Report shows manufacturing growth in September

Freeman Staff

Sept. 30, 2014

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 63.87.

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.

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