November/December 2008 | Trade and Industry Development

November/December 2008


Trade & Industry Development Magazine

November/December 2008

Metals, Plastics, & Logistics

In our Feature article on metals, William Hearn discusses how the metals industry is a broad manufacturing industry; he also cites other niche metals opportunity markets. If you're in the plastics industry, you'll definitely want to read our Feature article written by Michael P. Hickey. In his article, Mike discusses key drivers and factors for success in location strategies for the plastics industry. Then Kevin Mayer's Special Report, "The Vital Many," explains the basic structure of the polymer industry - one sector produces resins or raw plastics, the other sector processes raw plastics into finished products. If you're more into logistics, our Feature article by Leslie Rubin and Sarah Rubin is a must read. These two ladies teamed up to explain how you can impact your bottom line with economic incentives. This issue also boasts three Industry Outlooks: the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI), and the International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA).

In this issue

Amid a Dim National Economy Texas Remains in the Spotlight

BY: Governor Rick Perry

The saying “everything is bigger in Texas” is no exaggeration when it comes to the state’s red hot economy. While the national economy is cooling, this state maintains a strong economic footing in a variety of industries thanks to a reasonable tax and regulatory structure and solid incentive programs which are drawing more than 1,000 people to Texas every day.   Texas is without a doubt the best state in the nation to do business. more....