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December 2017 - Year End Review

As we close out 2017 and look back on the year, it is hard to argue that the domestic manufacturing sector has certainly enjoyed a resurgence. Since Q4 2106, the manufacturing sector real output has been steadily gaining ground and is approaching the historic high levels last seen in 2008. It is undeniable that we now live in a global economy and that our domestic manufacturing sector consistently faces headwinds from global competition. This new reality is unlikely to change; however, we remain optimistic that the policies that are being promoted and executed will continue to favor the expansion of our domestic manufacturing sector as a prominent player in the global economy.

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October 2017 - Separating Policy from Politics

In navigating our current hyper-political world and 24-hour cable news cycles, it is often difficult to separate the politics from the policy. As a manufacturing organization, it is far more important to understand the policies that are being discussed, vetted and implemented than in the politics that often take front stage. Consider a sampling of headlines from Manufacturing Economy Daily from the last 6 months ---

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December 2016 - What a difference a couple of months (and an election) makes

In our last edition, we posed the question “so what should be on our election wish list this time around?” We added a recommendation that we all start with advocating for policies that recognize and value the role that Manufacturing has had in the building and sustaining of our great nation. With the 2016 Presidential election having now been decided, we certainly have reason for optimism on the Manufacturing front for 2017 and beyond.

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April 2017 - Manufacturing Market Optimism

In our last edition, we discussed the vibe in the manufacturing world immediately following the Presidential election in November. There was certainly a shift towards optimism in the manufacturing sector with the expectation that a commitment to domestic manufacturing was to be one of the primary policy focus points for the new administration. Fast forward 90 days and it certainly appears that this optimism has some staying power.

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October 2016 - Will we see a stronger Manufacturing economy in 2017?

It’s hard to believe that 2016 is rushing past us and that we are on the cusp of 2017. What happened to that 2016 manufacturing recovery that many of the macroeconomic prognosticators envisioned? For those whose long term success is tied to a strong and sustained US Manufacturing economy, we feel as of late like the perpetually optimistic Chicago Cubs fan, being told "wait 'til next year". That "next year" may be now for the Cubs fans, but what about manufacturing?

Seems like back in 2014 the predictions were for a potentially weak 1st half and then a steady recovery in late 2014, continuing on into 2015 and 2016. Business owners were encouraged to expand and invest to put their manufacturing businesses in a favorable position to reap the rewards of a “manufacturing run” that would span several years. Then, in the 2nd half of 2014 began the steep decline on Oil Prices that seemed to change the calculus and to push those recovery predictions out into 2015 or 2016. 

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