This Map Shows Why America's Manufacturing Renaissance Could Stay In The South And Midwest

A recent study of American management practices by the Census Bureau and researchers from Stanford, MIT, and the London School of Economics, found that better techniques have a large positive impact on manufacturing performance, increasing the number of patents per employee, profits and growth. 

Surprisingly, they found real regional differences in the use of the best practices. The South and the Midwest outclassed the Northeast and the West by a significant margin. Kansas comes in first, followed by Tennessee, South Carolina, and Iowa. 

The entire top 10 was made up of Southern and Midwestern states. That expertise, combined with the fact that those regions have lower costs and wages that attract companies, could centre manufacturing growth in these states. 

Here’s the study’s map with the state by state breakdown. A higher score (and darker colour) indicates higher adoption of successful management techniques.

Management Map

Photo: US Census Bureau

Find the full study here

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