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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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Tax reform playbook: What you can do now and how to plan ahead
Wondering how the new tax reform legislation impacts your business? Do you have a clear idea of what you need to do, how, and by when? Our tax reform playbook can help.
Michael Monaghan
Whitepaper May 8, 2018 28 minute read
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Tax reform and your 2017 taxes: What should manufacturers know?
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    While the Section 232 investigations of steel and aluminum elicited the reactions you’d expect, these new investigations on automobile imports are receiving negative reactions from all segments of the automotive industry. What can you expect going forward?
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  • Tariffs and customs: How well do you know your value stream?
    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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  • 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: Optimizing your plant with smart technologies
    From employee productivity and enhanced quality to reduced risk and increased insights into customer behaviors, Industry 4.0 is revolutionizing the plant floor. View our on-demand webinar to learn how to optimize your plant with smart technologies.
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  • Benchmarking plastics processors: Know your competitive set
    Plante Moran’s North American Plastics Industry Study (NAPIS) has offered insights and analysis to plastics processors for over 20 years. Take advantage of this treasure-trove of benchmarking data — participate in the survey and see where you stand in the marketplace.
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  • Foreign exchange risk is rising for middle-market manufacturers
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  • Blockchain disruption: Are manufacturers ready?
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  • How to prepare your industrial real estate for NAFTA changes

    With uncertainty around the future of NAFTA, there are several steps you should be taking now to make sure your real estate will be flexible, with options that allow you to adapt to meet changing needs.

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  • Combat disruption with a flexible operations model
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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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Financial forecasting: Expanding for a better and bigger future
To stay competitive, a company must keep up with their customer demands. A family-owned food and beverage company was facing a business-changing request that led to a new facility, ultimately retaining their largest client.
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Midwest manufacturer uses data analytics to gain customer insights
A manufacturer with both consumer and professional customer segments, served through a direct sales model.
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