Relocating and Consolidating Manufacturing Processes In New England

While the economy recovers, we are seeing a number of companies in manufacturing industries pursuing relocation and consolidation projects. As some manufacturing companies begin to return to stronger financial positions, they are able to take advantage of opportunities in industrial real estate created by the economic downturn.  They are consolidating operations into large industrial buildings which have remained vacant. These opportunities can result in improved manufacturing efficiency, space for expansion, and even tax benefits.

Read more ...

Evergreen Solar Move Opens Up Unique Industrial Space

Evergreen Solar recently decided to move their manufacturing from Devens, Massachusetts to China due to rapidly falling PV panel prices and other economic challenges that have made profitable manufacturing in Massachusetts difficult. Considered by many to be a blow to the innovative Massachusetts economy, not only because of the heavy layoffs and state investment in the facility itself, the move is also another piece of evidence showing China’s ability to lead the industry in producing cheaper solar panels (see this article for more on that topic.)

Read more ...

Important real estate factors for industrial clients

We currently have two clients considering real estate options for expansion projects and relocating their manufacturing facilities.  While many manufacturing clients tend to only look at certain aspects of a building like its façade, location, or condition of the office space, we’ve learned what the important, often cost-driven, factors are for evaluating industrial real estate beyond looks.

Read more ...

The Implications of RoHS and REACH Updates

Electrical products and medical devices which are manufactured in the United States, and sold in the EU may be significantly impacted by recent updates to two sets of regulations:

  • RoHS, the Restrictions of Hazardous Substance Directive, and
  • REACH, the Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals.
Read more ...

Are You Ready for January 1st, 2014? The next deadline for permits for 527 CMR 33 is approaching at the end of the year.

Update in effect as of January 1, 2015: The requirements for hazardous material processing (previously known as 527 CMR 33) are now listed under 527 CMR 1.00:60.  The full regulation has been carried over in the new revision.

As we discussed in the last edition of the SPEC Report, Massachusetts has enacted a new regulation (527 CMR 33) that requires a permit to process hazardous materials.  While those in Category 4 should have completed their permit applications for the June 1stdeadline, the next deadline for Categories 3 and 2 is approaching at the end of year.

Read more ...

Quantitative Risk Analysis – How to Prevent Incidents like the Explosion in West, Texas

The recent incident in Texas has prompted us to think about understanding the risks associated with operating a facility handling hazardous materials, and how to prevent these types of incidents.  (Current estimates reveal that the facility contained as much as 54,000 pounds of toxic anhydrous ammonia, and reported to the Texas State Health Services Department that it possessed 270 tons of ammonium nitrate.)[1]

Read more ...