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The Manufacturer's Agenda: Monitoring the US Manufacturing Resurgence

July 16, 2013
Find 25 financial metrics for each of the largest public manufacturers in the IndustryWeek U.S. 500, IW's exclusive annual ranking of America's largest public manufacturers, based on revenue. You'll find a virtual at-a-glance annual report at

We've always been proud of the quantity of data we provide with our annual IW U.S. 500 and IW 50 Best U.S. Manufacturers rankings, but this year we're delivering even more -- and more timely -- information.

With this, the 11th edition, you'll find on our website an IW U.S. 500 stock index, which links to a plethora of real-time reports: related market and sector summaries, news, SEC filings, stock quotes, currency exchange rates, and more. These additions complement the already significant data set we publish each year, which includes a snapshot-in-time of 25 financial data points, the names of top executives and news updates about each company on the list.

With the increased focus among public policy and business leaders on the manufacturing sector, the timing couldn't be better. Combined, the traditional ranking, which I see as an annual report at-a-glance, and the latest updates will help the manufacturing community to regularly take the pulse of the U.S. manufacturing sector.

Along with the IW U.S. 500, we present the 2013 IW 50 Best U.S. Manufacturers ranking, which digs more deeply into important metrics, identifying benchmarks set by the best of the IW U.S. 500 companies.

Many people have argued that a separate manufacturing ranking and data set is not needed, saying that the differences between manufacturing and non-manufacturing companies are not significant. Others discontinued their manufacturing lists decades ago when it appeared that U.S. manufacturing would essentially wither away. 

IndustryWeek obviously disagrees.

Through good economic times and bad, we've maintained that running a manufacturing company is different than running a non-manufacturing company. Indeed, we've always viewed manufacturing as the most dynamic, most innovative, most challenging and most important sector of the global economy. When others were happy with (or resigned to) writing off the sector, IndustryWeek stayed true to its mission: to help manufacturing executives build more competitive and more profitable companies.  

Find the IndustryWeek U.S. 500 stock index at; the 2013 IW U.S. 500 ranking at; and extensive, continually updated financial reports at

So next time you're looking for a quick answer to a question about a large manufacturer, go directly to the IW U.S. 500. Or better yet, stop by regularly to stay a step ahead of the competition.

About the Author

Patricia Panchak | Patricia Panchak, Former 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.  

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