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In the face of change, find a partner you can trust.

In business, every minute counts. Industry and market disruption. Globalization. Big data. Changing regulations. Technological advancements. You have a lot to consider when evaluating opportunities and mitigating unnecessary risks, all while running your day-to-day business.

That’s where we can help. Our manufacturing team continuously monitors major trends impacting businesses like yours. With a full line of tailored audit, tax, and consulting solutions, we help our clients build and sustain nimble organizations that can pivot in response to the market and customers’ changing needs.

We serve owner-managed businesses, international market leaders, and private equity firms across many sectors — including automotive, plastics, food and beverage, metals, machinery and equipment, and distribution — throughout North America and abroad.

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Our Unique Advantage

We’ve spent nine decades serving manufacturers — growing our team of industry specialists and refining our capabilities. Today we have more than 400 manufacturing specialists serving over 2,500 manufacturers. We walk plant floors. We learn your products and processes. We conduct financial and performance benchmarking studies and are active in local and national manufacturing associations. This entrenchment allows us to stay focused on the future, spot the trends before they’re trends, and help you grow your top line. Let us put our experience to work for you.

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Tax reform for manufacturers: Uncovering opportunities

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Navigating tax reform: Critical insights for manufacturers
Tax reform will reveal challenges and opportunities for manufacturers. Effectively navigating the changes will require implementation strategies, planning approaches, and an action plan to optimize your tax position. Join our tax reform webinar to gain these critical insights.
Bryan Welsh
Webinar January 25, 2018 60 minute watch
Tax reform and your 2017 taxes: What should manufacturers know?
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Article January 23, 2018 6 min read
Manufacturers and tax reform: Planning for 2018 and beyond
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Article January 23, 2018 5 min read
How tax reform may affect the value of your company: It’s complicated
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Article March 19, 2018 5 min read

Revenue recognition for manufacturers
The new standard can deliver many surprises to the unprepared manufacturer

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Thought Leadership

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    With more tariffs potentially on the horizon, better understanding your company's value stream helps you anticipate competitor, supplier, and customer responses and plan for a range of scenarios.
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  • Concerned about tariffs? Six ways to manage uncertainty
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    Article April 10, 2018 3 min read
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  • U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports: Action items for businesses
    If you're wondering how your business will be impacted by the new tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, you're hardly alone. Here's our overview and key actions to consider. 
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  • North American Plastics Industry Study: 2018 Summary Report
    After over nine years of positive growth, are plastics processors facing a new reality? Download the 2018 NAPIS Summary Report for our latest assessment of the plastics processing industry, best practices of top performers, and recommendations to effectively manage change.
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  • Industry 4.0: Adopt smart technologies for a competitive advantage
    Industry 4.0 is driving efficiencies and increasing competitiveness in the manufacturing industry. Data, and the interconnectivity of all processes and machines, are key components of this transformation. Do you want to evolve your traditional factory into a smart factory?
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  • Blockchain disruption: Are manufacturers ready?
    Blockchain may be the most potentially disruptive tech advancement since the internet. Suppliers that want to remain relevant need to capitalize on its capabilities, including smart contracts and improved traceability, visibility, and accountability.
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Candid advice. Powerful returns.

Clients tell us our people are our secret weapon. We build lasting relationships to foster a client-focused, collaborative culture. The better we know you, the better we can serve you.

Whether it’s the first conversation on a Monday morning, or an emergency call over the weekend, we give every client our complete attention. We’re here to give you straightforward advice to help you make the right decisions and reach your goals.

In the words of Bryan Welsh, our manufacturing industry group leader, “Plante Moran’s core principle —to be a caring, professional services firm deeply committed to our clients’ success — is a guidepost that motivates me daily.”

Our clients say

Our transition to Plante Moran was remarkably smooth. We were impressed with the experience level and knowledge of everyone that worked on our audit. The communication and planning were exceptional, meeting all of our expectations, requirements, and deadlines.

Jim DeVleeschouwer Corporate Controller PVS Chemicals, Inc.

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Manufacturer meets acquisition requirements with Plex ERP implementation
A 95-year-old, $70-million manufacturer of tool storage solutions meets acquisition requirements through a cost-saving Plex ERP implementation in a limited time frame.
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