are other factors that come into play for suppliers locating into the
United States from foreign countries. The factors and their importance
vary depending on whether the supplier is German, Korean, Japanese,
Canadian, or of some other nationality. However, the following may come
into play during the site search:
Many foreign companies do not
want to locate in the same community as one of their competitors and,
in some cases, may avoid a community that has an existing supplier from
the same nation. Alternatively, there are other suppliers who may
consider the presence of an existing supplier of the same nationality
as a "stamp of approval" and may give that community higher ratings.
foreign national suppliers will be very interested in the social and
cultural aspects of the region and will inquire about existing
residents in the region who may have the same nationality. Part of the
inquiry from foreign nationals typically relates to ethnic restaurants
and food stores in the region, as well as the presence of doctors and
dentists who speak their language. Foreign nationals will also take a
much closer look at educational systems, educational performance of the
community, and the potential for private school education.
sum, the site selection factors and search methodology for automotive
suppliers may vary significantly from one supplier to another, and the
factors may be different - even for similar types of suppliers - based
on direction and priorities provided from the automotive assembly
plants that each serves. Regardless of these conditions, there are
certain factors that will drive any supplier's site search. These
include work force, logistics, site and infrastructure, availability of
existing buildings, and certain cultural and social issues.
Dr. C. R. (Buzz) Canup is president/CEO of Canup & Associates (www.canup.com), a firm specializing in site location studies and economic development consulting.
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