Things to Consider for Industrial Site Selection

Selecting the ideal industrial site is one of the most vital decisions most manufacturers hope to get right, whether relocating or starting. This process essentially involves proper planning and thorough research to accurately determine if the site will positively contribute to the company’s profitability. While the process is a bit easier for those already in business, it can get challenging for those starting since they already know what aspects to look for. Luckily, anyone wondering how to choose a building site can benefit from the information below.

What are the main considerations when it comes to industrial site selection?

The Location and Accessibility of the Site

The specific location of your industrial site is a key player in the daily activities of your industrial plant because it can adversely affect the manufacturing process and your market. Therefore, consider the following factors:

  • If the location is easily accessible to suppliers, customers and the workforce: Essentially, the ideal location should have good roads for the transportation of raw materials, finished goods and the workforce. Also, the traffic flow and availability of alternative access routes should be assessed.
  • If the surrounding community can provide the required workmanship: Analyzing the labor market is a vital factor to anyone setting up an industrial plant to ascertain the availability of a skilled workforce for both the present and the future. The presence of other industries, universities and vocation centers that offer relevant training are among the main contributors to skilled workmanship.  
  • If there are any environmental problems: This requires an expert review from an industrial contractor to give insights and perspectives on geotechnical and topographical conditions since some environmental factors affect both the operational and construction requirements.
  • Proximity to available markets: Proximity to consumers greatly impacts the profit margins through transportation costs.
  • If the security of the location is sufficient​​​​​​.

The Size of the Facility

The size of an industrial plant is primarily dependent on the products manufactured and the departments to be housed on-site. Manufacturers typically prioritize large open facilities that allow the use of industrial machines like forklifts and foster efficient material handling throughout receiving, manufacturing, storage and shipping. Consecutively, providing enough space for other departments, including administrative facilities, maintenance and security, is paramount to fostering efficient operation.


The end game of every manufacturer is to be able to operate and even expand in the future. Buying limited land makes it difficult for scalability. Therefore, when selecting an ideal industrial site, you should choose one that accommodates future expansion.

Zoning and Building Codes Variance

Regulatory requirements should be carefully examined before buying or renting existing facilities, especially if they were designed for another purpose and there are modifications to be conducted. Also, some areas prohibit the construction of industrial facilities, a factor you should consider before buying land.

Final Thoughts

If you are looking for the ideal industrial site, follow the above-listed guidelines. Also, we encourage you to get in touch with John G. Moser & Son, Inc. for more detailed advice and for construction services.