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TOP INDUSTRIES OF 2015
From Site Selection magazine, March 2016
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Map To the Stars

by ADAM BRUNS

Site Selection’s analysis of the Top Industries for corporate facility investment in 2015 reveals the Top 10 projects by capital investment in each of the five leading sectors, portrayed in the map.

2015 Top Industries
by Number of Projects

Industry New Exp. Total
Transportation Equipment 386 308 694
Chemicals/Pharmaceuticals 390 276 666
Food Processing 304 238 542
Machinery (excl. Electrical) 232 213 445
Fabricated Metal 197 216 413
Source: Conway Projects Database
Map by Scott Larsen

The five leading sectors are the same five as the past two years, and in the same order, led by transportation equipment. The total number of vehicle projects was down by 50, but that number includes some whoppers, such as the Faraday Future plant in Nevada, and several in both Mexico and China. Chemicals/pharmaceuticals tallied 69 more projects in 2015 than the year before, while food processing climbed by 44 projects. Machinery and fabricated metal projects each dipped slightly.

Cumulatively, the number of projects tallied overall in these five leading sectors totaled 2,760 — two more than the 2,758 tallied in 2014.

The proprietary Conway Projects Database tracks private-sector facility investments around the world, based on at least $1 million invested, at least 25,000 new sq. ft. or at least 20 new jobs created.

Trends among these big projects include:

  • The reshoring or simple establishment of manufacturing in the US continues, especially in the South, along the Gulf Coast and in Michigan.
  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” strategy already has some momentum.
  • Finishing just outside these Top 10 lists in four of the five categories (excluding transportation equipment) were multiple projects located across the Southeast Asian nations of Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia.

Adam Bruns
Managing Editor of Site Selection magazine

Adam Bruns

Adam Bruns has served as managing editor of Site Selection magazine since February 2002. In the course of reporting hundreds of stories for Site Selection, Adam has visited companies and communities around the globe. A St. Louis native who grew up in the Kansas City suburbs, Adam is a 1986 alumnus of Knox College, and resided in Chicago; Midcoast Maine; Savannah, Georgia; and Lexington, Kentucky, before settling in the Greater Atlanta community of Peachtree Corners, where he lives with his wife and daughter.

   



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