Dennis Cuneo's Site Selection Experience

Dennis has extensive site selection experience, having headed up site selection for Toyota and its affiliates for over 15 years.  When he retired from Toyota, he continued his site selection activities in automotive and branched out into other areas.  His projects have ranged from billion dollar auto assembly plants to bio-fuel facilities, with a cumulative investment of over $11 billion. 

Dennis has participated in site selection as a corporate executive leading the process, as a consultant and as an investor.  At Toyota, he was the corporate executive leading the site selection process.  He was responsible for achieving consensus among the various corporate functions that impacted site selection, including facility engineering, environmental, finance, human resources, logistics, operations, purchasing, tax, legal, and government relations.  He was in charge of the process from the initiation of the project feasibility study to the completion of the site selection process – and his responsibilities continued into the implementation phase. 

After he left Toyota, Dennis opened up his own consulting firm to focus on site selection and economic development.  He has advised both traditional and start-up firms, where he sometimes takes an equity position.
His projects over the past several years include:

  • Large industrial plant in the U.S. for a European company.
  • Several vehicle parts manufacturing facilities.
  • Regional economic development strategy for two-state economic development group.
  • Several high tech facilities in nano-technology, solar, bio-fuels, and bio-products.
  • Americas Headquarters and R&D center for a global company.
  • Commercial truck manufacturing facility.

On three occasions, Dennis has been named to the top 10 list of “People Who’ve Made a Difference” in economic development by Southern Business and Development. He was featured on the PBS primetime series: America Revealed: Made in America which aired May 2012.