Above: Intel officially breaks ground on its massive chipmaking facility in Ohio. (Image source: Intel)
Spanning multiple states, representing millions in investments and thousands of jobs, September’s new plant announcements included some exciting enterprises in the semiconductor industry, one very innovative food manufacturing operation, as well as some notable foreign investments.
Let’s explore some of the most exciting new manufacturing companies announced this month.
First up, Intel officially broke ground on its massive Ohio chip manufacturing facilities in Licking County. Representing a $20 billion investment, Intel’s new facility in Ohio will produce next-generation computer chips, bringing 3,000 manufacturing jobs to the region, along with 7,000 construction jobs as building gets underway. Additionally, the semiconductor giant announced the first phase of funding for its Ohio Semiconductor Education and Research Program, which will help develop semiconductor-focused education and workforce programs.
“Today marks a pivotal moment in the journey to build a more geographically balanced and resilient semiconductor supply chain. The establishment of the Silicon Heartland is testament to the power of government incentives to unlock private investment, create thousands of high-paying jobs, and benefit U.S. economic and national security,” said Pat Gelsinger, CEO of Intel.
And in more chip news, semiconductor wafer manufacturer SK Siltron CSS celebrated the grand opening of its new production facility in Bay City, Michigan this month. Representing a $300 million investment, the expansion will double the company’s Michigan workforce and quadruple its production capacity in the coming years.
A subsidiary of South Korea-based SK Siltron, the company has plans to invest more than $50 billion in the United States and create tens of thousands of U.S. jobs by 2025. Currently, SK Siltron CSS employs 4,000 in the United States.
"SK Siltron CSS is thrilled to expand our presence in Michigan and reinforce our commitment to the entire Bay City community while creating high-paying jobs and new investment opportunities," said Jianwei Dong, Chief Executive Officer of SK Siltron CSS.
Scottsdale, AZ-based AMMO Inc. celebrated the grand opening of its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Manitowoc, Wisconsin in September.
Said Fred Wagenhals, CEO of AMMO, Inc.: “We are incredibly excited to expand our company’s footprint here in Manitowoc. I’m proud of the entire AMMO team for their hard work on this project, which will provide a solid foundation for the Company’s continued growth in the ammunition and components manufacturing side of our business.”
AMMO Inc. is the owner of online marketplace GunBroker.com, serving the firearms and shooting sports industries, and also produces ammunition and components. The new 185,000 square-foot facility will allow the company to expand production capacity to meet significant demand for its commercial, military, and law-enforcement products. The company currently employs 300 at the Manitowoc location and has plans to hire 100 over the next year.
Also this month, Toronto-based Mitrex, which makes solar materials and integrated photovoltaics, announced plans this month to establish a new facility in the United States. Mirtex has not yet announced the exact location of its new U.S. facility, but plans to break ground in the first quarter of 2023 on a facility measuring 400,000 square feet.
"Although government incentives and public investment are important in accelerating the adoption of green technology, we believe it is the responsibility of manufacturers and private investors to commercialize the production of green products. This ultimately creates an economically sustainable environment for functionally sustainable products," says Mitrex CEO Danial Hadizadeh.
Once complete, the new Mirtex facility is expected to create 200 new jobs.
Meanwhile, Georgia Pacific announced plans this month to invest more than $425 million in Jackson, Tennessee to build a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. The new plant will produce its famed Dixie® disposable tableware products.
"Although we have invested to expand existing sites, this is the first new Dixie® plant the company has built since 1991," explains Fernando Gonzalez, president of the consumer business at Georgia-Pacific. "This added capacity will help us meet the needs of our customers as consumer demand for high-quality, durable paper plates and bowls continues to grow."
Construction on the new plant will start by the end of the year, with production slated to launch in the summer of 2024. Encompassing 900,000 square feet, the new facility will employ approximately 220 people.
Meanwhile, San Diego-based General Atomics Aeronautical Systems announced the completion of its new state-of-the-art secure composite manufacturing facility in Poway, California, set to open in 2023. The secure Poway facility will manufacture autonomous unmanned aircraft (UAS). The facility will be streamlined and self-contained, with engineering on the floor along with manufacturing, finance, contracts and supply chain staff.
“As the world leader in unmanned aircraft systems, GA-ASI is charting the new frontier for low-cost, survivable aircraft that are highly effective for the warfighter,” said GA-ASI President David R. Alexander.
VEGA Americas announced the opening of its headquarters and advanced manufacturing facility in Mason, Ohio. Representing an investment of $50 million, the new 230,000 square foot facility will house VEGA’s operations, advanced manufacturing, as well as a state-of-the-art training center and lab.
“We’re investing in our capabilities to better serve our customers,” said John Groom, co-CEO of VEGA Americas. “This facility will enable us produce a wider range of instrumentation in the U.S. than was possible before.
Established 60 years ago, VEGA produces and develops measurement technologies, serving a wide array of industries.
Big news for Chicago this month when Next Gen Foods named Chicago as its new headquarters and established a new R&D innovation center in the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago’s “The Hatchery Chicago.” Next Gen Foods is a food tech startup, developing and sustainable plant-based food products, which includes its flagship product: TiNDLE -- the first chicken product made from plants.
"As TiNDLE has experienced incredible, sustained growth in the past 15 months – much of it in the U.S. – now is the perfect time to solidify our presence here as we finalize our home base in Chicago. As a new resident myself, I'm constantly inspired by this city and the potential it holds for the future of the plant-based food industry, but also food innovation in general," said Andre Menezes, CEO and co-founder of Next Gen Foods, the parent company behind TiNDLE
The Hatchery Chicago will serve as a starting point for TiNDLE product development as it scales up and delivers its products to a growing number of Chicago restaurants. The company is also planning to develop new, plant-based products.
And in North Carolina, SunTree Snack Foods announced plans to establish its East Coast headquarters and manufacturing site in Wayne County. The new facility will help SunTree, which makes on-trend snack nuts and trail mixes, increase its manufacturing footprint and capacity in the area.
Said Jeff Vogel, CEO of SunTree Snack Foods. "The addition of this East Coast facility will allow us to efficiently serve the eastern U.S. distribution centers for national and regional retailers, and the expanded capacity will reduce lead times for our customers and minimize the ecological impact of long-haul shipping.”
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