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Enjoy Your Labor Day!

The Manufacturing Industry Advisor team wishes you a safe and happy holiday weekend. We’ll be back to our regular posting soon. Thanks for your continued support of our blog!  … Continue reading this entry

Role of Talent in Site Selection for Manufacturers

One of the leading challenges facing many manufacturers in the U.S. is the attraction and retention of talent. At the same time, many U.S. states (particularly in the South and Southeast) are throwing attractive incentive packages at manufacturers to lure them to move to their states. At the recently concluded 2015 National Directors Institute (NDI) … Continue reading this entry

Happy Thanksgiving from the Manufacturing Industry Advisor Team

During this week of Thanksgiving, the Manufacturing Industry Advisor team wishes to thank all of you for reading, contributing to, and sharing our blog. Since this is a busy time of year for everyone, some of you might have missed a post or two over the last few weeks. For your convenience, linked below are some of our most recent and popular posts. … Continue reading this entry

Coming to America: Challenges in Moving Manufacturing to the U.S.

News of manufacturing companies coming to America or choosing to stay in the U.S. is plentiful of late. Why the focus on American manufacturing? And, perhaps more important, what are the legal and cultural issues facing manufacturers expanding into U.S. facilities? Why the United States? Credibility. Establishing a successful business in America demonstrates a level … Continue reading this entry

Closing a Facility? Dig Deep to Avoid Contractual Issues

When closing a facility, the legal issues that most often come to mind are terminating a lease or selling the asset(s). However, those are just the tip of the iceberg. From below the surface, potential problems may arise out of contracts seemingly outside the facility closure’s scope. Regardless of the reason, myriad legal considerations accompany … Continue reading this entry

Closing a Facility? Don’t Create Human Capital Problems

In recent years, manufacturers have closed facilities, corporate offices, warehouses, and production plants, for a variety of reasons. All too often, manufacturers overlook important legal requirements or planning steps, especially where human capital is concerned. Thus, we compiled the following human resources issues to help manufacturers identify problems that should be avoided.… Continue reading this entry

Manufacturing on the Rise in Florida

When one thinks of business in Florida, most think of tourism — amusement parks, fishing, golf, and beaches — or Florida’s world-famous citrus — oranges, grapefruits, and strawberries. Perhaps Florida’s best kept secret: Florida’s manufacturing sector is surging forward. In recent years, Floridians have become accustomed to Governor Rick Scott announcing manufacturing jobs being created … Continue reading this entry

Made in the USA! Reshoring Children’s Products

For all expecting and new parents, you probably have learned how quickly buying your child’s products adds up! So why would you be willing to pay more for an American-made product when you could purchase a similar product or even the “same” product, produced overseas, for half the cost? To answer this question, you should … Continue reading this entry

2014: An Exciting and Challenging Time for American Manufacturing

2014, the Manufacturing Industry Advisor’s inaugural year, marked an exciting but challenging time for American manufacturers. In our final blog post for the year, we will highlight some of the trends and developments we noted in 2014, with links to our earlier observations. Here, at Foley & Lardner, we aim to do more than monitor … Continue reading this entry

Happy Thanksgiving from the Manufacturing Industry Advisor Team

During this week of Thanksgiving, the Manufacturing Industry Advisor team wishes to thank all of you for reading, contributing to, and sharing our blog. Since this is a busy time of year for everyone, some of you might have missed a post or two over the last few weeks. For your convenience, linked below are some of our most recent and popular posts. … Continue reading this entry

Recognizing Leaders in Manufacturing

This month we salute two organizations for raising the profile of leaders in the manufacturing industry. First is the Manufacturing Institute for presenting the 2015 STEP Awards. We encourage readers to nominate a peer or colleague for this prestigious national award. The STEP Awards honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership at all levels … Continue reading this entry

U.S. Regulations Can Raise Risks for Reshoring and Next-Generation Manufacturing

More than a third of United States businesses are either bringing back or considering bringing back manufacturing activity to the U.S. through “reshoring.” Although one would think that bringing production back to the U.S. would minimize the impact of U.S. regulations of international conduct, in many cases the opposite is true. The aggressive enforcement of U.S. … Continue reading this entry

Factoryless Goods Producers May Be as Hypothetical as Their Domestic Factories

Recently, the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) has considered a controversial new federal classification: “Factoryless Goods Producers” (“FGP”). FGP recognizes that a significant portion of the American workforce is involved with the manufacturing of goods, even if the factories actually assembling the final products are overseas. But what’s the point? “Designed by Apple in … Continue reading this entry

Puerto Rico: A Haven for Manufacturers?

Perhaps not surprisingly to those familiar with the tropical island, manufacturing remains a key driver of economic activity in Puerto Rico. Indeed, manufacturing accounts for 45% of Puerto Rico’s GDP (compared to 11% in the U.S.) and over 20% of the island’s jobs. Many U.S. multinational companies, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry, have chosen Puerto … Continue reading this entry

Facilities Siting: The Right Considerations Lead to the Right Choice

According to the research, manufacturers are on the move. The questions and considerations listed below are a great starting point for any company opening or relocating a manufacturing facility. Is the right support infrastructure in place? Transportation – Will railroads, airports, seaports, or interstate highways be needed for the plant? Utilities – Some of our … Continue reading this entry

Economic Manufacturing Quantities: The Right Amount and the Right Locations

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Does your manufacturing firm have enough facilities creating the optimum number of products in the right locations? As manufacturing abroad became viable, the siting options became innumerable. Now, already difficult decisions are becoming more complicated due to market trends. Oil prices are rising and automation is spreading. Also, although differences still exist, relative wages are … Continue reading this entry

Jumping on the "Made in the U.S.A." Bandwagon

Retailers are increasingly praising the importance of  placing the “Made in the USA” phrase on their product packaging and labels. Customers, not only in the U.S. but worldwide, are now demanding “Made in America” merchandise. The time is ripe for savvy manufacturers and retailers to take advantage of this trend or risk being left behind. … Continue reading this entry

Is America Ready for "Made in the U.S.A." Clothing?

While the reshoring tide is undeniably rising, the prospect of clothing and apparel manufacturing returning to the United States remains uncertain. Back in the 1960s, about 95% of clothing worn in the U.S.A. was also made here. Today the opposite is true. Can we flip the switch again? The Clothing Industry’s “Skills Gap” As apparel … Continue reading this entry

Reshoring Is Gaining Momentum

More than a decade after the outsourcing trend reached its peak, a new trend, reshoring, is quickly gaining momentum in the manufacturing industry. For a variety of reasons, manufacturers are bringing production and the associated jobs back to the U.S., and the potential benefits to manufacturers, and the U.S. economy, are significant. Several studies recently … Continue reading this entry

The First Legal Innovation Hub for NextGen Manufacturers

The First Legal Innovation Hub for NextGen Manufacturers
Will you and I witness the next “industrial revolution?” Consider how dramatically manufacturing is advancing in today’s economy. With astonishing speed, manufacturers are applying 21st century technology to produce state-of-the-art, enterprise-wide systems that support ongoing process improvements and ever-changing business partners. Manufacturers are reconfiguring their factories, returning to the U.S., and educating their workforces to … Continue reading this entry