ó The growth in manufacturing activity in southeastern Wisconsin
declined slightly in August, according to the Marquette-ISM Report
on Manufacturing, but the index continued to show an expanding
August index from the Marquette Center for Supply Chain Management
was 59.63, well above the 50-level indicating positive territory.
The index has been above 50 for 10 of the past 12 months. In July it
measured 63.87 and 60.57 in June.
report is similar to the national report published by the Institute
for Supply Management, but is not directly comparable.
seeing a drop form July included new orders, production, supplier
deliveries, inventories, customer inventories and imports. Only
inventories and customer inventories were reported as declining
indicated issues with lead times and supplier deliveries have been
the biggest issues, including unrealistic expectations for lead
times. One respondent said the company was on track to finish 3 to 4
percent ahead of last year if current trends continue.
respondents had positive attitudes toward business conditions in the
next six months. Approximately 45 percent expect positive
conditions, compared with 37.5 percent in July. Half of respondents
expect conditions to stay the same, compared with 56.3 percent in
reportís diffusion index, which tries to account for bias towards
the positive or negative side, moved up from 65.6 percent to 70