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Automotive

The R&D Tax Credit — A Game-Changer for Manufacturers

Dean Zerbe, National Managing Director, alliantgroup (Q2 2016)

Recent legislation making the R&D tax credit permanent is a big boon to manufacturers of all sizes, helping them to innovate and expand. More

Taking a Product from Prototype to Production

Olivier Brauen, Vice President, Michelin Tweel Technologies and Jack Olney, Director of Sales, Michelin Tweel Technologies (Q2 2016)

In order to understand a manufacturer’s process of developing innovative products and bringing them to market, ?Area Development’s editor recently spoke with Olivier Brauen, head of Michelin Tweel Technologies, and Jack Olney, the director of sales. More

Becoming Digital — and Innovative — Manufacturers

Michael Walton, Global Head of Manufacturing Industry, Google for Work,  (Q2 2016)

In an exclusive Area Development interview, Michael Walton, Global Head of Manufacturing Industry, Google for Work, explains why it is important for manufacturers of all sizes to establish a culture of innovation within their organizations and how they can go about doing this. More

Location Notebook: Tennessee - Innovations to Meet Workforce Needs

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q1 2016)

Tennessee is actively addressing the challenge of providing companies expanding and locating in the state with a skilled workforce. More

Advancing Manufacturing Through Public/Private Collaboration

Mark Crawford (Q1 2016)

Mike Molnar, Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, based at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, describes what’s being done to maintain U.S. leadership in this arena. More

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