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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.

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At the end of 2017, the largest corporate tax cuts in United States history were passed thus reducing the top corporate rate from 35 to 20 percent. This will allow repatriation of billions of dollars from overseas and many corporations to pass along bonuses and pay raises to their employees, boosting wage growth with average hourly earnings rising to 2.9 percent in January from a year earlier. Combining wage growth with an unemployment rate of 4.1 percent created the best outlook heading into 2018 for employees in almost a decade.

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A wave of hackers is anticipated in an industry dependent on sensitive data, intellectual property and trade secrets. Maintaining a high level of cyber security is vital for the manufacturing industry. Generally defined as companies in the automotive, electronics, textile, and pharmaceutical space, these companies struggle to protect their anticipated wave of hackers as well as prevent or mitigate any damage, manufacturing companies must adopt a relevant framework, protect their data, educate employees and implement official cyber policies.

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The Trump administration's trade policy made a bold statement with a spontaneous announcement to impose tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum. The president excluded Canada and Mexico, for now.

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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.

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Based in St. Louis, Missouri, US, Sunnen Products Company (referred to as Sunnen) is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of bore sizing and finishing equipment, engine rebuilding equipment, and tooling and abrasives. Its honing products are used in the sizing and finishing of cylindrical bores for internal combustion engines; in mechanical gears; in hydraulic valve bodies, blocks, and cylinders; and in petroleum extraction tubes, among others. The company’s prime markets include automotive and transportation, construction, mining, aerospace and energy. Customers range all the way from small, owner-operated machine shops to large, publicly-traded original equipment manufacturers.

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Not only are many manufacturers wondering how the tax law changes will fuel the economy, but how will the key provisions impact my business. Well, usually most answer(s) provided by your advisor take on a typical response like “it depends,” and in some regards that is the case here. However, before we get into specific benefits under the new law, let’s step back and look at what this means from a macro level.

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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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On April 26, 2017, the White House distributed a memo describing President Trump’s goals for tax reform. The memo lists the following four points under business reform: reduced business tax rate, territorial tax system, one-time tax on repatriation of trillions of dollars held overseas, and elimination of tax breaks for special interests.

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The word disruption historically has negative connotations associated with it. The specific definition stated by the Cambridge English Dictionary is to prevent something, especially a system, process or event, from continuing as usual or as expected. People are creatures of habit and would really prefer for things to stay the same. Disruption makes us uncomfortable. In layman’s terms, a disruption is a break from the status quo. 

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