May/June 2007 | Trade and Industry Development

May/June 2007


Trade & Industry Development Magazine

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.

In this issue

The Dynamic U.S. Automotive Supplier Sector

BY: David J. Andrea

The opening decade of the automotive industry’s second century is evaporating any notion that the sector is a mature, smokestack industry.  Private equity and hedge fund money is dramatically restructuring the supplier sector.  Market share shifts underneath relatively healthy sales and production volumes are creating an industry of “haves and have nots” and bifurcated financial results.  Finally, industry norms are being transformed as the largest suppliers emerge from Chapter 11 with new labor contracts, reassessed legacy burdens, and rewritten customer contracts.  more....