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Dollar recoveries from Shoplifters and Dishonest Employees increased an amazing 30.7% in 2021, According to Jack L. Hayes International’s 34th Annual Retail Theft Survey!

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. -- Jack L. Hayes International, Inc. released today the results of their 34th Annual Retail Theft Survey which reports on over 200,000 shoplifters and dishonest employee apprehensions in 2021 by just 25 large retailers, who recovered over $240 million from these apprehended thieves.

"When it comes to shoplifting, the survey showed many retailers moved away from apprehensions in 2021 and focused more on recoveries. Our survey revealed shoplifting apprehensions were down 16.2% in 2021, while overall shoplifting recoveries (from apprehended and non-apprehended thieves) were up a staggering 30.8%," said Mark R. Doyle, President of Jack L. Hayes International Inc.

Mr. Doyle added, "Survey respondents noted the pandemic environment, staff safety, lower police response and higher risks as some of the reasons for less shoplifter apprehensions.

"There was an increase in 2021 in both dishonest employee apprehensions and recovery dollars, 6.0% and 29.8% respectively. Survey respondents noted additional focus, enhanced investigation methods/tools and less associate supervision as some of the reasons for the increase in apprehensions and recovery dollars of dishonest employees.

Highlights from this highly anticipated annual theft survey include:

* Participants: 25 large retail companies with 22,751 stores and over $650 billion in retail sales in 2021.

* Apprehensions: Participants apprehended 204,404 shoplifters and dishonest employees in 2021, down 12.8% from 2020.

* Recovery Dollars: Participants recovered over $240 million from apprehended shoplifters and dishonest employees in 2021, up 9.9% from 2020.

* Shoplifters: 166,745 shoplifters were apprehended in 2021, down 16.2%; and over $196 million was recovered from these shoplifters, up 6.1%. Note: Dollars recovered from shoplifters where no apprehension was made ($339 million) increased an astounding 51.1% in 2021.

* Dishonest Employees: 37,659 employees were apprehended in 2021, up 6.0%; and over $44 million was recovered from these employees in 2021, up 29.9%.

* Case Averages:

--- Total Thefts: 1,180.39, up 26.0% in 2021

--- Shoplifters: $1,178.57, up 26.6% in 2021

--- Employees: $1,188.46, up 22.6% in 2021

About Jack L. Hayes International, Inc.:

Jack L. Hayes International, Inc. is a leading loss prevention and inventory shrinkage control consulting firm, and for over 40 years has provided a wide spectrum of Asset Protection, Inventory Shrinkage Control, Loss Prevention, Safety, and Security related services to every facet of industry including retail, manufacturing and industrial organizations. Learn more at: https://hayesinternational.com/

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Plant Facilities Reach 148 New Industrial Manufacturing Projects in April 2022

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Industrial SalesLeads, IMI announced today the April 2022 results for the new planned capital project spending report for the Industrial Manufacturing industry. IMI tracks North American planned industrial capital project activity; including facility expansions, new plant construction and significant equipment modernization projects. Research confirms 148 new projects in the Industrial Manufacturing sector.

The following are selected highlights on new Industrial Manufacturing industry construction news.

* Industrial Manufacturing - By Project Type
Manufacturing/Production Facilities - 130 New Projects
Distribution and Industrial Warehouse - 56 New Projects

* Industrial Manufacturing - By Project Scope/Activity
New Construction - 55 New Projects
Expansion - 51 New Projects
Renovations/Equipment Upgrades - 46 New Projects
Plant Closings - 11 New Projects

* Largest Planned Project

During the month of April, our research team identified 17 new Industrial Manufacturing facility construction projects with an estimated value of $100 million or more.

The largest project is owned by VinFast Auto US, who is planning to invest $4 billion for the construction of a manufacturing and distribution facility in MONCURE, NC. They are currently seeking approval for the project. Completion is slated for 2024.

* Industrial Manufacturing - By Project Location (Top 10 States)
New York - 13
California - 11
Michigan - 11
Ontario - 9
Indiana - 8
Ohio - 8
South Carolina - 8
Texas - 8
Minnesota - 5
North Carolina - 5

* Top 10 Tracked Industrial Manufacturing Projects

KENTUCKY:
EV battery mfr. is planning to invest $2 billion for the construction of a 3 million sf manufacturing facility in BOWLING GREEN, KY. They are currently seeking approval for the project.

KANSAS:
Biotechnology company is planning to invest $650 million for the construction of a 500,000 sf processing facility in MANHATTAN, KS. They are currently seeking approval for the project.

CALIFORNIA:
Steel fabricator is planning to invest $350 million for the construction of a manufacturing facility in MOJAVE, CA. Construction is expected to start in early 2023, with completion slated for early 2025.

