Understanding where the manufacturing industry is headed depends on the question you ask. Poll manufacturers on how their business is doing and they’ll likely be fairly optimistic, said Buckley Brinkman, executive director and chief executive officer of the Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing and Productivity.
Ask the same group what they see for the industry and the responses will be much more pessimistic, Brinkman said.
Kelly Rudy, president of Wauwatosa-based manufacturing professional development organization The Paranet Group, said there is irregularity in the industry. She pointed to a cycle in which companies have a hard time finding the help they need to meet increased demand and then aren’t able to sustain the higher level of orders because it takes too long to fill open positions.
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