Chinese plastics company establishes U.S. headquarters in Knoxville


In an ironic twist, it seems that a China-based injection molding company is setting up a plant in Knoxville, TN. Innovate Manufacturing Inc. has announced that it will invest $4.7 million to improve a facility and add 50 jobs, as part of a strategy to produce goods closer to customers, according to Tennessee Department of Economic Development Commissioner Randy Boyd.

Manufacturers in the United States have long known that shipping products half-way around the world from China is expensive, time-consuming and subject to delays, such as shipping-port strikes that we recently experienced on the West Coast. It seems that the Chinese are learning that, as well.

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