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Workplace Trends

Shifting Priorities: How Companies Are Navigating the Post-2020 Hiring Landscape

The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the overall talent landscape, with the competitive market now driving companies to look at smaller less established markets to satisfy their workforce needs.

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Food Processing

Food Processors’ Optimal Location Decision

Whether evaluating existing buildings or finding a location for a new facility, food processors must make sure all the variables involved align to support the final decision.

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Business Globalization / Next Shoring

Factoring Mexico Into a Solution to the Global Supply Chain Crisis

While its proximity to the U.S. and lower labor costs make Mexico a good location for a manufacturing operation, other costs may be higher, and its supplier base still lacks maturity.

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Contributed Content

Only the Best Is Good Enough: The LEGO Group Chooses Virginia for U.S. Manufacturing Facility

The Chesterfield County plant will help the global toy icon fulfill customer demand in the Americas without increasing its carbon footprint.

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Taxes / Incentives

Inflation Reduction Act Promotes the Nation’s “Energy Security”

The clock is ticking for manufacturers to get maximum tax benefits on new projects under the Inflation Reduction Act.

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Workplace Trends

First Person: Manufacturers: Disrupt or Be Disrupted

Area Development’s staff editor, Lisa Bastian, recently posed some question to American Crane’s CEO & President, Karen Norheim, about how overcoming pandemic challenges has strengthened the company for what lies ahead, as well as opportunities for women in manufacturing.

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Corporate HQ / Office

Bright Spots of the Office Sector

The post-pandemic remote working trend has resulted in “emerging” or “other” metros performing better than the more established tech markets.

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Business Globalization / Next Shoring

Front Line: Taking a Deep Dive into Suppliers’ Labor Force

Heightened supply chain visibility will let manufacturers know if their suppliers are using forced labor, which puts them at risk for legal penalties as well as damage to their brand.

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Contributed Content

NYC Economy Going Strong

A new report on New York City’s economy shows that the city still lives up to its long-standing reputation as the global business capital.

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Manufacturing / Industrial

In Focus: The CHIPS Act - A Historic Investment in Our Future

By helping to provide a critical domestic supply chain, the CHIPS Act represents a new era of American industrial competitiveness.

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Business Globalization / Next Shoring

Amid Rebound, U.S. Regains Position as World Leader in FDI

Traditional and rapidly emerging industries alike are choosing the U.S. for its stable and innovative market, skilled workforce, and favorable tax and regulatory climate.

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Food Processing

Three Big Challenges Facing the Food & Beverage Industry

While every industry — and everyone — has faced disruptions over the last couple years, the food and beverage industry has been disrupted on an almost unimaginable scale.

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Logistics / Infrastructure

Fixing the Supply Chain with AI and Robotics

Automation, industrial robots, and other technology solutions have allowed manufacturers to shorten their supply chains, while also making them more efficient and reducing labor costs.

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Business Globalization / Next Shoring

Last Word: Decision-Making Dynamics in an Uncertain World-Business Despises Uncertainty

Data points are shifting, and location decision-making must change to be evidence-based in approach. Long-term planning is admirable, but short-term incremental gains may be more prudent in the near-term economy.

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Construction / Project Planning

Higher Borrowing and Construction Costs Impacting Industrial Users

As interest rates rise, industrial developers are prepping for a ramp-down of new projects.

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