ALABAMA:
Automotive mfr. is planning to invest $300 million for an expansion and equipment upgrades at their warehouse and manufacturing facility in MONTGOMERY, AL.

TEXAS:
Custom corrugated paper products mfr. is planning to invest $200 million for the renovation and equipment upgrades on a recently leased 1 million sf distribution and manufacturing facility on S. US-67 in CEDAR HILL, TX.

NORTH CAROLINA:
Building materials mfr. is planning to invest $118 million for the expansion of their manufacturing facility in OXFORD, NC by 225,000 sf. They have recently received approval for the project.

MISSOURI:
Automotive mfr. is planning to invest $109 million for the renovation and equipment upgrades on their manufacturing facility in TROY, MO. They are currently seeking approval for the project.

ARKANSAS:
Flexible packaging products mfr. is expanding and planning to invest $80 million for the construction of a manufacturing and distribution facility in SEARCY, AR. They have recently received approval for the project.

GEORGIA:
Horticultural container mfr. is planning to invest $44 million for the construction of a 256,000 sf manufacturing facility in LYONS, GA. They have recently received approval for the project.

SOUTH CAROLINA:
Automotive glass mfr. is planning to invest $34.5 million for an expansion of their manufacturing facility in FOUNTAIN INN, SC. Completion is slated for early 2023.

About SalesLeads, Inc.

Since 1959, SalesLeads, based in Jacksonville, FL is a leader in delivering industrial capital project intelligence and prospecting services for sales and marketing teams to ensure a predictable and scalable pipeline. Our Industrial Market Intelligence, IMI identifies timely insights on companies planning significant capital investments such as new construction, expansion, relocation, equipment modernization and plant closings in industrial facilities. The Outsourced Prospecting Services, an extension to your sales team, is designed to drive growth with qualified meetings and appointments for your internal sales team.

* Industrial Manufacturing
* Plastics
* Food and Beverage
* Metals
* Power Generation
* Pulp Paper and Wood
* Oil and Gas
* Mining and Aggregates
* Chemical
* Research and Development
* Distribution and Supply Chain
* Pipelines
* Pharmaceutical
* Industrial Buildings
* Waste Water Treatment
* Data Centers

Learn more: https://www.salesleadsinc.com/industry/industrial-manufacturing/

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MCTlive! Lock Volume Indices: April 2022 Data

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- MCT®, the leading pipeline hedge advisory in the residential mortgage industry, is pleased to announce the introduction of new MCTlive! Mortgage Lock Volume Indices to help all industry participants better understand key trends in the mortgage industry. As the company serving more lenders with hedging and pipeline management solutions than any other single provider, MCT is uniquely positioned to capture data and understand macro trends in the industry. MCT-collected statistics are also unique to the industry given the diversity in lender size across its client base.

This data represents a broad and balanced cross section of several hundred lenders of various sizes and business models in the mortgage industry across retail, correspondent, wholesale, and consumer direct channels. Taking this broad based, diverse, and representative view of entire market, it provides a more accurate picture of what is happening in mortgage originations than indices are influenced by mega lenders. MCT will be publishing the MCTlive! Mortgage Lock Volume Indices on a monthly basis, intended to serve as an enduring data tool for industry participants, analysts, and watchers.

MCTlive! Mortgage Lock Volume Indices are based on actual dollar volume of locked loans, not numbers of applications, therefore providing a much more accurate picture of industry lock activity than other surveys or application data. The data is also broken out by transaction type: purchase, rate/term refinance, and cash out refinance. Especially in a tight purchase market, applications are a less reliable metric for the mortgage industry as there is a higher likelihood of having multiple applications per funded loan. Prequals do not convert at as high of a rate in the current market as has historically been the case, especially when applications are counted at the early stage of entering a property address.

Covering the period from April 1 through April 30, 2022, this inaugural MCTlive! Lock Volume Indices shows that total mortgage rate locks by dollar volume decreased 5.0 percent in April, and lock volume is down 25.4 percent from a year ago. Purchase locks are up 2.2 percent over the course of the month and 7.55 percent from one year ago, a bright spot even as mortgage rates have increased rapidly in 2022. That increase in mortgage rates is evident in the refinance figures, as rate/term refinances are down 36.4 percent and cash out refinances are down 31.1 percent month-over-month. From one year ago, cash out refinance volume is down 51.7 percent, while rate/term refinance volume has dropped 89.2 percent.

