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Plante Moran's manufacturing and distribution practice is one of the largest in the accounting profession. We provide audit, tax, and consulting services to more than 2,500 clients in key sectors such as automotive, food and beverage, medical, metals, and plastics and packaging.

Manufacturing Business Management Consulting

Industrial strength solutions: A higher return on experience

As the manufacturing industry transitions from recession into recovery mode, the underlining drivers of success — pricing discipline, proactive cost management, quality systems, supply chain management, and technology innovation — are once again front and center.

Since 1924, Plante Moran’s accountants, tax experts, and consultants have been helping manufacturers manage steadily during economic contraction and growth. The firm’s manufacturing and distribution practice is one of the largest in the nation with more than 2,500 clients representing nearly every manufacturing sector with concentrations in areas such as automotive, food and beverage, metals, and plastics and packaging.

Every day our grounded, practical, and collaborative professionals are working with companies like yours, analyzing key aspects of their operations including buying sensitivity factors, sourcing trends, and growth obstacles. Our industry specialists know best practices, and they will help adapt them to your specific situation.

You can depend on our team to help you limit risk and find untapped value in your people, operations, and processes. That is the way Plante Moran lives up to its promise of “a higher return on experience.”

We like to say that our audits are painless and practical; so that you can expect good ideas in every report

Our clients tell us we make the audit process easy because of our proven methodology and the industry-specific tools we’ve developed. You will appreciate how our auditors compare your numbers to those of your peers and help you put expenditures, staffing, and operations into perspective. They will give you the data points to successfully woo lenders, investors, merger targets, and innovation partners. With our help, your audit report becomes a manual for an effective and efficient future.

A well designed tax strategy is like money in the bank

Taxes are one of the biggest expenses any business faces and tax planning can be complex because of the interdependence and ever-changing nature of taxes at the local, state, federal, and international levels. You can count on our tax planning team to monitor legislative, regulatory, and precedent-setting developments in tax and be ready to help you adapt by offering new planning ideas or adjusting your current plan to take advantage of new opportunities. You can depend on them to guide you through the complicated tax environment and help you develop a plan that will reduce your organization’s tax burden and maximize its cash flow.

Our consultants are grounded, practical, and collaborative. They’ll help you move ahead.

Worried about the reliability of your supply chain?
Our supplier risk assessment process can ensure you have the materials, parts, and services you need to operate efficiently and profitably. Bottom line — our supply chain experts know the supply base. You can depend on their knowledge and experience to assess your suppliers’ current and future abilities to serve you.

Need help finding the right suppliers?
Our strategic sourcing experts can help you search the globe for the best products and services. They have a process that will ensure you get the value you are looking for and the dependability you require. They can help you level the playing field.

Where should you locate a new plant?
You will appreciate our team that specializes in site selection. Our consultants will help you look at the local tax structures, the cost and availability of labor at various locations, and the incentives available from local governments. You’ll have the information to weigh your options and find a site that fits your goals.

Getting the value you need from your ERP system?
Our technology team has implemented more than 70 new ERP systems and customized and updated many more. They can help you keep a competitive edge by ensuring your systems align with your objectives.

Our problem solving is another way we can provide you a higher return on experience.  

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Chris Montague

877-622-2257, x23561



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“As a longstanding Plante & Moran client, I view Plante & Moran as a first-class organization whose culture emphasizes making staff happy, and that philosophy means my company receives excellent service. Members of our Plante & Moran account team are genuinely happy people who take pride in their work. Plante & Moran’s exceptionally low turnover also means we’ve had the same account team members for a very long time, contributing to their status with our organization as trusted business advisors.”

Bruce Graham, Executive Vice President and CFO
Creative Foam