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Advanced Manufacturing

The CEO’s Toolkit to Lead Through the Digital Disruption

Companies are fighting for survival as the era of digital disruption dawns; a robust people strategy” is one foundational element that should not be overlooked.

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DCs / Warehousing

Supply Change: Why A Modular Approach To Warehousing Could Be The Wave Of The Future

With the supply chain challenges that companies will inevitably face, the time is now to explore a more varied approach to warehousing.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

Frontline: Regulatory Reform Taking Center Stage

Comments in response to the Office of Policy and Strategic Planning’s request-for-information about federal permitting and regulatory challenges will identify some of the specific obstacles businesses face when trying to achieve growth.

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Location USA

The Importance of FDI to the U.S. Economy

With its historical strengths and other location advantages, the U.S. has become the destination of choice for FDI, and economic developers recognize its significant impact.

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Sustainable Development

Edible Gardens Enliven Industrial Properties, Accelerate Valuations

Urban farms can help to attract new industrial businesses, accelerate property values, and engender camaraderie between co-workers.

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Advanced Manufacturing

Textile Industry Making a Comeback in the U.S. Southeast

As the textile industry becomes transformed by technology, companies are considering highly automated, environmentally conscious production facilities in the U.S. Southeast, where the infrastructure necessary for this industry’s success is already in place.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

Raising Minimum Wages: A Double-Edged Sword

While raising the minimum wage puts more money into the pockets of low-wage workers, it also incentivizes employers to hold the line on job creation or even reduce employment.

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Location USA

Proposed U.S. Policy and Tax Changes: What the Foreign Manufacturer Needs to Know

Regardless of what changes may occur with U.S. federal policy, this is a time of significant opportunity for companies considering the launch of U.S. operations.

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Advanced Manufacturing

How Technology Will Overcome Demographics

As robotics continue to evolve in both agility and intelligence, the day may come when site selectors can take labor availability out of the location equation.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

Scouting Locations in an Era of Labor Scarcity: 10 Considerations

The tight labor market has made availability of skilled labor a paramount concern for companies looking to expand or open a new facility, but data alone will not help a company identify the community that will best meet its workforce needs.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

Silver Tsunami Washing Over the U.S. Workforce

It will take a creative and multi-tiered approach in partnership with communities, government, and educators for manufacturers to find the skilled work force they need.

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Construction / Project Planning

Greater Predictability, Fewer Surprises Through Use of BIM for Front-End Planning

Using building information modeling (BIM) during pre-construction planning now leads to lower risk and improved predictability during the actual construction phase of a facility.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

Corporate Tax Reform to Have Positive, Domino Effect on U.S. Industrial Economy

While the timing and details of a new corporate tax policy are still uncertain, it will change the business landscape for U.S. companies of all sizes for the better.

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Workplace Trends

In Focus: Alternative Workplace Strategies: Open Offices Gaining Traction

An open or hybrid office can help to promote employee collaboration and boost productivity, while also resulting in cost savings.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

Environmental Considerations for a Prospective Port Tenant

Industrial tenants looking to operate on port property should perform thorough environmental diligence before occupancy, carefully analyze lease obligations, and understand the relevant permitting and regulatory obligations.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

Industry Leaders Speak on Issues Facing Small Manufacturers, and Optimism for the Future

Small-to-medium-sized manufacturers are the backbone of the supply chain, making the parts and products that enable their larger counterparts to compete, grow and thrive. They constitute nearly 90 percent of manufacturing's contribution to the economy so it’s vital to understand and address the issues facing them.

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Location USA

The Role of FTZs in the Changing Global Sandbox

While the use of a foreign-trade zone may be beneficial to a company considering FDI into the U.S., the firm still needs to have an explicit understanding of its goals and its tolerance for risk.

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Workplace Trends

First Person: Finding and Preparing the 21st Century Manufacturing Workforce

Larry E. Fast, a 35-year veteran of the wire and cable industry and author of The 12 Principles of Manufacturing Excellence: A Lean Leader’s Guide to Achieving and Sustaining Excellence, 2nd Edition. In this interview, Fast explains how manufacturing plants can institute a strategy for excellence on the shop floor and why soft skills are as important as hard ones.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

What Can Manufacturers Expect From the New Administration?

Doug Woods, president of the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), gives his organization’s take on the current landscape and outlook for America’s manufacturers’.

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Workforce Training / Education

Building a Thriving Manufacturing Workforce

The use of modern recruiting and training techniques, as well as technology to improve knowledge transfer and productivity, will help a manufacturer to build an effective workforce.

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