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Highway Accessibility Is No. 1 Concern of Manufacturing CEOs in Site Selection

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The nasty electoral battle in Michigan over a one-percentage-point sales-tax increase to cover road repairs climaxed with a vote on the measure this week. But it’s just one indication of the fact that, across the country, CEOs and site consultants are more concerned than ever about the fitness of the transportation infrastructure when it comes to supporting business expansion.

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Companies Are Embracing States That Embrace Tax Cuts, Surveys Show

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Tax policies are becoming increasingly determinative of states‘ economic performance and outlook. That reality has been the norm in Chief Executive’s annual Best & Worst States for Business rankings, due out May 7th, and it has been underscored again by the release of the latest annual Rich States, Poor States assessment report by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

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Toyota Offers a Lesson in How to Get Back Up After Falling Down

Only five years ago, the Toyota Production System—and the company that spawned it—were the envy of the manufacturing world. Then Toyota buckled, and “TPS” became yesterday’s glory. But now a humbled and wiser Toyota is launching a new, global, “modular” manufacturing system that is meant to re-establish its former pre-eminence in making automobiles. There are lessons other CEOs can learn from Toyota's rise back up from the manufacturing ashes.

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