Roadmap for Change

For logistics thought leadership, we turned to our friends at IAMC and SIOR for an excerpt from their latest DesignFlex2030 series of whitepapers on the flexible industrial distribution facilities network of the future.

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An employer needs survey takes the temperature of the Tar Heel State's labor market.

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Ingredion Incorporated

Lead Signal: In August 2016, Conway Analytics delivered a Lead Signal indicating that Ingredion had announced further expansion around the world based on strong financials. Expansion would include organic growth and acquisitions in the Asia-Pacific and EMEA regions.

Project: In June 2017, Ingredion announced the opening of a new starch production facility in Kalasin, Thailand. The $30-million investment created Ingredion's fourth facility in Thailand; the company now employs over 800 across the country. Ingredion is a leading global ingredient supplier based in Chicago with net sales of $6 billion and 11,000 employees around the world.

Lead Signal

Source: Conway Analytics



Source: Conway Analytics




Hella has recently completed a new electronics plant in Kaunas, Lithuania, at the Kaunas Free Economic Zone. The new plant will create 250 jobs and produce lighting and electronics products for the automotive industry. The $34-million investment has established a state-of-the-art 75,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility in close proximity to the Kaunas International Airport and key rail connections. Hella will produce sensors, actuators and control modules at the facility.

Source: Conway Analytics


Work has begun on a new Amazon distribution warehouse in New Haven, Connecticut. The new $250-million facility is being built on an old Pratt & Whiney production site. The fulfillment center will initially employ 1,800 people and is expected to grow to 3,000 employees. The facility is over 850,000 sq. ft. in size and is expected to open by June 2019.

Source: Conway Analytics



Site Selection's inaugural Global Groundwork Index, published in our September issue using global infrastructure data from our project partner CG/LA, presented a unique ranking of territories where both public or public/private infrastructure and corporate end-user investment are growing. The index's rankings (below) came from calculations performed across both cumulative and per-capita measures. But what if we only indexed per-capita numbers? Conway's Daniel Boyer crunched the numbers: See the alternative results below, and note the places that perform well no matter how we slice the data.

Global Groundwork Index Results

Overall Infrastructure & Corporate Facility Index
by Country

  1. Canada
  2. United States
  3. Australia
  4. United Arab Emirates
  5. Bahrain
  6. Mexico
  7. Costa Rica
  8. Brazil
  9. United Kingdom
  10. Singapore

Per-Capita Index
by Country

  1. Canada
  2. United States
  3. Bahrain
  4. Brunei Darussalam
  5. Ireland
  6. Slovakia
  7. Hungary
  8. United Arab Emirates
  9. Singapore
  10. Czech Republic

Overall Infrastructure & Corporate Facility Index
by State

  1. Texas
  2. Louisiana
  3. Nebraska
  4. Virginia
  5. Georgia
  6. Pennsylvania
  7. Illinois
  8. Iowa
  9. New York
  10. North Carolina

Per-Capita Index
by State

  1. Kentucky
  2. Louisiana
  3. Iowa
  4. Nebraska
  5. Texas
  6. Alabama
  7. Ohio
  8. Tennessee
  9. Michigan
  10. Wisconsin



It's like contract manufacturing for office space: The latest serviced office offshoot of the WeWork coworking empire is something called HQ by WeWork, whereby your company can establish what feels like its own branded experience and environment, run by WeWork behind the scenes. There's a catch, however: As BisNow's Ethan Rothstein reports, IWG (International Workplace Group), the Swiss parent company of Regus that's seen a drop in value as WeWork has grown, is suing WeWork for trademark infringement, claiming it has a right to use of the term "HQ" in its own 28-year-old office product, itself rebranded at HQ. One year ago, WeWork was a plaintiff, suing Chinese firm UrWork for being the copycat.



Andrew Clutz, director, corporate investment & analytics, for Conway, Inc., recently made this photograph of Helsinki Cathedral, designed by Carl Ludvig Engel and completed in 1852. Located on the northern side of Senate Square, the church was once called St. Nicholas Cathedral, after Russian Czar Nicholas I, who initiated the building project, and St. Nicholas, the patron saint of seafarers. The church has long been a landmark for those arriving by sea. The wide granite staircase is thought to be the highest north of the Alps.