A more than $500 million investment by automaker Ford Motor Co. tops the week’s expansion and job creation news:
In Michigan, Ford Motor Co. is investing $555 million in its Flat Rock Assembly Plant, a move the automaker says will eventually bring 1,200 additional jobs to Michigan. The plant, which previously was operated jointly with Mazda Motor Corp., will begin producing the 2013 Ford Fusion next year. The plant now employs 1,700 workers.
In Indiana, Sugar Creek Packing Co. will locate a manufacturing operation in the former Really Cool Foods production facility in Cambridge City. The Ohio-based food company, a food company, which focuses on proteins, will create up to 400 new jobs by 2016.
In Kentucky, law firm Bingham McCutchen LLP plans to open a global services center in Lexington at the University of Kentucky’s Coldstream Research Campus. The center will create 250 jobs in Kentucky and entail an investment of more than $22.5 million.
In North Carolina, Leviton Manufacturing Co. Inc. will expand its manufacturing operations in Morganton. The manufacturer of electrical wiring, lighting control, power cables and other electrical products plans to create 152 jobs over three years and make a capital investment of $7.3 million.
In Alabama, a Japanese automotive parts maker has started construction on a $19 million, 104,000-square-foot injection molding manufacturing facility in Florence. TASUS Corp., which makes plastic injection molded automotive components for many North American automotive manufacturers and their Tier 1 suppliers, will create more than 135 new jobs in the next three to five years.