INDEX VALUES TO END APRIL AS A PERCENTAGE BENCHMARKED TO THE START OF THE MONTH:

Category | Month-Over-Month Index Value Change

Total: -5.00%

Purchase: 2.22%

Rate/Term Refinance: -36.35%

Cash Out Refinance: -31.10%

INDEX VALUES YEAR-OVER-YEAR:

Category | Year-Over-Year Index Value Change

Total: -25.39%

Purchase: 7.55%

Rate/Term Refinance: -89.23%

Cash Out Refinance: -51.70%

About MCT:

Founded in 2001, Mortgage Capital Trading, Inc. (MCT) has grown from a boutique mortgage pipeline hedging firm into the industry's leading provider of fully integrated capital markets services and technology. MCT offers an array of best-in-class services and software covering mortgage pipeline hedging, best execution loan sales, outsourced lock desk solutions, MSR portfolio valuations, business intelligence analytics, mark to market services, and an award-winning comprehensive capital markets software platform called MCTlive!

MCT supports independent mortgage bankers, depositories, credit unions, warehouse lenders, and correspondent investors of all sizes. Headquartered in San Diego, California, MCT also has offices in Philadelphia, Santa Rosa, Los Angeles, and Dallas. MCT is well known for its team of capital markets experts and senior traders who continue to provide the boutique-style hands-on engagement clients love. For more information, visit https://mct-trading.com/ or call (619) 543-5111.

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Down Payment Resource releases Q1 2022 Homeownership Program Index

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Down Payment Resource (DPR), the nationwide database for U.S. homebuyer assistance programs, today announced the release of its latest Homeownership Program Index (HPI). The firm's analysis of 2,238 homebuyer assistance programs in its DOWN PAYMENT RESOURCE® database revealed that the net number of homebuyer assistance programs increased by 46 from Q4 2021 to Q1 2022.

Methodology

Published quarterly, DPR's HPI surveys the funding status, eligibility rules and benefits of U.S. homebuyer assistance programs administered by state and local housing finance agencies, municipalities, nonprofits and other housing organizations. DPR communicates with over 1,200 program administrators throughout the year to track and update the country's wide range of homeownership programs, including down payment and closing cost programs, Mortgage Credit Certificates and affordable first mortgages, in the DOWN PAYMENT RESOURCE® database.

Key Findings

The Q1 2022 HPI examined a total of 2,238 homebuyer assistance programs that were active as of April 6, 2022. Key findings are as follows.

* Marked increase in number of programs introduced. Programs introduced in Q1 2022 include two first mortgage programs, two combined funding programs, 10 grants and 32 second mortgage programs. This marks a 2.1% increase in the number of homebuyer programs available compared to Q4 2021.

* Largest gains in nonprofit programs. There was a 5.7% increase in nonprofit-sponsored programs introduced in Q1 2022. Additionally, there was a 2.3% increase in programs supporting home purchases in defined locales and a 1.3% increase in statewide programs.

* Support for manufactured housing continues to increase. 31 additional homebuyer programs opened eligibility to manufactured housing in Q4 2021. Now 28.8% of all homebuyer assistance programs support the purchase of manufactured homes.

* More than one third of programs do not have a first-time home buyer requirement. It is a common misconception that homebuyer assistance is only available to first-time homebuyers, however 38% of homebuyer assistance programs in Q1 2022 did not have a first time homebuyer requirement.

"Both the number of homebuyer assistance programs and the volume of available funding increased in Q1 2022, a trend we have observed for several consecutive quarters," said DPR CEO Rob Chrane. "With affordability on the decline in 79% of U.S. counties and the availability of homebuying assistance on the rise, homebuyers need real estate agents and mortgage lenders to connect them with programs that make homeownership more affordable."

Further analysis of the Q1 2022 HPI findings, including infographics and examples of many of the programs described in this release, can be found on DPR's website at https://downpaymentresource.com/professional-resource/more-homebuyer-assistance-programs-introduced-as-affordability-declines-in-most-u-s-counties/.

For a complete, state-by-state list of homebuyer assistance programs, visit https://downpaymentresource.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/HPI-state-by-state-data.Q12022.pdf.

About Down Payment Resource:

Down Payment Resource (DPR) is a nationwide database of down payment assistance and affordable lending programs. The company tracks funding status, eligibility rules, benefits and more for approximately 2,200 programs in 11 categories. Its award winning technology helps the housing industry connect more homebuyers to the down payment help they need. DPR has been recognized by Inman News as "Most Innovative New Technology" and the HousingWire Tech100(tm). DPR is licensed to Multiple Listing Services, Realtor Associations, lenders and housing counselors across the country. DPR's subscription based service, Down Payment Connect, helps agents and loan officers match buyers to available programs. For more information, please visit DownPaymentResource.com and on Twitter at @DwnPmtResource .

