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Location Notebook: Auto Industry Driving the Kentucky Economy

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Directory 2016)

The auto industry is steering the Bluegrass State toward growth and prosperity, while the state works to meet the challenge of keeping enough workers in the pipeline. More

International Location Report: Site Selection in the Auto Industry – A Move to Mexico?

Alexandra Segers, General Manager Southeast, SSOE Group (Directory 2016)

A Mexican location holds many advantages for automotive OEMs and their suppliers, but several challenges need to be addressed. More

Location Notebook: Jackson, Tennessee, Takes a Regional Economic Development Approach

Cynthia Kincaid , Kincaid Strategic Partners (Directory 2016)

The nine-county Jackson, Tennessee, region is focusing on its key infrastructure strengths as well as educational assets, while meeting challenges head-on, in order to continue to attract targeted industries. More

First Person: Auto Industry Comeback Presents New Opportunities

Daron Gifford, Management Consulting Partner, Plante Moran (Directory 2016)

One of Area Development’s staff editors recently interviewed Daron Gifford, the partner leading automotive industry strategy consulting at accounting firm and consultancy Plante Moran in Detroit. Gifford provides us with some deep insights into how the comeback in the auto industry has given new opportunities to the hundreds of Tier 1 suppliers that provide millions of parts to the OEM assembly plants, what’s driving this supply chain, and the new competitive issues facing the U.S. automotive industry. More

Emerging Clusters Take Up the Technology Challenge

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2015)

Rivaling the reigning tech hubs, city and state leaders are seizing opportunities to grow their cutting-edge electronic and digital sectors. More

The Canadian Advantage: Competitive Business Costs and Low Taxes

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Location Canada 2015)

Competitive costs and low taxes help to fuel the diverse economy on display in Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories. More

Capital Investment, Technology Upgrades to Bolster Mexico’s Diverse Manufacturing Sectors

Dan Emerson (Q3 2015)

Whether they are manufacturing vehicles, airplanes, electrical cable, or something else, companies are finding the resources they need to compete in Mexico. More

Location Notebook: Union County, SC, Moves Forward

Area Development Research Desk on behalf of the Union County Development Board (Q3 2015)

Union County, South Carolina, has pieced together a diverse economy from its historical textile roots. More

Location Notebook: TVA Hitching Its Wagon to the Auto Industry

Cynthia Kincaid , Kincaid Strategic Partners (Q3 2015)

TVA is driving to make automotive manufacturing the cornerstone of the region. More

U.S. Auto Manufacturing Through the Eyes of a Design-Build Contractor

Stephen Gray, CEO, Gray Construction (2015 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

Though uncertainties always exist, Gray Construction is optimistic about the future of the automotive industry and looks forward to opportunities the changing industry will provide. More

The Case for Supplier Parks in the Automotive Supply Chain

Kim Hill, Managing Director & President, HWA Analytics and Gregory Burkart, Managing Director and Practice Leader, Site Selection & Business Incentive Advisory Services, Duff & Phelps, LLC (2015 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

With the auto industry in a cycle of growth, OEMs need to meet new industry standards while keeping costs in check; locating at a supplier park may help to achieve these goals. More

Implications of Additive Manufacturing for the Auto Industry

Joshua Cregger, Project Manager, Center for Automotive Research (2015 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

Additive manufacturing is evolving from prototyping to diagnostic tools to the production of vehicle bodies, although it’s still not feasible for use on a large scale. More

Industry/Education Partnerships Hold Promise for Advanced Technology Industries

Dave Claborn , Director of Development and Community Relations, Ohio State University, Marion (2015 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

As older skilled workers retire and younger workers take their place in industries with constantly evolving technology, the boundaries between industry and academia have begun to blur. More

Texas Today 2015: Diversified Texas Economy Still in Growth Mode

Dan Emerson (Q2 2015)

Texas’s industrial growth hasn’t been confined to one industry - or one region - and the state is continuing to build on its successes. More

Auto/Aero Firms Redrawing the Map

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2015)

Strong sales in the auto industry and a rebounding aerospace sector are spurring new facility/expansion projects in legacy as well as new locations. More

First Person: Renaissance or Cyclical Recovery? Strategy for Sustained U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness Needed

Adams Nager, Economic Research Assistant, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (Q1 2015)

Adams Nager, an economic research assistant at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, recently talked with Area Development about the state of manufacturing in the U.S. In his career, Nager has focused on macroeconomic growth, competitiveness, and tax theory. More

Regional Report: Auto, Aviation, Energy Drive Growth in the South

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Directory 2015)

The Southern States are driving into the future on the strength of the motor vehicle industry. These states tend to be heavy on manufacturing; their manufacturing sectors tend to have strong automotive activity, and it’s a good time to be in that business. That’s among the reasons all six of the states in this region took home Area Development’s Silver Shovel honors earlier this year. More

International Location Report: Mexican Economy on the Upswing

Mark Crawford (Directory 2015)

One of the biggest recipients of FDI, Mexico has attracted a range of industrial investments in recent years, with its exports rebounding strongly. More

Water: The New Blue Economy?

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2015)

As companies plan for the future, water keeps pushing itself onto their agendas like an incessant tide. Water resources clearly are rising in significance in many site location decisions, and industry participants expect ‘water pressure’ to keep climbing. More

How a Global Tire Manufacturer Finds the Perfect Match in a Distribution Center Location

Jamie Lominack, Corporate Real Estate Manager, Michelin North America (Directory 2015)

At least 80 percent of the cost of a tire comes from the logistics and transportation of moving that tire through the supply chain – as such, identifying the ideal location for a DC is a crucial process for a global company like Michelin. More