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Advanced Manufacturing

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

Which Government Policies Will Drive the AV Sector Forward?

Benton Blaine, Vice President, Infrastructure & Economic Development, McGuireWoods Consulting and Michele Satterlund , Senior Vice President, State Government Relations, McGuireWoods Consulting LLC (2019 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

State policymaking geared toward interconnectedness and integration is key to growth of the autonomous vehicle sector. More

The Evolving Automotive Landscape: What’s Driving the Future?

Stephen Gray, CEO, Gray Construction (2019 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

Dramatic changes in automotive technology are impacting the industry’s labor force, as legislative moves attempt to steer the industry’s future. More

Advanced Manufacturing Disrupts the Location Process

Chris Volney, Senior Director, Labor Analytics, CBRE (Q3 2019)

As technological advances fundamentally alter long-standing manufacturing processes and practices, they’re also upending the way advanced manufacturing companies consider locations for their facilities. More

Regional Report: Energy and Infrastructure Lead the Way in Louisiana

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2019)

Through its infrastructure upgrades and workforce development initiatives, Louisiana is drawing investment from both traditional and advanced technology companies. More

Regional Report: Georgia - An International Business Destination

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2019)

Foreign direct investment and global trade have had a huge impact on economic development in the state of Georgia. More

2019 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards Project of the Year: Micron Technology Expanding Chip-Making in Virginia

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

In response to increased demand for its computer chips, which are used in today’s advanced-tech vehicles, Micron is expanding in Manassas at a cost of $3 billion. More

2019 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards Project of the Year: Electric Boat Corp. to Expand Submarine Production in Rhode Island

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

The 1,300-job project will allow the company to annually produce three Virginia-class submarines. More

Location Notebook: Diversification Bolstering Economic Growth in Ohio

Tom Gresham (Q2 2019)

While building on its existing strengths — including its logistical advantages, low tax burden, and productive workforce — Ohio is seeking to diversify the state’s economy. 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

Artificial Intelligence in Supply Chain Management

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2019)

Initially adopted by big tech companies, AI’s use has spread to manufacturing operations and their supply chains, despite cybersecurity and other concerns. More

Healthy-Eating Trends Challenge How Food Manufacturers Do Business

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (2018 Food Processing)

Food manufacturers are modifying their processes and investing in new technologies in order to meet rapidly evolving consumer trends. More

In Focus: Capitalizing on the Speed of 3D Printing

Matt Exline, Engineering Manager, Romeo Rim Inc. (Q4 2018)

3D printing, rapid prototyping isn’t just for product development; it has helped to create a culture where waste reduction is a priority. More

First Person: Internet Security for the Manufacturing Industry

Oliver Dehning, CEO, Hornetsecurity (Q4 2018)

Cybersecurity has become an increasingly important concern for businesses of all types and sizes. To find out more about the cyber threats these companies are facing, Area Development recently interviewed Oliver Dehning, CEO for U.S. operations at Hornetsecurity, a cybersecurity firm focused on cloud-based solutions. More

U.S.-Italy Collaboration Helping to Advance Manufacturing Innovation

Tom Gresham (Q4 2018)

The Italian Trade Agency’s Innovation Days events further strengthen U.S.-Italy advanced manufacturing ties by inspiring partnerships among academic and industry innovators. More

Workforce Automation: Scary Threat or Major Opportunity?

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Workforce Q4 2018)

Despite dire predictions that robots and automation will displace workers, studies predict automation and robotics will actually create more — but different — jobs than they displace. 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

3D Printing: A Game-Changer for the Automotive Manufacturing Industry

Sharmistha Sarkar, Content Writer, Allied Market Research (2018 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

Automotive 3D printing has been experiencing phenomenal growth and is affecting the industry’s design, development, manufacturing, and distribution processes. More

Industry 4.0: The Influence of Big Data on the Manufacturing Floor

Stephen Gray, CEO, Gray Construction (Q3 2018)

By effectively embracing the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), the manufacturing sector can analyze processes and identify optimization possibilities. More

Technology Upending the Location Decision Process

Tom Gresham (Q3 2018)

Technology’s radical transformations of industry are changing not only company operations but also how sites are selected. More

Orlando: A Prime Destination for a STEM Workforce

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2018)

Although Orlando already has a labor pool possessing STEM skills, it continues to build that resource through a collaboration between its educational institutions, the tech community, and government. More

