Report: New York Maintains, Improves Most Grades in Manufacturing, Logistics Sectors

New York retained or improved its grades in a report on manufacturing and logistics from Ball State University.

The grades that remained the same were manufacturing (D­), logistics (C), human capital (C-), benefits costs (D), global position (C), tax climate (F), and diversification (B). The state improved grades in productivity and innovation (C+ to B) and expected fiscal liability gap (C- to C).

The 2017 Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card, prepared by Ball State’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) for Conexus Indiana, the state’s advanced manufacturing initiative, shows how each state ranks among its peers in several areas of the economy that underlie the success of manufacturing and logistics.

CBER director Michael Hicks, the George and Frances Ball distinguished professor of economics and business research, also explains why U.S. manufacturing and logistics industries experienced dramatic growth over the past generation with his report, Manufacturing and Logistics: A Generation of Volatility & Growth.

The study found that U.S. manufacturing production grew 11 percent since the bust (2000-03) and the ensuing economic turbulence of the 2001 and 2007-09 recessions.

“According to folklore, this has been a terrible generation for manufacturing and those who move goods,” Hicks said. “That isn’t really what the data says. Indeed, 2015 was a record manufacturing production year in inflation-adjusted dollars. While 2016 fell just short with some weakness in the first and second quarter, 2017 looks to be a new record year.”

Reports are available here.

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