U.S. Northeast, New England Expect $2.5 Billion in Second-Quarter Industrial Manufacturing Project Starts
Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas)--The U.S. Northeast and New England market regions are seeing an influx of upcoming Industrial Manufacturing project activity across multiple sectors, including data centers, automotive and port projects. The Northeast region includes Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, and the New England region includes Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Industrial Info is tracking more than $2.5 billion in planned second-quarter 2021 Industrial Manufacturing project starts in the two market regions.
While not a traditional location for automotive activity, Industrial Info is tracking about $90 million worth of automotive-related projects across the regions. Among these is the expansion and equipment upgrade and addition projects at General Motors Company's (NYSE:GM) (Detroit, Michigan) engine manufacturing plant in Buffalo, New York. Multiple machining lines that feed the assembly will be retooled, and new engine block machining equipment will be added to increase production capacity (currently 584,000 units per year) for various engines for full-size pickup trucks. The projects are expected to be completed this summer. For more information, see Industrial Info's project reports on the equipment upgrade and addition and plant expansion.
In New Bedford, Massachusetts, the New Bedford Harbor Development Commission will be dredging the harbor and adding to the bulkhead at one of the terminals. Approximately 430,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment will be removed from the harbor to deepen the berths and access points for more than 40 marinas. In addition, more than 800 feet of additional bulkhead will be built in the North Terminal to create more dockage space for vessels. Both projects are expected to be completed early next year. For more information, see Industrial Info's project reports on the harbor dredging and bulkhead expansion.
As the pandemic set in last year, online shopping became the new norm for many people, and two of the leaders in home delivery, FedEx Corporation (NYSE:FDX) (Memphis, Tennessee) and Amazon.com Incorporated (NASDAQ:AMZN) (Seattle, Washington), have multiple upcoming projects across the region. Amazon's projects include a brownfield distribution center being built on a former Lucent Technologies site in North Andover, Massachusetts, about 30 miles north of Boston. The project entails demolishing all but two existing buildings and constructing a five-story, approximately 3.8 million-square-foot building to support distribution center operations in the region. The project is expected to wrap up in the first quarter of 2022. For more information, see Industrial Info's project report.
FedEx's projects include a brownfield distribution center in Kirkwood, New York. The current structure at a former L3 Technologies site will be demolished, and a 458,400-square-foot building will be constructed to enable FedEx to boost its daily package volumes and further enhance the speed and service capabilities of its ground delivery network. Delta Engineers, Architects and Land Surveyors (Endwell, New York) is performing design-engineering work on the project, which is expected to be completed in summer 2022. For more information, see Industrial Info's project report.
Helping support the new stay-at-home mentality is a series of data center projects across the U.S. The New England region is no exception. Thunderbird CHP LLC (Farmington, Connecticut) will perform Phase II of a renovation project at an existing data center in New Britain, Connecticut, under the auspices of the state's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. The 275,000-square-foot building, located on the historic Stanley Black & Decker campus, will be renovated to run on combined heat and power to provide 44 megawatts of additional capacity to enhance data service operations. The project is expected to be completed by the end of this year. For more information, see Industrial Info's project report.