General Motors recently announced plans to move production of a vehicle-to-be-named-later from the company’s Orion plant north of Detroit, Michigan, to the Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas City, Kansas. The move will generate a $245-million investment at the Fairfax plant to develop a new vehicle program. The facility currently produces the Buick Lacrosse and Chevrolet Malibu.
Manufacturing Expansion In the Golden State
NRC Manufacturing, headquartered in Fremont, California, plans to build a second campus in Elk Grove. The company manufactures prototype electronic components used inside consumer and business telecommunications, defense and consumer electronics devices. At full build-out, the project will encompass 230,000 sq. ft. (21,368 sq. m.) including manufacturing, office and parking space. The multi-phase expansion will ultimately employ up to 2,500 manufacturing and management employees. The first phase — 50,000 sq. ft. (4,645 sq. m.) and 620 new full-time employees — is expected to be complete by the end of 2017.
Top Metros for Job Growth by Percent
Change from Jan. 2015 to Jan. 2016
|Metro Area||State||Jobs Created (000s)||Percent Change|
|San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara||California||39.4||3.9|
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Heineken Doubles Down in Mexico
In response to the exploding beer market in Mexico, Dutch brewer Heineken is doubling its investment, spending up to $2 billion between now and 2019. The company intends to increase production capacity at several existing plants, enter the growing hard cider market and enhance distribution networks. A new plant in Meoqui, Chihuahua, is scheduled to begin production by 2017.