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First Person: 3D Printing’s “Disruptive” Effect on Manufacturing

John Hornick, Partner, Finnegan (Q4 2016)

Hornick advises and educates clients about 3D printing and the IP issues of this rapidly developing and potentially disruptive technology. More

First Person: The Importance of Manufacturing to the U.S. Economy

Stephen Gold (Q3 2016)

Stephen Gold, President & CEO of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI), discusses the true impact of manufacturing on the nation’s economy and standard of living. More

First Person: Robots Fueling the Next Wave of Transformation in Manufacturing

Jim Lawton, Chief Product & Marketing Officer, Rethink Robotics (Q3 2016)

One of Area Development’s staff editors recently interviewed Jim Lawton, Rethink Robotics Chief Product & Marketing Officer, about the impact of robots on the labor force and on manufacturers, in particular. 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

In Focus: Interior Wall Protection Upgrades Help Meet Facility Management Benchmarks

David Bronovicki, Senior Manager, Product Marketing, Construction Specialties (Q3 2016)

An upgrade in interior wall protection is more than just a facelift; it can reinforce branding as well as reduce long-term maintenance and repair costs. More

In Focus: A Changing Technology Landscape for the Construction Industry

Jim Dempsey, Enterprise Business Development Manager, Panasonic  (Q3 2016)

Durable, environmentally resilient, and powerful mobility tools are needed by construction workers to keep a project on schedule and ultimately enhance a company’s bottom line. More

First Person: 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing - A Valuable Tool for OEMs

Terry Wohlers, President, Wohlers Associates, Inc. (Q2 2016)

One of Area Development’s staff editors recently interviewed Terry Wohlers, founder of Wohlers Associates, about the state of the 3D printing industry, aka additive manufacturing, which has experienced enormous growth in recent years, going far beyond its original “prototyping” usage to become a manufacturing tool for end-use products in some of the world’s largest OEM production facilities. More

Editor’s Note: Disruptive Technologies Continue to Change the Face of Manufacturing

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q2 2016)

Robotics, additive manufacturing, the IoT and other disruptive technologies are helping manufacturers boost productivity and cut costs; the states and metro areas that have the know-how to help businesses become innovative are recognized in our Shovel Awards and Leading Locations reports. More

In Focus: Unintended Consequences of the Open-Office Model

KC Conway, Senior Vice President, SunTrust Commercial Real Estate (Q2 2016)

KC Conway, senior vice president for credit risk management, is responsible for market intelligence at SunTrust Commercial Real Estate and oversees real estate valuation for SunTrust Bank. Conway is a nationally recognized speaker on a wide range of commercial real estate topics, from appraisals and bank regulation to ports and securitization. More

Editor’s Note: 2016 Economic Projections - Growth Will Be Good But Not Great

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2016)

CFOs believe North America can continue to shoulder the global burden of economic growth, while Area Development’s Corporate Survey respondents are evenly split on whether or not the U.S. economy has achieved a continuous growth track. More

Advancing Manufacturing Through Public/Private Collaboration

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Q1 2016)

Mike Molnar, Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, based at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, describes what’s being done to maintain U.S. leadership in this arena. 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

In Focus: How 3-D Printing Will Impact the Supply Chain and Commercial Real Estate

KC Conway, Senior Vice President, SunTrust Commercial Real Estate (Directory 2016)

As 3-D printing makes on-demand manufacturing feasible, it will affect the supply chain, causing producers to locate closer to their major markets. More

Editor’s Note: U.S. Manufacturers Will Spend Their Money at Home

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q4 2015)

As the importance of just-in-time manufacturing and distribution of goods increases, the availability and condition of the nation’s roads will also continue to increase in importance. More

First Person: Skills for a Successful Career in the 21st Century

Nigel Dessau, CMO, Stratus Technologies (Q4 2015)

One of Area Development’s staff editors recently interviewed Nigel Dessau, author of Become a 21st Century Executive: Breaking Away From the Pack. Dessau has more than 25 years experience in marketing and sales support in both the U.S. and Europe, having previously held positions at ADCLARO, AMD, and Sun Microsystems. 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

In Focus: Co-Working Spaces Shaping a New Generation of Emerging Urban Landscapes

Jerry Hoffman, President & CEO, Hoffman Strategy Group and Jeff Green, President & CEO, Jeff Green Partners (Q4 2015)

A new, alternative workspace is emerging where freelancers, entrepreneurs, contract workers, and small businesses collaborate and create a business community — a space where professionals reserve a desk, room, or “hot seat” at a table without the fixed financial strings attached. More

Editor’s Note: As U.S. Economy Grows, Which States Are Best for Business?

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q3 2015)

As the economy continues to improve, Area Development is interested in finding out where companies will continue to grow and add jobs. More

In Focus: How Intelligent Services Can Reduce Building Costs

Neil Maldeis, Trane (Q3 2015)

Intelligent services and the data they provide can help building owners reduce their environmental impact, improve building performance, optimize energy spend, and improve the bottom line. More

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