ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
STEVE LEWIS is President
of Wordman, Inc., a
firm based in Loudon, TN.
He has been representing
real estate clients and
covering the commercial real
estate industry for more than
30 years, and he continues to
write freelance articles about
the real estate industry.
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“I see more of the same for the foreseeable
future,” adds Marcusse. “I see both large and
small companies taking advantage of cheaper
inputs, producing better quality products more
efficiently and more profitably in smaller
“The future is bright for us; we are still the
largest consumer of goods in the world, and
one of the largest importers,” says Barker. “But
we will never see the manufacturing jobs we
once had in this country.”
Robbins agrees. “Technology is dramatically
impacting our world, from computer directed
tools, to robots, to 3D printing,” he says.
“Right now capital and technology are
assaulting the manufacturing process from
every angle,” he continues. “The old rules
are gone. And the old timelines are gone.
My mentors in the commercial real estate
field had decades to adjust to new ideas; we
do not have that luxury. Of course we’ve
been helped by rising wages and work force
aspirations in countries once considered low-cost manufacturers. Will it all come back? No,
but many industries will.”
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