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GE’s Industrial Solutions business has announced plans to
invest $7.4 million in its West Burlington, Iowa, manufacturing
facility, creating 120 new jobs. The investment will be used to
expand GE’s medium-voltage product development and production in North America.
Once the new ANSI/IEEE medium-voltage switchgear pro-
duction line is added, the facility will manufacture a full line of
medium-voltage systems, including arc-resistant, air-insulat-
ed switchgear for new installations and retrofit applications.
The investment will enable the company to add new production machines, test equipment, and workstations for its
The Manitowoc Co. Inc., Manitowoc, Wis., has announced
its intention to move products currently manufactured at its
Cleveland facility to other locations, along with an anticipated
shutdown of this facility. These operational changes are part
of a strategic initiative to address production overcapacity.
The Cleveland facility produces steamers, conveyor ovens,
and mini combination ovens. The an-
nounced changes are in preparation for
the eventual spinoff of the company’s
Foodservice business in Q1 2016.
The company also expects to close
its Irwindale, Calif., distribution warehouse.
Omco, a manufacturer of custom roll
formed parts based in Wickliffe, Ohio,
has expanded its Talladega, Ala., facility
with the addition of three new roll forming lines, bringing its corporatewide capacity to more than 50 active roll forming mills.
In addition to custom roll forming, the
company offers custom and contract
metal fabrication. Services provided
include welding, CNC punching, laser
cutting, plasma/oxyfuel burning, forming and rolling, and industrial painting.
Southern Folger forms
Southcross Custom Fabrication
Southern Folger, a detention equipment company based in San Antonio,
Texas, has formed Southcross Custom
Fabrication (SCF), a dedicated venture
focused on providing metal fabrication
and process development in extended
Growing from a lengthy history of
comparable services under the Southern Folger umbrella, SCF will utilize the
capabilities, technical staff, and equipment in place at the current 100,000-sq.-
“We’ve provided these quality manufacturing and metal processing services
Gilchrist Metal Fabricating
hosts panel discussion
with Gov. John Kasich
Gilchrist Metal Fabricating Co., Hudson,
N.H., hosted Republican presidential
candidate and current Ohio Gov. John
Kasich for a town hall discussion on
The discussion brought together
Kasich and a number of local business
leaders as part of the governor’s series
of town hall events titled “A Balanced
Budget for Us.” Topics included individual and business taxes, Medicare, and