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Sales Boomerang releases Q1 2022 Mortgage Market Opportunities Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Sales Boomerang, the mortgage industry's top-rated automated borrower intelligence and retention system, today released its latest Mortgage Market Opportunities Report. The Q1 2022 report showed an increase in purchase and home-equity loan opportunities that could help lenders offset dwindling refi volume.

Methodology

The Mortgage Market Opportunities Report draws on Sales Boomerang system data to identify market opportunities of relevance to today's borrowers and lenders. To generate the report, Sales Boomerang reviewed data from more than 170 residential mortgage lenders that use its borrower intelligence and retention tools to monitor millions of customer and prospect records. Sales Boomerang then calculated and compared the aggregate frequency with which those contact records triggered loan-opportunity, prescriptive-scenario and risk-and-retention alerts during the fourth quarter of 2021 and the first quarter of 2022.

Key Findings*

Sales Boomerang's loan-opportunity alerts identify the contacts inside a lender's database who are actively shopping for a mortgage loan or who may be able to benefit from a new mortgage loan. Across the sample group, the frequency of each alert type in Q1 2022 was as follows:

* Mortgage Inquiry Alert: 4.53% of monitored contacts (up 2.49% from Q4)

A customer or prospect has shopped with a competitor in the last 24 hours.

* EPO Alert: 2.54% of monitored contacts (up 38.04% from Q4)

A customer or prospect whose loan closed ≤ 6 months ago has shopped with a competitor in the last 24 hours.

* Credit Improvement Alert: 1.77% of monitored contacts (up 55.26% from Q4)

A customer or prospect has improved their FICO score.

* New Listing Alert: 0.85% of monitored contacts (up 32.81% from Q4)

A customer or prospect has listed their home for sale.

* Equity Alert: 9.13% of monitored contacts (up 6.04% from Q4)

A customer or prospect's home equity has increased.

* Rate Alert: 4.33% of monitored contacts (down 14.60% from Q4)

The interest rate of a customer or prospect's existing mortgage is significantly higher than current prevailing rates.

Sales Boomerang's prescriptive-scenario alerts analyze not only whether a consumer could benefit from a given loan type, but also whether the consumer is credit-qualified to apply for financing. This additional layer of intelligence makes prescriptive-scenario alerts among the highest-converting available to mortgage lenders today. The frequency of each alert during Q1 2022 was as follows:

* Cash-Out Alert: 5.25% of monitored contacts (down 6.75% from Q4)

A borrower is credit qualified and has built sufficient equity to tap into the cash in their home.

* Rate-and-Term Alert: 4.93% of monitored contacts (down 50.95% from Q4)

A borrower is credit qualified and can benefit from the current interest rates for a refinance.

* FHA MI Removal Alert: 10.48% of monitored contacts (down 25.20% from Q4)

An FHA borrower has exceeded 20% equity and can remove mortgage insurance (MI).

For a subset of lenders that maintain servicing portfolios, the frequency of risk-and-retention alerts was as follows:

* Risk & Retention Alert: 32.87% of monitored contacts (up 5.42% from Q4)

A customer is engaging in one or more of 15 credit activities that may put their serviced loan at risk

Analysis*

* Mortgage Inquiry, EPO and New Listing alerts all increased in Q1 as consumers actively put themselves in the market for mortgage products. As the spring buying season picks up, lenders will need to be diligent in their borrower retention efforts, especially those looking to avoid an early payoff penalty.

* Despite the uptick in EPO alerts, Rate and Rate-and-Term alerts both decreased in Q1, another indicator that consumers are looking to purchase, not refinance. Of the alerts that decreased in frequency in Q1, Rate-and-Term alerts showed the biggest change, confirming the long-anticipated slowdown of the refinance boom.

* Slow is a relative term, however, as Equity alerts increased for the second consecutive quarter. As homeowners continue to build equity, lenders should continue to educate borrowers on home equity mortgage opportunities.

* After a significant drop in Risk & Retention alerts in Q4, the category saw a 5.42% increase in alerts in Q1. As more borrowers are flagged for exhibiting risky credit behaviors, mortgage servicers should continue to keep a close eye on their portfolios for default risk.

* Credit Improvement alerts saw one of the largest increases in Q1, signaling more credit-worthy borrowers are ready to begin shopping for a mortgage. Savvy lenders will recognize this opportunity to be proactive in their outreach.

"Experts have anticipated the switch to a purchase market for a year or more, but the market was slower to transition than initially expected. Our data verifies market opportunities are finally trending in the direction of purchase loans," said Sales Boomerang CEO Alex Kutsishin. "However, as the purchase market heats up, it will be important for lenders not to get tunnel vision, as our data shows increased opportunities in home-equity lending as well."

