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Manufacturing / Industrial

Front Line: Performing Physical Tasks Remotely

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2022)

Rapid advances in automation are even allowing some tasks in manufacturing facilities to be tackled remotely. More

How Industrial Companies Can Avoid Security Breaches

Cristi Waterson (Q2 2022)

Your company needs to have a plan in place to protect its data from a costly, devastating security breach — and a backup plan in place for if and when a breach occurs. More

Taking Action Now for An Increasingly Automated Future

Jacob Everett , Credit & Incentives Practice, McGuire Sponsel (Q2 2022)

The jobs created by automation will ultimately exceed those that are lost, but a federal program is needed to successfully navigate the transformation of the labor force. More

The Evolution of the Megasite

Courtney Dunbar, Site Selection & Economic Development Leader, Burns & McDonnell and Corey Kingsland, Civil Engineering Section Manager, Burns & McDonnell (Q2 2022)

As the need for next-generation megasites continues to grow, economic development professionals are helping end-users reimagine the site selection and site preparedness process. More

36th Annual Corporate Survey: Executives Focus on Labor, Energy, Shipping Costs

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2022)

A tight labor market, supply chain challenges, and rising costs have resulted in some surprising changes in corporate respondents’ location priorities. More

18th Annual Consultants Survey: Access to Major Markets and Skilled Labor Are Clients’ Primary Concerns

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2022)

Supply chain considerations, the shortage of skilled workers, and a lack of industrial space are top of mind for their clients, according to consultants responding to our annual survey. More

Labor Challenges in the Industrial and Manufacturing Sectors Persist

Carolyn Salzer, Director, Logistics & Industrial Services, Cushman & Wakefield (Workforce Q4 2021)

Despite an improving economy, businesses are continuing to face obstacles in finding, training, and retaining enough qualified workers. More

Shaping Compliance for Your New Biomanufacturing Facility

Roger Humphrey, Division President, Life Sciences, JLL (Q4 2021)

If you have a new biomanufacturing site in the works, you can open doors to a productive, compliance-forward facility with these strategies. More

On the Hunt for a Productive New Biomanufacturing Site?

Travis McCready, Executive Director, U.S. Life Sciences Markets, JLL (Q4 2021)

Real estate and facility strategy can fuel efficiency, scale, and speed to market for your new biomanufacturing operation More

In Focus: A PFAS State of Mind

Bina Joshi, Partner, Schiff Hardin (Q4 2021)

While the law concerning PFAS is still in flux, property owners and operators need to consider its implications. More

In Focus: The Future of Sustainability in Real Estate

Kristin Mueller, COO, JLL Property Management (Q4 2021)

As they realize the impact the built world has on the environment, companies are increasingly transitioning to cleaner, greener facilities and operations. More

In Focus: The Challenge of Finding Improved Land

Lee Loftis, National Director, Land Acquisitions, Mohr Capital (Q4 2021)

Because improved land is hard to come by, more investors and developers are evaluating true greenfield opportunities in far outer rings of major markets. More

The Challenges of Renovating an Existing Facility Into a Food Plant

David Dixon, President, davidcdixonLLC (Q4 2021)

Renovating an existing facility seems faster and cheaper than going with a greenfield site — but when it comes to a food plant, that might not be the case. More

Ramping Up Cybersecurity in the Industrial Sector

Jason Lund, Managing Director, Property Management, JLL (Q4 2021)

Industrial and other types of facilities are smarter and more computerized (more hackable) than they were in the past, but cyber awareness and security has not kept pace. More

In Focus: How to Compete in the Industrial Real Estate Gold Rush

Alexis Dénommée-Godin,  Real Estate Product Manager , Nakisa (Q3 2021)

The options for space and buildings within the world of industrial real estate are getting smaller. More

A New Approach to Energy Savings for Your Next Manufacturing Plant

Kris Hopkins, Vice President, Business Development , Greylock Midstream (Q2 2021)

“There’s a pipeline five miles away, so access to natural gas won’t be a problem… right?” More

A Turnkey Approach to Manufacturing Location Decisions

Courtney Dunbar, Site Selection & Economic Development Leader, Burns & McDonnell (Q2 2021)

Taking a project from site selection through process design and construction to commissioning with a turnkey approach will help a manufacturer ensure its long-term operational success. More

Latest Trends in the Industrial Real Estate Sector Here to Stay

John Dettleff, Senior Managing Director, Brokerage, JLL (Q2 2021)

The industrial real estate sector is experiencing a complete transformation brought about by changes in the retail sector, warehouse design, and supply chains. More

In Focus: The Effects of the Pandemic on Industrial Design

Richard Clarke, IV, Partner, AO (Q2 2021)

Industrial/logistics design will see a growth spike despite and because of the pandemic. More

Front Line: U.S. Semiconductor Industry Faces Crises, Opportunities

Karen Thuermer, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2021)

Incentives to encourage U.S. chip manufacturing would help to alleviate the current global semiconductor shortage brought about by the pandemic. More

What’s Driving Record Industrial Real Estate Demand

Jason Tolliver, Managing Director, Investor Services, Cushman & Wakefield (Q1 2021)

