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Friday, December 15, 2017

Manufacturing Facility News

Brunswick Mothballs Knoxville Boat Plant

Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC) announced on Jan. 6 that it will mothball its Riverview boat manufacturing facility near Knoxville, Tenn., and take additional actions aimed at reducing its work force, production and expenses. One of three manufacturing facilities in the Knoxville area, Riverview makes Sea Ray boats and will wind down production during the first quarter of the year. To better utilize Brunswick's overall boat making capacity, production at Riverview will be moved to nearby plants in Knoxville and Vonore, Tenn., which will remain in operation. In addition, production of certain models will be transferred to Brunswick's Palm Coast manufacturing facility in Florida, and a Brunswick plant in Reynosa, Mexico.

Medina International and Subsidiaries Move

Management of Medina International Holdings, Inc. (Pink Sheets: MIHI) signed a lease to rent a manufacturing facility in the city of Corona, California. "This new larger facility will enable us to consolidate production process in one location with substantial reduction in rent compared to the Costa Mesa Facility," said Daniel Medina, President of Medina International Holdings, Inc. "The Corona facility was previously leased by a boat manufacturer, providing us with the necessity of minimal modifications of building to manufacture our watercrafts," said Madhava Rao Mankal, Chief Financial Officer of Medina International Holdings, Inc.

Composite Holdings Acquires Land for Marine Vessel Manufacturing

On 22 February, EPS Corporation’s 50-percent owned Composite Holdings Inc. (CHI) acquired approximately 37 acres and some 141,000 SF of marine composite manufacturing facilities, located off the Barge Canal on Merritt Island, Florida. This Merritt Island acquisition, combined with the 2008 acquisition of 50 percent of CHI and its over 13 acres and 89,000 SF of marine manufacturing capacity on the Indian River in Titusville, Florida, provides EPS and its affiliate CHI about 50 acres of Florida waterfront property and over 230,000 SF of modern marine composite manufacturing facilities. “EPS is excited about this investment in the area. We expect great things moving forward with our line of marine vessels, which will be manufactured at these facilities,” said Mr. Francesco A.

CORTEC Expands Manufacturing Capacity

CORTEC's new Port Allen, Louisiana facility (Photo: CORTEC)

CORTEC, a manufacturer of API compact ball valves and manifolds, has expanded its CORTEC Manifold Systems (CMS) Lafayette, La. manufacturing facility and relocated to new premises in Port Allen, La. According to Stephen Corte, vice president of CORTEC, the move was necessary to support the company’s growth initiatives and increase in customer demand. The facility now supports a full range of CORTEC’s service operations, including: sales, engineering, quality, machining, product assembly and testing, inventory and coating.

Bay Shipbuilding Gets $2M in Tax Credit

Wisconsin’s Governor Jim Doyle announced on March 15 that the Department of Commerce will provide Bay Shipbuilding Company with $2 million in Enterprise Development Zone credits to assist the company as it upgrades the manufacturing facilities at its Sturgeon Bay plant. The Governor made the announcement during a visit to the company. Governor Doyle said. “My Grow Wisconsin initiative calls for investing in manufacturing so we can create good jobs for our citizens. Bay Shipbuilding Co. is modernizing and upgrading its steel-cutting-and-fabricating capability at its Sturgeon Bay facility. Recent increased shipping activity has elevated its commercial shipbuilding, maintenance, and repair business, leading the company to develop a two-phase plan to increase efficiency and expand capacity.

Rolls-Royce Gets Submarine Power Contract

This contract includes regeneration of the current Rolls-Royce submarine reactor core manufacturing facility in Derby. The Group will introduce the latest technology and manufacturing techniques to deliver increased efficiencies committed by the MoD and industry as part of the Strategic Defence and Security Review. Under this contract Rolls-Royce will continue to maintain and operate its existing reactor core manufacturing facility in Derby, UK. In parallel the Group will complete a phased rebuild to provide a leading-edge manufacturing facility with the highest standards of safety to support future MoD programme needs. Rolls-Royce is the UK’s lead company…

Manitowoc Crane Group to Develop Manufacturing Facility in Slovakia

The Manitowoc Company, Inc. has reached an agreement with Valcovna profilov a.s. for the development of a crane manufacturing facility in Saris, Slovakia. The facility, which will be refurbished and re-equipped, will serve as the final manufacturing and assembly site for Grove, Potain, and Manitowoc cranes being delivered to customers in East European markets, particularly in Russia and the CIS. The company expects to begin production from the Saris facility in late 2007. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed, but Manitowoc is revising its 2007 capital expenditures guidance from $70 million to $85 million for the full year as a result of this acquisition and other capacity initiatives in its Crane Group.

