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Environmental Due Diligence

One of the most substantiative tools deployed to uncover site details are environmental due diligence reports, as they provide an enhanced understanding of the site characteristics that will impact development efforts thus allowing a company to reduce site risk with site knowledge.

A Visit to McAllen, Texas

Quest's Taylor Dietz recently visited McAllen, Texas and returned with a new perspective.

Digital Transformation

Productivity and equipment reliability are key in successful manufacturing operations. Companies are embracing a digital, data-driven approach to automation that includes machine learning to increase productivity, improve reliability, and lower maintenance costs. An effective digital transformation involves positioning for the future while simultaneously balancing legacy systems. In this edition of Insights, Krystian Tolloczko of Bridge Automation provides several best practices and outlines a comprehensive approach for digital transformation of complex manufacturing operations.

Labor Unions

While the criteria for assessing labor force during site selection projects almost always include availability, skill sets, and wages, another aspect of workforce that is often considered is unionization. For some companies, the union climate of an area is an important factor in their site selection decision. Union data is available in the public realm, but there are challenges with the functional application of the data. In this installment of Insights, Reid Schultz shares the history of unionization in the United States and provides guidance on the assessing union climate in locations under consideration.

Maritime Transportation

Prolonged supply chain issues have made us hyper-aware of the influential role that ports have on logistics and just how important they are to our transportation infrastructure. Evaluating ports, including port capacities, is a strategic part of many site selection projects. In this Insights edition, Laura Smith Swankler provides an overview of maritime transportation and shares the recent investments that The Port of Virginia has made to optimize their facilities.

Trade Compliance

Trade compliance is essential for a company establishing operations in the United States. In this edition of Insights, Joseph W. Rohe of 6125 Trade LLC shares how implementing a well-developed, structured, and tailored trade compliance program ensures compliance with applicable laws and provides opportunities for cost savings.

Workforce Training

Workforce consistently ranks as a top factor in site selection decisions. Workforce training programs play a critical role in developing the skill sets necessary for success. In the February 2022 edition of Insights, Kim Williams Davis shares details about employee training programs and other considerations in building the talent pipeline.

Metalworking + Fabrication

Automation, technology, and the workforce are forcing changes in the metalworking and fabrication industry. To learn more about the industry and the outlook for the future, see the latest installment of Insights by Lindsey Cannon. The published version of this article, which is featured in the Q2 2021 edition of Trade & Industry Development, can be viewed at

Rail Transportation

Do you know how many miles of freight rail are in the United States? For the answer as well as information on rail transportation solutions and rail considerations in the site selection process, see this month’s Insights on rail transportation by Grant Chaney of R. J. Corman Railroad Group, LLC.

Headquarters Relocation

Considering a corporate headquarters relocation? While the risks can be high, the rewards can be significantly higher. A location change can be key in positioning a company for long-term growth and success. In the latest installment of Insights, Kim Williams Davis shares the primary drivers for headquarters relocation projects. The published version of this article, which is featured in the March/April 2021 edition of Expansion Solutions magazine, can be viewed at

Project Planning

When constructing a facility, front-end planning for a project provides substantial savings and enhanced performance. Sacrificing project planning for the sake of upfront speed or cost can be detrimental to project success. This month, John Baker of O'Neal, Inc. provides details on the process and benefits of project planning.

Incentive Negotiations

Leveraging incentive negotiations can minimize risks and maximize return on investment for capital projects. In this edition of Insights, Lindsey Cannon provides guidance about the types of incentives available for capital investment projects, how and when incentives factor into the site selection process, and key considerations for maximizing incentive potential.