• Ae Group To Open LaGrange Headquarters and Manufacturing Plant


    Ae Group ag, a German maker of automotive and aerospace die-casting parts, will invest $15 million to construct its North American headquarters and manufacturing plant in LaGrange, Ga.

  • Holset Turbochargers Plans Charleston Plant


    Holset Turbochargers, a subsidiary of Cummins Inc ., is planning to construct a new manufacturing plant in Charleston, S.C.

  • Hyundai Opens Montgomery Plant


    South Korea-based Hyundai celebrated the opening of its $1.1-billion automotive manufacturing plant in Montgomery, Ala., in May of 2005. Sited on over 1,700 acres, the 2 million-sf facility will produce the Sonata and Santa Fe vehicles.

  • Honda Breaks Ground on Georgia Manufacturing Facility


    Honda Motor Co . broke ground on May 11, 2005 on a 250,000-sf manufacturing facility in Tallapoosa, Ga. The $100-million plant will produce 300,000 automatic transmissions annnually beginning in fall 2006 and will employ 400 workers.

  • NY Port Authority Rebuilds in Record Time After Sept. 11


    The destruction of the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center (WTC) on Sept. 11, 2001, decimated the busiest commuter rail station in Manhattan and heavily damaged two rail tunnels that transport tens of thousands of commuters between New York and New Jersey every day.

  • Planning and Structuring Large Capital Projects


    Large capital projects commonly share four key characteristics: high front-end capital intensity, long lead times, dependence upon specialized technology, and large unit size--indicators of the ‘lumpiness' and inflexibility of such projects. Projects exhibiting such characteristics tend to face governance challenges arising from unusual contracting arrangements or closed processes of decision-making. Examples of such projects include many high-profile endeavors--often called "mega projects--such as the Channel Tunnel, and offshore oil exploration and production in the North Sea. Based on extensive research over the past 15 years, Dr. Audley Genus, senior lecturer in Technology Policy and Strategy at the University of Newcastle on Tyne Business School, diagnoses these characteristic, but sometimes poorly understood, challenges and offers guidance on how to avoid the problems and costs they can cause.

  • Ford Motor Company Initiates Era of Sustainable Manufacturing


    Ford Motor Company, of Detroit, recently opened the doors on a $2-billion brownfield renovation of its historic Rouge manufacturing facility in Dearborn, Mich. The landmark project signifies a new era of environmentally sustainable manufacturing for Ford. In addition to housing the world's most advanced automated truck production plant, the renovated site also features unique green design elements including the world's largest living roof, the nation's first Gold LEED™-rated building under the new LEED certification criteria, and a certified wildlife habitat.

  • MetroTech Chemicals Expands Charlotte Operations


    MetroTech Chemicals Inc. is expanding operations in Charlotte, N.C. Currently located in 17,000 sf, MetroTech plans to renovate its existing facility and construct an additional 20,000 sf of warehouse, production, office, and mezzanine space.

  • Mercedes- Benz Develops Tuscaloosa County Facility


    Mercedes-Benz U.S. International began construction in February 2005 on a $22.5 million service parts warehouse sited on 44 acres in Vance, Ala. Designed by Designform Inc., the 518,000-sf facility will be constructed by Cooper Construction.

  • Johnson Controls Constructs Slovakia Plant


    Glendale, Wisc.-based Johnson Controls will build a new $26.5 million manufacturing plant in Lucenec, Slovakia. The facility will begin producing automotive seating products in mid-2006 and will employ approximately 340 workers by 2007.