ACB Expands Facility

ACB has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Jansen Inc. to have a new manufacturing facility built in Ferndale, Wash. Jansen Inc. will provide ACB with 190,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility plus a separate 10,000 sq ft. general office building on the I-5 Industrial Center property in Ferndale. The new facility will allow ACB to increase their annual production capacity to 400 boats to meet the current and future demands of their growing recreational, commercial, and government contracts. As part of their expansion plans, ACB is in the process of executing a new lease for an additional 12,000 square. feet in Fairhaven from the Port of Bellingham. With the additional space, ACB will occupy about 72,000 square feet at the Port’s Fairhaven Marine Industrial Park.

Brunswick Buys North Carolina Boat Plant

Brunswick Corporation will expand its manufacturing presence in North Carolina with the purchase of a boat manufacturing facility in Navassa, N.C., near Wilmington, from KCS International, Inc. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The Navassa site will offer Brunswick additional and needed capacity to build larger boats -- a growing market segment -- as well as the ability to manufacture several brands of cruisers at the facility, increasing production flexibility, productivity and efficiency. In a related action, Brunswick will close its Salisbury, Md., plant and transfer cruiser production to the new North Carolina facility.

Detroit Diesel Recognizes Top Suppliers of 2000

Detroit Diesel Corporation (DDC) announced its top suppliers for the year 2000 as measured by its supply chain management program, Continuous Customer Value Improvement (CCVI). DDC evaluates major suppliers quarterly regarding quality, delivery, cost and technical support, with the goal of waste elimination. The three providers named DDC 2000 CCVI Supplier of the Year were Motorola’s Automotive and Industrial Electronic Group (AIEG), Ferry Cap & Set Screw Company and Vibratech. AIEG’s manufacturing facility in Seguin, Texas supplies DDC with electronic control modules for its heavy-duty electronically controlled engines. The Ferry Cap & Set Screw Company of Cleveland, Ohio provides DDC with a variety of specialized, engineered fasteners, while Vibratech of Alden, N.Y.

Morse Rubber Completes Metso Acquisition

Morse Rubber LLC completed a purchase of assets, which include various product ranges and the Keokuk, Iowa manufacturing facility, from Metso Minerals Industries. components. The manufacturing facility comprises 120,000 square ft. under roof with capabilities that include rubber to metal bonding; large scale molding; extruding; machining of rubber, composites and metals as well as metal welding and fabrication. Morse Marine Bearings are rubber lined and water lubricated. They require no seals, and no oil or grease for lubrication. The use of water as a lubricant provides efficient low friction operation and a stable lubricant film due to the incompressibility of water. A full standard range of Imperial and Metric sizes is available. Special sizes are available upon request.

Willard Marine ISO9001 Certification

Willard Marine Inc. announced that the Anaheim manufacturing facility has been granted ISO9001 certification. Included are the company’s design/engineering, manufacturing/assembly and testing facilities. The procedure involved both management and staff participating in intense training and the development of quality and training documents and procedures to provide continuous improvement in the company’s manufacturing processes.  

Greenbrier Condoles the Passing of Emeritus Board Member Atiyeh

Victor G. (“Vic”) Atiyeh: Photo courtesy of Greenbrier

The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. says it joins all of Oregon in expressing its condolences to the family of Victor G. (“Vic”) Atiyeh, former Governor and past member of Greenbrier’s board of directors. Atiyeh died late Sunday at the age of 91. He is remembered as a two-term Governor who helped shape the modern economy of Oregon, where Greenbrier continues to grow and prosper to this day. Atiyeh completed eight successful years as Governor from 1979-1987 that were preceded by decades of impactful service in the Oregon Legislature.

Hatteland Increases Capacity

Hatteland Display has introduced an advanced line manufacturing facility that greatly increases its production capacity at its Nedre Vats, Norway facility. Hatteland Display was purchased by Ferd Private Equity Fund II (FPEF II) on 27th March 2007 and the company is now coming to the end of an initial '100 Days Process'. The new manufacturing capacity is part of this initial consultation and is a sign of the investment that the new owners of Hatteland Display are willing to make to ensure that the company retains its position as the dominant supplier of marine displays and panel computers to systems integrators and shipyards.

Trinity Announces Proposed Private Offering

Trinity Industries, Inc. has announced that it is proposing to make, subject to market and other conditions, an offering of up to $300 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes due 2014 in a private offering. Trinity intends to apply the net proceeds of the offering to repay indebtedness outstanding under its existing credit facility and for general corporate purposes, including, among others, to make capital expenditures in strategic manufacturing facilities and fund working capital requirements of its railcar manufacturing operations.

