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Automotive

Auto parts suppliers are responding to the growth in e-commerce with a multi-pronged strategy, from the expansion of retail locations to the addition of regional and “mega” distribution hubs.

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Sustainable Development

Industrial companies, including automotive firms, are among those reinventing how businesses find, use, and dispose of the resources and materials that make up global trade.

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Location Canada

Despite the uncertain investment environment brought about by renegotiation of NAFTA and new U.S.-imposed tariffs, Canada continues to promote FDI by maintaining an open economy, investing in its workforce, and engaging in regional trade partnerships.

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Workplace Trends

Companies that institute family-friendly workplace policies will be more successful in recruiting and retaining the skilled talent they need, leading to a more robust performance for themselves and the overall economy.

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Contributed Content

From offering free postsecondary education to partnering with employers on workforce training programs to identifying skills gaps, Tennessee is tackling the challenge of fulfilling industry’s short- and long-term labor force needs.

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Labor Costs / Organized Labor

Although unions’ influence in the U.S. has diminished over the last four decades, they are still playing a key role in manufacturing and, more recently, the distribution sector.

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Leading Metro Locations

With fast-growing populations and diverse economies, states in the West and Mountain region are showing significant economic growth, while smaller metros are benefitting from their larger urban neighbors’ spillover effect.

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Sustainable Development

Incentives can help companies improve the ROI of environmental sustainability initiatives.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

Through education and mentorship, women will be encouraged to pursue careers in today’s increasingly technological and innovative manufacturing industries.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

The recently enacted tariffs on steel and aluminum have created an uncertain investment climate for both domestic and foreign firms, causing companies to rethink their supply chain strategies and put their expansion plans on hold.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

When businesses are considering where to set up shop or expand existing operations, one of the driving influences behind their decision is access to talent.

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Workforce Training / Education

Support for fab labs in high schools, trade schools, and community colleges will increase the number of workers with the skills manufacturers want, thereby creating a “new collar” workforce.

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Contributed Content

Although Orlando already has a labor pool possessing STEM skills, it continues to build that resource through a collaboration between its educational institutions, the tech community, and government.

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A site’s existing conditions, zoning regulations, and surroundings are just some of the elements that must be considered in order to turn the site into the ideal location for your project.

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Plastics

With U.S. natural gas costs being so low, the U.S. plastics industry continues to grow, while keeping an eye out for supply chain challenges brought about by changes in trade policy.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

With international auto companies responsible for more than three quarters of U.S. auto manufacturing job growth from 2010 to 2015, an examination of foreign imports as a threat to national security may just backfire.

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When selecting a site for your next U.S. capital investment, keep in mind that incentives alone won’t transform a bad location into a good one. However, a good incentive package can improve a project’s bottom line and solve site-related issues.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

Policy and legislative changes may cause business leaders to hesitate before making their next move.

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Contributed Content

The success of Orlando’s theme park industry and cross-disciplinary technology innovation have led to the region becoming a leading destination for high-tech companies.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

Only through a combination of data analysis (the science) and labor interviews (the art) can a company be sure of choosing a location where its workforce needs are satisfied now and in the future.

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Location USA

The company’s executive team, working in conjunction with outside legal and other consultants in a timely manner, can create a “win” for both the business and the community in which it chooses to locate.

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