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According to a new Standard & Poor’s report, there are two key indicators that will tell you what kind of shape the manufacturing industry is in. The first is the Institute for Supply Management’s Purchasing Manager’s Index and the second is the Federal Reserve’s Capacity Utilization Index for motor vehicles and parts. A reading above 50 percent for the ISM index indicates that manufacturing is expanding in the US, and below 50 means that it is contracting. History shows that each time since 1983 that the index fell below 43 percent “speculative grade” automotive companies began to panic. Similarly any time the Fed’s utilization rate dropped below 72 percent during that period, it caused stress to automotive companies.

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A large majority of manufacturers in the United States are considered small, whether a lower middle-market firm or a true small business. In 2015, there were 251,774 firms in the manufacturing sector, with roughly 74% of the firms having 20 or less employees and 98.5% of the firms having less than 500 employees.

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On June 21, 2018, in a five to four majority decision deciding the case of South Dakota v. Wayfair, the US Supreme Court overturned 50 years of precedent. Businesses now face a new landscape for sales and use tax with the decision significantly expanding the authority states have to impose transaction taxes upon out of state companies of all types.

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According to a new Standard & Poor’s report, there are two key indicators that will tell you what kind of shape the manufacturing industry is in. The first is the Institute for Supply Management’s Purchasing Manager’s Index and the second is the Federal Reserve’s Capacity Utilization Index for motor vehicles and parts.

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What comes to mind when you think of companies like Apple, Patagonia, and Ferrari? Success. Vision. Passion. Purpose. Most likely, it’s a combination of all these answers. These companies have a reputation for not only being highly successful, they are also known for their strategic forward-looking vision, passion for what they do, and clear purpose. These companies transcend manufacturing; they have nurtured cultures that focus both on business and the additional impact they can have on the world. How do they accomplish this, and what does this have to do with manufacturing?

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To enhance transparency and comparability of financial statements and minimize off-balance sheet items, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued its long-awaited new accounting requirements for leases (“ASC 842”) in early 2016. There are elements of the new accounting requirements for leases that could impact almost all entities to some extent, although lessees will likely see the most significant changes.

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According to a new Standard & Poor’s report, there are two key indicators that will tell you what kind of shape the manufacturing industry is in. The first is the Institute for Supply Management’s Purchasing Manager’s Index and the second is the Federal Reserve’s Capacity Utilization Index for motor vehicles and parts.

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Trump has not been happy with NAFTA since taking office, at times calling it the "worst trade deal ever signed by any country". After working for more than a year to finalize a deal, Trump called the new agreement "truly historic". The US, Canada and Mexico have reached a deal to update and rename NAFTA.

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According to a new Standard & Poor’s report, there are two key indicators that will tell you what kind of shape the manufacturing industry is in. The first is the Institute for Supply Management’s Purchasing Manager’s Index and the second is the Federal Reserve’s Capacity Utilization Index for motor vehicles and parts.

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In the simplest terms, Industry 4.0 is the intersection of machines, devices, sensors, data and people all communicating in real time via the cloud, intranet or network (ERP/MRP) system. “Smart factories” will begin to propel manufacturing into a new era where production, information technology and communication (internet) are all connected together to improve processes and supply chain optimization. The ultimate manufacturing goal is to make more informed decisions that will move products faster through the supply chain. These premises are the foundation of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

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