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Logistics / Infrastructure

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

31st Annual Survey of Corporate Executives Commentary: Survey Factor Rankings Borne Out By Location Decisions in Kentucky

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (Q2 2017)

The factors considered most important when making a location decision have been cited by many of the corporate executives who have made the decision to locate or expand facilities in Kentucky. More

In Focus: Why America’s Supply Chain Is Shifting East

KC Conway, Senior Vice President, SunTrust Bank (Q1 2017)

With a vast rail and intermodal network, East Coast ports are well positioned to support the growing e-commerce trend. More

Site Certification Is Not a Substitute for Due Diligence

Courtney Dunbar, Economic Development Leader, Industrial Site Consulting Team, Olsson Associates (Q1 2017)

While a good amount of information can be obtained through site certification programs, underlying questions with regard to the end-user’s specific timelines and needs as well as how risks will be mitigated still need to be addressed. More

Record Demand Brings New Heights and Challenges to Industrial Real Estate Market

Craig Meyer, President, Logistics and Industrial Services Group for the Americas, JLL (Q1 2017)

The continued growth of e-commerce, promised infrastructure upgrades, and new and creative development are some of the trends affecting the industrial real estate market. 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

Six Factors to Consider When Selecting a Location for a Mission-Critical Data Center

Mark Bauer, Managing Director and Co-Lead Data Center Solutions , JLL (Data Centers 2017)

When searching for a location for their next data center, companies need to take a holistic view of the process, prioritizing and balancing all the factors involved in site selection. More

In Focus: Has the Moment for Infrastructure Revival Arrived?

Walter Kemmsies, Ph.D., Managing Director, Economist and Chief Strategist, U.S. Ports, Airports and Global Infrastructure Group, JLL (Directory 2017)

The United States has indisputably underfunded infrastructure spending for the past several decades, and the lack of investment has been cited as a key constraint to doing business domestically. If Congress aligns with the White House in support of greater infrastructure funding, many states and cities stand to benefit. More

Real Estate Solutions Needed for Tech-Driven Auto Industry

Jeffrey Green, Managing Director, Global Occupier Services, Cushman & Wakefield and Paul Thurston, Vice President, Development and Pre-Construction, Becknell Industrial (Directory 2017)

On the verge of an automotive revolution, the CRE industry is working to meet the evolving needs of OEMs and parts suppliers in the middle of a short supply real estate market. More

The Coming Battle Over Infrastructure Funding and Investment

Tim Feemster, Managing Principal, Foremost Quality Logistics (Directory 2017)

The Trump administration’s promise to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure leaves a lot of unanswered questions, but one thing is certain: the work is long overdue and will cost a lot more than the promised $1 trillion investment. More

Location Notebook: Indiana Workforce Initiatives Attract and Retain Industry

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Directory 2017)

Indiana is meeting its workforce challenges, while drawing upon its infrastructure and other strengths to attract business. More

Utility Companies: Powerful Economic Development Partners

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

Utility economic development organizations can bring a lot to the table during the corporate location process, especially in terms of technical expertise along with strategic and project-level funding. 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

Editor's Note: Food Processors’ Grow Sales, Overcome Challenges

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (2016 Food Processing)

New safety regulations, shifting consumer preferences, and finding the right talent are just some of the challenges food processors are facing as their sales continue to grow. More

Maintaining the “Cold Supply Chain” From Manufacturer to Consumer

Elise Couston, Senior Managing Director, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (2016 Food Processing)

Having a food defense plan helps suppliers, distributors, and operators maintain the safety of the food products they handle, as well as helping protect everyone’s business. More

Optimizing Food Processors’ Supply Chain Strategies

Jim Arnold, Executive Vice President–Sales and Operations, Supply Chain, XPO Logistics (2016 Food Processing)

The right distribution center (DC) site selection strategy for food and beverage companies can optimize their entire supply chain. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #2: Highway Accessibility

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q4 2016)

It is, of course, no coincidence that nearly all of the nation’s biggest manufacturing facilities and distribution centers can be found alongside major highways. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #8: Proximity to Major Markets

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Q4 2016)

With the ever-growing passion for faster customer delivery, proximity to major markets is becoming an increasingly important site selection factor. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #10: Energy Availability and Costs

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Q4 2016)

Energy availability and costs are important for every project, but especially critical for industries that consume large amounts of energy, such as manufacturing, distribution, and data centers. More

Trucking Industry Challenges Impact Costs, Productivity

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Q4 2016)

Trucking companies are facing numerous regulations, an aging workforce and tightening conditions for hauling capacity, all of which will have a significant impact on corporate supply chains. More

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