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Aerospace

Where to Invest in the Booming Aerospace Manufacturing Industry

Scott Thompson, U.S. Aerospace & Defense , PwC (2019 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

The U.S. remains top-ranked globally for aerospace attractiveness, but companies must consider labor, infrastructure, and tax policy among other factors when deciding where to locate their next U.S. facility. More

Controlling Conditions in Aerospace Manufacturing Facilities

Dan Wiegandt, Program Director, Aviation, Aerospace & Defense, The Austin Company (2019 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

Modern aerospace facilities have special interior environmental requirements in order to support the manufacture of cutting-edge technology and products. More

Regional Report: Building Economic Momentum in Oklahoma

Tom Gresham (Q3 2019)

Oklahoma seeks to capitalize on recent growth by continuing to diversify its economy, upgrading its educational system, and strengthening its brand. More

Location Notebook: Indiana Is Making Global Connections

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2019)

Both domestic and foreign advanced technology and other firms are investing in Indiana, a state with a well-prepared workforce and lifestyle initiatives to attract younger workers. More

Aerospace and Defense Investment Projects Take the Long View

Von Hatley, Managing Director, Jones Walker Consulting, LLC (Q2 2019)

Von Hatley, Managing Director at Jones Walker Consulting, spoke with Area Development about the state of site selection and strategic planning within the aerospace and defense industry after his presentation at our Miami Consultants Forum on the same subject. More

Frontline: UAVs Provide Construction Industry With Clearer Sight Line

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2018)

As companies increasingly use drones to monitor progress on construction projects, the FAA is easing restrictions that are currently limiting their use. More

Designing the Aircraft Manufacturing Facility

Dan Wiegandt, Program Director, Aviation, Aerospace & Defense, The Austin Company and Ken Stone, Vice President and Project Executive, The Austin Company (2018 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

Everything about an aircraft manufacturing and assembly building must be driven by the manufacturing process. More

How Innovation and Tourism Work Side By Side in Orlando

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2018)

The success of Orlando’s theme park industry and cross-disciplinary technology innovation have led to the region becoming a leading destination for high-tech companies. More

Challenges Facing the International Project Manager of an FDI project

Angela Grace, Principal, Blackshaw Partners LLC (Location USA 2018)

An interview with Franck Mouriaux, chief engineer at RUAG Schweiz and project manager at RUAG Space in Florida, helps shed light on the process and challenges a foreign company faces when setting up a facility in the U.S. More

Advanced Technologies for the “Connected Age”

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2017)

With new applications for leading-edge technologies seemingly being developed on an almost daily basis, the eventual implications for business and consumers, and on aspects of daily living, are only just beginning to be understood. More

Personal VTOL Aircraft Take Off: What It Means for U.S. Manufacturing

Doug Gates , Global Head of Industrial Manufacturing , KPMG and Tom Mayor, Principal, Strategy Practice Leader, Industrial Manufacturing, KPMG (2017 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

The personal vertical takeoff and landing aircraft business may be in its infancy, but it is clear that it will be a big market. Existing aerospace and defense OEMs have the experience, technology, and capital to win in this emerging market adjacency. More

Implications of Renegotiating NAFTA on the Auto and Aerospace Industries

Clare Goldsberry , Staff Editor, Area Development (2017 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

The prospect of NAFTA renegotiation leaves automotive and aerospace OEMs and suppliers uncertain about the future. More

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

Advanced Technologies / Robotics Shaping the Future of Manufacturing

Stephen Gray, CEO, Gray Construction (Q4 2016)

Today’s manufacturers are staying ahead of the innovation curve by making their facilities even smarter than their products. More

Where Should Aerospace Companies Invest? Evaluating Aerospace Manufacturing Hubs

Scott Thompson, U.S. Aerospace & Defense , PwC (Q3 2016)

For executives considering where to build a future plant or R&D facility, the United States ranks first globally for the scope and size of its aerospace manufacturing sector. In terms of the state rankings, Arizona jumped to first place, which bumped Florida down to second. More

Key High-Tech Sectors Transform Lives and Businesses

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2016)

Groundbreaking discoveries in key high-tech fields are transforming lives while making businesses more competitive More

Mexico Positioned to Attract Increased Foreign Investment, Anchored by Manufacturing

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2016)

A solid economic performance and a pro-business climate — enhanced by political reforms and improved government stability — are helping to attract FDI to Mexico. More

Aerospace Industry Costs "Disrupted" by Economic Development Partnerships

Jeff Troan, Principal, Hickey & Associates, LLC (2016 Auto/Aero Site Guide )

As competition for aerospace investment and jobs heats up, economic developers are increasingly offering tax relief, infrastructure and financial support, and workforce partnerships. More

Location Trends in the Aerospace Industry

Frank Spano, Managing Director, Austin Consulting and Susan Riffle, Manager of Communications, The Austin Company (2016 Auto/Aero Site Guide )

A natural geographical shift, lean supply chain management, and a new approach to incentives offerings are influencing aerospace companies’ location decisions. 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

Advancing Manufacturing Through Public/Private Collaboration

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (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

Frontline: Drones Redefine the Use of Commercial Airspace

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2016)

The FAA is in the process of establishing regulations for the commercial use of drones, the use of which is also supposed to be a boon to the telecommunications industry. More

