New factories and they are NOT overseas

New factories started in the U.S. – we don’t hear that often. But it is going on. Here are just three examples.

Viking in Greenwood, MS

Cobra in Hillsdale, MI

DuPont in North Towanda, PA

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Jamie Flinchbaugh is a lean advisor, speaker, and author. In addition to co-founding the Lean Learning Center, he has helped build nearly 20 companies as either a co-founder, board member, advisor, or angel investor. These companies range from high-performance motorcycles to SaaS tools for continuous improvement. He has advised over 300 companies around the world in lean transformation, including Intel, Harley-Davidson, Crayola, BMW, and Amazon. Jamie co-authored the popular book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean, and continues to share his experiences as a Contributing Editor forIndustryWeek and as a blogger at He holds degrees from Lehigh University, University of Michigan, and MIT, and continues to teach and mentor on campus. Jamie is best known for helping to transform how we think about lean from a tools-centric model to one based on principles and behaviors. His passion for lean transformation comes from seeking to unlock the great potential that people possess to build inspiring organizations.

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  1. Mark Graban says

    It’s interesting, and not surprising, that two of the three factories (all but Cobra) received government incentives. This isn’t a new trend and I’m not arguing we shouldn’t do it (although many people in North Carolina sued over Dell Computer’s generous incentives from state and local officials). It’s government handouts, “corporate welfare” in a way. Even if it’s accepted practice, I don’t like seeing politicians taking credit for “creating jobs”. That credit belongs solely to entrepreneurs (like those at Cobra motorcycles and Michael Dell).

    Still, it’s nice to see news of factories opening. Thanks for pointing that out, Jamie.

  2. Jamie Flinchbaugh says

    Cobra did receive incentives too. And no, politicians do not create jobs, except government jobs. But it demonstrates that we are the United States, and each state is still in competition with others for jobs.

    In addition to Dell, Chrysler faced a huge problem in Ohio as taxpayers sued to give back tax incentives when the new Jeep Toledo plant was built. Perhaps those taxpayers would like Chrysler to take the 3,500 jobs to another state? I’m sure that’s not in mentioned in the lawsuit.

  3. Anonymous says

    Honda is also announcing they will build 2 new plants in the US (in addition to 2 more in Japan and 1 in Canada). Interesting comment in the article that kind of ties in to your comments “News of Honda’s plans set off a rush among U.S. state officials eager to lure the investment and new jobs.”,2933,195778,00.html

  4. Mark Graban says

    And states are really fighting over the next Toyota plant, as well.

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