White Papers

White Papers

Welcome to O'Neal's White Papers.  This is a library of  papers by O'Neal to provide insight and information on a variety of industry-related subjects and concerns.  We look forward to providing more papers on a regular basis.

White Paper

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Considerations for Design and Construction of Manufacturing Facilities in the United States

Despite recent global economic challenges, the U.S. economy is still an attractive place for capital investment. Foreign direct investment in manufacturing facilities in the United States is increasing, with many global companies locating significant manufacturing operations in the southeast. However, international companies making a capital investment in the U.S. need to address several key considerations to ensure a successful project. 

Foreign Direct Investment

 

Foreign Direct Investment in the U.S. Surges

Foreign direct investment (FDI) has a significant impact on the U.S. economy, as business investments have led to job creation, improved living standards, growth and innovation. According to SelectUSA, the U.S. affiliates of foreign companies directly employ 6.1 million people in the United States, and another 5.9 million jobs are attributable to FDI through sourcing, productivity growth and other economic effects.

Project Safety

 

Safety is a Core Value

Safety is paramount in the planning, design and construction of every O'Neal project. In this white paper, we take a look at what O'Neal is doing to implement safety best practices.

Execution Plans

 

Stay on Track With Custom Projects Execution Plans

Excellent communication is essential to completing even the most challenging projects. In this white paper, O'Neal looks at how a Project Execution Plan (PEP) can be specifically tailored to meet the size and phase of a project and effectively facilitate communication for all stakeholders. 

Delayed Construction

Moving Forward on Delayed Projects

It would be nice if every construction project not only got off to an orderly start, but proceeded in a steady fashion all the way through to completion. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. In this white paper, O'Neal examines the planning and engineering execution phases of a project then identifies best practices when a project is put on hold. 

Existing Structure or Greenfield Construction

 

Due Diligence Concerns When Choosing Between an Existing Structure or Greenfield Construction

Abandoned structures and brownfield sites proliferate in cities across the nation. In this white paper, O'Neal examines the pros and cons of acquiring an existing building shell to house manufacturing operations. 

Advanced Facilities

 

Investing in Automated Systems for Advanced Facilities

Antiquated distribution facilities in deficient locations can hinder a company's ability to meet customer needs and have a significant impact on profitability.  In this white paper, O'Neal looks at how automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS), automatic guided vehicle (AGV) systems, robotic and palletizing systems and other technologies are being implemented to improve efficiency and productivity.

Reshoring

 

Reshoring Best Practices for Manufacturers

Relocating manufacturing operations back to the U.S. from Asian, European and South American countries is a growing trend.  Before undertaking a reshoring project, manufacturers need to consider many aspects of this effort.  In this white paper, O'Neal explores the considerations and issues facing manufacturers today, and addresses best practices in equipment relocation.

Integrated Project Delivery


 

Integrated Project Delivery for Manufacturing Facilities

With aggressive project schedules becoming the industry norm, efficiency is more important than ever.  In this white paper, O'Neal explores how many manufacturing companies have changed their project delivery approach by incorporating many aspects of lean manufacturing.

Manufacturing Comeback

 

What's Driving Manufacturing's Comeback?

Manufacturing is enjoying a renaissance in the United States.  In this white paper, O'Neal explores the key trends, including reduced energy costs, technological advancement, and intellectual property protection that have provided a strong foundation for capital investment in manufacturing.

Equipment Relocation

 

Considerations for Plant and Equipment Relocation Projects

Companies are focusing on optimizing their operations and manufacturing assets, leading to an increased demand for equipment relocation, reconfiguration and consolidation.  In this white paper, O'Neal provides an overview of the key considerations for companies considering relocating their operations and equipment.

Focus on Technology

 

Technology Trends in Engineering and Construction

As project delivery methods evolve, it is more important than ever to utilize the best technology for design, preconstruction, procurement and construction.  In this white paper, O'Neal shares insights on how technology can provide more accurate scope definition, cost estimates, and improve project delivery.

Foreign Investment

 

Foreign Direct Investment in the United States

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the United States has been a key driver in the recent economic recovery.  In this white paper, O'Neal addresses the trends that have fueled the increased capital investment in manufacturing.

Cost, Scope and Schedule

 

Defining Cost, Scope, and Schedule for Manufacturing Projects

Early definition of capital projects is crucial for successful project delivery.  Preconstruction services can provide owners with a formal approach for developing and executing capital projects.  This white paper provides an overview of how O'Neal's preconstruction approach can define the project scope, schedule and cost as early as possible.

Project Delivery Methods

 

Choosing Project Delivery Methods

White there are many project delivery methods available, choosing the appropriate strategic approach to delivery varies by project.  In this white paper, O'Neal provides an overview of project delivery methods.

Project Delivery Trends

 

Technology, Tight Budgets Drive Project Delivery Trends

Industrial owners are looking to establish a thorough project definition with a credible cost of delivery as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.  This white paper explores how project delivery methods and technology are evolving to meet client needs.

Preconstruction

 

Early Project Definition Drives Successful Project Delivery

Successful capital project delivery begins with early project definition.  This white paper provides an overview of how O'Neal's preconstruction services can provide owners with a formal approach for developing and executing capital projects.  The O'Neal preconstruction approach defines the project scope, schedule and cost as early as possible to enable the most efficient use of resources and money.

Nonwovens

 

Defining Cost, Scope, and Schedule for Nonwovens Projects

Early definition of capital projects for nonwovens companies is crucial for successful project delivery.  Preconstruction services can provide owners with a formal approach for developing and executing capital projects.  This white paper provides an overview of how O'Neal's preconstruction approach can define the project scope, schedule and cost as early as possible.

Mexico

 

An Integrated Approach for the Design and Construction of Manufacturing Plants in Mexico

Foreign investment in Mexican manufacturing facilities is increasing, with many global companies locating significant manufacturing operations in Mexico.  During the last two decades, the Mexican economy has transformed from a small economy to an open and diverse worldwide market.  In this white paper,  O'Neal explores the topics and issues manufacturers should address when making capital investments in Mexico.

 

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