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New U.S. Manufacturing Operations Announced in June 2023

Posted by IndustrySelect on Wednesday, June 28, 2023

New U.S. Manufacturing Operations Announced in June 2023

The month of June brought an exciting roster of new manufacturing operations. From billions poured into the EV industry to multiple new facilities announced in building materials, solar, food production and biotech, the U.S. industrial sector continues to defy expectations and post strong growth even amid an uncertain economy.

New Manufacturing Operations Announced in June 2023

Spanning eleven U.S. states and representing billions in investment, today we're exploring some of the most exciting new manufacturing operations announced in June. First up, June was a big month for the EV industry with five major projects announced across the nation.

BMW Group Breaks Ground on New High-Voltage Battery Assembly Plant in South Carolina

In a major announcement made June 28th, BMW Group broke ground on a new high-voltage battery assembly plant in Woodruff, South Carolina. The facility, named “Plant Woodruff,” will produce sixth-generation batteries to supply fully electric vehicles at nearby BMW Manufacturing in Spartanburg. The new plant is part of a $1.7 billion investment in its U.S. operations and will create more than 300 jobs onsite with the opportunity to grow.

Ilka Horstmeier, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Human Resources and Real Estate, said: “We're making the BMW Group electric. Our new battery assembly plant in Woodruff will soon play an important role in our electric future here in the USA. Through the Woodruff plant, we expand our footprint in the state of South Carolina."

SK Signet Celebrates Grand Opening of EV Charger Manufacturing Facility

Meanwhile, in Texas, SK Signet celebrated the grand opening of its EV charger manufacturing facility in Plano, Texas. The facility will expand U.S.-based manufacturing and R&D for cutting-edge electric vehicle charging equipment to support the growth of America's EV infrastructure. At full capacity, the facility will be able to produce more than 10,000 ultra-fast chargers per year and is expected to create up to 183 jobs by 2026. SK Signet CEO Jung Ho Shin said "The opening of the SK Signet factory means new jobs for Texas and more chargers for American EV owners. We couldn't have accomplished this without the close partnership of the State of Texas and the City of Plano."

$3 Billion EV Battery Plant Headed to Indiana

And in Indiana, Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced plans to bring a more than $3 billion EV battery cell plant to St. Joseph County, creating 1,700 manufacturing jobs. The new battery cell plant, a joint venture between Michigan-based General Motors and Korea-based Samsung SDI, is scheduled to begin operations in 2026. The facility will house production lines to build nickel-rich prismatic and cylindrical cells and is expected to help significantly increase the accessibility and affordability of EVs. Once complete, the plant will have more than 30 GWh of capacity. Mary Barra, GM Chair and CEO, said “This joint venture and the 1,700 people there will help supply cells for millions of all-electric vehicles for customers across North America.”

NVH Korea to Establish New EV Parts Facility in Georgia

Heading over to Georgia, automotive parts manufacturer NVH Korea will establish a new facility in Locust Grove, Henry County, creating over 160 new jobs and bringing $72 million in investment. The new facility will supply battery parts for electric vehicles (EVs) in the United States for manufacturers such as Hyundai Mobis, Kia Georgia, and Hyundai Motor Group. Ja Kyum Koo, Chairman and CEO of NVH Korea, said “It is the first step of our company’s effort to contribute to the electrification of the mobility industry, and we look forward to joining the community of Locust Grove and Henry County.”

Woory Industrial to Establish First US Manufacturing Facility

Also in Georgia, Woory Industrial Co., Ltd., an automotive parts manufacturer, will establish a new manufacturing facility in Dublin, Georgia. The facility will create more than 130 new jobs and an estimated $18 million in investment in Dublin-Laurens County. The new facility, located at 404 Kellam Road in Dublin, will be the company’s first U.S. manufacturing location and will produce electrical heaters, control units, and actuators for EV and internal combustion carmakers in North America. Jungwoo Kim, CEO of Woory Industrial Company, said “Georgia will be a good opportunity for Woory to take another step forward as part of the vanguard of EV development. We are confident that our experience and technology will contribute to the prosperity of the community.”

And with all of these EV plants springing up, new suppliers were announced as well in the month of June. Which brings us to:

Manner Polymers Announces New Solar-Powered Manufacturing Facility in Southern Illinois

Manner Polymers, an industry manufacturing leader in polymer compounds, has announced plans to open a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Mount Vernon, Illinois. The 80,000 square foot facility will be powered by a 15-acre solar field located on site and will manufacture a wide array of PVC compounds, including automotive PVC compounds for use in electric vehicles (EVs) and components for solar panels. Bolstered by a Reimagining Energy and Vehicles in Illinois (REV Illinois) incentive package, Manner Polymers plans to invest $54 million and create more than 60 jobs for the Southern Illinois region. Raj Bhargava, CEO of Manner Polymers, said “Our objective is to build the lowest cost, highest quality, most environmentally sustainable flexible PVC compounding plant in the world.”

And on the topic of solar, a major announcement was made this month as investment in the U.S. solar industry continues to pour in:

Canadian Solar Announces US Module Manufacturing Facility in Mesquite, Texas

Canadian Solar Inc., headquartered in Guelph, Ontario, announced that it is establishing a solar PV module production facility in Mesquite, Texas. The state-of-the-art solar photovoltaic module manufacturing plant will have an annual output of 5 GW and represents an investment of over $250 million. The facility will create approximately 1,500 skilled jobs once it is fully ramped up. Dr. Shawn Qu, founder and CEO of Canadian Solar, said "Establishing this factory is a key milestone that will enable us to better serve our U.S. customers with the most advanced technology in the industry." Production is expected to begin around the end of 2023.