*Key findings and analysis provided for informational purposes only. The data represented in the Mortgage Market Opportunities report is historical. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. Sales Boomerang accepts no responsibility or liability for readers' use of the key findings or analysis included in this report.

About Sales Boomerang:

Sales Boomerang transformed the relationship between mortgage lenders and borrowers with the introduction of the first automated borrower intelligence system in 2017. The company's intelligent alerts notify lenders as soon as a past customer or prospect is ready and credit-qualified for a loan. As the mortgage industry's #1 borrower retention tool, Sales Boomerang is trusted by more than 170 lenders - including brokers, independent mortgage companies, credit unions and banks - to help build lasting borrower relationships that maximize lifetime customer value. To date, Sales Boomerang alerts have enabled lenders to close more than $150 billion in additional loan volume that would have otherwise been overlooked and achieve customer retention rates that outperform industry norms by an average of 3-5X. To learn more about Sales Boomerang and its No Borrower Left Behind(tm) ethos, visit https://www.salesboomerang.com.

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Critical Defect Rate Drops 18% in Q3 2021, Per ACES Quality Management Mortgage QC Industry Trends Report

DENVER, Colo. -- ACES Quality Management® (ACES), the leading provider of enterprise quality management and control software for the financial services industry, announced the release of its quarterly ACES Mortgage QC Trends Report covering the third quarter (Q3) of 2021. The latest report provides an analysis of post-closing quality control data derived from ACES Quality Management & Control® software.

Notable findings from the Q3 2021 report include:

* Mortgage lenders managed mortgage origination quality extremely well in Q3 2021, leading to an 18% improvement in the overall credit defect rate.

* Manufacturing-related loan defects decreased as volumes declined.

* Q3 marked the official shift from refinances to a purchase-driven market, with purchase defects increasing as a result.

* Defect performance on conventional loans stabilized while FHA defects rose.

* The Early Payment Defaults trend line indicates that reviews peaked and are now below pre-pandemic levels, shifting the focus to the remaining loans in forbearance status and exit plans for those borrowers.

"The critical defect rate for Q3 2021 dropped 18% to 1.86%, a welcomed improvement from the previous quarter. Lenders also experienced a slight decrease in origination volume, down 8% from Q2 of 2021," said ACES Executive Vice President Nick Volpe. "Metrics are beginning to trend back to their historic normal levels as volume moderates. With the amount of volatility in macroeconomic factors and rising rates, the decline in the overall critical defect rate is a testament to lenders taking quality management and control seriously."

Findings for the Q3 2021 ACES Mortgage QC Industry Trends Report are based on post-closing quality control data derived from the ACES Quality Management and Control® benchmarking system and incorporate data from prior quarters and/or calendar years, where applicable. All reviews and defect data evaluated for the report were based on loan audits selected by lenders for full file reviews.

"An improvement in the critical defect rate is always a positive sign. The worst of early payment default volume seems to be behind us, but we're not out of the woods yet. Lenders' focus should continue to be on helping remaining loans in forbearance status and building exit plans for those borrowers," said ACES CEO, Trevor Gauthier. "Lenders and banks need to be cognizant of the economic and geopolitical environments in the coming months and possibly years. As the Federal Reserve works to calm inflation, these actions oftentimes have a ripple effect, which can certainly impact loan quality."

Mortgage QC Industry Trends Reports are available for download, free of charge, at https://www.acesquality.com/resources/reports.

About ACES Quality Management:

ACES Quality Management is the leading provider of enterprise quality management and control software for the financial services industry. The nation's most prominent lenders, servicers and financial institutions rely on ACES Quality Management & Control® software to improve audit throughput and quality while controlling costs, including:

* 3 of the top 5 and more than 50% of the top 50 independent mortgage lenders;

* 7 of the top 10 loan servicers;

* 11 of the top 30 banks; and

* 1 of the top 3 credit unions in the USA.

Unlike other quality control platforms, only ACES delivers Flexible Audit Technology, which gives independent mortgage lenders and financial institutions the ability to easily manage and customize ACES to meet their business needs without having to rely on IT or other outside resources. Using a customer-centric approach, ACES clients get responsive support and access to our experts to maximize their investment. For more information, visit www.acesquality.com or call 1-800-858-1598.

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152 New Planned Manufacturing Industrial Projects Identified – Report for March 2022

JEFFERSON BEACH, Fla. -- SalesLeads announced today the March 2022 results for the new planned capital project spending report for the Industrial Manufacturing industry. The Firm tracks North American planned industrial capital project activity; including facility expansions, new plant construction and significant equipment modernization projects. Research confirms 152 new projects in the Industrial Manufacturing sector.

