Case Studies

gestampSpanish Automotive Stamping Company, Gestamp, Ramps up operations at South Charleston Facility, South Charleston, West Virginia

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined company executives and other dignitaries in a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the newest milestone for Gestamp West Virginia. The automotive stamping plant in South Charleston is now officially in operation. Gestamp announced its intention to move into the formerly-shuttered plant in April 2012 and started small scale cold line product production by September.

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."

BentelerMore than 100 sites compete for new Benteler facility

In 2011, Benteler Group, a 135-year-old Austria-based company, was exporting up to 25 percent of its steel tube production to the United States. This high concentration of export volume presented the company with a new opportunity to more effectively deliver its product to customers. Executives from the Benteler Group's steel/tube division made the strategic decision to expand operations into North America and build their first hot-rolling tube mill in the U.S.

dignabiotechCompany established in 2003, focused on development and commercialization of pharmaceutical products.
In 2012 they decided to create a Business Unit in USA, developing market through licensing.

They decided to start with a small unit in PA Biotechnology Center in Doylestown, because of proximity to pharmaceutical companies and the interaction with other companies around Life Sciences, located in the Center.

alplaPackaging company expands Iowa City (Iowa) facility

Alpla, Inc., from Austria, has been manufacturing plastic packaging products for the past eight years in Iowa City (Iowa). Alpla's customers include Procter and Gamble, Unilever and Clorox. The company was awarded tax benefits through the High Quality Jobs program to expand its current Iowa facility and purchase machinery and assembly equipment. The project is expected to create 37 new jobs, 19 of which are incented. The project represents a $12 million capital investment. (April 20, 2012, DES MOINES, Iowa)

Michilen V2Michelin to grow business in Anderson, Lexington Counties

$750 million investment expected to create 500 new jobs

April 10, 2012 – Michelin North America, Inc. today announced that the company will expand its Earthmover tire production in South Carolina with a $750 million investment expected to generate 500 new jobs.

"There is unprecedented demand for Michelin Earthmover tires throughout the world," said Michelin Chairman and President Pete Selleck. "It's a tribute to the productivity of our employees and the pro-business environment in South Carolina that the company is expanding its Earthmover capacity in the state where we first began manufacturing in the United States."

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