Manufacturing hiring grows in central US with almost 200 new jobs

Manufacturing continues to see growth in the center of the United States, as nearly 200 jobs are to be added at General Electric plants and electronic equipment producers.

The General Electric Bucyrus Lamp Plant in Ohio announced that 150 new manufacturing jobs are planned to be added at two plants in Ohio and one in Illinois, according to the Mansfield News Journal. The plants, which currently employ 330 people and are responsible for the production of more than 100 million florescent tubes, are expected to grow overall employment by about 30 percent.

This expansion comes three years after an additional 130 jobs were formed thanks to a new investment in the company.

Across state lines, electronics manufacturer Rittal plans to move its headquarters from Ohio to Schaumburg, Illinois, bringing 40 new jobs in the process, according to Chicago's ABC 7 News.

Employees will be producing enclosures for electronic equipment. The location was chosen in part because its location allows for easy transportation and shipping of products to all parts of the united States, owner Fred Loh told the news source.