The following are selected highlights on new Industrial Manufacturing industry construction news.

Industrial Manufacturing - By Project Type
Manufacturing/Production Facilities - 137 New Projects
Distribution and Industrial Warehouse - 71 New Projects

Industrial Manufacturing - By Project Scope/Activity
New Construction - 40 New Projects
Expansion - 56 New Projects
Renovations/Equipment Upgrades - 65 New Projects
Plant Closings - 12 New Projects

Industrial Manufacturing - By Project Location (Top 10 States)
Indiana - 13
Michigan - 12
Ohio - 11
California - 10
New York - 8
Ontario - 8
South Carolina - 7
Texas - 6
North Carolina - 6
Pennsylvania - 5

Largest Planned Project

During the month of March, our research team identified 13 new Industrial Manufacturing facility construction projects with an estimated value of $100 million or more.

The largest project is owned by Contemporary Amperex Technology USA, Inc., who is planning to invest $5 billion for the construction of a manufacturing facility and is currently seeking a site in TEXAS.

Top 10 Tracked Industrial Manufacturing Projects

MICHIGAN:

Battery components mfr. is planning to invest $2 billion for an expansion of their manufacturing facility in HOLLAND, MI. They have recently received approval for the project.

ONTARIO:

Automotive mfr. is planning to invest $1.1 billion for the renovation and equipment upgrades on their manufacturing facility in ALLISTON, ON. They are currently seeking approval for the project.

MARYLAND:

Medical supply company is planning to invest $350 million for the renovation and equipment upgrades on a 735,000 sf warehouse and manufacturing facility in SPARROWS POINT, MD. Completion is slated for early 2023.

NEW YORK:

Semiconductor components mfr. is considering investing $150 million for the construction of a 150,000 sf manufacturing facility and currently seeking a site in the ALBANY, NY and ROCHESTER, NY area.

ILLINOIS:

Steel pipe and tube mfr. is planning to invest $130 million for the renovation and equipment upgrades on an 810,000 sf warehouse and manufacturing complex at 1600 Ritchie Court in ROCHELLE, IL. Completion is slated for Fall 2022.

PENNSYLVANIA:

Semiconductor components mfr. is planning for an expansion and equipment upgrades on their manufacturing facility in EASTON, PA. They are currently seeking approval for the project.

ARKANSAS:

Electric vehicle mfr. is planning to invest $80 million for the renovation and equipment upgrades on a recently acquired 580,000 sf warehouse and manufacturing facility at 1425 Ohlendorf Rd. in OSCEOLA, AR.

SOUTH CAROLINA:

Plastic resin mfr. is planning to invest $54 million for the renovation and equipment upgrades on their manufacturing facility in GASTON, SC. They have recently received approval for the project.

INDIANA:

Biotechnology company is planning to invest $50 million for the construction of a 300,000 sf processing facility at 1555 Manchester Ave. in WABASH, IN. They have recently received approval for the project. Completion is slated for Summer 2023.

CALIFORNIA:

Global automation technology company is planning to invest $40 million for the construction of a manufacturing facility in POMONA, CA. They are currently seeking approval for the project.

ABOUT SALESLEADS, INC.:

Since 1959, SalesLeads, based in Jacksonville, FL is a leader in delivering industrial capital project intelligence and prospecting services for sales and marketing teams to ensure a predictable and scalable pipeline. Our Industrial Market Intelligence, IMI identifies timely insights on companies planning significant capital investments such as new construction, expansion, relocation, equipment modernization and plant closings in industrial facilities. The Outsourced Prospecting Services, an extension to your sales team, is designed to drive growth with qualified meetings and appointments for your internal sales team.

* Industrial Manufacturing

* Plastics

* Food and Beverage

* Metals

* Power Generation

* Pulp Paper and Wood

* Oil and Gas

* Mining and Aggregates

* Chemical

* Research and Development

* Distribution and Supply Chain

* Pipelines

* Pharmaceutical

* Misc. Industrial Buildings

* Waste Water Treatment

* Data Centers

LEARN MORE: https://www.salesleadsinc.com/industry/industrial-manufacturing/

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Blue Glacier Publishes ‘Red Team’ Report on ‘What if Kim Jong Un Dies in 2022?’

FAIRFAX, Va. -- Blue Glacier Security & Intelligence LLC announced it has published a thought-provoking Red Team memorandum titled "What if Kim Jong Un Dies in 2022?" This "out-of-the-box" analytic approach offers a thought-provoking viewpoint after Kim's recent, drastic weight loss and continued weapons tests.

