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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.

High-performing manufacturers

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North American Plastics Industry Study: 2019 Summary Report

Is momentum slowing for plastics processors? Download the NAPIS 2019 Summary Report for our latest assessment of the plastics processing industry, best practices and attributes of top performers, and strategies to help business leaders position for growth.

Greg Alonso
White Paper May 23, 2019 12 min read

10 ways your legacy ERP system is costing you
And what you can do about it

Tax reform for manufacturers: Uncovering opportunities

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Tax reform webinar series: Understanding the impacts of new guidance
Are you wondering how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and recently released guidance will affect you? Our tax reform webinar series will cover critical details, allowing you to understand the new guidance, make informed decisions, and evaluate year-end planning.
Stephen Eckert
Article September 12, 2018 1 min read

Are you prepared for the future of mobility?
The time to retool and get ready is now.

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Thought Leadership

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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Food company achieves successful sale in the midst of massive growth
A middle-market-branded food company was experiencing exponential growth while simultaneously preparing for a sale. Here's how they successfully closed the transaction and met new public company regulations.
Brian Wiedenhoeft
Case Study September 3, 2019 1 min read
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North American Lighting replaces multiple ERP systems with Plex Manufacturing Cloud
North American Lighting (NAL), the largest independently owned Tier 1 automotive lighting supplier, replaces multiple legacy, on-premise ERP systems and achieves seamless integration across advanced manufacturing systems and facilities with the Plex Manufacturing Cloud.
Doug Hockenbrocht
Case Study October 1, 2018 2 min read

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