Two electronics companies have announced plans to expand operations in Texas and Michigan, creating more jobs in the U.S. manufacturing sector.
In Michigan, Element Electronics is poised to become the only U.S.-owned television stateside manufacturer as it expects to roll out large flat-screen TVs within the next few months.
The company said it is teaming up with Lotus International to make the LCD and LED televisions at its Canton factory, a move that will create 100 new jobs.
"Practically speaking, the Midwest held advantages in terms of a qualified labor pool and distribution efficiencies based on population across the US. We settled on Michigan as a result of the partnerships established in Michigan. With the help of partners Tongfang Global and Lotus, we were able to make our American dream come true," said Element president Mike O'Shaughenessy.
In Texas, Samsung Electronics said it may spend up to $1 billion to increase production at its Austin manufacturing plant to make more advanced low-power processors for the mobile device industry.
The South Korea-based company, which is one of the world's largest makers of memory chips for computers and mobile devices, said it wants to also expand its mobile device processor manufacturing capacity.