The Red Team memorandum addresses how Kim might die in 2022, who might succeed him, and how that succession could unfold.

Blue Glacier's Red Team memorandums are modeled after the Central Intelligence Agency's Red Cell memorandums. This latest Blue Glacier effort follows the company's prescient Red Team memo on the intersection of cybercrime, anti-vaccination militancy, and pandemic fatigue that was published in August (https://blueglacierllc.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Blue-Glacier-Red-Team-Memo_Cybercrime-Anti-Vax-July-30-2021.pdf).

Key takeaways from this Red Team memorandum include:

* Kim Jong Un's father (Kim Jong Il), grandfather (Kim Il Sung), and half-brother (Kim Jong Nam) all had problems with heart disease. Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung both suffered from diabetes and stress and died of heart attacks. Kim Jong Un's aunt (his father's sister) reportedly also has heart problems.

* Kim Jong Un's habits and family history of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and nicotine addiction indicate significant health risks.

* Several real and perceived assassination attempts against Kim Jong Un and his father (some of these attempts are listed in the Red Team memo) likely inform Kim's understanding of threats to his power.

* Kim Jong Un has probably selected a successor from within his family (the "Paektu bloodline"). However, Kim's eldest son will be only 11 or 12 years old if Kim dies in 2022.

* Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo Jong is likely being groomed to be regent for her nephew, rather than supreme leader, if Kim Jong Un does not live to oversee the transition himself.

* The 72-year-old Choe Ryong Hae (Kim Yo Jong's father-in-law), president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly and also first vice-chairman of the State Affairs Commission, could be the elite who would most likely dare to question Kim Jong Un, or attempt to consolidate power and succeed Kim if the supreme leader dies in 2022, or even mount a coup.

"This Red Team effort reminds us to avoid tunnel vision on the Ukraine war," notes K. Campbell, a principal at Blue Glacier. "Kim's significant health risks, in addition to the constant threats of assassination and coups he faces, has implications for all of East Asia and beyond."

View report (PDF) at: https://blueglacierllc.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Blue-Glacier-Red-Team-Memo_What-if-KJU-Dies-in-2022_March-18-2022.pdf

About Blue Glacier Security & Intelligence LLC:

Blue Glacier is a military veteran-owned security and intelligence consultancy that specializes in all-hazards security risk assessments, business continuity and disaster preparedness planning, workplace violence training, executive protection, and geopolitical risk. Contact Blue Glacier at bluesupport@blueglacierllc.com or (703) 934-2034 / (202) 389-6200.

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Kiosk Association Digital KYC Series Begins: the new framework for identity, for opt-in consumers

​DENVER, Colo. -- March Self-Service News: The Kiosk Association is pleased to announce new multipart series of whitepapers covering Digital KYC. Digital KYC is the new framework for identity, for opt-in consumers. PopID is 100,000 users in California. Wendy's First Kitchen in Japan is the first international. The complete 5-part series will see a whitepaper per month.

Coming Events:

National Restaurant Association in Chicago in May is the big upcoming. We will be showing the unreleased LG fast food self-order kiosk in its first public appearance.

June 8 is InfoComm 2022 and we are a media partner for the show. AV is huge and especially for all forms of menu displays for outdoor (think Drive-Thru which is 75% of sales?). Big screens for EV charging stations at places like Walgreens, Kohls, and now restaurants. The free advertising on Google Maps doesn't hurt.

Free Research -- Updated Market report. Included are restaurants worldwide & kiosks. McDonalds & YUM Foods being the two big components. Using corporate sites plus NRN datafiles we have a lower margin of error. We're updating the spreadsheet with drive-thru & digital menu displays for more context.

Market Report information: https://kioskindustry.org/kiosk-market-research-2022-trends-in-self-service-facts-factoids-v2/

Kiosks

* Face Verification - PopID Seeking $50 million Pay By Face

* Lockdown Browser News - Android + Windows & Kiosk Mode

* IDmission - Empowering Identity Solutions

* Know Your Customer Brief aka Digital KYC

* Kiosk Location and Kiosk Placement - Best Practice

* Touchless Checkout Kiosks - 235% increase in deployments for Grab and Go

* Stripe For Kiosks - Samsung Kiosk Demo No Code by Intuiface

* National Restaurant Association Kiosk Trade Show

* Telehealth Kiosk - Mental Health for Students and Let's Talk Interactive

* Antibacterial Touchscreen News - Utah Study on COVID Transmission via Surfaces

* Wayfinding Kiosk - 22Miles Video Catalog - Healthcare, Hoteling, Convention Centers and More

Digital Signage

* Digital Signage STRATACACHE Partners with NCR

* Digital Signage Software Solutions - Video Catalog - Healthcare, Hoteling, Convention Centers and More

* ChromeOS Flex for Digital Signage

Retail Automation

* Just Walk Out Checkout - Whole Foods

* Food Robot Roundup - Delivery Robots & Robotic Food Assembly

* UK Shop and Go Automated Store - Just Walk Out - Tesco, Sainsburys Aldi UK Review - nice photo gallery of each store and its "just walk out" configuration.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Contact Craig Keefner, 720-324-1837 or craig@catareno.com or visit https://kioskindustry.org/.

