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From the May Issue


World Reports

Project news around the world highlights Luxoft in Turin; a billion-dollar biologics project in Dublin; a $4.5 billion refinery in Pakistan; recycling from Novelis in South Korea; a $5 billion steel expansion in Gujarat, India; Turkmenistan’s $1.4 billion fertilizer plant; a $1 billion, 5-million-sq.-ft. EV plant in Thailand; and the three companies honored with the U.S. Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence.

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From the September Issue


New England’s IT Hub That Punches Above Its Weight

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin says his city’s deep talent pool and powerful concentration of industry leaders are complemented by tremendous culture, cuisine, energy and vibrancy.

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Middle America Has Never Looked Better

Logistics end-users value Kansas’ central U.S. location and access to markets.

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Manufacturing Extension Partnership Directory

This national network representing more than 1,400 advisors and experts at some 375 MEP service locations across the nation could be the most valuable, yet frequently overlooked, tool in a growing company’s toolbox.

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Thacker Pass, Nevada

Photo courtesy of Lithium Americas Corp.

Last week General Motors and Lithium Americas Corp. announced they will jointly invest to develop the Thacker Pass mine in Nevada. Under the agreement, GM will make a $650 million equity investment in Lithium Americas, which estimates the lithium extracted and processed from the project can support production of up to 1 million EVs per year. Ron Starner last September documented activity involving Thacker Pass and other lithium opportunities in Nevada. This new report from the U.S. Geological Survey documents the rapid climb in lithium production worldwide, 80% of which is destined for lithium-ion batteries. “This relationship underscores our commitment to develop a sustainable domestic lithium supply chain for electric vehicles,” said Lithium Americas President and CEO Jonathan Evans. “We are pleased to have GM as our largest investor, and we look forward to working together to accelerate the energy transition while spurring job creation and economic growth in America.”




This project in Heroica Zitácuaro in the northeastern region of the Mexican state of Michoacán is expected to begin operating during the second quarter of 2025. “ARAUCO is the primary producer of plywood in Mexico,” said the company, “and this project is expected to add about 300,000 cubic meters of MDF production per year, of which half would be melamine coated to meet the growing demand of the furniture, construction, and interior decorating industries in Mexico.” The company also is continuing to ramp up its $2.8 billion, 8,500-worker pulp mill in Arauco in the Bio Bio region of Chile and is moving forward on a $3 billion pulp mill in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil.

Source: Conway Projects Report

British Columbia

This new facility expands Cytiva’s manufacturing capacity of aseptic filling machines by over 200%. “The machines, known as workcells, provide gloveless, robotic aseptic filling capability for final drug product into vials, syringes, and cartridges,” said the company when the site opened last year. “The site will serve as a Center of Excellence for Cytiva’s Aseptic Filling business, housing R&D and service, and will be a base for the global customer user group.” The facility is located next to the Fraser River less than twenty minutes from Vancouver International Airport and one hour from the U.S. border. “The facility will house around 200 employees by the end of 2022, with room for future expansion,” Cytiva said. Cytiva employs nearly 10,000 people in more than 40 countries.

Source: Conway Projects Report




Before, during and after the events of the past week, people in the Big Sky State like to look up just to see the Montana sky itself. Last month Site Selection Publisher and Director Laura Lyne made this photograph of a sunlit barn in front of Mission Mountain in Ronan, Montana.