From the September Issue


Help Wanted!

To stay competitive, Vietnam needs to upskill its workforce.

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From the September Issue



That’s one way to describe the depth and potential of automotive technology in the Greater Toronto Area’s York Region.

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United Kingdom

Packaging maker Crown Holdings, based along the Delaware River in Yardley, Pennsylvania, last week announced it will build a new beverage can facility that will employ 280 in Peterborough, United Kingdom, east of Leicester in eastern England. “A growing proportion of new beverages in the U.K. is being introduced in cans, and this new facility demonstrates Crown’s commitment to meeting expanding customer requirements,” the company said. Construction will begin during the second quarter, with the first line expected to begin production during the second quarter of 2023. “Additional lines are planned in a phased manner to reach over 3 billion units of annual capacity,” the company said.

Source: Conway Analytics


India-based Torrent last week announced it would open a new plant at the Ħal Far industrial estate in Malta as part of its European expansion plans, according to multiple media reports. Malta Today reports that the company will transform an abandoned factory into a testing and warehouse facility. Torrent Malta General Manager Frederick Schembri said the project has advanced quickly thanks to Malta Enterprise, INDIS Malta and the Medicines Authority. The industrial estate, located on the southeastern tip of the island near Malta International Airport and the Malta Freeport, was formerly home to the first permanent airfield to be built in Malta in the 1920s and was used heavily during World War II.

Source: Conway Analytics





Workforce Within Reach

Oregon’s institutions of higher education keep the talent pipeline flowing.

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From the September Issue


MOU Aims to Demystify Bio Sector, Create Jobs and Economic Growth

Onward Eugene and the Oregon Bioscience Association see growth on the horizon for a sector whose more than 800 firms in the state include more than 100 in Lane County.

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A new Pilot Travel Center that opened in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in February 2022 is part of a new $1 billion wave of investment by the Tennessee company.
Photo courtesy of Pilot

Knoxville-based Pilot Company’s recent growth has been chronicled in the pages of Site Selection and in an interview with then-Pilot President (now senior advisor) Ken Parent in Conway Custom Content’s Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley magazine. The company continues to grow at a rapid pace, announcing last week a $1 billion initiative focused on upgrading the experience and equipping its stores for the future of travel. The three-year project, called New Horizons, marks the company’s largest investment in store modernization to date and will fully remodel more than 400 Pilot and Flying J travel centers, as well as make upgrades at several more locations across the country.


Photo by Carol M. Highsmith courtesy of Library of Congress

Today marks the anniversary of the date in 1794 when inventor Eli Whitney received a patent for his cotton gin, which transformed the cotton industry in the United States. This photo of a cotton field ready for harvesting was made by photographer Carol M. Highsmith in fall 2020 near the town of Mer Rouge in Morehouse Parish, Louisiana. The USDA’s June 2021 acreage report estimated 2021 U.S. cotton plantings at 11.72 million acres. Texas is the leading state for cotton by far. In marketing year 2019 (August 2019-July 2020), “the United States produced nearly 20 million bales of cotton, representing about $7 billion in total (lint plus seed) value,” says the USDA, noting that the country also is the world’s leading cotton exporter, accounting for approximately 35% of global exports. One bale of cotton (about 480 pounds) can make more than 200 pairs of jeans or 1,200 t-shirts.