Since 1996 for 26 years serving the self-service technology market. For a complete list of verticals visit The Industry Group (https://industrygroup.org/).

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145 New Planned Manufacturing Industrial Projects Identified – Report for February 2022

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- SalesLeads announced today the February 2022 results for the new planned capital project spending report for the Industrial Manufacturing industry. The Firm tracks North American planned industrial capital project activity; including facility expansions, new plant construction and significant equipment modernization projects. Research confirms 145 new projects in the Industrial Manufacturing sector.

The following are selected highlights on new Industrial Manufacturing industry construction news.

Industrial Manufacturing - By Project Type

Manufacturing/Production Facilities - 135 New Projects

Distribution and Industrial Warehouse - 70 New Projects

Industrial Manufacturing - By Project Scope/Activity

New Construction - 37 New Projects

Expansion - 46 New Projects

Renovations/Equipment Upgrades - 64 New Projects

Plant Closings - 14 New Projects

Industrial Manufacturing - By Project Location (Top 10 States)

Texas - 14

Ohio - 8

Indiana - 8

North Carolina - 8

New York - 8

Michigan - 7

South Carolina - 7

Florida - 6

Ontario - 6

California - 5

LARGEST PLANNED PROJECT

During the month of February, our research team identified 14 new Industrial Manufacturing facility construction projects with an estimated value of $100 million or more.

The largest project is owned by ArcelorMittal Dofasco, who is planning to invest $1.8 billion for the renovation and equipment upgrades on their manufacturing facility in HAMILTON, ON. They have recently received approval for the project.

Top 10 Tracked Industrial Manufacturing Projects

NORTH CAROLINA:

Pharmaceutical company is planning to invest $1 billion for the construction of a 5 building processing and manufacturing complex in CONCORD, NC. They have recently received approval for the project.

ARIZONA:

Air treatment system mfr. is planning to invest $300 million for the construction of a 1 million sf manufacturing and office facility and currently seeking a site in the MESA, AZ or CHANDLER, AZ area.

INDIANA:

Steel company is planning to invest $290 million for an expansion and equipment upgrades of their manufacturing facility in CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN. They are currently seeking approval for the project.

TEXAS:

Steel pipe mfr. is planning to invest $192 million for an expansion of their manufacturing facility in BAYTOWN, TX. They are currently seeking approval for the project. Completion is slated for 2023.

TENNESSEE:

Tile mfr. is planning to invest $140 million for the renovation and equipment upgrades of their 250,000 sf manufacturing facility in DICKSON, TN. They are currently seeking approval for the project. Completion is slated for late 2023.

KENTUCKY:

Magnetic products mfr. is planning to invest $95 million for the construction of a 171,000 sf manufacturing facility in LOUISVILLE, KY. They have recently received approval for the project.

WEST VIRGINIA:

Automotive mfr. is planning to invest $73 million for the renovation and equipment upgrades on their manufacturing facility in BUFFALO, WV. They have recently received approval for the project.

NORTH CAROLINA:

Rubber components mfr. is planning to invest $70 million for an expansion of their warehouse and manufacturing facility in KINSTON, NC. They have recently received approval for the project.

PENNSYLVANIA:

Aluminum products mfr. is planning to invest $46 million for an expansion of their manufacturing and processing facility in LANCASTER, PA. They are currently seeking approval for the project. Completion is slated for Spring 2023.

WEST VIRGINIA:

Building materials mfr. is planning to invest $40 million for the construction of a 150,000 sf manufacturing facility on John Nash Blvd. in BLUEFIELD, WV. Completion is slated for late 2022.

About SalesLeads, Inc.

Since 1959, SalesLeads, based in Jacksonville, FL is a leader in delivering industrial capital project intelligence and prospecting services for sales and marketing teams to ensure a predictable and scalable pipeline. Our Industrial Market Intelligence, IMI identifies timely insights on companies planning significant capital investments such as new construction, expansion, relocation, equipment modernization and plant closings in industrial facilities.

The Outsourced Prospecting Services, an extension to your sales team, is designed to drive growth with qualified meetings and appointments for your internal sales team.

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