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Manufacturing / Industrial

A “Clean” Phase I Environmental Assessment of Industrial Sites Is Just the Start

Chris Biddle, Beazley Group (Q4 2016)

Environmental Site Assessments typically used to certify that a site is free of contamination from previous uses may leave companies vulnerable to unexpected additional costs for environmental remediation. Additional investigation and protection is merited at industrial sites. 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

A Transformative Project of Scale in California

Adam Wasserman, Managing Partner, GLDPartners (Q4 2016)

Despite its many challenges, California — which ranks as the world’s sixth-largest economy — and its often overlooked Central Valley offer many opportunities for manufacturing and distribution investment. More

Intermodal Continues to Revolutionize Logistics and Industrial Real Estate Strategies

Walter Kemmsies, Managing Director, Economist and Chief Strategist, PAGI, JLL and Ali Rezvani, Moffatt & Nichol’s Commercial Services Group (Q3 2016)

Growing Intermodal volumes are promoting investments by port authorities in inland ports and by railroads in logistics centers. More

In Focus: To Address Energy Goals, Remember the Building Envelope

Darlene Pope, Senior Vice President, JLL Energy and Sustainability Services, JLL (Q3 2016)

A preventative approach from the outside in draws on roofs, walls, and windows to save energy. More

Reducing Energy Consumption of Manufactured Goods

Mark Johnson, Director, Advanced Manufacturing Office (Q2 2016)

By obtaining technology and scientific grants, government performance contracts, and economic development support, innovative companies can quickly flourish. More

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

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

The Lure of Manufacturing in the U.S.

Cindi Marsiglio, Vice President, U.S. Manufacturing, Walmart (Location USA 2016)

Through its commitment to buy U.S.-made products, Walmart is leading the charge to encourage and help both U.S. and foreign manufacturers to set up operations on U.S. soil. More

The Importance of Energy and ICT Infrastructure in Site Selection as Cloud Computing Broadens

Larry Gigerich, Managing Director , Ginovus (Q1 2016)

Reliance on a community’s telecom and energy infrastructure has heightened the importance of these factors in the location decision-making process for both the providers and users of cloud computing services and the IoT. More

Cloud Computing’s Effect on Manufacturing

Dan Emerson (Directory 2016)

Initially used for accessing and sharing data, cloud computing now allows manufacturers to connect machines, materials, and people in real time. More

Planning For Plant Expansion: A “How-To” on Electrical Substations

John Wharton, Senior Vice President, Gresham, Smith and Partners (Directory 2016)

Expanding an electrical substation can present challenges, but careful planning, collaboration with the utility, and choosing the right equipment will ensure a successful outcome. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #9: Energy Availability & Costs Leading Companies To Reshore

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q4 2015)

Competitively priced energy is having a transformative effect on the U.S. economy. More

In Focus: Funding Solar Projects for Commercial Facilities

Megan Birney, Director of Strategic Affairs, Wiser Capital LLC (Q4 2015)

Although companies can reap huge savings from installing solar energy, they may need to employ some creative strategies in order to secure project financing and must also consider the real estate available for such an installation. More

Frontline: Walmart’s “Made in USA” Program Encourages Reshoring

Karen Thuermer (Q4 2015)

This year Walmart partnered with the Reshoring Initiative to help companies manufacture more consumer products in the U.S. The mission of the Reshoring Initiative is to bring good, well-paying manufacturing jobs back to the United States by assisting companies to more accurately assess their total cost of offshoring, and shift collective thinking from “offshoring is cheaper” to “local reduces the total cost of ownership.” More

The Next Generation of Live, Work, Play

Charles L. Ruby, Director, Deloitte Tax LLP (Q4 2015)

Thinking “outside the box,” how can rural America outcompete big cities for top talent? Be cool and be unique. More

North American Seaport Outlook: Potential Shift in Ports of Call

Area Development Research Desk (Q3 2015)

JLL’s research reveals that, although the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles will remain the primary U.S. gateways, Gulf and Eastern Seaboard ports are anticipated to capture even more West Coast discretionary cargo when the new Panama Canal opens next year. More

E-Commerce Development, Industrial Land Pricing, and the “Amazon Effect”

John Morris, SIOR, Industrial Services Lead for the Americas, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. and Ben Conwell, Senior Managing Director, Bruce Erhardt, Executive Director, Cushman & Wakefield (Q3 2015)

The emerging information and services market is game-changer for the industrial land market. 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

International Companies Increasing Their Investments in Canada’s Agriculture and Agri-Food Sector

Brian Morris, Chair, Ontario Food Cluster (Location Canada 2015)

International agri-businesses looking for a talented labor pool, market reach, incentives for R&D, and other tax credits are locating and expanding in Canada. More

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