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Manufacturing Marches On

December 22, 2020

It’s that time of the year again—the end. It’s a time to reflect on the previous 12 months, review what went according to plan and what did not, perhaps carve out time to plan for the year ahead. In the case of 2020 in particular, this is a time to breathe a sigh of relief that a year highjacked by COVID-19 is nearly behind us.

At IndustryWeek, it also is an opportunity to revisit what has become something of a tradition in the past few years, a perusal of manufacturing expansion in the United States. COVID-19 may have played havoc with many of manufacturing’s best-laid plans, but significant growth efforts still moved forward in 2020.

Last year, our annual review focused on a single facility, the Mazda Toyota Manufacturing joint-venture assembly plant rising in Huntsville, Alabama. This year, we dropped in on three facilities in various states of construction or completion:

  • Vehicle production at Navistar International Corp.’s complex in San Antonio, Texas, which is scheduled to begin in 2022 and is a key part of the company’s “Navistar 4.0” growth strategy. Construction is getting underway at the greenfield site.
  • The Ultium Cells LLC battery cells manufacturing plant in Lordstown, Ohio, which is progressing steadily and providing ample evidence of automotive electrification’s growing influence.
  • The EGGER Group—a privately held manufacturer of wood-based materials for furniture and building products industries—which recently opened a particleboard plant in North Carolina.

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