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Business Globalization / Next Shoring

Amid Rebound, U.S. Regains Position as World Leader in FDI

Traditional and rapidly emerging industries alike are choosing the U.S. for its stable and innovative market, skilled workforce, and favorable tax and regulatory climate.

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Food Processing

Three Big Challenges Facing the Food & Beverage Industry

While every industry — and everyone — has faced disruptions over the last couple years, the food and beverage industry has been disrupted on an almost unimaginable scale.

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Logistics / Infrastructure

Fixing the Supply Chain with AI and Robotics

Automation, industrial robots, and other technology solutions have allowed manufacturers to shorten their supply chains, while also making them more efficient and reducing labor costs.

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Business Globalization / Next Shoring

Last Word: Decision-Making Dynamics in an Uncertain World-Business Despises Uncertainty

Data points are shifting, and location decision-making must change to be evidence-based in approach. Long-term planning is admirable, but short-term incremental gains may be more prudent in the near-term economy.

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Construction / Project Planning

Higher Borrowing and Construction Costs Impacting Industrial Users

As interest rates rise, industrial developers are prepping for a ramp-down of new projects.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

Economic Impact and Importance of Social and Policy Issues

Businesses want to locate in states that adhere to their core values and are using their economic might to change the political landscape.

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Location Canada

“Friend-Shoring” To “Next-Dooring”

Canada holds a strategic position as a critical investment destination in a new era of global supply chains and sourcing.

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Contributed Content

Only the Best Is Good Enough: The LEGO Group Chooses Virginia for U.S. Manufacturing Facility

The Chesterfield County plant will help the global toy icon fulfill customer demand in the Americas without increasing its carbon footprint.

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Taxes / Incentives

Inflation Reduction Act Promotes the Nation’s “Energy Security”

The clock is ticking for manufacturers to get maximum tax benefits on new projects under the Inflation Reduction Act.

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Workplace Trends

First Person: Manufacturers: Disrupt or Be Disrupted

Area Development’s staff editor, Lisa Bastian, recently posed some question to American Crane’s CEO & President, Karen Norheim, about how overcoming pandemic challenges has strengthened the company for what lies ahead, as well as opportunities for women in manufacturing.

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Corporate HQ / Office

Bright Spots of the Office Sector

The post-pandemic remote working trend as resulted in “emerging” or “other” metros performing better than the more established tech markets.

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Business Globalization / Next Shoring

Front Line: Taking a Deep Dive into Suppliers’ Labor Force

Heightened supply chain visibility will let manufacturers know if their suppliers are using forced labor, which puts them at risk for legal penalties as well as damage to their brand.

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Sustainable Development

Front Line: Taking an Expanded View of Climate Change

Climate change, corporate sustainability/ESG ratings, and the use of renewables are becoming increasingly important to companies as the planet heats up.

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