $100-Million Distribution Center in FL

The Punta Gorda, FL facility will employ 300 and benefit from Florida Power and Light's special economic development utility rate.

NTN-Bower Breaks Ground for $100-Million Expansion in IL

The 240,000-square-foot expansion in Macomb, IL will house new roller bearing production lines, creating 80 jobs.

Texas Takes BF’s Best Business Climate Crown

The Lone Star State doubles down on its business-friendly tradition, exceeding pre-Recession employment levels faster than any state in the nation.

Tennessee Repeats as BF’s U.S. Automotive King

For the third consecutive year, the Volunteer State has topped our annual assessment of Automotive Manufacturing Strength, followed by a fast-rising Kentucky.

Welded Tube of Canada Puts Operation in Lackawanna, NY

The producer of tubular steel for the oil and gas industries will invest $50 million in a new facility in the Tecumseh Business Park near Buffalo.

Multi-Hotel/Convention Center Complex Set for O’Hare Airport

Intercontinental Regional Center Trust, the developer, says the Chicago project will create 5,000 jobs with an overall economic impact of $2.6 billion.

Why Toyota is Lean…and You’re Not

By Dr.Jeffrey Liker, professor of industrial and operations engineering, University of Michigan

Made in Where?

The U.S. Olympic Committee gets an early gold medal for outsourcing.

PetSmart Plans Distribution Center for Berks County, PA

The national retailer will invest $50 million in the new logistics facility in Bethel Township, creating 500 jobs.

Utah-Based Advanced Composites Maker Moves to Titusville, FL

Rocket Crafters will invest $72 million in a new 400,000-square-foot facility at the Space Coast Regional Airport.

Taica North America Puts Plant in Winchester, KY

Gov. Beshear's recent trade mission to Japan yields quick results as the manufacturer joins more than 150 other Japanese-owned facilities in the Bluegrass State.

Neiman Marcus to Open Pennsylvania Distribution Center

The luxury retailer will lease space at CenterPoint Commerce and Trade Park East, spending more than $12 million and creating 150 new jobs.

Germany-based Kiel Plans New Facility in Indiana

The manufacturer of seating systems for the transportation industry will create up to 62 new jobs in Elkhart.


Restarting the Engine for European Growth

AVX Plans $14 Million Expansion in Greenville County, SC

The electronic parts manufacturer will create more than 250 new jobs over the next several years.

Martin-Brower Anticipates 150 New Jobs for MI Expansion

The restaurant chain distributor will increase the size of its St. Johns facility to accommodate a larger distribution area.

Airbus to Build $600 Million Manufacturing Plant in Mobile

The European Aircraft Manufacturer's Alabama facility at the Brookley Aeroplex is expected to create 1,000 permanent positions.

State Farm Plans New Operations Center in Georgia

The insurance giant will create 500 new customer service jobs at the 400,000-square-foot center, which will handle sales, services and claims for policyholders.