Both plastics and metals have become a part of our everyday lives. With these industries growing, relocations and expansions are inevitable. Read our articles, “Plastics – from Bags to Medical Devices to Rockets” and “New Technology and Specialized Products Keep Metal Fabrication Companies on the Economic Development Radar Screen,” to gather some insight into making the best location decisions. “Setting Your Sights on Shovel-Ready Sites” will offer some insight into why these are so important in selecting a new location. And “The Plastic Fork in the Road” explains how polymer clusters are formed and the advantages they provide. You’ll also find articles from SPI and AMT. SPI recently launched an innovative program that uses the next generation of search technology to connect plastics industry buyers and sellers. AMT has begun to develop MTConnect – a communication protocol that helps machines, controls and sensors from different suppliers to communicate with each other. Our...
Manufacturing has been an important component of the U.S. economy for decades, but global competition has changed the face of manufacturing throughout the country. Now, more than ever, companies are faced with complex decisions about where to maintain operations, where to downsize and where to expand, along with the most difficult element of evaluating the labor force. Our “Feature” articles give tremendous insight into evaluating your labor force and tax credits and incentives for manufacturers. There is also an article on ports and an article on FTZs that you’ll find most interesting. “Industry Outlook” highlights two industry associations: NAM and NMMI. The area “Spotlights” include Alabama, Kansas, Tennessee and Utah. They provide additional information to influence your next site location decision. We, at Trade & Industry Development, hope the articles included in this issue will give you valuable information to proceed with plans that will help grow your company to the heights in...
According to AEA’s recent Cyberstate report, the high tech industry in the U.S. grew by 150,000 jobs in 2006. While this growth is positive, several challenges still face the U.S. technology sector. Within this report and our feature articles, several factors are addressed, including the challenge of recruiting qualified workers for this field, and locating operations in areas in which appropriate talent is accessible. Within the logistics field, similar trends are occurring. According to IWLA, the 3PL community has experienced positive growth over the past year, with an increase in revenues. However, uncertain costs still trouble the industry. To learn how to negotiate these obstacles, be sure to read “The Power of the Pack.” In an effort to provide you with solutions to your site selection needs, we looked to the aforementioned experts, as well as several key state organizations. North Carolina, California, Maryland and Florida put forth their initiatives designed to entice your next site...
A concerted effort has been made to aid you in your next site location decision. Starting with our “Industry Outlook” presented by AIA and OESA, we have tried to show you where the industries have been, and where they’re going. Another “Outlook,” presented by NMMI, showcases their efforts and how they can help you manage your supply chains. Explore the relatively new trend of certified “ready sites” and what benefits you can reap. There are in-depth features focusing on the automotive and aerospace industries and advice from specialized consultants that can go a long way in determining the success of your next site location decision. For specific site locations don’t miss our “Spotlights” on Arkansas, Georgia, Ohio and Louisiana. Each of these states has made significant progress over the past few years. Especially Louisiana, which has rebounded from Katrina with a bevy of programs designed for companies interested in their area.
It is always fun to receive recognition. Whether it’s a pat on the back from a peer for a job well done, or keys to the executive wash room, we all appreciate being recognized for our efforts. With this year’s edition of the Corporate Investment & Community Impact (CiCi) Awards, we are honored to be the ones to step up and say “Congratulations.” In this issue, we are recognizing companies and communities in two distinct categories: 15 Corporate Investment Awards and 15 Community Impact Awards. As you will see, the projects highlighted here represent amazing numbers. But the real story is beyond the numbers. It is within the companies, communities, regions and states that made these deals possible. Their stories, and more importantly, their futures, are what we are recognizing with this 2nd edition of the CiCi Awards. Along with our awards, we dedicated this issue to the efforts of the corporate real estate executive. You’ll find leading-edge articles designed to enhance your...
Driven by advances in technology and economic demand, focus on the world of “bio” has never been greater. Emphasis has been placed in several “fields” of bio: BioMed (enhancements to medicine); BioTech (new technologies from the life sciences); BioEnergy (alternative fuels solutions); & BioAg (improved crop development); to name a few. Each one, on their own, offers possibilities for augmented lifestyles. Combined, these fields present opportunities for a profoundly improved human existence. It is no wonder then, that regions worldwide have created programs to enhance their role in the emerging bio experience. In this issue, we explore those initiatives being offered, as well as the site selection parameters facing executives in these fields. For even more information, don’t miss the area “Spotlights” (Canada, Virginia, Missouri, and Wisconsin) showcasing additional programs and initiatives designed to improve your endeavors.
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