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New U.S. Manufacturing Plants Announced in January

Posted by IndustrySelect on Monday, January 27, 2020

four officials break ground on a new manufacturing plant using shovels

According to MNI's database of 400,000 U.S. manufacturers, nearly 5% of the nation's industrial firms have reported either sales or employment growth.

Throughout 2019, MNI reported on a number of new plants and expansions, growing industries and top states. The start of 2020 is looking hopeful, with a number of new manufacturing enterprises announced over the month. This article will take a closer look at the new U.S. manufacturing plants announced in January. 

New Manufacturing Plants in the U.S. Announced in January

West Virginia

The state of West Virginia welcomed some big news this month when cleaning supplies giant announced plans to establish a new facility in Berkley County’s Tabler Station Business Park.

The new facility will employ 100 West Virginia workers once operational in 2022. Clorox currently has two other plants in West Virginia. The chemical industry is big in West Virginia. According to MNI, publisher of the industrial data that powers IndustrySelect, there are currently 65 chemical manufacturers in the state, producing everything from pharmaceuticals and pigments to soap and industrial gases.

IndustrySelect’s database of West Virginia manufacturers profiles all 1,500 of the state’s manufacturers and 5,300 of its executives.

North Carolina

The state of North Carolina saw several major announcements this month.

First up, pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly announced plans to establish a new plant in Research Triangle Park, a high-tech innovation hub associated with UNC-CH, Duke and NC State University.

Eli Lilly will be investing $470 in the new facility to produce injectable diabetes drugs. The new facility will employ 460 workers.

The town of Statesville announced this month that Symmetrix Composite Tooling Facility, a Rhode Island-based digital fabricator, would be establishing a new plant in town.

Symmetrix provides composite tooling services for a number of industries, including transportation and energy sectors. They currently have two other plants: a CNC digital fabrication plant in Bristol, RI and an innovation center in Carson City, NV.

This news comes amid the opening of Amada America’s brand new metal fabrication plant in High Point last month. The new Carolina Manufacturing Center boasts 190,000 square feet of manufacturing space and is Amada’s third U.S. facility. The new plant will employ upwards of 200 workers once fully operational.

With a strongholds in both traditional industries like industrial machinery and metal fabrication as well as cutting edge fields like biotech and robotics, North Carolina’s manufacturing sector has seen a revival in recent years, chronicled in our article North Carolina Sees Sustained Manufacturing Job Growth.

In just the past year alone, IndustrySelect added 267 new manufacturers to its North Carolina database. That brings the total of MNI’s North Carolina database of manufacturers to 9,886 manufacturers and 33,000 executives.


Heading north to Connecticut, we saw the recent announcement by Jesco Iron Craft, Inc. d/b/a/ Jescraft that it plans to open a new plant in Oxford.

In a statement published on ContractorSupply Jescraft’s president said “We’re very pleased to announce the opening of a new location in Oxford, Connecticut,” says Mike Brown, President of Jescraft. “This is not only an opportunity to bring more jobs to the area, but it also allows us to further expand our manufacturing capabilities and warehousing space to meet the growing needs of our business.”

Based in Bogota, New Jersey, Jescraft makes material handling equipment and accessories for the construction industry.

The new Oxford operation will occupy 28,000 square feet and is slated to open in March of this year.

Connecticut has seen somewhat of a renaissance in manufacturing in recent years, as more high-tech industrial companies flock to the state, drawn by its highly-educated workforce.

The 4,851 companies and 14,587 executives profiled in MNI’s Connecticut database of manufacturers are involved in everything from aerospace and boat building to medical instruments and food processing.

U.S. conveyor manufacturers overall have reported sales and employment growth to MNI over the past year, as the material handling industry continues to boom.


Some great news for the Hoosier State arrived this month (denoting further evidence of material handling growth) when box manufacturer DS Smith announced plans to establish a corrugated-box facility in Lebanon, Indiana.

DS Smith is a London-based box manufacturer, with multiple location in the United States. This is its first facility in Indiana.

The new plant will employ 170 workers engaged in production, engineering, sales and management.

Indiana is a powerhouse for manufacturing, boasting some of the lowest business costs in the Midwest and home to some major automakers and drug companies. IndustrySelect’s database of Indiana manufacturers currently contains 9,072 companies and 31,000 executives, making it among the top manufacturing states in the U.S.


The West coast got some good news this month with the opening of satellite manufacturer LeoStella’s state-of-the-art facility in Tukwila, Washington.

The new plant will produce satellites for global intelligence company Black Sky which uses high-quality satellite imagery to produce global insights for a spectrum of industries.

LeoStella will produce 30 satellites per year for BlackSky’s Earth-observation network. The new facility currently employs 40 at the 20,000 square-foot plant.

Washington State is a hotbed for innovative and high-tech manufacturing companies with strongholds in aerospace and software.

MNI’s IndustrySelect database of Washington manufacturers contains 6,600 companies and 20,000 executives, profiling the full spectrum of manufacturers, from small niche companies to giants like Boeing and Microsoft.

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