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Eating our lunch

When Japan, Inc. flexed its muscle in the U.S. auto and consumer electronics markets in the 1980s, there was a lot of hand-wringing in America that the Land of the Rising Sun posed an existential threat to U.S. manufacturing. Our friends in Japan responded to this concern, particularly in the automotive sector, by building huge assembly plants in the United States. The message was clear: Japan understood th ...

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Johnson Controls Begins Work on Florence Recycling Center

Johnson Controls has broken ground on a $150-million, fully integrated battery recycling facility in Florence, SC, said to be the first new facility of its kind to receive an air permit in the U.S. in 20 years. The Florence Recycling Center, slated for completion during 2012 and to be operated by Johnson Controls’ Power Solutions business unit, will create an estimated 250 new jobs and approximately 1,000 i ...

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DuPont Picks Iowa for Cellulosic Ethanol Facility

In Iowa, the Iowa Power Fund Board has approved terms to start contract negotiations on a grant award for a DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol biorefinery that will produce cellulosic ethanol in Iowa, Biofuels Digest reports. With the terms approved, a final contract will be negotiated and could be approved as early as February’s Board meeting. The terms call for a $9 million grant from the Iowa Power Fund, ...

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Premier Manufacturing Expands in Tennessee

Premier Manufacturing Corporation has announced it will expand the company’s Henderson, TN facility. The expansion represents a $2.8 million investment that will add 45 new production jobs to the plant located along Highway 45. Premier Manufacturing is a leading supplier of fabricated wire products for the Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) industry. “It’s encouraging and exciting to see exist ...

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Global Investment in Alternative Energy Tops $243 Billion

According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, new global investment in clean energy reached $243 billion in 2010, up from $186.5 billion in 2009. Last year's investment figures double those from 2006. The main factors in this growth were the huge Chinese market, the expansion of offshore wind, European solar markets and global R&D. “This is a spectacular result, beating previous record investment levels by ...

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RE Firm Plans $200M Data Center in Chicago

A real estate firm has purchased the Northern Trust building in Chicago, and plans to spend $200 million to convert it into a data center. The former check processing plant in Chicago’s south loop was purchased by the Red Sea Group late last month for $35 million from Northern Trust Corp., Chicago Business Reports. Last November the Red Sea Group launched Server Farm Realty (SFR) with projects in Washington ...

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U.S. Creates Foreign Trade Zone in Arizona

The U.S. Department of Commerce has approved a foreign trade zone for nine communities in the Phoenix, AZ area. Economic development officials say large companies often look for foreign trade zones when seeking to relocate. Companies in foreign trade zones are able to import and export parts and products while reducing or eliminating customs duties and various taxes. The federal agency approved the FTZ desi ...

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U.S. Sets Up Solar Demonstration Zone in Nevada

To develop cost-competitive solar technologies, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) intends to fund up to $50 million in testing and demonstration initiatives. The program will be a critical link between DOE's advanced technology development programs and full-scale commercialization efforts. The Nevada National Security Site will provide a "solar demonstration zone" that will serve as a proving ground for c ...

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Bring the cheddar, win a prize

The eighth annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest, a process that has helped start-up companies get up and running with the help of prizes, mentoring and access to private capital, is open for entries for the 2011 contest season. The BPC has attracted about 1,800 entries in its first seven years, with roughly 160 finalists sharing in $1 million in cash and other in-kind prizes. The contest begins ...

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Oshkosh Expansion Adds Jobs in Florida

Oshkosh Corp. is expanding Pierce Manufacturing in Bradenton, FL and Frontline Communications in Clearwater, FL . The Wisconsin-based company’s fire and emergency segment will relocate two of its businesses -- Medtec Ambulances and Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles -- and consolidate them with existing business units in Florida, according to a statement issued by the Economic Development Council of the Manatee Cha ...

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