Faraday Future has signed a lease on a facility in Hanford, Calif., for manufacturing the FF- 91 electric car, to be introduced
in late 2018. The company expects to employ up to 1,300
workers in three shifts at the 1 million-sq.-ft. plant.
Lockheed Martin has begun construction on a $350 million satellite manufacturing factory near Denver, Colo. The
266,000-sq.-ft. plant, which will consolidate production and
testing under one roof, is scheduled for completion in 2020.
Waukesha, Wis.-based Metal-Era Inc., a provider of commercial roof edge and roof ventilation systems, celebrated a
groundbreaking for the expansion of its headquarters July 25.
The company is expanding its current 100,000-sq.-ft. building
with a 25,000-sq.-ft. addition. The company also will remodel
about 15,000 sq. ft. for additional office space to make room
for its growing team and will purchase new equipment to accommodate its growing demand. Metal-Era is projecting to
add nearly 40 jobs over the next couple of years as the expansion comes to completion.
Siemens Canada has closed its wind turbine plant in Till-
sonburg, Ont., eliminating more than 340 jobs. According to
the London Free Press, Siemens was one of four plants to open
more optimistic about the U.S. econ-
omy compared to last year, while 66
percent said the same about the manu-
facturing industry. Sixty-nine percent
expect headcount to increase. Even
so, respondents identified addressing
workforce challenges as a top priority
for their companies, and nearly 60 per-
cent pointed to a lack of qualified work-
ers as a barrier to business growth.
More than half of respondents said
their companies have no involvement
with high schools, community colleges,
or universities to develop skilled workers. More than 80 percent said they provide 40 hours or less of annual training
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Fisher Barton to close
South Carolina plant
Fisher Barton, based in Watertown, Wis.,
has announced plans to close its Fountain Inn, S.C., plant by mid-September,
eliminating about 100 jobs.
The facility provides precision metal
stampings, metal parts fabrication,
heat-treating processes, and precision
laser cutting and maintains an in-house
precision tool and die shop.
RoMan sells IRCO division
RoMan Manufacturing®, Grand Rapids,
Mich., has completed the sale of its IRCO
Automation® division to Hubert Bethlehem, IRCO’s current president/CEO.
IRCO manufactures standard and
custom systems for arc welding automated positioning equipment. RoMan
produces AC water-cooled transformers
and DC power sources.
IRCO will continue to design and
manufacture its products and support
all clients from its present corporate
headquarters in Burlington, Ont.
Robinson Metal adds bridge mill
Robinson Metal Inc. has added an SNK
RB-5M bridge mill to its facility in De-Pere, Wis. The five-speed, multicenter
machine increases the company’s part
“The [machine] enhances our efficiency by combining a large work envelope with right-angle head, resulting
in reduced setups for high-precision,
high-output machining,” said Jamie
Tilkens, manager of Robinson’s Fabrication & Machine division. “Its automatic tool changer comes with 60-tool
storage capacity and can be used in
both vertical spindle and angular attachment settings.”
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