First Person: “New Collar” Workers Needed to Support Manufacturing

Sarah Boisvert, Founder, Fab Lab Hub (Q3 2018)

Support for fab labs in high schools, trade schools, and community colleges will increase the number of workers with the skills manufacturers want, thereby creating a “new collar” workforce. More

Plastics Industry Flourishes in Response to Market Demand

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2018)

With U.S. natural gas costs being so low, the U.S. plastics industry continues to grow, while keeping an eye out for supply chain challenges brought about by changes in trade policy. More

Increasing the Ranks of Women in Manufacturing

Pamela Kan, President , Bishop-Wisecarver (Workforce Q2 2018)

Through education and mentorship, women will be encouraged to pursue careers in today’s increasingly technological and innovative manufacturing industries. 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

The U.S. and Italy: Natural Complementary Partners

Italian Trade Agency (Q2 2018)

The Italian Trade Agency’s innovative conferences help to illuminate the rich potential for new U.S.-Italy advanced manufacturing partnerships. More

Home Sweet Homestead

Wabash Valley Power Association (Q2 2018)

Upgrades provided by Marshall County REMC's energy efficiency program, as well as tax abatements, helped Homestead Dairy to keep its energy costs down, thereby helping this family-owned business to secure its future. More

Indy’s 16 Tech Development to Accelerate Innovation, Build Community

Develop Indy (Q2 2018)

A new urban innovation district aims to become the advanced industry epicenter of Indianapolis. More

“Maker-Tech” Crosses Lines of Industrial, Office & Retail Uses

Edward Del Beccaro, Senior Managing Director, Transwestern (Q2 2018)

A new niche is forming in the industrial sector which needs to be near existing “brain clusters” of the targeted industry and may require sites zoned for multiple uses. More

First Person: Disruptive Technologies Changing the Business Landscape

Jack Uldrich (Q2 2018)

Area Development recently asked Jack Uldrich, a global futurist and author, about today’s disruptive technologies and what business leaders need to do to stay ahead of the curve. Uldrich frequently speaks about technology, change management, and leadership to Fortune 100 corporations, venture capital firms, associations, NGOs, and government bodies around the world. More

University Innovation Parks Link the Academic and “Real World”

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2018)

Research and innovation parks continue to evolve to meet the needs of students, faculty, and private-sector tenants alike. More

What Does Industry 4.0 Mean for U.S. Manufacturing?

Craig Meyer, President, Logistics and Industrial Services Group for the Americas, JLL (Q1 2018)

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is transforming global production and supply chains, but the future depends on how well the industry’s human leaders can understand its machines. More

Utilizing Advanced Technologies to Evaluate the Location Decision

Rajiv Jetli , Principal, Management Consulting, PwC (Q4 2017)

Although manufacturers are using advanced technologies, including artificial intelligence, in their operations, they’ve yet to leverage these advances in the site selection process. More

Manufacturing Jobs: An Economic Driver

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2017)

Although U.S. manufacturing has lost millions of jobs over the last few decades, it still has the highest multiplier effect of any sector, with each manufacturing job generating four elsewhere in the economy. More

Gauging the Long-Term Competitiveness of the U.S. Advanced Manufacturing Sector

Michelle Drew Rodriguez, Manufacturing Leader, Center for Industry Insights, Deloitte Services LP (Q4 2017)

Although the U.S. ranks highly in terms of its global advanced manufacturing competitiveness, some challenges to this ranking must be addressed. More

American Manufacturing: Back in the Game?

Seth Martindale, Managing Director, CBRE (Q4 2017)

The U.S. manufacturing sector continues to rebound as a result of pent-up demand for goods and, perhaps, the effect of the Trump administration’s “pro-America” agenda. More

A Skills-Based Jobs Approach to Fulfilling Workforce Needs

Tom Gresham (Workforce Q4 2017)

Businesses are collaborating with academic and other partners to advocate for modern manufacturing jobs. 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

Advanced Manufacturing Drives Iowa’s Economy

Iowa Economic Development Authority (Q3 2017)

Supply chain mapping, data on autonomous fleets, and low-cost renewable energy can all be found in Iowa…surprised? You shouldn’t be. More

The Automotive Industry: On The Eve Of Disruption

Dennis Cuneo,  Partner , Fisher & Phillips (2017 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

Electrification and autonomous driving are just two of the forces disrupting the auto industry, as incumbent automakers compete with new entrants into the field. More

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