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Asset / Facility Management

In Focus: For Property Managers, a Penny Spent is a Penny Earned

By making smart energy-saving investments, property managers will reap long-term savings.

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Texas

Texas: Attracting Large and Small Companies Through Innovative Initiatives

State and local leaders are continuing to drive economic growth in Texas through pro-business policies and workforce training initiatives.

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Economy / Market Analysis

Thinking Local: How to Find Manufacturing Talent

The best answer to the skills-shortage question is that it depends on where you’re located, the positions you’re looking to fill - and perhaps most importantly, the compensation you’re willing to offer.

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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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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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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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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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Advanced Manufacturing

Innovation Is Changing Companies’ Locational Needs

In the field of manufacturing, a domino sequence is changing the locational needs of companies. What does this mean for decision-makers and what criteria should be used for evaluating the next wave of sites and facilities?

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Contributed Content

Arkansas: Creating a Technology Narrative

With its new coding initiative and other tech-friendly steps, Arkansas is attempting to recruit and retain companies that are focused in computer science and software engineering.

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Location USA

Looking to the Future: FDI Growth Trends Signal Confidence in U.S. Market Prospects

Companies worldwide have recognized that the United States represents a strong platform for global growth, as well as one of the world’s most attractive consumer markets.

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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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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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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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