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Regional Manufacturing Outlook
Wednesday | 09 November, 2016 | 1:11 pm

Midwest

By Modern Metals' staff

The state of investing

MM-1116-regional-lead2.jpgNovember 2016 - A slew of divergent forces are at work—offshoring of manufacturing capacity and jobs, automation and other technological wizardry, the high dollar versus other currencies, a shortage of large public investment projects—that sometimes make it difficult for private enterprises to invest in domestic capital expansion, yet they are doing it, and especially in the resurgent Midwest rust belt. Automakers and their suppliers are betting on the future, as are fabricators, die casters, extruders, machine shops, tubing producers and renewable energy companies. Job growth in the region has faltered this year but only two states recorded jobless rates above 5 percent in August.

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