Archive for March 2015

Los Angeles-Area HR Consultant Needed for Company Relocation HR Issues

March 22, 2015

Spectrum Location Solutions is serving a client based in the Los Angeles area that is planning to relocate a certain number of jobs to another state. We are representing the company, whose identity is closely held at this time.

The company’s workforce is stable and only selective relocations have occurred in the past. The scope is different with this project and assistance is needed with the Human Resources aspects of the upcoming move – e.g., development of a relocation policy that includes the usual elements such as retention bonuses, travel packages that underwrite employee familiarization/house-hunting trips, and household moving costs.

A separate element is organizational – possible work on org. charts and determining who goes where (a considerable number of employees are volunteering for the out-of-state move). Furthermore, the assignment might address training and recruiting issues, which are to be determined, and, possibly, gross-up estimates.

There is no need for outplacement services.

To be considered for this assignment, please examine the services that have been provided to the client by going here and noting Phases I, II and III. We are in the midst of Phase III, which illustrates how far along the company is in the relocation process.

Next, contact us by completing the form mail on the Contact Us page. There, please provide your company’s name, a brief summary of your work in this arena, and a link to your website and/or to a summary of your services. If you wish to call, the number is on the contact page. However, call only after you have sent a message via that page so that we have some idea of who you are and what your scope of services are.

Please call only during these days and times (California time):

  • Monday, March 23 – 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday, March 24 – 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, March 25 – 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, March 26 – No calls
  • Friday, March 27 – No calls
  • Saturday, March 28 – Noon to 6:00 pm

Deadline: Please respond as early as possible, but no later than Saturday, March 28, at 6:00 pm California time.

Joseph Vranich
Spectrum Location Solutions
Irvine, California

Joe Vranich of Spectrum Location Solutions helps companies find great locations in which to grow. Joe also is a keynote speaker on the challenges and benefits of businesses relocating out of high-cost, high-tax, over-regulated states. More information is available at Biography and Speaking Availability.

No Surprise: Small Businesses Unhappy in California

March 17, 2015

Based on a new survey, 20 percent of small businesses in California are considering leaving the state. Today, the Orange County Register published an editorial on the topic, which concluded: “When one-in-five small businesses express a desire to leave the state, it is time to admit that there is a problem with California’s business climate.” Yours truly is gratified to have contributed to the article. See more at “Survey: Don’t go West, small businesses.”

Joe Vranich of Spectrum Location Solutions helps companies find great locations in which to grow. Joe also is a keynote speaker on the challenges and benefits of businesses relocating out of high-cost, high-tax, over-regulated states. More information is available at Biography and Speaking Availability

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Onshoring: Ford Shifts Some Manufacturing from Spain & Mexico to Cleveland Area

March 9, 2015

The Ford Motor Co. branded an engine EcoBoost, a name designed for a motor that reduces fuel consumption and emissions. However, when it comes to Northeast Ohio, EcoBoost could also mean “Economy Boost” as Ford moves production from Spain and Mexico to the region.

An official from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland recently said the city is enjoying a genuine economic turnaround — a view that the Cleveland Plain Dealer said was a “strong message of optimism” they’re not used to hearing.

Mark Schweitzer, a senior vice president at the bank, noted that Cleveland’s economic performance today is healthier than in the last decade and a key for the future will be the ability of businesses to be innovative and develop new products.

Ford is doing its part by shifting production of EcoBoost engines for North America from Valencia, Spain to its plant located in Brook Park, a Cleveland suburb.

This is the first time the technologically advanced engines are being produced in the United States; they will be used in the all-new Ford Edge, Mustang, Explorer and Lincoln MKC.

Starting in 2013, Ford invested nearly $200 million and added 450 jobs at the plant to support production for the EcoBoost. The facility also builds other engines.

The Plain Dealer reports: “Officials say the surviving plant’s 1.7 million square feet are fully in use now, with more than 1,300 workers…. Elsewhere in Northeast Ohio, Ford is shutting its plant in Walton Hills but investing $168 million in Avon Lake to take over production of F-650 and F-750 trucks from Mexico.”

For some time now, the Northeast Ohio region has seen employment growth in sectors such as biomedical, professional, scientific and technical services. Also, aerospace represents a significant cluster in the region.

The area’s manufacturing sector has expanded somewhat in the last couple of decades — growth that will be boosted further by the onshoring of EcoBoost production to Ohio and upcoming nearshoring work from Mexico.

Sources:

Plain Dealer: “Cleveland is enjoying economic revival, Fed official says, while nation overall continues to rebound”

Plain Dealer: “Ford in Brook Park now making four-cylinder EcoBoost engines”

Company news release: “Ford Cleveland Engine Plant Begins Production….”

Team NEO (Northeast Ohio): “January 2015 Quarterly Economic Review: Northeast Ohio’s Economy Diversifies”

Joe Vranich of Spectrum Location Solutions helps companies find great locations in which to grow. Joe also is a keynote speaker on the challenges and benefits of businesses relocating out of high-cost, high-tax, over-regulated states. More information is available at Biography and Speaking Availability

© Excerpts from this blog may be used, but only if attribution is given to “Joseph Vranich of Spectrum Location Solutions in Irvine, Calif.”