Trade & Industry Development Magazine

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November/December 2007

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 Area Spotlights include Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. Be sure to read these articles – these states have a lot to offer and may be the best location for your new project.

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According to the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, there are more than 100,000 business relocations, expansions or new developments in the United States during a given year. As many as 3,500 economic development organizations are competing for these opportunities that create jobs, new investments and increased tax revenue. Given the uncertain economic environment, many businesses fail to allow adequate time to identify, negotiate, build and occupy manufacturing and distribution facilities to meet business planning objectives.   more...

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