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Advanced Manufacturing

Innovation Is Changing Companies’ Locational Needs

Cassie Branum, Senior Urban Designer, Senior Associate , Perkins+Will (Q2 2017)

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? More

Thinking Local: How to Find Manufacturing Talent

Joshua Wright, Director of Marketing and PR, Emsi (Q2 2017)

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. More

The CEO’s Toolkit to Lead Through the Digital Disruption

Dushyant Sukhija (Q2 2017)

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. More

How Technology Will Overcome Demographics

Randy Thompson, Senior Managing Director, U.S. Corporate Project Management, Cushman & Wakefield (Q2 2017)

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. More

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

Beth H. Land, Senior Consultant, McCallum Sweeney Consulting (Q2 2017)

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. More

Automation Takes Hold, But Humans Still Needed

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2017)

According to a new report from the McKinsey Global Institute, as well others in the field of robotics, automation will eliminate some jobs but also help to create new ones. More

First Person: The American CEOs One Shot at Capturing a Manufacturing Resurgence

Steven L. Blue, CEO, Miller Ingenuity (Q1 2017)

Steven L. Blue is CEO of Miller Ingenuity, an innovative company revolutionizing traditional safety solutions for railway workers, and author of American Manufacturing 2.0: What Went Wrong and How to Make It Right. In this interview he provides insights for the business community on how to be innovative and competitive. More

Frontline: Fourth Industrial Revolution Takes Off, “Localizing” Site Selection Requirements

Dan Emerson (Q1 2017)

The adoption of new technology — in what’s been called “the fourth industrial revolution” — will benefit the entire manufacturing ecosystem. More

Frontline: Defend Trade Secrets Act Gives Added Protection for Tech Companies

Karen Thuermer (Directory 2017)

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), signed into law in May, 2016 by President Obama, has received wide industry praise from manufacturers as well as industry trade organizations. More

In Focus: Digital Transformation in the Manufacturing Sector

Ben Grinnell, Managing Director, North Highland (Directory 2017)

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. More

Location Notebook: Kentucky Is Serious about Advanced Manufacturing

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Directory 2017)

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. More

Editor’s Note: Cobots Driving Innovation and Growth

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q4 2016)

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. More

Where Automation in Warehousing Could Be Most Felt

Joshua Wright, Director of Marketing and PR, Emsi (Q4 2016)

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. More

North America’s Robotics Renaissance Fueled by Skilled Labor

Stephen Thompson, Senior Economic Officer – San Francisco , Ontario's Ministry of International Trade (Q4 2016)

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. More

First Person: 3D Printing’s “Disruptive” Effect on Manufacturing

John Hornick, Partner, Finnegan (Q4 2016)

Hornick advises and educates clients about 3D printing and the IP issues of this rapidly developing and potentially disruptive technology. More

Advanced Technologies / Robotics Shaping the Future of Manufacturing

Stephen Gray, CEO, Gray Construction (Q4 2016)

Today’s manufacturers are staying ahead of the innovation curve by making their facilities even smarter than their products. More

Location Notebook: Advanced Manufacturing Key to Mississippi’s Economy

Karen Thuermer (Q3 2016)

Mississippi is taking steps to ensure its growing advanced manufacturing sector can fulfill its need for a skilled workforce. More

First Person: The Importance of Manufacturing to the U.S. Economy

Stephen Gold (Q3 2016)

Stephen Gold, President & CEO of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI), discusses the true impact of manufacturing on the nation’s economy and standard of living. More

Key High-Tech Sectors Transform Lives and Businesses

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Q3 2016)

Groundbreaking discoveries in key high-tech fields are transforming lives while making businesses more competitive More

First Person: Robots Fueling the Next Wave of Transformation in Manufacturing

Jim Lawton, Chief Product & Marketing Officer, Rethink Robotics (Q3 2016)

One of Area Development’s staff editors recently interviewed Jim Lawton, Rethink Robotics Chief Product & Marketing Officer, about the impact of robots on the labor force and on manufacturers, in particular. More

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