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Report: ‘The Volume of Proposed Manufacturing Projects has the Potential to Reshape the U.S. Manufacturing Base’

A recently released report by the NAIOP Research Foundation and commercial brokerage firm Newmark on the surge of manufacturing jobs reshoring indicates that a host of factors are contributing to what they term as a “watershed moment” for the industrial sector.


The report titled “Forging the Future: Manufacturing Growth and Its Effects on North American Industrial Markets" was written by Newmark's Lisa DeNight, Managing Director, National Industrial Research and Liz Berthelette, CRE, Head of Northeast Research & National Life Science Research for Newmark.


“Currently, the U.S. has less than 5 billion existing square feet of statistically-tracked manufacturing inventory. Comparatively, we are priming for market expansion that could equate to upwards of 10% of that entire stock—500 million square feet—in the next decade alone. This unprecedented surge in North American facility announcements in recent years underscores the profound impact of global risk considerations and domestic manufacturing incentives on the industrial market," said DeNight.


Reshoring is being driven by several factors including disruptions in global supply chains, tensions between the U.S. and China, and U.S. government spending on infrastructure and subsidies for industries associated with electrification, green energy, and strategically important technologies.


Berthelette noted, “The confluence of the CHIPS Act, Inflation Reduction Act and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act represents an amount of federal spending aimed at catalyzing industrial development that has few parallels in modern U.S. history—it would likely be appropriate to consider this a watershed moment for the sector.”


According to Newmark's advanced manufacturing report from September, 2023, "Manufacturing Momentum: Advanced Manufacturing Ascendancy in North America," more than 300 major manufacturing facility announcements have been made across the U.S. since 2020, representing approximately $400 billion in pledged project investment and at least 210,000 new proposed jobs.


“The volume of proposed manufacturing projects has the potential to reshape the U.S. manufacturing base, which currently measures approximately 4 billion square feet. Of the approximately 300 major manufacturing projects announced since 2020, just over half have publicly released details about the size of the facility… the announced projects could increase the size of the U.S. manufacturing building stock by 6%-13% in just a decade,” the report stated.


“The impact of reshoring manufacturing will be dramatic and far-reaching in terms of industrial real estate, local and national tax revenues, increases in jobs, and growth in regional and national economies,” said Marc Selvitelli, CAE, president and CEO, NAIOP.


Among the key findings in the NAIOP Research Foundation/Newmark report include:


  • New manufacturing plants have been announced in every U.S. state, but investment has been concentrated in the Midwest and Southeast. Most new construction is expected to be in secondary or tertiary market locations that can offer adequate supplies of affordable energy and skilled labor.


  • Most of the new manufacturing construction will be build-to-suit or owner-built, but demand will also exist for speculative manufacturing space.


  • The expansion of domestic manufacturing is also expected to generate demand for logistics space and other types of commercial real estate in the communities surrounding new plants. The amount of additional demand generated by this construction will vary depending on a project's sector, existing supply chains, and local market dynamics.


  • Several of the trends driving onshoring in the U.S. are also contributing to nearshoring of manufacturing to Mexico and Canada, with Mexico attracting the most nearshoring investment. This investment is generating demand for logistics and complementary manufacturing facilities along the U.S. border with Mexico, pushing down vacancy rates and spurring new construction near key border crossings such as Laredo, TX.