MANUFACTURING: Choppy recovery causing turbulence in sector

Times Board of Economists - Report from Roy Berlin, president, Berlin Metals
2013-01-27T00:00:00Z 2013-12-18T16:30:35Z MANUFACTURING: Choppy recovery causing turbulence in sectorBowdeya Tweh, (219) 933-3316
January 27, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Manufacturing activity in the United States is following a similarly volatile pattern as it continues to recover from the impact of the Great Recession.

Berlin Metals President Roy Berlin said manufacturing activity has improved at his business in January, and he hopes it follows the same recent pattern of showing year-over-year improvements.

European countries suffering from an economic recession, a slowdown of economic activity in China and uncertainty about the U.S. economy all are helping to stall efforts to develop domestic manufacturing capacity, Berlin said.

Berlin said the strength in the automotive market, energy exploration and agriculture have been strong in recent years. Nonresidential construction remains a challenge for businesses providing products to those customers, he said.

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