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Volvo Shifts Plans For Its U.S.-Made Cars Amid China Trade War - NPR
Volvo is a Chinese-owned Swedish company making cars in the U.S. When it decided to set up a plant in South Carolina to build cars to ship around the world, it was following a long tradition.
this-week-453  Around-the-web  Matt  automotive-industry  FDI  south-carolina  south-atlantic  manufacturing  economic-development  site-selection  volvo  china  trade  trade-agreements  supply-chain 
april 2019 by areadevelopment
Michelin completes its fastest ever build on 3rd Upstate plant - Independent Mail
Editor's note: This story was originally published in The Greenville News on December 13, 2013. 

Race cars and fighter jets accelerate on its rubber, but Michelin North America did its quickest work in building a new plant for its biggest, slowest-moving tires.

Pete Selleck, chairman and president of the Greenville-based company, said Thursday that Michelin needed a year, five months and 22 days — record time for the tiremaker — to build its 19th plant in the hemisphere.
south-carolina  regional-headquarters  rubber-industry  tire-manufacturing  michelin  facility-planning  Around-the-web 
december 2018 by areadevelopment
Volvo’s new plant in South Carolina was almost built In Virginia 45 years ago - Virginian-Pilot
Today, Volvo Parkway in the Greenbrier section of Chesapeake is all that remains of what could have been Volvo’s U.S. manufacturing hub, one that now resides in Charleston.
virgina  south-carolina  port-of-virginia  volvo  automotive-industry  Around-the-web  this-week-442 
november 2018 by areadevelopment
From Honda to Volvo: New U.S. auto transplant transcends tariffs - The Detroit News
Learning from successful Japanese and European manufacturers over four decades of expansion, Volvo’s Charleston plant is the 17th non-union transplant to embrace American-made production advantages: lower costs, expanded global capacity, massive supplier infrastructure and proximity to the richest auto consumers in the world.
south-carolina  organized-labor  right-to-work  labor-costs  cost-of-doing-business  business-climate  fdi-USA  volvo  automotive-industry  Around-the-web  this-week-439 
october 2018 by areadevelopment
Tariffs Imperil a Hometown Business in South Carolina: BMW - The New York Times
The automaker became the No. 1 exporter of American-made cars, transforming Spartanburg. Now it is weighing the impact of an escalation of the trade fight.
south-carolina  tariffs  business-globalization  BMW  trade-agreements  Around-the-web  this-week-431  insider-12-17-2018 
july 2018 by areadevelopment
Volvo reveals first-ever American-made car at newly-christened US plant - MLive.com
Volvo both introduced its first-ever American-made car and its first U.S.-based manufacturing facility on Wednesday, June 20. The automaker revealed its all-new S60 luxury sedan, which will be built at the new manufacturing plant outside of Charleston, South Carolina.  

The Swedish automaker says the moves are representative of its commitment to the U.S. market, which it calls "an important market for the company and its new sedan.
volvo  automotive-industry  south-carolina  Around-the-web  this-week-430  insider-10-5-2018 
june 2018 by areadevelopment
Volvo Fears for Future of Global Trade as U.S. Plant Opens - Bloomberg
When Volvo Car Group broke ground on its first U.S. assembly plant in 2015, it was a proof point in the Swedish automaker’s rebound and global expansion, not a chess move in anticipation of a possible trade war.

Now that the factory is about to begin production, it’s poised to serve as a small hedge against tariffs at a time when new or heightened trade barriers are being threatened almost daily.
Around-the-web  this-week-429  volvo  south-carolina 
june 2018 by areadevelopment
2018 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards: Arizona, Indiana, South Carolina, and Tennessee Awarded Silver Shovels - States with 5 to 8 Million Population - Area Development
Area Development’s annual Gold and Silver Shovel Awards recognize states for their achievements in attracting high-value investment projects that will create a significant number of new jobs in their communities.
economic-development  site-selection  area-development-features  shovel-awards  Matt  manufacturing  jobs  arizona  southwest  indiana  midwest  south-carolina  south-atlantic  Tennessee  south 
june 2018 by areadevelopment
Automotive Minute: BMW repeats as largest U.S. automotive exporter - Atlanta Business Chronicle
Utilizing ports across the southern United States, BMW Manufacturing exported 272,346 BMW X models from their Spartanburg, South Carolina plant. BMW Manufacturing reports that nearly 87 percent of those were exported through the Port of Charleston with a U.S. Department of Commerce estimated export value of approximately $8.76 billion. Those numbers represent 16 percent of the total U.S. market share.
global-supply-chain  port-of-charleston  freight-logistics  automotive-industry  south-carolina  BMW  this-week-413  Around-the-web 
february 2018 by areadevelopment
Samsung marks opening of its 1st U.S. appliance plant in South Carolina amid threat of tariffs - postandcourier.com
South Carolina and Samsung officials on Friday celebrated the first washing machines made at the company's first U.S. appliance manufacturing plant, even as the Trump administration eyes new tariffs on the South Korean manufacturer that Gov. Henry McMaster calls bad for the state and the country.
business-globalization  electronics-industry  appliances-industry  samsung  south-carolina  government-policy  free-trade-agreements  Around-the-web  this-week-410 
january 2018 by areadevelopment
SCC, Michelin to offer manufacturing certificate training program - GoUpstate - Spartanburg, SC
The SCC Michelin Manufacturing Scholars Program offers “learn and earn” opportunities for those looking for training, certification and possible employment with Michelin. Applications for qualified candidates are being accepted, and classes in the program start May 14.
workforce-development  technical-schools  apprenticeships  skilled-labor  michelin  south-carolina 
january 2018 by areadevelopment
Mercedes-Benz Vans chief: North Charleston plant already adding U.S. jobs, with or without new NAFTA - postandcourier.com
While the debate continues over whether stricter trade rules are needed to boost U.S. jobs, the head of the Mercedes-Benz Vans plant in North Charleston says his company is already helping to fulfill President Donald Trump's campaign promise to put more Americans to work.
south-carolina  automotive-industry  mercedes-benz  business-globalization  free-trade-agreements  NAFTA  Around-the-web  this-week-404 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
When It Comes to Trade Whirlpool Tries To Have Its Cake And Eat It Too - Forbes
Samsung is building a washing machine factory in Newberry County, South Carolina. The plant is nearing completion, 250 workers have already been hired, sometime in 2018 the plant will have 500 workers producing washers and possibly other appliances, and eventually nearly 1000 workers will be employed there. LG is just beginning work on a plant in Clarkesville, Tennessee, so soon both major importers will be manufacturing some of their washing machines in the U.S., creating jobs for several thousand Americans.

If Whirlpool's foreign competitors are already in the process of moving some of their manufacturing footprint to the U.S., why is a trade action needed?
business-globalization  appliances-industry  whirlpool  south-carolina  free-trade-agreements  Tennessee  fdi-USA  electronics-industry  Around-the-web  this-week-404 
november 2017 by areadevelopment

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