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1 hour ago, kermit said:

CBJ said its just a move of their executive staff from current offices on Monroe rd at Wendover -- so not technically a new HQ. Its a bit of a local downsize since they are getting rid of their local laboratory space. They are leasing 32,500 square feet on Morhead st. which was downsized from 160,000 sq ft on Monroe rd.

https://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2021/03/11/clariant-corp-charlotte-relocation.html

 

I thought their US HQ was in Louisville?

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Now we can be the big BANANA again! Dole Foods moving corporate HQ from California to uptown!  ""Dole Food Co. is growing its business in the Charlotte region.  The agricultural company, the worl

I strongly suspect this is one of them (yes that's right there are two)  

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9 minutes ago, nicholas said:

I thought their US HQ was in Louisville?

Not sure. I am not trying to be argumentative, I was just parroting what I read in CBJ earlier in the week. Some excerpts:

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A Swiss company that's kept its North American headquarters on Monroe Road in Charlotte since 1995 is making a big move later this year.

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Clariant's current local headquarters, at the intersection of Monroe and North Wendover roads, is a 1950s-era building and slightly more than 160,000 square feet. Through sales of various business lines over the years, the company today has a smaller local headcount than it used to, about 130 in Charlotte, said Gene Mueller, North American president of Clariant.

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Clariant also has a large presence in Houston, Texas, and Louisville, Kentucky, so consolidation in either of those cities was also on the table.

 

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Interesting, well my first post was via Beacon Partners' Instagram post which was based off of the CBJ.  Looks like Clariant's website shows Louisville as its U.S. headquarters, so maybe the CBJ wasn't paying attention.

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1 hour ago, atlrvr said:

I think the confusion is the corporate organizational structure.  Charlotte is US HQ for the Specialty Chemical business and Louisville is US HQ for their Catalyst business, so effectively 2 completely separate divisions that roll up to the Swiss parent (as opposed to a consolidated US subsidiary).

An equivalent would be Daimler Trucks US HQ in Portland, OR and Mercedes-Benz USA HQ in Atlanta, both roll up to German parent Daimler-Benz with no interaction otherwise.

Edit: Just some commentary, but this is a very "German" way to think about business rather than "American", where they are selling a highly engineered product first, and marketing and "synergies" second, which is kinda backwards from how American corporations think about distribution (which is a market first, product second approach).

 

and their  Clariant Oil and Gas business is based in The Woodlands, outside of Houston. 

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1 hour ago, MothBeast said:

Arrival making their presence known. Second micro-factory in the area, this time by the airport.

https://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2021/03/17/arrival-microfactory-charlotte-meadow-oak.html

this is great 250 MORE jobs in addition to their HQ in Southend and their other factory in Rock Hill.  In addition to the 150 office jobs in Southend and 240 jobs in Rock Hill. 

""The city of Charlotte said Wednesday morning that the British electric-vehicle manufacturer will open a factory that produces electric delivery vans at Meadow Oak Commerce Center, an industrial development at West Tyvola Road and Billy Graham Parkway. Pennsylvania-based Exeter Property Group is developing that site, formerly the Charlotte Correctional Facility property. Arrival's facility will accommodate 250-plus jobs and the company plans to invest $41.2 million, according to the city. Arrival is taking all of the available space at Meadow Oak, according to a city source. Production at that facility is expected to begin by the third quarter of 2022.""

Arrival Announces New Microfactory Producing Electric Delivery Vans in Charlotte

 

another job announcement when I am out of town.  I should be paid to leave town more!

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That site was for years the Camp Greene Correctional Facility. Very little information is available online with my cursory search. It sits (sat) on a rise with the treatment center not far away, the landfill where the Renaissance Park is now, and high power lines above. A collection of the forgotten and unloved parts of civic necessity clustered in the countryside to avoid disturbing the citizenry. I went past it many times. It was a brother camp to the Huntersville camp on Mount Holly Huntersville Road close to Huntersville. This was a place for the non violent adult male prisoners who would serve shorter terms. There were two fences but anyone could walk up the the fence and call across to the inmates and have a conversation. No tower or armed guards patrolling the grounds at the time I recall. I have a very close family member who was in  Greene and Huntersville (see below) and Greene was a less restrictive  environment. This was before cocaine and crack and most prisoners were low level offenders of all types. When Tyvola was a-building the camp closed and inmates dispersed. 

