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Manufacturing / Industrial

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

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

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

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

Site Selection 2020: Riding the Waves of Disruption into the Next Decade

Bradley Migdal, Senior Managing Director, Business Incentives Practice, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. (Q1 2019)

Following our Miami Consultants Forum, Area Development discussed the current and evolving state of the site selection industry and industrial real estate market with Brad Migdal, Senior Managing Director at Cushman & Wakefield. More

How LEED Certification Transformed Industrial Development Standards

Randy Thompson, Senior Managing Director, Build-to-Suit Advisory Group, Cushman & Wakefield (Q1 2019)

Today’s businesses aren't pursuing LEED certifications to the extent that they did in the past because sustainable development is now a given — it’s demanded by the market. More

The Value of Laser Scanning to Your Food Facility Project

Michael Vetter, Senior Project Manager and Senior Associate, SSOE Group (2018 Food Processing)

Data captured through laser scanning of your existing food processing facility can help with buildout of a new or customized operation. More

Infrastructure Investment: Shifting the Focus from Cost to Opportunity

Stephen Gray, CEO, Gray Construction (Q4 2018)

The cost of upgrading and maintaining U.S. infrastructure is an investment that will pay off for industry and the nation as a whole, resulting in job creation and increased GDP. 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

The Key to Industrial Site Selection? Consumers and Labor

Rob Wheeler, Senior Vice President, Industrial Integrated Portfolio Services , JLL (Q4 2018)

Following our Consultants Forum, Area Development discussed the state of industrial real estate in an evolving world with Rob Wheeler, Senior Vice President, Integrated Portfolio Services, at JLL. More

What’s Your U.S. Manufacturing and Tariff Strategy?

Rosemary Coates, Executive Director, Reshoring Institute; President, Blue Silk Consulting,  (Q4 2018)

With the uncertain future of new tariffs and penalties, is it time to consider building a manufacturing site in the United States? More

Due Diligence in Today’s Site Selection World

Sarah White, Director, Quest Site Solutions (Q4 2018)

You’ve made your list — now check it twice for ownership issues and site suitability, as well as workforce and financial considerations. 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

For Industrial Development, Rail Is the Gravy Train

Jennifer Harris, Account Director, Akrete (Q3 2018)

Rail development has driven economic opportunity across the United States, opening up new markets and efficiently moving freight. 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

Knowledge-Industry Firm Grows in a Small, Iowa Manufacturing City

Iowa Economic Development Authority (Q4 2017)

A former mill town on the Mississippi River is home to an insurer that continues to expand and is working on attracting data-driven industry with its pool of college-educated workers. More

What Corporate Executives Need To Know When Making Location Decisions

Donald F. Smith, Jr., RIDC of Southwestern Pennsylvania (Q4 2017)

Companies should look to their landlords or developers of their facilities for several attributes, key among them being reliability, flexibility, and a sense of partnership. More

Technological and Other Changes Steering Logistics Decisions

Bill Luttrell, Director of Corporate Real Estate, Werner Enterprises, Inc. (Q4 2017)

For manufacturing and distribution…it’s logistics, logistics, logistics, which is revolutionizing the supply chain — including the location decision process. More

In Focus: Doing Business Without Talking — Millennials’ Impact on CRE

Brian Zrimsek, Industry Principal, MRI Software (Q4 2017)

Those involved in corporate real estate are increasingly adopting a digital approach to conducting business. 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

Innovation Is Changing Companies’ Locational Needs

Cassie Branum, Senior Urban Designer, Senior Associate , Perkins+Will (Q2 2017)

In the field of manufacturing, a domino sequence is changing the locational needs of companies. What does this mean for decision-makers and what criteria should be used for evaluating the next wave of sites and facilities? More

Thinking Local: How to Find Manufacturing Talent

Joshua Wright, VP, Economic and Workforce Development, Emsi (Q2 2017)

The best answer to the skills-shortage question is that it depends on where you’re located, the positions you’re looking to fill - and perhaps most importantly, the compensation you’re willing to offer. More

Industry Leaders Speak on Issues Facing Small Manufacturers, and Optimism for the Future

Gray Construction (Q2 2017)

Small-to-medium-sized manufacturers are the backbone of the supply chain, making the parts and products that enable their larger counterparts to compete, grow and thrive. They constitute nearly 90 percent of manufacturing's contribution to the economy so it’s vital to understand and address the issues facing them. More

