MILWAUKEE — A regional manufacturing growth index
increased a few points in September, according to a report
released Tuesday by Marquette University’s Center for Supply
Chain Management and the Institute of Supply Chain Management.
The purchasing managers index was 63.18 for September, and the
index has been above 50 — indicating positive growth — for seven
of the last nine months and 16 of the past 21 months, according
to the report, which measured growth in southeastern Wisconsin
and northern Illinois. August’s index was 59.63 and July’s was
Respondents to the survey said the agriculture market is seeing
”big drops,” however, and many suppliers reduced capacity during
the recession and never added it back.