The Canadian Advantage: Competitive Business Costs and Low Taxes

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Location Canada 2015)

Competitive costs and low taxes help to fuel the diverse economy on display in Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories. More

Capital Investment, Technology Upgrades to Bolster Mexico’s Diverse Manufacturing Sectors

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2015)

Whether they are manufacturing vehicles, airplanes, electrical cable, or something else, companies are finding the resources they need to compete in Mexico. More

Aerospace Skills Gap: Workforce Declines, As Talent Needs Increase

Jim Freaner, Advanced Technology Services (ATS) (2015 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

Although the number of U.S. aerospace workers is shrinking, the skills need has increased, and a gap exists as older, experienced workers leave the labor force. More

Implications of Additive Manufacturing for the Auto Industry

Joshua Cregger, Project Manager, Center for Automotive Research (2015 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

Additive manufacturing is evolving from prototyping to diagnostic tools to the production of vehicle bodies, although it’s still not feasible for use on a large scale. More

Industry/Education Partnerships Hold Promise for Advanced Technology Industries

Dave Claborn , Staff Editor, Area Development; Director of Development and Community Relations, Ohio State University, Marion (2015 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

As older skilled workers retire and younger workers take their place in industries with constantly evolving technology, the boundaries between industry and academia have begun to blur. More

Choosing the Optimal Site for an Aviation-Related Project

Von Hatley, Managing Director, Jones Walker Consulting, LLC (2015 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

If current trends continue, a conservative estimate reveals there will be more than 1,000 announcements of aviation-related projects in the United States over the next decade. The best location decisions will be made by project teams that not only look at the current overall costs, but also have a deep understanding of hidden site development costs, in addition to the long-term political/financial stability that a region can provide. More

First Person: A Precision Aerospace Manufacturer Relocates Production from Mexico Back to New England

Scott Livingston, President and CEO, Horst Engineering Family of Companies (2015 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

A staff editor for Area Development recently interviewed Scott Livingston, the president and CEO of the Horst Engineering Family of Companies, a privately held contract manufacturer of precision-machined components and assemblies for aerospace and other high-technology industries which recently returned production to the U.S. from Mexico. More

Texas Today 2015: Diversified Texas Economy Still in Growth Mode

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2015)

Texas’s industrial growth hasn’t been confined to one industry - or one region - and the state is continuing to build on its successes. More

Auto/Aero Firms Redrawing the Map

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2015)

Strong sales in the auto industry and a rebounding aerospace sector are spurring new facility/expansion projects in legacy as well as new locations. More

Regional Report: Auto, Aviation, Energy Drive Growth in the South

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2015)

The Southern States are driving into the future on the strength of the motor vehicle industry. These states tend to be heavy on manufacturing; their manufacturing sectors tend to have strong automotive activity, and it’s a good time to be in that business. That’s among the reasons all six of the states in this region took home Area Development’s Silver Shovel honors earlier this year. More

In Focus: New Blood Needed For Manufacturing

Douglas B. Rose, President, AeroGear (Directory 2015)

If there is to be a sustained U.S. manufacturing resurgence, firms must act in consortia to grow regional industrial ecosystem resources, just like aircraft engine manufacturers and suppliers are doing in the Connecticut River Valley. But, to preserve manufacturing's most precious resource - skilled workers - our thinking, and educational polices, must be revised on a national level. More

Regional Report: Slow But Steady Economic Growth in New England States

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2015)

Jobs are coming back slowly in New England, with aerospace/defense, bioscience, and fulfillment centers taking the lead. More

Regional Report: A Unique Focus on Business Expansion in the Pacific States

Karen Thuermer, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2015)

California is applying unique approaches to economic development programs in order to encourage in-state development while the other Pacific States are leveraging their unique geographic and market positions to focus on aerospace, clean tech and exports growth. More

Location Notebook: Entrepreneurialism Is Riding High in Kentucky

Cynthia Kincaid, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2015)

By helping entrepreneurs and small business, Kentucky has managed to regain economic strength sapped by the recession. More

International Location Report: Mexican Economy on the Upswing

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2015)

One of the biggest recipients of FDI, Mexico has attracted a range of industrial investments in recent years, with its exports rebounding strongly. More

First Person: Developing the Next Generation of STEM Leaders and Space Technology

Jennifer Carter, Director of Space Science, Institute for Aerospace Education, Curriculum Director, SpaceTrek (Directory 2015)

Jennifer Carter, curriculum director for SpaceTrek at Morehead State University and director of Space Science for the Institute of Aerospace Education, recently talked with Area Development about the role that space science is now playing in growing the leaders and small businesses of tomorrow. The Space Science Center has become an important focus for research in nanosatellite technologies. More

Location Notebook: Economic Innovation in the “New” New Orleans

Craig Guillot, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2015)

As New Orleans approaches the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in 2015, the city is in many ways barely recognizable to what it was years ago. Economists and national publications say it has undergone one of the most rapid and dramatic economic turnarounds in recent American history. More

Advanced Technology and the Changing Face of U.S. Manufacturing

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2014)

U.S. manufacturers are investing in advanced equipment, automation, and robotics in order to drive down the cost of production and compete in the global economy. The net result has the potential to transform our industrial base. More

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