CLEVELAND—Princeton, NJ-based Biggins Lacy Shapiro &Co., LLC already has an office in Chicago, but thecompany decided it's time to further expand their operationsin the Midwest and has hired Cleveland-based MichelleComerford as project director and industrial and supplychain practice leader. Specialists in location economics, BLS &Co. provides site selection, land use and economic developmentservices to clients across the country. The firm also advises stateand local governments on attracting businesses. Comerford willadvise clients on location decisions and incentives strategies,focusing on the manufacturing and distribution sectors.

“Michelle's deep expertise in the areas ofsupply chain logistics and advanced manufacturing will furtherexpand our firm's site selection capabilities. As an expert intransportation/logistics cost analysis, she will be a huge asset toour growing Midwest and energy services practice areas – enhancingour ability to serve large-scale industrial projects,” saysJay Biggins, executive managing director of BLS& Co.

Previously, Comerford was managing directorof Austin Consulting, the site selection practicewithin The Austin Company, the US subsidiary ofthe Japanese construction giant Kajima. Shedirected clients in evaluating supply chain logistics, locationstrategy and site selection alternatives. Her clients haveincluded Avon Products, BimboBakeries, Colgate Palmolive,Celebration Foods and Sierra NevadaBrewing Company. She currently serves on the board ofdirectors and as secretary for the Site SelectorsGuild.

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Brian J. Rogal

Brian J. Rogal is a Chicago-based freelance writer with years of experience as an investigative reporter and editor, most notably at The Chicago Reporter, where he concentrated on housing issues. He also has written extensively on alternative energy and the payments card industry for national trade publications.