U.S. manufacturers started off the new year with a bang, announcing numerous new facilities throughout the month of January. From semiconductor operations in Arizona to electric vehicle plants across multiple states, the sector demonstrated its resilience and adaptability this month. Encompassing ten U.S. states, thousands of jobs and billions in investments, get a look at the most exciting new enterprises announced in January!
First up, LG Electronics USA, a leading manufacturer of consumer electronics and home appliances, has opened its first factory in the United States for assembling electric vehicle charging stations in Fort Worth, Texas. The new plant will encompass 100,000 square feet and has an annual capacity of more than 10,000 units. The facility will initially produce Level 2 AC Chargers with a load management solution and variable current settings enabling 11kW of output power through a standard SAE J1772 connector.
“The EV charger business is a growth engine for LG’s future, supporting the company’s transformation into a smart solutions company,” LG President Alec Jang said. “LG will leverage the reliability and uncompromising quality of its chargers, maintenance services and vertical sales capabilities with the goal of becoming a leader in the EV charging business around the world.”
Canada-based CIMCO Refrigeration, a market leader in industrial and recreational refrigeration systems, has announced the opening of its new 42,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in Duncan, South Carolina—the company’s first manufacturing facility in the United States.
The new facility strategically positions CIMCO to meet the growing demand for services in the US. The facility will manufacture natural refrigerant components and packages using advanced production systems and 3D-engineered designs. This will enable CIMCO to deliver higher quality, faster production, and improved safety standards to its US customers.
“This expansion adds significant value for our customers while concurrently creating opportunities within the surrounding community,” said John Doe, President of CIMCO Refrigeration. "With this state-of-the-art facility, we reinforce our commitment to delivering excellence in our operations."
Saras Micro Devices announced the grand opening of its new headquarters and manufacturing facility in Chandler, Arizona this month. The company relocated its headquarters from Atlanta, Georgia, to take advantage of the growing semiconductor ecosystem in the region and support its expansion in the HPC AI/ML sectors.
The move involves a planned investment of over $50 million in the Chandler facility, which initially boasts 33,000 sq. ft. of clean room, manufacturing, and administrative space. The company expects to employ approximately 50 people in the near term, mostly engineering talent, and expand to 43,000 sq. ft. by the end of 2025.
"This move is not just a change in geographic location; it is an intentional strategic decision to align our vision with our customers in driving the U.S. semiconductor industry forward,” said Ron Huemoeller, CEO of Saras Micro Devices. “This is where our future becomes a reality, and we’re just getting started.”
Novartis, a global leader in radioligand therapy (RLT), has announced the opening of its new, state-of-the-art RLT manufacturing facility in Indianapolis. The facility, which received approval from the FDA for commercial production of Pluvict (lutetium vipivotide tetraxetan), is the largest and most advanced Novartis RLT site in the world. The 70,000-square foot site will supply Pluvict, a breakthrough treatment for neuroendocrine tumors, to patients in the United States and Canada, and will also support the development of future RLTs. The facility is expected to create over 100 new jobs in the Indianapolis area.
Steffen Lang, Novartis’ president of operations, expressed his excitement about the new facility: "The intricate process of providing RLTs to patients within hours of production requires precision manufacturing expertise to bring these medicines to individuals who critically need them. Adding a second US RLT facility, our largest and most advanced yet, into our manufacturing network underscores our commitment to ensure a consistent and reliable experience for patients and their healthcare teams for years to come."
Enzene Biosciences, a global biotech company based in India, announced the opening of its first U.S. biopharmaceutical manufacturing plant on the Princeton West Innovation Campus in Hopewell, New Jersey. The state-of-the-art facility, which will generate $50 million in economic investments and create 300 jobs, will provide contract development and manufacturing services to global pharmaceutical companies. Enzene will leverage its cutting-edge continuous manufacturing platform, which enables streamlined and efficient production processes for a diverse range of biologics. The company chose New Jersey for its highly skilled workforce, state-of-the-art infrastructure, and renowned academic institutions.
“New Jersey’s business-friendly environment creates a conducive atmosphere for investment and growth in the biopharmaceutical sector. By establishing a presence in New Jersey, Enzene ensures its long-term viability and success as a trusted partner in delivering comprehensive CDMO services for contract manufacturing,” said Sandeep Singh, the Managing Director at Alkem Laboratories Ltd., the parent company of Enzene.
