Case Studies

webastoOn November 14th 2012 Governor Steve Beshear announced that Webasto Sunroof Systems Inc. plans to expand manufacturing operations in Lexington, creating 65 new, full-time jobs and investing $10 million in the Commonwealth. Gov. Beshear met to discuss the potential project with Webasto officials this summer during an economic development trip to Germany.

"It's outstanding to see Webasto bring 65 new jobs and a $10 million investment to Lexington," said Gov. Beshear. "Through its rich history, Webasto has faced adversity, persevered through difficult economic times and emerged successful and stronger. This is an exciting time for the company, and a period when Kentucky's automotive industry is moving forward and helping drive the economy in the right direction."

Labelmaker UPM Raflatac opens plant in Illinois, April 4th 2008

A Finnish manufacturer of self-adhesive labels has opened a $100 million manufacturing plant in Dixon, Ill., setting up a Midwestern hub as part of a $270 million global expansion program.

UPM Raflatac said Thursday that the Dixon facility covers 60 acres and will employ 180 people. The company makes self-adhesive labels for consumer packaging and mail and prints labels with bar codes and radio-frequency identification, or RFID, chips that are used for inventory and shipping.

Governor Mitch Daniels joined executives from plastics packaging producer TriEnda LLC today to announce the company's plans to locate a manufacturing operation in the former Thomson Manufacturing center here, creating more than 340 new jobs by 2012.

The maker and distributor of thermoformed plastic pallets, trays and materials handling and packaging products plans to invest more than $20 million to site a 200,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution center at the former center in the northeast Indiana city.

rittal 280Rittal Corporation plans world-class headquarters for suburban Chicago, expanding footprint in North America

Rittal Corporation has announced plans to create a world-class customer-centric U.S. headquarters in suburban Chicago, IL, to better serve its United States customers. Rittal is the largest company in the owner-operated Friedhelm Loh Group based in Germany — with 11 production sites, 64 subsidthiaries and 10,000 employees worldwide.

The company will open the doors of its newest North American location August 22, with a state-of-the-art Customer Center of Excellence including a technology and training center, and expanded showroom going live in the Fourth Quarter of the year.

Gerresheimer-lAtlanta, March 10–Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Gerresheimer Peachtree City, LP, a manufacturer of complex drug delivery systems, will expand in Fayette County, creating 120 jobs and investing double-digit millions into the expansion.

"Georgia's healthcare industry is uniquely poised to help Gerresheimer grow," said Deal.

"This leading global company is taking advantage of an eager, skilled workforce and an advanced life science and healthcare ecosystem. Our state is the ideal location to support Gerresheimer's newest expansion."

SasolNew investment opportunities emerge as natural gas prices fall

A few years ago, a major price differential emerged between oil and natural gas; that differential is now expected to persist for decades. As new technologies allowed for the capture and use of natural gas, market rates for this resource fell to historically low levels. Across the nation, manufacturers cut their operating costs by relying on natural gas to power their equipment, machines and vehicles. With an abundant supply of this resource available in the U.S., the stage was set for a renaissance in America's industrial sector.

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