Monthly Archives: October 2011

Paper mill closings in Cincinnati demonstrate the uncertainty of manufacturing

These remain tough times for U.S. manufacturing. As an example, look toward the Cincinnati region, where a more than 150-year-old paper mill is closing its doors. According to a feature story on, the Beckett paper mill in Hamilton, Ohio, … Continue reading

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Minnesota’s Opus bucks trend: Tackles design-build project for national guard in Cedar Rapids

Governments tend not to be the biggest proponents of the design-build method of construction. That didn’t stop The Opus Group, though, from recently completing a large design-build project for the Iowa Army National Guard in Cedar Rapids. Minnetonka, Minn.-based The … Continue reading

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Dispelling myths of U.S. manufacturing

A lot has been made of America losing its manufacturing prowess, but talk and perception have muddled the truth: U.S. manufacturing is more proficient and productive than it has ever been. At the SIOR Fall 2011 World Conference in Chicago … Continue reading

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Should lenders pay homeowners not to walk away from their mortgage loans?

Should underwater homeowners receive a financial reward for resisting the urge to walk away from their mortgage loans? A New Jersey company seems to think they should. The trade publication Collections & Credit Risk recently covered a new product offered … Continue reading

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What to do with those old school buildings?

What happens when school districts shut down their antiquated elementary, middle and high schools? Often, they try to sell these buildings. This isn’t always the easiest task, though, as this story in the Kansas City Star shows. According to the … Continue reading

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The twisted story of Minneapolis Grand Apartments takes another turn

The Minneapolis Grand Apartments has quite a convoluted history. But last month, the building, which includes 81 apartment units in Minneapolis, might have finally achieved some much-needed stability. Finance & Commerce earlier this month reported that Kansas City, Mo.-based Assured … Continue reading

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Two sides to every story: CBRE industrial report gloomy for landlords, cheery for tenants seeking space

This isn’t the best time to own industrial property in St. Louis, at least according to CB Richard Ellis. Of course, this doesn’t really set industrial landlords in St. Louis apart from industrial property owners across the Midwest. It’s really … Continue reading

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