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Labor Costs / Organized Labor

Raising Minimum Wages: A Double-Edged Sword

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2017)

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. More

Navigating Uncharted Waters: 5 Trends Affecting Capital Investment Plans

Josh Bays, Principal, Site Selection Group, LLC (Q1 2017)

A new administration in Washington, escalating wages, and a dwindling supply of industrial real estate are just some of the trends that may cause companies to take a wait-and-see approach to capital investment. More

International Location Report: Mexico Maintaining a Place in Global Manufacturing

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2017)

Despite dealing with a collapse in oil prices and threats of new tariffs to be imposed by the incoming Trump administration, Mexico retains significant economic advantages. More

Workforce Workshop: Evaluating a Community’s Labor Pool

Brian Cohen, Partner, Transwestern (Workforce Q4 2016)

The company must identify its needs, canvass local markets, and assess prospective locations’ educational resources before it can make a site decision. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #1: Availability of Skilled Labor

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q4 2016)

It pretty much goes without saying that any operation — new or expanding — will need an adequate supply of workers who have whatever skills are required to do the job well. More

The “Truth” on the Ground: Understanding Your Potential Workforce

Steve Bonine, Principal, Hickey and Associates (Q4 2016)

Understanding your potential workforce is critical when undertaking a site selection project. Ensuring you will have employees with the right skills at the right price at each of your location options can lead to long-term success. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #6: Labor Costs

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Q4 2016)

How labor cost impacts total cost depends on the type of project being considered—headquarters, data centers, call centers/back office, retail, warehouse/distribution, manufacturing, etc. 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

Small Manufacturers: Dealing with the New Overtime Rules Challenge

Dan Emerson (Q3 2016)

In order to comply with the new rules, small and mid-tier manufacturers may opt to increase salaries or cut OT hours and increase workforce productivity, among other strategies. For many, there will be a wait-and-see approach while absorbing the initial shock. 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

In Focus: Why the NLRB’s Browning-Ferris Decision Will be a Bad Deal for Manufacturers

David Burton, Chair, Labor and Employment Section, Williams Mullen and Patrick O. Gottschalk, Chair, Economic Development Team, Williams Mullen (Directory 2016)

The recent NLRB decision that maintains manufacturers are joint employers with temporary staffing agencies will allow unions to get their foot in the door. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #6: Labor Costs Vary by Project & Location

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q4 2015)

Labor costs are usually manufacturers biggest cost factor, but the rise of e-commerce has made these costs more important for distribution centers as well. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #5: Availability of Skilled Labor Always a Top Priority

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Q4 2015)

Matching skills with employer needs is critical to the location decision. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #7: Right-To-Work State Often the First Factor in the Location Decision

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q4 2015)

Manufacturers often will not consider a state that’s non–right-to-work, but today that rules out about half the country. More

Frontline: Part-Timers (By Choice) Diversify the Workforce

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Q4 2015)

There is a growing population of workers who, by choice, prefer to work part-time hours. According to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics figure cited by Bloomberg, six million Americans are choosing to work part time — an increase of about 12 percent since 2007. More

First Person: Manufacturers Turn to Contingent Workforces to Increase Production and Invest in Future Hires

Becca Dernberger, Vice President and General Manager, Northeast Division, Manpower (Q3 2015)

A staff editor for Area Development recently interviewed Becca Dernberger, vice president and general manager of Manpower’s Northeast Division, about the use of the contingent workforce in today’s more technology-driven manufacturing sector. More

How To Improve Profits While Paying the New Higher Minimum Wages

Woodruff Imberman, President, Imberman and DeForest (Q3 2015)

In order to keep labor costs in check while adjusting to higher wage rates, employers should concentrate on motivating employees to improve productivity. More

U.S. Labor: Satisfying Foreign Investors’ Needs

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Location USA 2015)

Although the labor environment varies from state to state, foreign companies choosing a U.S. location are finding competitive wage rates, quality training resources, and workers eager to join their labor forces. More

What The Labor Board’s New Rules Mean For Your Company

Woodruff Imberman, President, Imberman and DeForest (Q1 2015)

The NLRB’s new union election rules shorten a company’s chances for convincing employees that there’s no need for a union — which could be preemptively avoided by better labor-management communication. More

Building a Sustainable Labor Pipeline

Matt Jackson, Managing Director, JLL and Shannon Curley, Senior Vice President, JLL Business Consulting, JLL (Q1 2015)

More companies are thinking through the long-term goals of training a sustainable supply of labor, and maintaining a productive workforce as manufacturing technology continues to evolve. More

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