No one ever started a manufacturing company solely for the reward of dealing with human resources issues, environmental regulations or a skilled worker shortage.  But the ability to innovate, create, compete and generate profits is dependent on also handling these ancillary challenges successfully and efficiently. 

No one ever started a manufacturing company solely for the reward of dealing with human resources issues, environmental regulations or a skilled worker shortage.  But the ability to innovate, create, compete and generate profits is dependent on also handling these ancillary challenges successfully and efficiently. 

That’s where our lawyers can help.  We can translate experience gained on factory floors, in manufacturers’ boardrooms and at advanced manufacturing research centers--such as our client the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM)--into practical solutions that address our manufacturing clients’ immediate concerns and long and short-term objectives.  The end result that we strive for:  manufacturers focusing on manufacturing.

After all, isn’t that why you went into business in the first place?

Williams Mullen can help manufacturers:

  • Streamline corporate relocation and expansion projects and reduce initial and long-term costs by advising on economic incentives, labor and employment issues, and the necessary permits and licenses. 
  • Secure access to global talent by obtaining essential visas for key executives, managers, investors, and skilled workers, while streamlining processing times and reducing cross-border transfer costs, and ensuring compliance with U.S. Homeland Security regulations and the use of programs like E-Verify. 
  • Maximize ROI in environmental permitting, compliance and due diligence by advocating for creative and flexible solutions to permitting and compliance issues and potential environmental risks. 
  • Enhance profitability through tax planning by advising on sales and use tax issues, direct pay permits, tax benefits, property tax assessments and valuations, sale/leaseback transactions and performing due diligence in an M&A context regarding the purchase of manufacturing companies.
  • Protect intellectual property by analysis, documentation and prosecution of necessary patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets; advise on the use of offensive and defensive portfolios, including infringement analysis and risk mitigation; preparation of noncompetition, confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements; licensing or sale of intellectual property assets; and enforcement of rights through the use of mediation, arbitration and litigation.
  • Gain access to global markets by advising on international regulatory issues; creating agreements with international distributors, sales representatives and joint ventures; and harnessing the tax benefits available for investing in manufacturing and exporting in the United States, including IC DISC structuring and strategic transfer pricing. 
  • Decrease energy costs by assisting with the development of on-site energy power projects (including solar);negotiate lower energy rates and improved terms from the local electric or natural gas utility (tariff and special contracts); participate in regulatory proceedings regarding energy issues and assist with energy efficiency contracting.
  • Provide employee benefit solutions for the modern workforce, including retirement plans that help manufacturing companies reduce costs and balance sheet volatility, wellness initiatives and other strategies promoting a healthy workforce that comply with federal laws and regulations, and executive benefits, agreements and stock based compensation plans that attract and retain key employees.
  • Advise on managing the workplace by partnering with HR to help solve pressing employee relations issues, tailor strategies to complement and further business goals, and provide proactive advice that seeks to position manufacturers for health and safety inspections. 
  • Navigate union relationships by helping set and achieve goals for labor costs and work rule flexibility at the bargaining table with national unions, managing unfair labor practice investigations and trials, and defending interests in arbitration over serious issues including terminations, plant closings and work rule controversies.  
  • Identify the best sources for materials and components based on the most favorable import duties and tariffs, tax considerations, and investment rules as well as strategic transfer pricing methodologies.
  • Establish overseas manufacturing operations by helping identify target countries; performing analyses of tariffs and other import duties; forming subsidiaries, branches and representative offices; advising on foreign trade zones, subzones and other local preferences; and assisting with financing overseas plant development and acquisition of foreign manufacturing facilities. 
  • Minimize and manage litigation risk by evaluating legal risks associated with new products, analyzing and preparing on-product warnings, defending product liability lawsuits, and providing representation for liability-related issues, including worker’s compensation claims.