30 Oct 2020

United Kingdom’s Largest Kitchen Retailer Chooses Pennsylvania for North American Headquarters and First Manufacturing Facility

October 2020: Governor Tom Wolf announced that Wren Manufacturing, Inc., a manufacturer of custom kitchen cabinets, will establish its North American headquarters and a manufacturing center in Luzerne County, PA.

“Wren Manufacturing’s choice to establish its North American headquarters in Pennsylvania speaks to what our commonwealth can offer to businesses looking to grow and expand,” said Gov. Wolf.

“This move will make a great difference in this Luzerne County community, making nearly 400 new jobs available as our economy moves toward recovery.” Wren Manufacturing is a privately-owned British designer, manufacturer, and retailer of custom kitchen cabinets. The company is disrupting the custom cabinet market by improving the shopping experience—enabling customization of each product online and through a virtual reality experience at its network of retail centers. The company intends to add retail centers across the North America and provide support to them from this location. The company leased a 252,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and a 10,046-square-foot office facility in Luzerne County. The company will invest $15,5 millions in leasehold improvements and new equipment.

This international move speaks to the strength of Pennsylvania’s business climate. Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin visited Wren Manufacturing’s headquarters in the United Kingdom in September 2019 on a business development mission that highlighted the commonwealth’s competitive advantages in workforce and advanced manufacturing to prospective investors considering the establishment of American operations. “We’re excited to bring our vertically integrated model to the United States, the largest home improvement market in the world,” said Rafal Klimek, Manufacturing and Logistics Director for Wren Kitchens. “Luzerne County has a tremendous amount of talent in the local area and its location allows us to reach a huge percentage of the American population within a short drive time."

Wren Manufacturing received a funding proposal from DCED for a $1.25 million Pennsylvania First grant, $392,400 in funding for job training through the WEDnet program, and $720,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs. The company may also be eligible for DCED’s Manufacturing Tax Credit (MTC) program.

The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, with assistance from the Office of International Business Development and its representative in the United Kingdom. For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit http://dced.pa.gov.

Ohio’s affordability, proximity to automotive OEMs among key reasons for the leading global tier-one automotive supplier’s investment. Marelli announced it will open a greenfield manufacturing plant in Bowling Green, Ohio, to support new business for the company’s Interiors Unit. The facility will bring approximately 75 new jobs to the region, with construction expected to be complete in early 2021.

Adler Pelzer Group (APG) will expand its operations into the market by taking over a 100,000 square-foot facility in Northwest, Ohio. With headquarters in Germany, the automotive supplier will invest $10 million into its operations and create approximately 80 new jobs, with the future possibility of further expansion and job creation. “We selected this location because this region offered a site that was ready for our company to start-up immediately and we definitely saw a favorable business environment,” said Alberto Buniato, president of the NAFTA business unit for Adler Pelzer Group.

Cérélia announced plans to expand its operations in the central Ohio region with a new production facility. The company is investing over $29 million and will begin with 120 employees. First production at the new site will start in Q1 2021.

Cérélia will build a new 150,000-square-foot production facility in Whitehall to meet existing and future customer demand, with a groundbreaking scheduled for late June. The company’s investment will be used for the facility’s construction, machinery and equipment upgrades, additional production lines and employee training. Cérélia selected the Columbus Region after considering other markets in North America.

German Henkel, a manufacturer of laundry and home care, beauty care and adhesive products, will partner with its packaging supplier ALPLA Inc. on a $130 million-plus investment to enhance laundry detergent production in Bowling Green, KY and creating up to 60 full-time jobs.

“Henkel and ALPLA have each been fantastic corporate citizens in Warren County, and their collaborative relationship with this project will create additional investment and job opportunities in the region,” Warren County officials said. “The ability to attract and grow companies with significant supply chains is a key factor in Kentucky’s robust economic growth and will continue to be a focal point for us going forward. We are grateful to both Henkel and ALPLA for their strong, ongoing commitment to the commonwealth.”

The dual investment creates a 170,000-square-foot packaging operation on Henkel’s Bowling Green campus and cover the cost of equipment to support a new bottle production line. New technology also is expected to increase efficiency, create capacity for future growth and save on energy costs at Henkel’s facility. ALPLA will manage hiring, specialized training and employee management at the new production line. The new packaging operation is expected to be operational by mid-2020.

“The United States is one of Henkel’s biggest and most important markets, and the company has continuously strengthened its position here through nearly $5 billion in investments over the past four years,” said Stephan Fuesti-Molnar, president, Henkel Consumer Goods North America. “This new investment at our flagship laundry detergent production facility will help us build on our strong market position in the US laundry market. With 70 percent of US households buying laundry and home care products made by Henkel, we are well positioned for sustainable long-term growth in the region.”  “ALPLA is a family owned business and has been manufacturing bottles for more than 60 years,” CEO Philip Lehner said. “We are pleased to build on our presence in the Bowling Green area and expand our 34-year global partnership with Henkel.”
ALPLA, headquartered in Hard, Austria, employs around 20,800 people across operations in 46 countries. ALPLA produces bottles from both low and high-density polyethylene, PET and other plastics. Products include water and drinks bottles, preform sports bottles, hinged lids, measuring caps, child safety caps and sports caps among other custom designs. Currently, ALPLA employs 124 people in Bowling Green in addition to 52 Kentuckians at a manufacturing facility in Florence.

To encourage the investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) approved a 10-year incentive agreement with ALPLA under the Kentucky Business Investment program.
In addition, ALPLA can receive resources from the Kentucky Skills Network. Through the Kentucky Skills Network, companies can receive no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job training incentives.

Meggitt PLC, an international company specializing in high-performance components and sub-systems for the aerospace, defense and selected energy markets, announced an expansion of its commercial and military aircraft carbon brake manufacturing capacity in Boyle County, KY creating up to 83 full-time jobs with a nearly $82.7 million investment. “Meggitt plays a significant role in the economy of the Boyle County community since locating there 13 years ago,” praised the Cabinet of Economic Development team in Frankfort, KY. “Currently employing more than 200 people, the company continues its strong upward trajectory within the commonwealth’s booming aerospace industry. We thank Meggitt for its commitment to Kentucky, and we look forward to many more years of continued growth.”  The project allows the company to fulfill increasing orders following recent contract awards for braking systems. The facility already provides braking components for a number of customer programs, including the Airbus A220 and A321, as well as for Embraer, Gulfstream, Dassault and Bombardier. The new facility also will serve as an MRO hub to meet rising demand for aircraft maintenance. The 95,000-square-foot expansion would include new carbon furnaces plus ancillary equipment, as well as upgrades to existing machinery.

13 Jan 2020

In Umea, Sweden-based Alö AB, one of the world’s leading suppliers in the agricultural machinery industry, opens operations in Greenville County. The $6 million investment creates 44 new jobs over the next five years in steel fabrication, product assembly and distribution for the U.S. market. Alo Group CEO Niklas Astrom proudly announced “Following an extensive evaluation, we selected Greenville County, SC, as the ideal location for our company to further strengthen service to our customers and reinforce our commitment to the North American market. We look forward to becoming part of the thriving business community in Greenville County.”

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