A Midwest manufacturing firm was beginning plans for expansion of their manufacturing operations, they began by focusing on a specific geographic area, in this case the southeastern United States, from which they began assessing various regions and real estate options. After several months, they identified key regions with suitable real estate options, proximity to customers and suppliers as well as a population density that would support the hiring and retention of a workforce. At this point, many companies simply make a real estate decision, hoping labor will be available. However, without further due diligence can often prove the value of the workforce and uncover financial incentive programs. This organization chose not to leave these aspects to chance and performed the due diligence.