Lakeland High in Jobs Threatened by Automation

After the Brookings Institution ranked Lakeland third among cities where automation is likely to reduce jobs (US News article | chart), The Wall Street Journal came here for a closer look. (A subscription is required to read the full article.) The reporter zeroed in on Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, where automation enabled the company to consolidate five warehouses into the largest liquor-distribution facility in the world. Initially the plant brought more jobs to Lakeland, but automation threatens their longevity.