From the September Issue


The Boston-Hyderabad Handoff

A journey through a growing Indian multinational’s past year casts light on three leading biotech locations around the world.

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The International Federation of Robotics in Frankfurt, Germany, today released its World Robotics 2021 Industrial Robots report, which shows a new record of 3 million industrial robots are operating around the world, an increase of 10% over last year. Asia, the world’s largest market for industrial robots, saw 71% of all newly deployed robots globally in 2020. “Installations for the region´s largest adopter China grew strongly by 20% with 168,400 units shipped,” says the IFR. “This is the highest value ever recorded for a single country. The operational stock reached 943,223 units (+21%). The 1-million-unit mark will be broken in 2021.” The electronics industry and the semiconductor industry are investing heavily in Asia. The demand for robots both from the electronics industry as well as from the automotive suppliers is expected to grow substantially by 11% in 2021 and by 8% annually on average in the next years following.

“Global robot installations are expected to rebound strongly and grow by 13% to 435,000 units in 2021, thus exceeding the record level achieved in 2018,” says IFR President Milton Guerry. “Installations in North America are expected to increase by 17% to almost 43,000 units. Installations in Europe are expected to grow by 8% to almost 73,000 units. Robot installations in Asia are expected to exceed the 300,000-unit mark and add 15% to the previous year’s result. Almost all Southeast Asian markets are expected to grow by double-digit rates in 2021.” Further details by world region are available on the IFR website.




Brief Engagement, Long-Term Relationship

A team of students in a strategic communications class taught by Professor Michael Jones-Kelley of the Jandoli School of Communication at St. Bonaventure University is working with Site Selection to help us evaluate and refresh our social media presence and level of engagement. Please take this brief survey to help us learn more about your social media use and habits, as well as content preferences and interests: https://forms.gle/9M4MLK7cykcFnzry9

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From the January Issue

Sites and Buildings Ready Today

Critical production demands can’t always wait on a lengthy construction project. North Carolina’s shell industrial buildings are ready now with targeted state and local incentives available to help with up-fit.

At ElectriCities, we look for opportunities to partner with our 70+ NC Public Power member cities to provide customized assistance within all aspects of economic development at no cost to you. From marketing to targeted recruiting to grant assistance, we’re here with tools and expertise. We actively work with site selectors to recruit industries and bring jobs to our public power hometowns. Our local expertise allows commercial and industrial customers like you to find just the right site with fewer hassles—and way more hospitality.

READY TO GET STARTED? Contact Brenda Daniels at 800.768.7697 ext. 6363 or bdaniels@electricities.org.

Click to see some of our featured shell buildings below, with more coming on the market every month.

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New York

Hiram, Ohio–based Great Lakes Cheese Co. has chosen to close its plant in Cuba, New York, and open this new $505 million plant on a site located in the towns of Franklinville and Farmersville in Cattaraugus County — not far from St. Bonaventure University. The project involves the addition of 200 new jobs as well as job offers to the 226 workers at the Cuba location about 15 miles to the southeast. The plant is projected to be ready to occupy by early 2025. The Cattaraugus County Industrial Development Agency approved a payment in lieu of taxes agreement with the company. “It is estimated the plant will be able to take in 4 million gallons of milk a day for cheese production, supporting 600 agricultural jobs in the region,” the Olean Times Herald reported, noting that county lawmakers approved a $5.8 million allocation to improve municipal water and sewer lines to the site. Great Lakes Cheese is one of 6,549 ESOPs (employee stock ownership plans) in the U.S., in a state which, like the company’s home state of Ohio, has a high concentration of them. It operates four “super-plants” in its hometown of Hiram, Ohio; Plymouth, Wisconsin; Fillmore, Utah; and Manchester, Tennessee; two other production plants in Adams, New York, and La Crosse, Wisconsin; and one specialty cheese packaging plant in Wausau, Wisconsin.

Source: Conway Analytics


Originally announced in spring 2020, a second facility opened this month in Carlsbad on the campus of MilliporeSigma, the U.S. and Canadian life science business of Darmstadt, Germany–based Merck KGaA. The project more than doubles the site’s production capacity to support commercialization and industrialization of viral vectors and enables suspension production of viral vectors up to 1,000-liter scale. The viral gene therapy market is expected to grow to $10 billion by 2026. Between the two facilities, there are 30 cleanroom suites to support all aspects of manufacturing from small- to large-scale clinical and commercial production. “We are continuing to invest in solving cell and gene therapy challenges in development and manufacturing, working alongside drug developers to industrialize, scale and accelerate the path to deliver therapies to patients,” said Matthias Heinzel, Member of the Executive Board and CEO, Life Science, Merck KGaA.

Source: Conway Analytics




Bright Horizon

Missouri’s global reach in financial services is strengthened by its global potential.

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From the September Issue


Right from the Start

Missouri One Start offers a variety of services to help employers with recruitment and training.

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From the September Issue


Innovation and tradition meet in St. Louis

This 15-county metro is home to 39% of the state’s workforce.

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The Canary Wharf district in London
Photo courtesy of London & Partners

What would a parking technology company know about smart cities? Quite a lot, apparently. Sweden-based EasyPark Group, which operates in 3,200 of the world’s cities, earlier this month released the 2021 edition of its Cities of the Future Index, which analyzes several thousand cities across a range of 14 factors related to their adoption of technology in four areas: Digital Life, Mobility Innovation, Business Tech Infrastructure, Sustainability. By population category:

  • London, UK, ranks as the most intelligent and future-proof city with a population of over 3 million people, followed by New York, USA, and San Francisco, USA.
  • Copenhagen, Denmark, ranks as the most intelligent and future-proof city with a population of between 600,000 and 3 million people, followed by Stockholm, Sweden, and Oslo, Norway.
  • Lund, Sweden, ranks as the most intelligent and future-proof city with a population of between 50,000 and 600,000 people, followed by Stavanger, Norway, and Espoo, Finland.


Photo courtesy of Richard Nenoff

The dividing line between Piedmont Heights and Ansley Park in Atlanta is where Site Selection Lead Designer Richard Nenoff finds the overlap between creepiness and downright horror at a neighbor’s giant jack-in-the-box. For Richard, the scary season is the most important holiday season of all, just like horror movies are the most important films. Why do clowns creep us out? He has some thoughts: “I think there's this moment in life where things that are fun in childhood become creepy as adults. You can blame Pennywise from “It,” but I think clowns were scary before that, kinda like dolls were scary before Chucky in “Child's Play.” I think it has to do with the face. Humans learn subconsciously to read so many cues from facial expressions, but clowns have these exaggerated expressions painted on, so it's harder to read their true feelings and emotions, y'know? I think we've evolved to distrust people who don't emote or we can't read. That's what makes dolls, mannequins, clowns and people in masks creepy.” So … Happy Halloween? (shudder)