Edible Gardens Enliven Industrial Properties, Accelerate Valuations

Lara Hermanson, Co-Founder & Principal, Farmscape (Q2 2017)

Urban farms can help to attract new industrial businesses, accelerate property values, and engender camaraderie between co-workers. More

Lab Space is Hard to Find in Top U.S. Life Sciences Clusters

Roger Humphrey, Division Director, Industries, JLL (Q2 2017)

The 5th annual JLL report identifies where life sciences companies are locating — and the trends driving them there. More

Site Certification Is Not a Substitute for Due Diligence

Courtney Dunbar, Economic Development Leader, Industrial Site Consulting Team, Olsson  (Q1 2017)

While a good amount of information can be obtained through site certification programs, underlying questions with regard to the end-user’s specific timelines and needs as well as how risks will be mitigated still need to be addressed. More

Record Demand Brings New Heights and Challenges to Industrial Real Estate Market

Craig Meyer, President, Logistics and Industrial Services Group for the Americas, JLL (Q1 2017)

The continued growth of e-commerce, promised infrastructure upgrades, and new and creative development are some of the trends affecting the industrial real estate market. More

Frontline: Fourth Industrial Revolution Takes Off, “Localizing” Site Selection Requirements

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2017)

The adoption of new technology — in what’s been called “the fourth industrial revolution” — will benefit the entire manufacturing ecosystem. More

Navigating Uncharted Waters: 5 Trends Affecting Capital Investment Plans

Josh Bays, Principal, Site Selection Group, LLC (Q1 2017)

A new administration in Washington, escalating wages, and a dwindling supply of industrial real estate are just some of the trends that may cause companies to take a wait-and-see approach to capital investment. More

A Taste for Change: What's Driving the Rise of the Specialty Food Market

Gray Construction (Q1 2017)

The demand for specialty foods has seen a sharp increase, forcing food and beverage producers to make dramatic changes to manufacturing processes and product ingredients. More

Real Estate Solutions Needed for Tech-Driven Auto Industry

Jeffrey Green, Managing Director, Global Occupier Services, Cushman & Wakefield and Paul Thurston, Vice President, Development and Pre-Construction, Becknell Industrial (Directory 2017)

On the verge of an automotive revolution, the CRE industry is working to meet the evolving needs of OEMs and parts suppliers in the middle of a short supply real estate market. More

Utility Companies: Powerful Economic Development Partners

Josh Bays, Principal, Site Selection Group, LLC (Directory 2017)

Utility economic development organizations can bring a lot to the table during the corporate location process, especially in terms of technical expertise along with strategic and project-level funding. More

What’s Driving Pharmaceutical Firms’ Operations Siting Decisions?

Woody Hydrick, Managing Principal, Global Location Strategies (Directory 2017)

A pharma company’s position in the drug life cycle chain affects where it will locate, as does its need for a skilled workforce and low taxes, among other concerns. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #4: Occupancy OR Construction Costs

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2016)

It’s easy to see why occupancy or construction costs are a factor that a lot of people are keeping an eye on...these costs are trending upward. More

Streamlining the Construction Project to Deliver Ahead of Schedule and Below Budget

Josh Zimmerman, Section Manager, SSOE Group (Q4 2016)

Design and construction firms are developing new systems that streamline the entire project delivery process, from architectural renderings to facility turnover, which ultimately can deliver a cohesive high-quality, cost- and time-saving project. More

Due Diligence Concerns When Choosing Between an Existing Structure or Greenfield Construction

Brian Gallagher, Vice President, Corporate Development, Graycor Southern (Q4 2016)

Acquiring an existing structure to house manufacturing operations can seem like a real time- and money-saver to companies. But is it really? More

A “Clean” Phase I Environmental Assessment of Industrial Sites Is Just the Start

Chris Biddle, Beazley Group (Q4 2016)

Environmental Site Assessments typically used to certify that a site is free of contamination from previous uses may leave companies vulnerable to unexpected additional costs for environmental remediation. Additional investigation and protection is merited at industrial sites. More

North America’s Robotics Renaissance Fueled by Skilled Labor

Stephen Thompson, Senior Economic Officer – San Francisco , Ontario's Ministry of International Trade (Q4 2016)

A new generation of collaborative robots is increasing industrial efficiency and productivity while the increasing affordability of advanced robotics technology has the potential to quickly make smaller businesses more competitive. A key to unlocking that potential will be meeting the industry’s need for skilled labor to drive robotics-related research and commercialization. More

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