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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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Robotic Manufacturing

Posted 9:13 PM by
Manufacturers are experimenting with new ways to use robots in their processes by having them work alongside humans, not just in place of them.
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Manufacturers Are Asking, “Where Did the Skilled Workers Go?”

Posted 8:30 PM by
According to a recent Wall Street Journal MarketWatch article, the number of jobs being filled in the U.S. each month is lagging behind an increase in job openings for the first time in more than a decade. Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T, says, “The main issue that businesses face today is a skillset mismatch.” The jobs that seem to be most lacking in qualified workers are those requiring technical skills in the math and science fields.
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MBA Grads Finding Available Jobs in Manufacturing

Posted 7:34 PM by
The popularity of "office" jobs within the manufacturing sector is growing. A survey released by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) indicated MBA graduates who seek positions in the manufacturing and healthcare industries were more likely to receive early job offers than those applying in other industries.
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Manufacturers: Is It Time to Consider a 3-D Printer?

Posted 6:22 PM by
The McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) recently identified 3-D printers as a future disruptive technology that will “transform life, business, and the global economy.” MGI estimates that the direct economic impact of 3-D printing per year by 2025 will range from $230 billion to $550 billion, with $100-200 billion attributed to direct product manufacturing and $30-50 billion from tool and mold manufacturing.
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Intellectual Property Thieves Hit Manufacturers

Posted 7:09 PM by
Manufacturers are concerned with theft of their products and small tools, but they aren’t typically concerned about theft of their intellectual property. Should they be?
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Indiana Manufacturing Job Growth Leads the Nation

Posted 7:02 PM by
The future for manufacturing in Indiana looks bright. Per the Northwest Indiana Times, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a 2.8 percent employment gain over 2013 as Indiana gained 13,700 factory jobs over the past 12 months, edging out second-place Texas by 700 jobs. Despite the recent growth, however, Indiana has still not returned to its pre-recession levels: With approximately 502,800 manufacturing jobs, we are still short by 10,000 jobs as the pre-recession high was 513,200.
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