Column: Good news for one of nation’s manufacturing-intensive states

I am always reluctant to fill this column with my recent research, but this week’s release of the annual Conexus Indiana Manufacturing and Logistics Report (available at begs comment.

The scorecard itself had just a few surprises. Indiana did much better in the cost of worker benefits, and continued to lead in the size of manufacturing and logistics.

We also report that Indiana ranked third overall in the pace of manufacturing recovery since the end of the recession, trailing only the tiny manufacturing states of Alaska and North Dakota, whose energy production has propelled their growth.

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