Nautican Brings New Facility, Jobs to Summerside

Photo courtesy of Nautican

A former Montague resident, Elizabeth Reynolds Boyd has always been looking for a way to give back to her home province. The respected naval architect and owner of Nautican Research and Development joined Premier Wade MacLauchlan and Babcock Canada Vice President Jake Jacobson to announce a new advanced marine technology presence in Summerside. The Nautican, Babcock, and provincial partnership province will bring a manufacturing facility and 21 new full-time jobs over the next three years – joining the six employees already on staff – to Slemon Park.

Nautican Brings New Facility, Jobs to Summerside

With the support of Babcock, Nautican will establish a manufacturing and integration facility in Prince Edward Island Photo Nautican

A former Montague resident, Elizabeth Reynolds Boyd has always been looking for a way to give back to her home province. The respected naval architect and owner of Nautican Research and Development joined Premier Wade MacLauchlan and Babcock Canada Vice President Jake Jacobson to announce a new advanced marine technology presence in Summerside. The Nautican, Babcock, and provincial partnership province will bring a manufacturing facility and 21 new full-time jobs over the next three years – joining the six employees already on staff – to Slemon Park.

Aker Kvaerner Celebrates Subsea Engineering and Manufacturing Center

Aker Kvaerner will officially celebrate the expansion and state-of-the-art upgrade of its integrated subsea engineering and manufacturing facilities in Tranby, Norway on May 10. Aker Kvaerner invested NOK 65 million in 2006 and 2007 to develop the manufacturing operation into the world's most efficient subsea christmas tree manufacturing facility. Work on the facility has now been completed, just 12 months after Aker Kvaerner announced the investment. The new streamlined operations will increase Aker Kvaerner's ability to respond to customer needs with reduced lead times and more rapid execution. Aker Kvaerner Subsea has another two facilities coming on line this year.

Aker Solutions Expands Indonesian Facility

Aker Solutions has opened a new, expanded manufacturing facility for surface trees and wellheads in Batam, Indonesia. The expansion is part of Aker Solutions' strategy to increase its presence in the Asia Pacific oil and gas markets. Aker Solutions has invested $17 million into the expansion, which included a 700-square-meter increase in building space, two new workshops, and a new warehouse. The facility now encompasses a total of 21,800 square meters.

Boston Whaler Opens New Facility

A grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony were held at the new Boston Whaler Commercial and Government Products manufacturing facility in Edgewater, Fla. The newly constructed facility encompasses 46,000 square feet under roof, on 6.3 square acres of land. The state-of-the-art facility is used to build unsinkable fiberglass boats specifically for commercial applications, including law enforcement, fire/rescue and military/combat craft and homeland security. Boston Whaler Commercial and Government Products builds boats used by virtually every branch of the United States armed forces and by law enforcement and rescue organizations around the world. Opening remarks were made by Steve Dennis, executive director of the Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce.

Thrustmaster Adds Waterjets to Product Line

Photo: Thrustmaster of Texas

Thruster manufacturer Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. expanded its product lineup to include waterjets after acquiring the technology of DOEN Pacific on Wednesday. DOEN, a designer and manufacturer of waterjet propulsion systems for the past 48 years, is one of five marine waterjet manufactures in the world building waterjets up to 4,000 kW for the commercial and military marine markets. To meet the demands of large scale, commercial applications Thrustmaster said it plans to introduce two new models to the DOEN waterjet product lineup.

Caterpillar Celebrates Brazil Op'ns Launch

Caterpillar announced that the Cat© 3500C Diesel Electric Propulsion (DEP) generator sets have entered full production at the Piracicaba, Sao Paulo, manufacturing facility, delivering on a commitment to offer superior Cat power solutions products to the burgeoning Brazilian offshore market. The first shipment of four Cat 3512 DEP generator sets were delivered in December to Navship, a shipbuilder located in Navegantes, Brazil, and operated by Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO).  

Tyco Telecommunications Renamed TE SubCom

Tyco Telecommunications, a business unit of Tyco Electronics, announced it is now operating under a new corporate name: Tyco Electronics Subsea Communications (TE SubCom). In 2010, TE SubCom will complete cable installations and upgrade projects in Asia, the Middle East and the North Atlantic. The company’s management team remains unchanged and TE SubCom maintains the existing company headquarters, research and development laboratories, manufacturing facilities, ships and depots located worldwide. (www.subcom.com)  

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