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2015 Indiana Manufacturing Survey Now Underway

Posted 6:51 PM by
Katz, Sapper & Miller’s ninth annual survey assessing the state of Indiana’s manufacturing and distribution industries is now underway.  
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U.S. Manufacturing Is Here to Stay

Posted 7:31 PM by
The idea that the United States cannot compete with China and other low-cost countries in manufacturing has become obsolete. Harold Sirkin of the Boston Consulting Group illustrates this in his recent Bloomberg article, “China vs. the U.S.: It's Just as Cheap to Make Goods in the USA.” Sirken states that when considering energy expense and productivity alone, for every dollar it costs to manufacture a product in the United States, it now costs $0.96 to make it in China.
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Indiana Manufacturers: Attracting the Millennial Manufacturing Workforce

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Indianapolis is looking to lure manufacturers back downtown. Why? The answer is simple: Manufacturers will find more of the technically skilled workers they are looking for in the city than in rural areas.
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The Rise of the Dollar: A Good Deal for Manufacturers?

Posted 7:35 PM by
The steady rise of the U.S. dollar has been the source of much conversation in the past few months. The reason for the increased value is twofold: domestic growth and an economic decline abroad. Last year, the United States added three million new jobs, fuel prices declined sharply and the United States produced more oil within its borders than ever before. During that same period, Europe and Japan saw declines in currency values and slowed economic growth.
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Filling the Manufacturing Skills Gap: An Expert’s Opinion

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The primary bottleneck in manufacturing today is not production. It’s the lack of a qualified workforce. In a recent article published Manufacturing.net, the gravity of the skills gap situation – and what manufacturers need to do to remediate it – is brought to light.
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The Third Industrial Revolution: Transforming Manufacturing

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The third industrial revolution is here, and some say it is taking over the global economy. What exactly does this mean for manufacturers? To truly understand the impact of the third industrial revolution, it is important to consider the significant contributions of the prior industrial revolutions. The first Industrial Revolution focused on replacing human labor with automated processes. These concepts then progressed into the second industrial revolution, which perfected the automated assembly line process to produce mass quantities of identical products. Now, new Internet-based technologies are shifting the focus of manufacturers in a third direction that is creating new product mixes and services.
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Potential Changes to Personal Property Tax Reporting for Manufacturers

Posted 7:03 PM by
Property taxes are getting a lot of attention in this year’s Indiana legislative session. KSM’s State and Local Tax Practice is tracking a handful of bills under consideration that could affect manufacturers specifically, including SB 436, which is a proposed reduction of the so-called 30% floor for personal property tax reporting.
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White House Pledges Action to Help U.S. Manufacturing Grow

Posted 8:50 PM by
Earlier this year, President Obama announced his support to help grow one of the nation’s already fast-growing industries.The manufacturing industry in the United States has filled over 700,000 jobs since early 2010. To capitalize on this growth, the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) Steering Committee, which is made up of CEOs, labor leaders, and university presidents, was created as a part of the president’s Council of Advisors in Science and Technology.
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U.S. and Mexico Considered Low-Cost Manufacturing “Rising Stars”

Posted 9:15 PM by
According to a recent article in The Economist, “When cheap is not so cheap,” the U.S. and Mexico are becoming more price-competitive as global manufacturing options.
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2014 Indiana Manufacturing Survey Results: Strong for Today, Concerned for Tomorrow [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted 3:34 PM by
The results are in from Katz, Sapper & Miller's annual Indiana Manufacturing Survey, and it appears that although Hoosier manufacturing is poised for growth, the industry is threatened by regulatory costs and workforce weaknesses.
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