It was nearly the same as the Huntersville Camp on Mount Holly Huntersville Road just before the Alexandriana Road intersection west of 77. There is nearly nothing online as to history of these camps, unsurprisingly so. Again, barracks housing, concrete buildings of the plainest type, no air conditioning, dirt activity yard, basketball goals and some other exercise areas and occasionally a family member talking to the inmate from the fence. Guard tower here and a more restrictive feeling for visitors than Greene. No 485, no NorthLake, No WTHarris, and a drive to Sunset Road necessary for supplies at that time. Mecklenburg County was rural enough to have several offender housing facilities then, a remnant of our past.

Story about the Huntersville facility:  I had a friend who was a horticultural landscaper and he bought a home on Mt Holly-Huntersville road near where WTHarris now intersects. This was early 1980's. It was a farm with barn, well with irrigation, and a home and perfect for his needs and family. Unfortunately there was no cable tv. The farmland around him was not densely populated enough to justify the stringing of cable and no estimate of when it would be available. A year later he has a call from Cablevision. They will be running cable on his highway and would he like to be connected? Big Yes, of course. What changed the calculation? The Correctional Camp inmates wanted something more than antenna tv which was a few broadcast channels only at the time and the prison administration approved of the connection cost. Thus anyone on the way was able to join with no special fee. Thank you to the men in the faded gray and green scrub-like uniforms.

If anyone finds more info about these two camps It would help to enlarge my picture which is from memory

 

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Is lithium -> battery an additive or reductive process?  Remembering my location planning lessons, typically additive/high value production takes place near the end-user market, while reductive/ low-value processing takes place near the source....though point taken if we start developing and end-user market here as well.

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20 minutes ago, navigator319 said:

hmm, "650 jobs...as part of the corporate offices it announced in December."

In the Business Journal in December, it was reported that Arrival would hire 150 for a US HQ building in South End...some time later, 240 hires for a microfactory in Rock Hill...then this month, a microfactory off West Tyvola employing 250.

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24 minutes ago, RANYC said:

hmm, "650 jobs...as part of the corporate offices it announced in December."

In the Business Journal in December, it was reported that Arrival would hire 150 for a US HQ building in South End...some time later, 240 hires for a microfactory in Rock Hill...then this month, a microfactory off West Tyvola employing 250.

Yeah, I think they added the number of jobs announced and implied they were all corporate jobs.  Lack of proofing I suspect.

 

On 3/18/2021 at 9:32 AM, Blue_Devil said:

Given this is Arrival's second plant, and I am sure there will be a growing supply chain around that, and there is the Lithium mine Tesla is setting its sights on, I wonder if this is the start of a end to end EV Manufacturing hub here in Charlotte. We are building the supply chain, we have the lithium. Other companies will take notice. 

I’d like to see a big east coast plant for Tesla sitting right at the old Philip Morris site.

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Every company has a chance of failure no matter the company’s worth. Tesla isn’t unique because of its worth. It’s the nature of every company to adapt and survive to the market(natural environment) whether or not Tesla fails it won’t be apparent until it actually fails. I wouldn’t try to predict what is uncertain. It just (as mentioned above lol) makes you seem like hater basing your prediction on an opinion.

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22 minutes ago, JeanClt said:

Every company has a chance of failure no matter the company’s worth. Tesla isn’t unique because of its worth. It’s the nature of every company to adapt and survive to the market(natural environment) whether or not Tesla fails it won’t be apparent until it actually fails. I wouldn’t try to predict what is uncertain. It just (as mentioned above lol) makes you seem like hater basing your prediction on an opinion.

They won't fail, but they will absolutely lose market share as competitors move in.  That Audi e-tron GT is a sexy beast I would prefer over any current Tesla model!  They just announced they will no longer develop ICEs (a shame, really, for fans of their motors like me).  VW Group (VW/Audi/Porsche/Lamborghini/etc.), in general, will take a big chunk of Tesla's market, and every other major manufacturer has an EV roadmap that will take more.  That said, the EV market is a baby now, and growth will be huge for all players.  Tesla is well positioned for the near term- we'll see how they play it going forward.  I kinda see them as the Microsoft of the EV market...innovators that are here for the long haul, but with some stiff competition both up and down market...

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