A boom in e-commerce and shifting population densities as well increasing transportation costs are making industrial real estate a “can’t miss.” More

35th Annual Corporate Survey: Effects of Global Pandemic Reflected in Executives’ Site and Facility Plans

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2021)

As expected, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our corporate readers’ location plans and priorities as they increased their resiliency efforts. More

17th Annual Consultants Survey: Consultants Are Optimistic About the Year Ahead

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2021)

Those responding to the Consultants Survey express optimism about their clients’ plans for the year ahead while acknowledging their increased focus on costs and logistics going forward. More

Regional Report: Southeast Ports Expand Capacity

Tom Gresham (Q1 2021)

Southeastern U.S. ports are pursuing aggressive infrastructure expansion projects to accommodate larger vessels and more cargo. More

Cultivate a Second Life for Decommissioned Power Plants

Courtney Dunbar, Site Selection & Economic Development Leader, Burns & McDonnell and Jeff Pope, Facility Decommissioning and Demolition Services Manager, Burns & McDonnell (Q1 2021)

As the need for industrial development grows and requirements for coal-fired decommissioning increase, land repositioning can offer a mutually beneficial solution. More

Trends in Office and Industrial Parks

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2020)

Allowing employees to continue to work remotely and possible moves to the less densely populated suburbs are among the factors that will affect corporate real estate in 2021. More

How Site Selection Can Help Meet Corporate Social Responsibility Commitments

Brian Corde, Managing Partner, Atlas Insight (Q3 2020)

Brian Corde, Managing Partner, Atlas Insight LLC, spoke with Area Development about the confluence of corporate social responsibility and site selection strategy at our 2019 Houston Consultants Forum. More

First Person: Handling Plant Shutdowns and Re-Openings During the Pandemic

Michael Vetter, Senior Project Manager and Senior Associate, SSOE Group (Q2 2020)

In light of the COVID-19 crisis, Area Development asked SSOE Group’s Michael Vetter about what companies are doing to keep their operations up and running and their employees safe. More

Protecting Building Resiliency During COVID-19 Pandemic

David Bishop, Director, Service Operations, Johnson Controls (Q2 2020)

Whether your business’ facility has been completely shut down or minimally occupied, concerns about systems and security must be addressed to ensure a smooth reopening. More

A “Now, Next, Later” Approach for Dealing with Pandemic Challenges

Kate Crowley, Principal,  Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP and Jeff Jorge, Principal; International Growth Services Practice Leader , Baker Tilly, LLP (Q2 2020)

The coronavirus pandemic is driving companies to focus on near-term survival and long-term supply chain changes. More

A Disciplined Road Map for Industrial Site Selection

Courtney Dunbar, Site Selection & Economic Development Leader, Burns & McDonnell (Q2 2020)

By gaining real data in the pre-capital planning stage, a business can achieve a solid basis for making critical operational and locational decisions. More

Smart Facilities and Industrial IOT in the Era of 5G

Mo Fahim, Practice Leader, Intelligent Buildings, Environmental Systems Design, Inc. (Q2 2020)

Implementing 5G will bring real-time optimization to manufacturing and distribution facilities. More

In Focus: Key Success Factors for Building a Cannabis Processing Center

Andy Poticha, Principal, Canabis Facility Construction (Q1 2020)

Developers looking for growth opportunities presented by increasing legalization of cannabis must be familiar with state-level building codes for processing facilities. More

Automotive Site Selection in Small and Rural Communities

Alexandra Segers, General Manager, Tochi Advisors (Q1 2020)

Area Development recently interviewed Alexandra Segers, DIPL.-ING, PE, MS, about automotive industry site selection within small and rural communities at our Charlotte Consultants Forum. More

What Does It Mean to Change the Game?

Brian Gallagher, Vice President, Corporate Development, Graycor (Q4 2019)

Embracing “disruption” requires a shift in mindset, but those companies that welcome change can dramatically improve project outcomes. More

Front Line: Trend Toward Microfactories Continues

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2019)

By utilizing microfactories, manufacturers can respond quickly to changes in product design and demand. More

Manufacturers: Make Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives a Priority

Jeff Sorensen, U.S. Industrial Products Leader, PwC (Workforce Q4 2019)

As the U.S. demographic changes, manufacturers and other companies must step up their diversity and inclusion efforts in order to fulfill their workforce needs. More

Laying Down the Tracks for Rail-Served Site Selection

Laurence Kahn, Senior Director, Industrial, Franklin Street (Q2 2019)

Area Development sat with Larry Kahn, Senior Director, Industrial, Franklin Street, at our Miami Consultants Forum for a discussion on rail-served site selection and industrial development. 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

Defining Key Siting Criteria Will Lead to a Perfect Location Match

Ron Crum, Practice Leader - Industrial Site Selection, CSRS, Inc. and Taylor Gravois, Principal, CSRS, Inc. (Q2 2019)

If site selectors take the time to identify and communicate their key criteria to economic developers — who take the time to listen — the end result will be a perfect match! More

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