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Transportation Equipment: A Key Economic Driver

Mark Crawford (Q2 2014)

Growth in the automotive, aerospace, and other transportation related manufacturing industries is rolling along at a steady pace. More

Location Notebook: Kentucky Keeps Its Economy On Track

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q2 2014)

As states throughout the nation struggled during the recession, Kentucky quickly acted to help its economy not only recover but also grow. More

When “Global” Becomes “Local” - And Why It’s a Good Thing

Nancy McLernon, President & CEO, Organization for International Investment (OFII) (Location USA 2014)

Examples abound of foreign firms that have “insourced” their operations to the U.S., helping their companies to prosper and the communities in which they locate to thrive. More

The Southland Delivers a Solid Economic Performance

Mark Crawford (Q1 2014)

The southern states have embraced the transition from traditional to knowledge-based economies and work hard to attract new projects and the high-paying jobs that come with them. More

Manufacturing in America: Bigger, Better and Bolder

Mark Crawford (Q1 2014)

American manufacturing is on the upswing, with advances in innovation and productivity buoyed by decreased energy and transportation costs, and new efforts to increase work force skills. More

First Person: Putting U.S. Manufacturing Front and Center

Scott N. Paul, President, Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) and Clare Goldsberry , Area Development Contributor (Directory 2014)

Scott N. Paul, President of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, discusses how government policy supports U.S. manufacturing growth, the perceived “skills gap” and mainstream media’s recent focus on U.S. manufacturing. More

New Technologies Transforming Manufacturing, Changing Competition

Area Development Online Research Desk (Directory 2014)

According to a recent paper from the Deloitte University Press entitled “The Transformation of Manufacturing,” advanced materials, new production technologies, and digital techniques are allowing manufacturers to remain competitive despite numerous challenges. More

Canada’s Innovative High-Tech Sectors

Mark Crawford (Location Canada 2013)

Canada’s clean energy, ICT, life sciences, and advanced manufacturing sectors are clustered around seven vibrant metropolitan areas. More

Incentives Help Automakers Address Global Challenges

Area Development Online Research Desk (Q3 / Summer 2013)

Incentives offered by the state of Kentucky demonstrated to Ford that Kentucky valued reinvestment and job retention on a par with new investment and new jobs. More

Special Investment Report: Ohio

Dave Claborn , Director of Development and Community Relations, Ohio State University, Marion (Q3 / Summer 2013)

Sixty percent of the U.S. and Canadian population lies within a day’s drive, making Ohio an ideal location for manufacturing — machinery, automobiles, plastics, appliances, and steel, among others. More

First Person: A Frank Discussion on 3D Printing's Evolution and Future

David Cox, President/CEO, Purple Platypus (Q3 / Summer 2013)

Recently, we spoke with David Cox, president/CEO of Purple Platypus, a 3D printing technologies seller, and Purple Porcupine, a service bureau with 12 machines that print 3D parts for a variety of customers and markets. 3D printing hasn’t exactly been an overnight success, after 25 years, the industry is finally getting the attention it deserves — some good, some bad. More

Supporting Automotive’s Work Force Needs in Mississippi

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (2013 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

The state of Mississippi provides work force training programs tailored toward the automotive industry. More

Certified Sites Lower Risks and Increase Speed to Market for OEMs

Area Development Online Research Desk (2013 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

CSX’s site certification program complements Alabama’s own AdvantageSite designation; both of these programs ensure that proper due diligence has been performed on a site and it is ready for development. More

Advanced Training for Today’s Auto and Aerospace Workers

Area Development Online Research Desk (2013 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

AIDT, which is responsible for work force training in Alabama, runs several industry-specific facilities, including the Robotic Technology Park. RTP focuses on robotics and automation technologies that are essential to the auto and aerospace industries. More

Automated and Connected Vehicle Technologies: The Automotive Industry’s New Frontier

Joshua Cregger, Project Manager, Center for Automotive Research and Eric Paul Dennis, Transportation Systems Analyst, Center for Automotive Research (2013 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

Regions that are establishing themselves as knowledge centers and building up technical expertise within their work forces are emerging as hotbeds for investment related to connected and automated vehicle technologies. Not surprisingly, Michigan and California have emerged as leaders in these fields. More

Primer: Financial Incentives Help Growing Auto and Aerospace Firms

David B. Munson, Program Development Associate, Center for Automotive Research and Michael Schultz, Industry Analyst, Center for Automotive Research (2013 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

Examples of automotive and aerospace suppliers who are using state-level grant, loan, and reimbursement programs successfully to overcome financial gaps and other obstacles to investing in new equipment, adding space or new facilities, and creating jobs. More

What’s Driving Today’s Location Decisions in the Auto Industry?

Larry Gigerich, Managing Director , Ginovus (2013 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

A healthy recovery in the auto sector is leading suppliers to consider new facility and expansion plans; smart decisions today will give them an edge over the competition in the years to come. More

The Auto Industry: In Search of New Talent amid Changing Skills Requirements

Dennis Cuneo, Managing Partner , Fisher & Phillips and Kristin Dziczek, Director, Labor & Industry Group, Center for Automotive Research (CAR) (2013 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

Today's automobile production line requires highly skilled, flexible workers who can rapidly adjust to change. More

Thailand rides technology, investment tide on 'new wave' supply chain

Richard K. Wallace, Editor and Publishing Director, The Next Silicon Valley (Q2 / Spring 2013)

Thailand has established itself as an important supplier and distributor in many sectors, from automobiles to food processing equipment. As a regional center for Southeast Asia, look for Thailand to become an even bigger and stronger partner to its growing roster of global manufacturers and suppliers. More

Market Report: Automotive Assembly and Supplier Manufacturing is on the Upswing in the U.S. and Mexico

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q2 / Spring 2013)

Industry analysts are marveling at the strength of the auto industry and the contrast with its state just a few years ago More
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