Tyson Foods, one of the world’s largest food companies and a leader in protein, has officially opened its new $355 million food production facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The new plant, which will produce premium quality Jimmy Dean and Wright Brand bacon products, will create nearly 450 new jobs in the local community.
The 400,000-square-foot plant is designed to meet the increasing market demand for bacon, which represents over $1 billion in sales across retail and foodservice at Tyson Foods. The plant also features high-tech robots and autonomous vehicles to enhance the safety and efficiency of its operations.
Donnie King, president and CEO of Tyson Foods, said, "Our innovative new plant in Bowling Green reflects a major investment that we are proud to make in southcentral Kentucky. This enables us to focus on the health and safety of our team members while also delivering best in class service for our customers.”
Rolls-Royce Power Systems has announced the opening of a new Remanufacturing and Overhaul Center on its mtu Aiken campus in South Carolina (USA). The new facility, which represents a low double-digit million dollar investment, will provide remanufacturing and overhaul services for mtu Series 2000, Series 4000 and Detroit Diesel 2-Cycle engines and components. The facility will also improve spare part availability and customer support in the region.
The new center supports the company’s service initiative and sustainability approach, as remanufacturing offers a wise lifecycle investment for customers and a smart choice for the environment. Dr Jörg Stratmann, CEO, Rolls-Royce Power Systems, said: "Remanufacturing is yet another part of our energy transition and sustainability story. With engines approved to run on sustainable fuels, we are significantly reducing emissions, and with remanufacturing we can get a second, third or even fourth lifetime from basically the same raw materials."
Lucid Group, a leading electric vehicle company, announced the expansion of its U.S. Advanced Manufacturing Plant (AMP-1) in Casa Grande, Arizona, to support the production of its new electric SUV, the Lucid Gravity, and future growth. The AMP-1 expansion includes a new 3 million square foot facility and warehouse, bringing the total size of the plant to more than 3.85M sq ft. The expanded plant will also enable Lucid to vertically integrate key manufacturing processes, such as stamping, powertrain, and general assembly, to improve quality, flexibility, and efficiency.
Lucid’s CEO and CTO, Peter Rawlinson, said, "The expansion of our manufacturing footprint in Arizona is a significant milestone for the company, as we prepare for the next phase of Lucid’s growth. Our expanded state-of-the-art factory will allow us to continue to deliver our great cars to our customers around the world, including the Lucid Gravity in the near future."
Creation Technologies, a global electronics manufacturer that serves the medical, tech industrial, and aerospace and defense sectors, has officially opened its new, 150,000 square-foot state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in the Village of Newark, Wayne County. The $22 million project, supported by a $5 million investment from New York State, has already created 179 jobs and is expected to create more than 360 new jobs in the region.
The new facility offers electronic contract manufacturing services, including printed circuit board assembly, cable and wire harness assembly, and comprehensive prototyping services for lifesaving and mission-critical products, as well as advanced engineering, test, and development solutions for its customers.
Creation Technologies Chairman and CEO Stephen P. DeFalco said, “As an electronics manufacturing services provider for some of the most demanding applications, we’re proud to be able to offer our customers even greater capacity and capabilities at our Newark facility. This investment will enable us to expand with our customers and provide the highest level of service and support.”
Ford Motor Company announced that it will create nearly 900 new jobs and add a third crew at its Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne to increase production of the popular Bronco and Bronco Raptor sport-utility vehicles and the all-new Ranger and Ranger Raptor pickups. The company will also scale production of gas-powered and hybrid F-150 trucks based on customer demand.
The move is part of Ford’s strategy to balance its growth and profitability by offering customers a diverse portfolio of gas-powered, hybrid and electric vehicles. Ford was America’s No. 2 best-selling electric vehicle brand in 2023, and F-150 Lightning is America’s best-selling electric truck.
“We are taking advantage of our manufacturing flexibility to offer customers choices while balancing our growth and profitability,” said Ford President and CEO Jim Farley. "We see a bright future for electric vehicles for specific consumers, especially with our upcoming digitally advanced EVs and access to Tesla’s charging network beginning this quarter."
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