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2020 Manufacturing Outlook: Subscribe now for access and receive ongoing insights.

2020 Manufacturing Outlook: Subscribe now for access and receive ongoing insights.

2020 Manufacturing Outlook: Subscribe now for access and receive ongoing insights.

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.


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.

Tax reform for manufacturers: Uncovering opportunities

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Foreign tax credits: What’s in your basket

How will the proposed regulations for foreign tax credit changes impact you and your business? Will the new baskets result in trapped credits? Join our webinar to learn more.

Lisa Roelofs
Webinar August 7, 2019 60 min watch
GILTI: The new era of global taxation and planning
Steve Schnepel
Webinar July 24, 2019 60 min watch
Tax reform and 2018 year-end tax planning for businesses
Jerry Jonckheere
Webinar November 29, 2018 60 minute watch

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

Related Events

  • 2020 Plastics News Executive Forum
    We’re excited to be a sponsor and attend the upcoming Plastics News Executive Forum in Naples, Fla.
    Event February 24, 2020 Upcoming
    2020 plastics exec forum
  • 2020 PMA Forming Our Future Leadership Conference
    We’re excited to sponsor and speak at the annual PMA Forming Our Future Leadership Conference.
    Dan Bruce Shane Ferguson
    Event March 4, 2020 Upcoming
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  • 21st West Michigan Automotive Suppliers Symposium
    We’re excited to be the title sponsor at the 21st West Michigan Automotive Suppliers Symposium.
    Event Thursday, March 5, 2020, 7:30 a.m. - noon EST Upcoming
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  • 2020 North American M&A: Legal and financial update
    Please join us at our upcoming business seminar in Tokyo, Japan where we'll be discussing our anticipations around increased mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in 2020 as a result of the recent passage of the USMCA.
    Eigo Yamamoto Yusuke Kuramochi Scott Sneckenberger
    Event Thursday, March 26, 2020, 2-7 p.m. Upcoming
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Are you prepared for the future of mobility?
The time to retool and get ready is now.

Thought Leadership

  • Cyber resilience: Adapting to a changing cyber-attack environment
    Perpetrators of cyber-attacks threaten daily to infiltrate your systems with malicious intent. A cyber resilience strategy can help you withstand attacks and minimize business disruption to protect your data—and your profits.
    Raj Patel
    Article February 14, 2020 5 min read
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  • Bonus depreciation & qualified improvement property
    New 100% bonus depreciation rules under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will benefit many, but a drafting error has left businesses wondering if certain building improvements will qualify for the accelerated deduction. Here’s what you need to know.
    Jon Powell Jonathan Winterkorn
    Article February 7, 2020 4 min read
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  • U.S. tariff changes: Now is the time to prepare
    Trade tensions may have momentarily eased, but it’s important to act now to protect against tariff-related cost pressures and to remain competitive.
    Bill Henson Kari Thiessen Yi Zhang Dave Andrea
    Article February 6, 2020 4 min read
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  • With all the headlines, should I be concerned about the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on my portfolio?
    While outbreaks such as the current one can cause market volatility in the short term, markets have tended to bounce back quickly in other recent instances.
    Jim Baird Wealth Management Eric Dahlberg Wealth Management Tricia Newcomb Wealth Management Paul Olmsted Wealth Management
    Blog February 6, 2020 1 min read
    Global Markets Feature

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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