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%.
The high cost of technology, the limitations of a machine to make ethical decisions and the potential for cyber attacks are among the barriers to acceptance that automotive experts discussed last week.
Communities were selected based on the strength of their economic development plans, the potential for impact in their communities and the depths of their partnerships across the public and private sectors.