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Skilled Labor / STEM

Higher Ed for Hire: Providing Fuel for High-demand, High-skilled Jobs

Long-term university-industry partnerships, agile community college curriculums and creative government funding are providing the “secret sauce” for workforce development and a supportive pipeline for future regional industrial growth.

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Kentucky

Location Notebook: Kentucky Is Serious about Advanced Manufacturing

Automotive, aerospace, and pharmaceutical companies are among Kentucky’s advanced manufacturers that are benefiting from the varied support services offered by the state, including its efforts to build a highly skilled workforce.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

The “Truth” on the Ground: Understanding Your Potential Workforce

Understanding your potential workforce is critical when undertaking a site selection project. Ensuring you will have employees with the right skills at the right price at each of your location options can lead to long-term success.

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DCs / Warehousing

Where Automation in Warehousing Could Be Most Felt

It doesn’t get as much media attention as self-driving cars and trucks, but automation has already arrived in the warehousing industry. And it soon could be much more commonplace.

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Asset / Facility Management

Three Steps for Disaster Planning Toward a Smooth Recovery

Whether you manage or own one building or 500, a proactive recovery plan can significantly limit business disruption and restore critical services as soon after a disaster as possible. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, but there are some best practices that can guide you in your planning...

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Logistics / Infrastructure

Trucking Industry Challenges Impact Costs, Productivity

Trucking companies are facing numerous regulations, an aging workforce and tightening conditions for hauling capacity, all of which will have a significant impact on corporate supply chains.

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Construction / Project Planning

Environmental Considerations for Planning A New Operation

Once a business has narrowed down its location choices, it must implement an environmental and safety strategy to address all stages of planning and compliance.

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Construction / Project Planning

Streamlining the Construction Project to Deliver Ahead of Schedule and Below Budget

Design and construction firms are developing new systems that streamline the entire project delivery process, from architectural renderings to facility turnover, which ultimately can deliver a cohesive high-quality, cost- and time-saving project.

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Advanced Manufacturing

Editor’s Note: Cobots Driving Innovation and Growth

Advanced technologies and robotics are shaping the future of manufacturing making factories more efficient and productive than ever. However, because of the complexity of many of today’s processes, human workers are complemented — not replaced — by their robotic counterparts.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

Reshoring and Skilled Workforce Go Hand in Hand

A higher skilled workforce is necessary for reshoring to occur, but recruiting that workforce also requires reshoring to be visibly successful.

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Advanced Manufacturing

Digital Transformation in the Manufacturing Sector

To drive market gains in today’s rapid pace of digitization, organizations must move decisively to align technology and digital with strategy and culture, choosing continuous improvement, agility, automation and transparency over business-as-usual.

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Medical/Pharmaceutical

What’s Driving Pharmaceutical Firms’ Operations Siting Decisions?

A pharma company’s position in the drug life cycle chain affects where it will locate, as does its need for a skilled workforce and low taxes, among other concerns.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

Frontline: Women Will Help Fill the Manufacturing Skills Gap

Realizing that women are an untapped labor pool for manufacturers, several companies are undertaking initiatives to recruit and develop the best female talent.

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Advanced Manufacturing

North America’s Robotics Renaissance Fueled by Skilled Labor

A new generation of collaborative robots is increasing industrial efficiency and productivity while the increasing affordability of advanced robotics technology has the potential to quickly make smaller businesses more competitive. A key to unlocking that potential will be meeting the industry’s need for skilled labor to drive robotics-related research and commercialization.

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Manufacturing / Industrial

A “Clean” Phase I Environmental Assessment of Industrial Sites Is Just the Start

Environmental Site Assessments typically used to certify that a site is free of contamination from previous uses may leave companies vulnerable to unexpected additional costs for environmental remediation. Additional investigation and protection is merited at industrial sites.

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Food Processing

Food Manufacturing Industry Responds to Transformative Change

Paradigm shifts in food processing, and improved economic conditions, have resulted in accelerated growth in project announcements as many larger food manufacturers gravitate to ground-up development and smaller, regional companies repurpose second-generation product.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

Enterprise Zones: Opportunity Requiring Due Diligence

The benefits of investing in an enterprise zone may be substantial, but zone rules, commitments, and potential economic challenges must be clearly understood.

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Construction / Project Planning

Due Diligence Concerns When Choosing Between an Existing Structure or Greenfield Construction

Acquiring an existing structure to house manufacturing operations can seem like a real time- and money-saver to companies. But is it really?

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Business Globalization / Next Shoring

First Person: TPP Will Update the Rulebook for Trade

John Murphy, Sr. VP for International Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, recently explained to Area Development’s editor why trade agreements are important for the U.S. economy and discussed the negative consequences of a retreat on trade.

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Food Processing

Maintaining the “Cold Supply Chain” From Manufacturer to Consumer

Having a food defense plan helps suppliers, distributors, and operators maintain the safety of the food products they handle, as well as helping protect everyone’s business.

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