Global Location Strategies Launches Industry Reports

November 15, 2023

Global Location Strategies (GLS), one of the world’s leading corporate site selection firms, has launched a new report line, GLS Insights. These data-driven industry reports showcase locations that have the best mix of labor market, business climate, infrastructure, and competitive costs for new manufacturing projects.

“This product line has been a dream of mine for years,” said GLS President and CEO Didi Caldwell. “These reports demonstrate the value of in-depth data analysis to determine the best location for a project’s particular needs. We hope that companies, as well as communities interested in attracting those companies, find GLS Insights to be useful in informing their decision-making and enhancing their competitiveness.”

The first Insights report is now available for purchase online and offers a deep dive into the food manufacturing industry. The food manufacturing sector has seen significant change in recent years, navigating a strained labor pool, changing consumer preferences, increased focus on sustainability, and a greater use of automation. GLS Insights leverages the rigorous data and methodology of GLS’ location strategy team to reveal the best places for food manufacturing across the U.S. amid this evolving reality.

“From a macro-economic perspective, COVID-19 accelerated the changes in how food manufacturers are investing,” said Tess Fay, Principal and VP of Location Intelligence. “One of the surprising findings of our study is that while the investment in this sector has increased even after accounting for inflation, the jobs created have remained steady rather than declining as automation has become more widespread.”

Industry reports are $99 per region and can be purchased at

By the Numbers

  • All 384 U.S. metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs)
  • 8 regions
  • 100+ data points across 16 data sources in criteria such as employment forecast, energy cost, payroll cost, transportation, taxes, and workforce

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