Manufacturing accounts for nearly a quarter of the county's gross regional product.
Several of the
county's largest manufacturers added workers or announced plans to expand their
local operations in
2013. Others were shuttered, laying off scores of workers.
Global health care products maker Covidien is in the process of adding 100 new
jobs at its Crystal Lake
plant and already has constructed a 38,000-square-foot processing room that
houses the facility’s new
syringe product line.
Scot Forge is planning a major expansion at its Spring Grove headquarters that
includes adding space
for corporate offices and manufacturing. The company, which makes metal parts
for everything from
airplanes to submarines and aircraft carriers, plans to add a three-story, 29,000-
building at 8001 Winn Road. Scot Forge also will add about 87,000-square feet of
to the south side of its property. The expansion will tack on nearly 120,000 square
feet of space to the
company’s existing 350,000-square-foot facility and add at least 15 jobs in the
Breast-pump maker Medela Inc. added a third shift of workers this year to increase
following a surge of orders set off by a provision in the Affordable Care Act. Under
the health law,
insurance companies are required to cover, without copay, the cost of breast-
feeding devices and
lactation counseling along with other preventative health services. So far,
Obamacare has been a boon
for Medela, the company has seen a “significant increase” in demand for its
products. As a result, it has
ramped up production to meet that demand.
Other manufacturing companies closed plants and laid off workers.
Lured by economic incentives and room for expansion, commercial foodservice
products maker Food
Warming Equipment Co. largely vacated its facility at 7900 Route 31 when it moved
Portland, Tenn., this year. The privately-owned company took more than 100 jobs,
$4.8 million in
annual payroll and $7.5 million in vendor spending with it when it moved.
About 130 people lost jobs when D.B. Hess closed its Woodstock facility this
summer. The printer of
commercial and educational materials was shuttered after BTPO Hess Holdings Inc.,
parent company of the Woodstock printer, filed for bankruptcy in late May.
Thermtrol Corp. closed its Cary manufacturing plant in July and laid off 60 workers
manufacturer of motor vehicle and electronic equipment relocated operations to