- SPECIAL REPORTS
CHATTANOOGA, TN—The UAW withdrew its appeal of the outcome of a union vote at Volkswagen’s assembly plant here.
EL SEGUNDO, CA—The worldwide market for industrial machinery will reach $1.6 trillion this year, up from $1.5 trillion in 2013. This represents annual growth of 6.3 percent, more than twice the 2.9 percent increase seen in 2013. Strong growth is forecast to continue for the next four years, with revenue rising to $2 trillion by 2018.
AURORA, OH—Argosy Wind Power has moved its headquarters to a larger facility here to meet growing demand for its direct-drive wind turbines.
ST. AUGUSTINE, FL—Northrop Grumman Corp. is investing more than $100 million in a new Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence here. The facility will eventually employ 400.
CHAMBERSBURG, PA—Auto parts manufacturer Torcomp LLC will break ground here later this month on a $9 million assembly plant, its first U.S. facility.
MINNEAPOLIS—A mechanical spider, a back-support device, and a walking cane were among the winners of Stratasys Ltd.’s 10th annual Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge.
ADVANCE, NC—It’s been nearly three years since Ashley Furniture moved its manufacturing operation here. Since then, the company has brought about 350 jobs to Davie County, and it’s not done hiring. The company wants to have 750 people by the end of this year.
RUSSELL SPRINGS, KY—Dr. Schneider Automotive Systems Inc. has officially opened its new, $29 million assembly plant here, which will make parts for Ford, BMW, Mercedes, Audi and other OEMs.
BERLIN—Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation have developed a mobile robot that can move along with aerospace workers and assist them as they assemble and test parts.
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