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From the May Issue


The ‘Rust Belt’ No More

Data centers and microchip plants are today’s economic drivers in Ohio

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From the September Issue


North American Reports

Quick-hitting stories update us on United Safety Technologies’ medical-grade glove production in Baltimore; top data center markets; Purdue University’s new remote worker attraction program; the rumble about Rumble in Sarasota County; and the growth of Mattel’s manufacturing footprint in Mexico.

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Kerala, India

IBM last week announced the launch of a new Automation Innovation Center to be housed within the IBM India Software Lab in Kochi, located at Brigade World Trade Centre Info Park, Kakkanad. “According to the recently conducted Global AI Adoption Index 2022 by Morning Consult on behalf of IBM,” the company said, “more than half of IT professionals in India report their company is currently using or considering automation software or tools to drive greater efficiencies in IT operations (52%) and business processes/tasks (53%) and to give valuable time back to employees (55%).” IBM is partnering with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Wipro, with engineering teams from both firms co-locating with IBM India Software Lab in Kochi. IBM is also working with the Indian Institute of Information Technology Kottayam on skills and curriculum enhancement. “India is an innovation and talent hub for IBM, and our collaborations with IIIT Kottayam, TCS, and Wipro will help us accelerate the adoption of automation for businesses across industries,” said Dinesh Nirmal, general manager, IBM Automation. “The collaborations will also provide youths beyond metros access to jobs, exposure to the latest in automation technology, and skilling opportunities to be job-ready.”

Source: Conway Analytics


This biotech firm based in Colchester, Vermont, is looking to grow from 15 to 75 employees over the next two years as it expands in Essex. The mRNA and lipid nanoparticle process (LNP) development and manufacturing organization in April was awarded a $99,475 grant from the Vermont Training Program (VTP), although that grant was only connected to growing up to 35 employees. “Vernal is fortunate to have support from the Vermont Department of Economic Development to help us expand our business here in the Green Mountains,” said Vernal Founder and CEO Christian Cobaugh then. “We are excited to be able to grow our company here, grow the biotechnology industry in Vermont, and to offer high-tech jobs to graduates of local colleges and universities and new hires who move into the state from elsewhere.”

Source: Conway Analytics





Made in Texas

Manufacturing in Texas sets a high bar.

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Phelps County, Nebraska, was among top rural counties in project attraction in 2020.

Photo courtesy of Phelps County Development Corp.

New data from Emsi Burning Glass show that nine of the top 10 counties with the highest growth in job postings share from 2019 to 2021 are rural, ranging from Henderson County in East Texas to Piatt County in central Illinois and including three counties in northern Georgia. The “Rural’s Rise” report also analyzes urban-vs.-rural data by occupation. Watch for Site Selection’s own analysis of the “Rural Advantage” in the July issue of Site Selection.


Photo by ArchExist courtesy of v2com newswire

In the 10th annual Architizer A+Awards announced last week, “Ice cubes” by Zone of Utopia + Mathieu Forest Architecte, was the Jury and Popular Choice Winner in the Architecture + Glass category, and the Popular Choice Winner in the Cultural & Expo Centers category. The structure is located near a ski resort in Xinxiang, China. On the project’s home page (where an array of striking images can be found), Paris-based Zone of Utopia describes its 49-meter-high structure as “an urban lighthouse for the Cultural Tourism City” where a ski resort is located. The intertwined cubes clad in frosted glass, says the firm, remind people “of the joy of ice and snow, sunlight and winter sports, as if the lake became ice, condensing into a poetic architectural movement.”