10 Significant Manufacturing Facilities Under Construction in the U.S.

6 September 2023Construction, Digital Transformation, ManufacturingAI, construction industry, Electrical, factory, innovation, labor shortages, manufacturing construction, semiconductor, solar, Sustainability

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There has been a push to increase manufacturing in the US with investment in private companies. The factory projects will lead to the manufacture of diverse and innovative products that range from computer chips and electric vehicle (EV) batteries to biotech.

The US Department of the Treasury explains that the surge in construction spending for manufacturing facilities is being driven by demand for computer, electronic and electrical products, now dominant components of manufacturing construction. USDT explains that, since 2022, spending on this type of construction has increased four-fold.

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In online articles, Manufacturing Dive and World Construction Network described several major manufacturing projects that are currently underway in the US:

  • Abbott Laboratories Factory, Ohio – completion in 2026. The factory will produce nutritional powder food supplements, including products for people with extreme food allergies.
  • EMD Electronics Semiconductor Plant, Pennsylvania – no completion date cited. The facilities will enable production of tungsten hexafluoride and nitrogen trifluoride, specialty gases that are reportedly key components in the manufacture of semiconductors.

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  • Enel Green Power PV Factory, Oklahoma – completion in 2024. The factory will produce photovoltaic (PV) panels to help meet the growing consumer demand for solar panels.
  • First Solar Factory, Louisiana – completion in 2026. Cadmium and telluride products, rather than polysilicon, will be used to manufacture solar panels in the company’s fifth US factory.
solar panels mounted on stands in field, tall city buildings in background, manufacturing construction
  • Form Energy Factory 1, West Virginia – completion in 2024. Production of iron-air batteries – with storage capability of 100 hours versus the typical 25-hour lithium-ion capacity – is the target product for this factory, which will occupy the site of a former steel plant.
  • BMW Greer and Woodruff EV Production and Battery Assembly Facilities, South Carolina – completion in 2030. BMW is ramping up production of at least six electric SUVs at its existing manufacturing facilities. One of the new facilities will produce EV batteries. The other will assemble high-voltage round lithium-ion cells for new BMW EVs to reportedly improve charging speed and improve range by up to 30 percent.
  • LG Energy Solution Holland EV Battery ‘Smart Factory’, Michigan – completion in 2025. The facility will produce lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles in a clean, quiet, humidity-controlled environment. The plant, a “smart factory,” informs managers of the parameters needed for optimal operation.
Electric car battery, manufacturing construction
  • Intel Semiconductor Plants, Ohio – completion in 2025. Two plants will ultimately boost semiconductor production. Intel is also investing in partnerships with educational institutions to develop a pipeline of talent.
  • Samsung Semiconductor Plant, Texas – completion in 2024. The plant will produce advanced logic semiconductor computer chips for high-performance computing, 5G, and artificial intelligence (AI).
  • TSMC Semiconductor Plants, Arizona – completion of first in 2025, the second in 2026. One of the largest foreign investments in the US and the world’s largest chip maker has delayed production due to a shortage of skilled labor. The plants will increase production of semiconductors bound for use in iPhones, MacBooks and AI.

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