Meanwhile, in support of the U.S. construction industry, there were numerous construction-related materials facilities opening up across the nation in June.

ADMARES to Construct First U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Waycross, Georgia

ADMARES, a company specializing in industrialized manufacturing of buildings and homes, plans to construct its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Waycross, Georgia. The company expects to create over 1,400 new jobs and invest $750 million in Ware County. The 2.5-million-square-foot build-to-suit facility will specialize in producing buildings for the housing sector and is expected to begin production in late 2025. Mikael Hedberg, Founder and CEO of ADMARES, said "With our advanced technology, we are adopting successful practices that are common in other advanced industries."

Morton Buildings Opens New Manufacturing Plant in Pocatello, Idaho

Morton Buildings, a national leader in the design and construction of post-frame buildings, has opened its new manufacturing plant in Pocatello, Idaho. The 67,428-square-foot plant will ensure that Morton’s regional construction centers in Idaho, Montana, Washington, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and surrounding areas can continue to efficiently meet current and future building needs in the region. The facility will produce construction components used in Morton’s buildings, including residential, commercial, equestrian and farm structures. Sean Cain, Morton Buildings president and CEO, said “We’re very excited about the opening of our new Pocatello facility, which will enable us to continue meeting the building needs of this region that we’ve been proud to serve for over 10 years.” The Pocatello plant currently has 30 employees, a number expected to increase to meet future growth needs.

Dura Supreme Cabinetry Announces Multi-Million Dollar Expansion Plan

Dura Supreme Cabinetry has announced a multi-million dollar expansion plan with a new manufacturing plant in Statesville, North Carolina. The company expects to create more than 200 new jobs in the first few years and the new plant will help Dura Supreme meet the growing demand for its premium quality cabinetry. The company plans to occupy the 300,000 square-foot site in April and start production in the second half of this year.

Tony Sugalski, CEO of Supreme Cabinetry Brands, said: “Dura Supreme is focused on growth and despite some economic uncertainty in the broader market, demand for Dura Supreme cabinetry continues to grow. A second manufacturing facility enables us to continue meeting ever-increasing demand for our premium, quality cabinetry and better serve our dealer partners.”

Latham Group Celebrates Grand Opening of Fiberglass Manufacturing Facility in Oklahoma

Latham Group, Inc., the largest designer, manufacturer, and marketer of in-ground residential swimming pools in North America, Australia, and New Zealand, celebrated the grand opening of its fiberglass manufacturing facility in Seminole, Oklahoma. The facility began production of Latham’s fiberglass pools in the first quarter of fiscal 2023. Scott Rajeski, President and Chief Executive Officer of Latham, said “Beginning production in our Oklahoma facility is an important step in our efforts to better service our existing dealers in the U.S. Southwest and South Central and to support the ramp up of dealer recruiting efforts in the market as we continue to drive material conversion from concrete to fiberglass pools.”

Polyglass U.S.A. Inc. Announces Expansion of Manufacturing Plant in Waco, TX

Polyglass U.S.A. Inc., a leading manufacturer of roofing and waterproofing solutions, has announced the expansion of their manufacturing plant facility in Waco, TX. The expansion consists of three parts: a new production line, warehouse expansion, and site improvements. Polyglass hopes to bring more opportunities to the local community with the expansion. Dennis Williams, Project Manager for Corporate Contractors Inc., said “The Polyglass group is very willing and cooperative with daily changes that occur on site. It is nice to work with a group that is 100% engaged from the beginning and all throughout the design and construction phases.”

The U.S. food production and biotech industries continue to draw major investment, with two new facilities announced in June 2023:

RIBUS Inc. Opens New Production Facility in Sparks, Nevada

RIBUS Inc., previously based in St. Louis, has opened its first solely owned and operated production facility in Sparks, Nevada. The new 15,000+ square-foot plant is organic and Kosher certified, with Non-GMO, Gluten Free, Halal and SQF certifications pending. The facility has added additional jobs to the Reno, Nevada area in various departments. Steve Peirce, co-founder and president of RIBUS, said “Having our own plant gives us increased capacity and control over making changes that are needed in the marketplace.” The new production facility comes from market demand for RIBUS’ clean label ingredients including Nu-FLOW and other excipients.

Ultragenyx Opens Gene Therapy Manufacturing Facility in Bedford, Massachusetts

Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel therapies for rare and ultrarare diseases, has officially opened its gene therapy manufacturing facility in Bedford, Massachusetts. The 110,000-square-foot facility will enable Ultragenyx to produce gene therapy treatments reliably and at scale, leveraging the company’s proprietary Pinnacle PCL TM (producer cell line) manufacturing platform. The company plans to hire 120 employees to staff the facility from a range of skill levels and backgrounds. Dennis Huang, chief technical operations officer and executive vice president for gene therapy research and development at Ultragenyx, said “Through this facility, Ultragenyx will develop and produce gene therapy treatments at greater scale than previously possible, which we believe will make these rare disease medicines more accessible to the people who need them.”

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