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From Site Selection magazine, May 2016
by Patty Rasmussen

Making Moves

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.

The Fairfax Assembly Plant is home to the Chevy Malibu.
Photo courtesy of General Motors

Image: Edelweiss / Fotolia

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
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford Florida 54.4 4.8
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara California 39.4 3.9
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward California 80.1 3.6
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale Arizona 67.2 3.6
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario California 45.7 3.5
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Florida 42 3.4
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Texas 112.6 3.4
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro Oregon 34.8 3.2
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell Georgia 79.6 3.2
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Washington 56 3
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

“Whether you are an established filmmaker or an emerging writer, we want you to think of our studio as a new destination where your work can be nurtured and flourish.”
— Eamonn Butler, Cinesite’s Head of Animation, announcing the company’s $70-million investment in an art animation studio in Montréal, Québec, creating 500 jobs.

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.

Photo courtesy of Heineken International B.V.

Patty Rasmussen

Patty Rasmussen

Patty Rasmussen has written about economic and business development for more than a decade with Site Selection and other business publications. As a freelance journalist she covered the Atlanta Braves from 1998 until 2010, and wrote for media outlets including Major League Baseball, and WebMD.


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