Trade & Industry Development Magazine

May/June 2007

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.

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In this issue...

Automotive suppliers represent a significant portion of the manufacturing workforce in many states. In fact, depending on what NAICS codes are included, the automotive supplier sector employs nearly 665,000 people in direct employment and another 1.8 million in indirect employment in nearly every state in the union. The automotive industry as a whole experienced unprecedented growth in production and profitability during the 1990s – this was true for both Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and their suppliers. Since the year 2000, however, the competitive situation for the OEMs and their suppliers has changed dramatically. more...