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Manufacturing / Industrial

Major Projects: Embrace Wide Open Rural Spaces

John W. McCurry (Q3 2022)

Available land, lower costs, and the desire to co-locate with suppliers and customers draw companies to rural locations, but satisfying infrastructure needs and access to talent shouldn’t be overlooked. More

Mississippi’s Shovel-Ready Sites Are Open for Business

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2022)

Shovel-ready sites give companies a jump-start in getting their operations up and running, while helping communities quickly create jobs. More

Gaining Community Approval for Your Next Big-Box Project

Benton Blaine, Vice President, Infrastructure & Economic Development, McGuireWoods Consulting and Joseph Beasley, Assistant Vice President, McGuireWoods Consulting LLC (Q3 2022)

Partnerships with local economic developers and other community stakeholders are key to a company getting approval to site a big-box distribution center. More

The New Industrial Ecosystem

Amy Fobes, Managing Director , Savills (Q3 2022)

Resiliency in manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution requires a robust, data-driven approach to understanding the financial and operational influences across the new and ever-evolving industrial ecosystem. More

In Focus: “Golden Age” of Spec Development

Josh Wheeler, Senior Vice President , Stonemont Financial Group (Q3 2022)

The e-commerce revolution and its related supply chain challenges have created a surge in spec development of industrial and logistics space. More

2022 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards Project of the Year: Blue Star Manufacturing Ramps Up PPE Production in Virginia

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2022)

The establishment of a facility for the production of medical-grade gloves in Virginia is an important step in alleviating supply chain issues with Asian-made products. More

2022 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards Project of the Year: EV Startup Canoo Inc. Plans Oklahoma “Mega Microfactory”

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2022)

Mid-America Industrial Park will be the site of Canoo’s new auto manufacturing facility. More

First Person: ESG Propels Honeywell in New Directions

Evan van Hook, Chief Sustainability Officer, Honeywell (Q2 2022)

Policies with regard to environmental, social, and governance issues have become increasingly important to all companies, as well as their shareholders, in the 21st century’s “sustainability revolution.” More

In Focus: The Impact of E-Commerce on Industrial Real Estate

Carolyn Salzer, Director, Logistics & Industrial Services, Cushman & Wakefield (Q2 2022)

E-commerce fulfillment often demands three to four times the logistics space of traditional brick-and-mortar retail replenishment. More

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

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