Manufacturing Growth Suggested by ISM Survey

The Institute of Supply Management said its index of the manufacturing sector, also known as the Purchasing Managers Index, rose to 48.9 percent from 44.8 percent in June.

That figure was better than Wall Street’s expected  level of 46.5 percent and closer to the 50 percent level that separates expansion and contraction. 48.9% is knocking on 50%’s door…

The ISM said that although the factory sector contracted for an 18th consecutive month, the decline was modest and suggested the slump is ending.

“It would be difficult to convince many manufacturers that we are on the brink of recovery, but the data suggests that we will see growth in the third quarter if the trends continue,” according to ISM survey chief Norbert Ore.

Additionally, the survey showed  growth in both the new orders and production sub-indexes. The survey also indicates that  the headline index was pulled down by weakness in inventories and lingering declines in employment.

We don’t think that it would be difficult to convince our members that “Now is the time,” for the orders to appear. We just hope that we can all have access to credit to cover our payrolls while we wait for payment on the new business that is imminent.

According to the NSBA’s July  Report , access to capital continues to be a major issue, with 80 percent of small-business owners negatively impacted by the credit crunch—up from 67 percent one year ago. Sixty-eight percent reported worsening terms on their credit cards and 38 percent were subject to a decrease on their lines of credit or credit cards.

It takes energy, machinists, materials and supplies to keep our machines running. And all of those require working capital.

Recovery may be imminent, but its duration will be measured by our ability to fund our work.

What has your shop done that is out of the box to stay ‘in the game?’

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