While students in all of the District’s eight schools returned to their buildings this year to find additional Chromebooks, iPads and other technology devices to support their educational learning environment, the nearly 1,000 high school students attending Raritan High School began their school year with their own district issued Chromebook. Additionally, 150 students will be taking a class in the new ultra-modern Fabrication Lab.
During the summer of 2015, the Raritan High School woodshop received a complete overall and was converted into a state-of-the-art Fabrication Lab.
Toyota will again be expanding its southwestern Indiana assembly plant. The $100 million expansion will add 300 jobs by 2016 and allow it to boost production of the Highlander midsize sport utility vehicle. About 90,000 Highlanders were sold this year from January through July. The sales of the SUV has increased 16 percent over the same period the previous year. With the latest expansion Toyota will have invested $4 billion and increase it’s employment at the plant to about 5,000 people.
USUI International Corp. is clearing the way for a 65,000 square-foot addition to it’s building on Partnership Way. USSI moved to Sharonville four years ago and employs 225 people with and additional 150 promised by 2017, as part of an agreement, according to Economic Development Director Chris Xeil Lyons. USUS International Corp. manufactures diesel fuel delivery systems and is making a $20 million investment in this addition.
Bosch group is beginning a 220,500-square-foot, $40 million, expansion of its Technical Center located at 15000 Haggerty Road in Plymouth Township, Michigan. Bosch is a manufacturer of automotive original equipment and aftermarket solutions. The expansion is expected to be completed in November 20015 and will almost double the size of the existing technical center. When the expansion is done the total site will have more than 445,000 square feet and capacity for 1,400 people.
The auto supplier, Spartan Light Metal Products, will begin an expansion to its facility in Audrain County, Missouri. This project includes the creation of 88 new jobs. There will be an investment of $17 million to purchase new equipment and retool the company’s growing facility. Spartan plans to add 68,000 square feet to the existing facility. They will be dedicating 58,000 square feet to the manufacturing of two new engine components for Toyota vehicles in Mexico, Missouri. This larger space will allot the company to increase its capacity and casting capability.
A manufacturer of enclosed belt conveyors for commercial grain handling, will have a new facility by spring of 2015. The Sioux Falls business, Hi Roller, will move its production to a 120,00-sqaure-foot building. It will be built beginning this month in the Jansmick Industrial Park. The new facility will have a powder coat paint line, state of the art manufacturing equipment and space for future growth.
"The Sioux Falls Development Foundation would like to congratulate Hi Roller and AGI on their new facility," said Dean Dziedzic, director of strategic initiatives in Sioux Falls.
Superior Industries International announced that it will be shutting down their manufacturing plant in Rogers, which will eliminate 500 jobs. This publicly traded company makes aluminum wheels for automobiles. The move is part of an “initiative to reduce costs and enhance global competitive position.” They expect to end operations by the end of this year. They will have production shifting to the other Superior facilities that are located in Fayetteville and Chihuahua, Mexico. The company expects to generate $15 million in labor cost savings year-over-year.
Forum Energy Technologies has announced the completion of the expansion of its DYNACON facility in Bryan, Texas. The expansion doubles the area of the manufacturing space to 110,775ft2, which includes larger welding and assembly shops. A new 53,000ft2testing facility has been added as well as a new state-of-the-art environmentally controlled blast and paint booth.
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Superior received more than $800,000 from a grant. This will help eliminate nearly 50 students from the wait list in the college's quickly growing welding program.
Tuesday, the Italian gun manufacturer, Beretta announced they will be moving the Maryland factory to Tennessee. The gun control laws have become increasingly restrictive in Maryland. Beretta had planned a $45 million facility just outside of Nashville but in the end decided on Gallatin, TN. Beretta did lobby against lawmakers to reverse key provisions in Maryland’s new gun control laws but they fear those laws could still be reintroduced in the future. Though the manufacturing plant will be moving to Tennessee in 2015 the corporate office will remain in Maryland.