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Without understanding the needs of the new facility,
it's impossible to find a site that's going to best meet them. 

Companies might have to extend utility lines to the site
or increase the capacity of existing utilities to power the
plant. And don't forget the cost of utilities in the area.
The same is true for infrastructure. At a base level,
companies need to know if roads already exist going to
the site. If not, extending existing infrastructure to the
site is going to be an additional cost. And then, is the site
easily accessible to the interstate, and can it withstand
trucks and the forecasted traffic needs? While many of
these issues can be mitigated, the cost could be too high.

Tapping into workforce
If a site can support a new building, that's great, but it's
not the end. The next piece that can make or break it
is the community: Can the region provide employees
to run the plant? "It's crucial to analyze the labor market in the location you are considering for your bakery,"
Mr. Boll said. This requires evaluating the unemployment rate, available labor and local economy.
Some indicators can give away whether a community can support manufacturing. Local education programs at technical schools and colleges can signal an
employment pool with appropriate skills. While competition in the area may seem like a negative, Mr. Spano
argued that it can indicate a community that supports
manufacturing.
"Look at competition within the food and beverage
industry," he said. "Competition isn't a bad thing. There
can be too much, but having some other companies in
the area can be good because it shows a background of
training these types of skills."
Companies should also evaluate local demographics
for clues about the workforce availability, specifically the
age range of 25 to 44 years old. "That's going to be your
workforce," Mr. Spano said. "You want to look at that age
range now, its percentage in relation to the entire population and do some forecasting to see how that population may change in five or 10 years."
Baking companies should also be prepared to pay
higher wages for the major positions: mixers, mechanics, production workers and other positions. Those
should be evaluated against what workers in that area
are routinely paid for similar work or even any prevailing wage rates in the area.

"Some of these things, like the legal authority to build
on a site, are just a yes or a no," he said. These could be
issues of zoning or a site that is just too small to accommodate the plant and stormwater mitigation.
After these non-negotiables, cost has the biggest say
in what gets prioritized, whether that's in time or money.
Utilities, infrastructure and constructability can all be
mitigated, but if resolving those issues pushes too much
on the schedule or costs too much money, those obstacles could become insurmountable.
It also comes down to the individual facility's or business' values and needs. What's important to one company's product or process might not be as important to
another's. "It is very much dependent on what we find
out from that company and what they tell us is extraordinarily important to less important in their list of needs,"
Ms. Dunbar explained. "They need to know what they
need, and then we're able to help them match with a site."
To help wade through the immense amount of variables, Mr. Baiamonte suggested using a matrix to organize the considerations and give them each a value according to a baking company's priorities. This method
allows bakers to compare sites objectively and make a
more informed decision.
A successful site selection, however, is only as good as the
data. "Do your homework first," Mr. Baiamonte said. "Do
enough due diligence so you can quantify things in terms of
acreage needs, building size, utilities, labor and all the things
that come into play because these are the things that really
impacts your site selection."

*

Nearby technical colleges
and other manufacturing
plants can indicate whether
a community has the
workforce to support a
commercial bakery.
©industrieblick - stock.adobe.com

Weighing the variables
When looking for the perfect site, the variables can be
overwhelming. Every piece influences the others. With
so much to untangle, prioritizing is key. Mr. McCormies
suggested focusing first on the deal-breakers, issues that
cannot be mitigated at all.

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Contents
Contents
Editorial - Who are the helpers?
Newsfront - IBIE partners with iba
Global Bakeries buys Better Baking Co.
Utz to acquire Conagra snacks business
The Original Cakerie to expand Canadian plant
News - Arbor Investments to recapitalize The Bakery Cos.
New flatbread association complements TIA
AIB International celebrates centennial anniversary
Shore Capital invests in wholesale baker
Grocery Manufacturers Association changing name and focus
People/In Brief
Sustainability Award - GOOD FOR BUSINESS, GOOD FOR BAKERY...GOOD FOR ALL
Michigan Bread - JUST GETTING STARTED
Growing a bakery responsibly
School Foodservice - CULINARY CAPTIVATION
Egg Replacement - Challenge Accepted
Clean label and allergen-free restrictions
Colors & Flavors - CUTTING COSTS
SANITATION STRATEGIES - THAT'S NOT A CHOCOLATE CHIP
Flatbread Technology - RISING TO NEW HEIGHTS
New ways to elevate flatbread production
Ovens - BAKING ON TARGET
Don’t forget to test
Dough Handling - MAKING A MOVE
Site Selection - IT'S ALL IN THE DETAILS
Vertical Packaging - SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED
The importance of testing for air leakage
Joy Cone - DIALING UP PRECISION
Events
Featured Innovation Center
Ingredients & Formulating
Equipment & Packaging
Patents
New on the Shelf
MARKETPLACE
AD INDEX
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Baking & Snack - October 2019 - The Original Cakerie to expand Canadian plant
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Baking & Snack - October 2019 - Shore Capital invests in wholesale baker
Baking & Snack - October 2019 - People/In Brief
Baking & Snack - October 2019 - Sustainability Award - GOOD FOR BUSINESS, GOOD FOR BAKERY...GOOD FOR ALL
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Baking & Snack - October 2019 - Growing a bakery responsibly
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Baking & Snack - October 2019 - School Foodservice - CULINARY CAPTIVATION
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Baking & Snack - October 2019 - Egg Replacement - Challenge Accepted
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Baking & Snack - October 2019 - Clean label and allergen-free restrictions
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Baking & Snack - October 2019 - Colors & Flavors - CUTTING COSTS
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Baking & Snack - October 2019 - SANITATION STRATEGIES - THAT'S NOT A CHOCOLATE CHIP
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Baking & Snack - October 2019 - Flatbread Technology - RISING TO NEW HEIGHTS
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Baking & Snack - October 2019 - New ways to elevate flatbread production
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Baking & Snack - October 2019 - Ovens - BAKING ON TARGET
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Baking & Snack - October 2019 - Don’t forget to test
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Baking & Snack - October 2019 - Dough Handling - MAKING A MOVE
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Baking & Snack - October 2019 - Vertical Packaging - SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED
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Baking & Snack - October 2019 - Joy Cone - DIALING UP PRECISION
Baking & Snack - October 2019 - Events
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Baking & Snack - October 2019 - Featured Innovation Center
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Baking & Snack - October 2019 - Ingredients & Formulating
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Baking & Snack - October 2019 - Equipment & Packaging
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Baking & Snack - October 2019 - Patents
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Baking & Snack - October 2019 - New on the Shelf
Baking & Snack - October 2019 - MARKETPLACE
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