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504, 2021

Opinion: Biden Needs To Focus On Agriculture Next – Here’s How

By |April 5th, 2021|Agriculture, ERC, Featured Update|0 Comments

By Heidi Heitkamp, Former U.S. Senator, Attorney General, and Tax Commissioner for North Dakota; alliantgroup Director of Agriculture
March 30, 2021
Published in agri-pulse.comWhile much of the economy struggled through the pandemic, agriculture helped keep the country fed and afloat. Much of ag was also considered essential and avoided the lockdowns that crippled most of the nation. In fact, while most sectors were significantly diminished in production, ag exports to China rose to 55.5 million tons in 2020.

But that does not mean that ag was spared disruption from Covid-19. In fact, even as the vaccine is made widely available and the country starts to re-open, ag is struggling to find a workforce to support the demand.

I believe the Biden administration recognizes the needs of the American farmers and is poised to take steps to […]

504, 2021

New Tax Incentives for Commercial and Industrial Automation Integrators

By |April 5th, 2021|Featured Update, R&D, System integration|0 Comments

By Tracy Lustyan, Managing Director
March 29, 2021
Published in Automation.com

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here, but the question is, will the United States be as influential as we have been in recent decades? Many would argue the opposite as we exit the top-10 index of global innovation.

Samsung was the world’s largest R&D investor last year, positioning South Korea just behind the U.S. as the second largest hub for semiconductor production. So, with countries such as China becoming increasingly competitive, what can we do to regain our authority in the world as our economy struggles to compete in a global marketplace?

There has been an overwhelming need for automation technology in both commercial and industrial settings as Industry 4.0 continues to make its impact on a variety of industries. The beauty of automation is the […]

104, 2021

Complexity & Unanswered Questions of the Employee Retention Credit

By |April 1st, 2021|COVID relief, ERC, Featured Update, Packaging & Material Handling|0 Comments

By Dean Zerbe, National Managing Director at alliantgroup and Former Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee
March 12, 2021
Published in taxnotes.com

The revamp of the employee retention credit under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA, P.L. 116-260), has turned an underused relief option into the most potentially powerful credit available to struggling businesses. The mainstream media has not highlighted the positive effect of this provision, much less explained its complexity. I’d like to examine this credit in-depth, especially since the House recently proposed its extension in the upcoming COVID-19 relief bill. This move could translate into many businesses keeping their doors open, and in turn could allow more working Americans to stay on payroll.

In the midst of the pandemic last year, […]

3103, 2021

Reshoring Manufacturing A Priority

By |March 31st, 2021|Featured Update, Manufacturing|0 Comments

by Neil Shah, Managing Director
March 23, 2021
Published in thefabricator.comDo you remember when most product labels said “Made in the USA”? For many decades the U.S. dominated manufacturing, both at home and worldwide, but globalization is relentless. Manufacturers are competing against companies outside the U.S. now more than ever and “Made in the USA” isn’t as prevalent as it once was. Since the 1980s many countries—notably China, Japan, and India—have certainly given domestic manufacturers a run for their money. According to the office of Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), the U.S. has lost more than five million manufacturing jobs, and more than 70,000 plants have either shut down or moved overseas, in the last 20 years.

So, what actionable efforts can fabricators take to turn this around?

Congress and industry leaders […]

2603, 2021

Post-COVID Outlook and Recovery for Restaurants

By |March 26th, 2021|COVID relief, Featured Update|0 Comments

By Dean Zerbe, National Managing Director at alliantgroup and Former Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee
March 26, 2021Restaurant owners have had to completely flip their operations to accommodate proper health and safety protocols for over a year now, but the country is finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel with an influx of vaccine distribution. 2021 may have some good in store for the industry moving forward.

However, change isn’t going to happen overnight. Business owners and our country’s leaders will have to come together to restore normal operations. Congress recently signed off on a number of provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 that provide financial aid to business owners in the restaurant and hospitality industries to help expedite recovery from […]

2703, 2020

How Industry 4.0 is Transforming the Modern Workplace with the R&D Tax Credit

By |March 27th, 2020|Articles, In the news, Newsroom, R&D|0 Comments

Forbesby Tracy Lustyan and Dean Zerbe
March 17, 2020
Published in The Tube & Pipe Journal

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