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Creating the IW 50 Best US Manufacturers

The IndustryWeek 50 Best U.S. Manufacturers is IW's exclusive annual ranking of America's top-performing public manufacturers. IW compiles the list by ranking the IW U.S. 500 companies based on their financial performance in six key areas over a three-year period. This includes inventory turns, profit margin, asset turns, return on assets, return on equity, and revenue growth. The most recent year accounts for 50% of the calculation, while 2012 is weighted at 30% and 2011 contributes 20%.

Chicago's Mondelez Plant Dunks Its Last Oreo
About half the plant's 1,200 workers will be laid off as production moves to Mexico.
A factory worker on the line.
BLS JOBS REPORT: 287,000 New Positions Marks Biggest Jump Since October
Manufacturing added 14,000 new jobs in June, but remains down 24,000 in 2016, a major point of contention among some in the industry.
LG, VW Team Up on Connected Car
LG, VW Team Up on Connected Car
The two companies will work together on Volkswagen's Cross-Over-Platform, which is aimed at enhanced vehicle connectivity.
Toyota Tops 'Most American Made' Car List
Honda had the most cars on the list, while the Detroit Three didn't crack the top five.
And the Smart City of the Future Is ... Columbus, Ohio 1
From Pittsburgh to Austin, Tx., connected cars, traffic sensors, electric vehicles and ride-sharing programs came up repeatedly in the finalists' proposals.
Denso to Give $1 Million to College Workforce Training Programs 1
Along with engineering programs, the foundation funds skilled trades and robotics programs “as these are becoming increasingly important in the automotive and technology industries,” said Denso executive vice president Mike Brackett.
Los Angeles Wins 9th U.S. Manufacturing Hub, Focused on Smart Tech
The Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute will also launch five regional manufacturing centers, each anchored by an academic institution and focused on local technology transfer and workforce development.
Are Skills Gap Worries Easing? 4
About a third of manufacturers surveyed in a new PwC/Manufacturing Institute study say they are having no problem finding skilled workers. For others, it's a different story.
First Look at the State of Manufacturing 3
The IndustryWeek U.S. 500 provides a snapshot of U.S. industrial strength—or weakness.
Creating the IndustyWeek US 500
IndustryWeek partnered with Mergent Inc. to create the 2016 IW U.S. 500 ranking of the largest publicly held manufacturing companies headquartered in the United States.
UAW to Bring in Verizon Strikers for Honeywell Rally
"That rally next week is important to us," said Jim McKeever, assistant vice president of UAW Local 1508.
Shell Cracker Plant Coming to Pennsylvania
Shell Cracker Plant Coming to Pennsylvania
The complex will use low-cost ethane from shale gas producers in the Marcellus and Utica basins to produce 1.6 million tons of polyethylene per year.
Honeywell to Furlough Aerospace Workers
Most non-production employees will be affected for the week of June 27 through July 3.
NASA Program Helps Smaller Manufacturers in Ohio
Small to medium-sized companies ranging from an environmentally friendly coatings manufacturer to a maker of high-performance nano-titanium are the recipients of loans and expert support from the Adopt a City program.
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