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.  

President Obama delivering the 2015 State of the Union.
Manufacturing Gets Short Shrift in the State of the Union, Republican Response 3
Manufacturing and business mentions in the State of the Union.
How Employers Effectively Manage Health Care Cost and Quality [SLIDESHOW]
The strategies employers use to more effectively manage health care costs, while improving the quality of health care service.
The Genius of Lean  9
The next step in our collective lean journey.
Drew Greenblatt, President, Marlin Steel
Driving Innovation Throughout the Company at Marlin Steel
10 Leadership Actions that Drive Innovation at Marlin Steel, according to Company President Drew Greenblatt.
Valuable resources -- your workforce
Are You Wasting Your Most Valuable Resource?  4
How you lead can either release employee's creative, innovative and entrepreneurial power... Or snuff it out.
A Pictorial Tour of Briggs & Stratton's Historic Transformation [SLIDESHOW]
Historical highlights of Briggs & Stratton's 100+ years.
Manufacturing is high-tech
Manufacturing is High-Technology 
Manufacturing technology: A convergence of several ready-for-primetime manufacturing technologies boosts manufacturer's optimism -- and image.
Manufacturer's Agenda: Closing Critical Education Gaps 4
Musings on meeting the skill and education demands of next-generation manufacturing.
Higher Education the Standard among Manufacturing Leaders [SLIDESHOW]
The educational attainment of leaders at the biggest and best U.S. manufacturers.
Reclassifying Manufacturers
Manufacturers Agenda: Will Some Offshore Production Be Counted as US-Based? 2
A proposal to reclassify manufacturers that rely on outsourcing threatens to turn trade, employment and other economic reports updside-down.
Middle Market Manufacturers Report Solid Growth [SLIDESHOW / VIDEO]
Research finds second consecutive quarters of solid revenue growth for U.S. middle market companies, with every industry segment reporting revenue increases -- manufacturers are among the leaders.
Michael Dell
Michael Dell Talks About the Benefits of Running a Private Company
Michael Dell shares his opinion about how financial markets impact the running a manufacturing business. Excerpts from Inc. and Forbes
Continuous Improvement: The Challenge of Choice, the Burden of Selling and the Value of Expectations
Nicholas Pinchuk, president and CEO of Snap-on, sees continuous improvement as a weapon American manufacturers can use to combat the turbulent times in the industry.
The Manufacturer's Agenda: What's a "US Manufacturer?" 3
With government statisticians planning to change how they count “factoryless goods producers,” and companies reincorporating overseas to escape high tax rates, it’s an, uhm, interesting time to compile a list of the largest U.S. manufacturers.
The Manufacturer's Agenda: Did Finance Gut Manufacturing?  10
Has our focus on financial metrics held back manufacturing's business success?
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