Plant Location Selection Techniques

Plant Location Selection Techniques

1st Edition - December 31, 1995

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  • Author: Edwin M. McPherson
  • eBook ISBN: 9780815518594

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This book ties together history, legislation and economics to create an awareness of what chances an individual will have when he selects a location for a plant. Key costs are discussed including those mandated by the environment and by legislation. The impact of cultures, both past and present, upon the opportunity for economic success are reviewed. It is a ""How To"" and a ""Beware"" presentation of plant location, both domestic and international.The book is designed to provide chief executive officers, manufacturing vice presidents, chief engineers and engineers a checklist of things to do in analyzing a potential plant site. It is also designed to provide state and local industrial development staffs' guidance in their efforts to obtain industry. New entrepreneurs will find this book to be useful in making presentations to financial agencies.The do's and don'ts of plant location are dealt with from both the current and historical prospective. The impact of legislation upon manufacturing costs and thereby industry location is covered by both current and past examples.Examples of failed locations from both industry and site planners perspectives are provided. The book shows how to choose the best location in a country through arraying the basic economic and social facts in an orderly manner. Both tangible and intangible cost analysis and factor weighting are covered. Included are the impact of customs, legal systems, ways of doing business upon costs, management style and plant efficiency. Current legislation's potential impact upon plant location is evaluated. This review includes GATT, NAFT A, CBI and other international direct and indirect influences on markets and costs. Also the present and potential impact of OSHA, ADA, EPA and other national mandates is covered.


Chief executive officers, manufacturing vice presidents, chief engineers and engineers a checklist of things to do in analyzing a potential plant site.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
    Key Preparations
    Industrial Development Economics
    2. Evaluating Tools
    Developing a Location Yardstick
    Plant Reviews
    3. Plant Layout
    Sizing a Plant
    4. Business Plan
    Score's Outline
    General Reference
    5. Environmental/Natural Resources
    Mineral Resources
    Agriculutral and Forest Resources
    6. Population-Labor Supply
    7. Markets
    8. Utilities
    Effluent and Waste Disposal
    9. Topography-Acreage
    10. Buildings
    11. Transportation
    Transportation as a Location Factor
    Community Data
    12. Tangible Versus Intangible Factors of Location
    13. Development and Use of Economic Data Sheets
    14. Funding Industrial Development
    Local Inducement for Industrial Development
    Industrial Development Corporations or Foundations
    Capital Formation and Credit Facilities
    State Development Groups
    15. Early Creation of Cities
    Legislative Creation of Communities
    Importance of Trade Routes
    16. Early Uses of Legislation to Build Industry
    Mercantilist's Era
    Kameralists' Era
    17. Geopolitics-Expanding Self-Sufficient Pivotal Regions
    18. United States Industrial Development
    Early Colonial Development
    Influence of Trade Routes on the Growth and Development of U.S. Cities
    The Railroad Era of the United States
    19. Summary of Part Three - Historical Basis for the Growth of Cities
    20. Theories of Plant Location
    Industrial Geography
    Political Theories
    Summary of Theories
    21. Public Policy in Respect to Location
    National Taxes and Services
    State and Local Taxes and Services
    Legislation of Planning for Development
    Evaluating Existing Plants
    Specific Problems in Plant Location
    22. History of Development Agencies-Purpose and Effectiveness
    United States Development Agencies
    Functions of Industrial Development Agencies
    Analyzing a Local Economy and Developing Its Potential
    Analyzing a Regional or National Economy and Developing Its Potential
    23. Summary and Conclusion

Product details

  • No. of pages: 271
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © William Andrew 1995
  • Published: December 31, 1995
  • Imprint: William Andrew
  • eBook ISBN: 9780815518594

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Edwin M. McPherson

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