Patricia Panchak

Patricia Panchak, Editor-in-Chief,

Focus: Competitiveness & Public Policy

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In her commentary and reporting for IndustryWeek, Editor-in-Chief Patricia Panchak covers world-class manufacturing industry strategies, best practices and public policy issues that affect manufacturers’ competitiveness. She delivers news and analysis—and reports the trends--in tax, trade and labor policy; federal, state and local government agencies and programs; and judicial, executive and legislative actions. As well, she shares case studies about how manufacturing executives can capitalize on the latest best practices to cut costs, boost productivity and increase profits.

As editor, she directs the strategic development of all IW editorial products, including the magazine,, research and information products, and executive conferences.

An award-winning editor, Panchak received the 2004 Jesse H. Neal Business Journalism Award for Signed Commentary and helped her staff earn the 2004 Neal Award for Subject-Related Series. She also has earned the American Business Media’s Midwest Award for Editorial Courage and Integrity.

Patricia holds bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and English from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in Journalism from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. She lives in Cleveland Hts., Ohio, with her family.  

The Truth About U.S. Capital Investment in the 21st Century
A look at evidence showing weak capital investment.
Money, Money Everywhere, Nor Any Penny to Invest?! 2
Capital investment remains in the doldrums.
Discovering Manufacturing's Hidden Workforce 2
New research supports a significant shift in how we must view and measure the sector.
2015 IW Best Plants Conference: Awards Ceremony [SLIDESHOW]
Winners of the IndustryWeek Best Plants Award received their Pinnacle trophy at the 2015 IW Best Plants Conference & Expo, which was held May 4-6 in Charlotte, N.C.
By the numbers
Capital Spending "Robust" in Q1
Index shows strong capex in Q1 2015.
Middle Market Growth Stabilizes in 1Q 2015
Growth Stabilizes for Middle Market Manufacturers [SLIDESHOW / VIDEO]
Growth stabilizes in the middle market, according to the National Center for the Middle Market's 1Q 2015 Middle Market survey results.
Will Things Ever Change for Women in Business and Manufacturing?
The value of recruiting women into business is experiencing a new wave of attention. Let's hope it leads to action.
Global Tax Turmoil Demands Executive Attention 1
Audits increase along with suspicions about corporate tax avoidance.
Three tiers of manufacturing jobs
Manufacturing's Wage and Job-Security Problem 3
Is manufacturing losing its reputation as the gateway to the middle-class?
What's Up With Manufacturing Wages? 5
Do manufacturing wages outpace other sectors? Or are they diving to retail clerk level? Both. Here's an explanation.
Get Ready for Wage Increases
Economists are starting to alert manufacturers to expect 
moderate wage growth this year.
Why Wages Will Rise
Why Joe Brusuelas, chief economist at McGladrey LLP, predicts higher wages ahead.
Vidoe about Continuous Improvement
Discover Snap-On's Value-Creation Suite of Processes
Here's how Snap-On leverages continuous improvement to manage the complexity of producing thousands of "micro-niche" products.
Are America's Advanced Industries Ceding Global Leadership? 1
Just the Facts. A new report finds America's advanced industries are falling behind global competitors.
IndustryWeek's 25th Anniversary Issue: The Next 25
Hot Manufacturing Stories Through the Years: 1970 to 1994
A look back offers surprising glimpses of the future.
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