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McGladrey Manufacturing and Wholesale Distribution Industry Monitor Launches 2011 with Spring Quarterly Survey

Survey results provide timely insight around industry issues and trends


Minneapolis, MN – McGladrey, the brand under which RSM McGladrey, Inc. and McGladrey & Pullen, LLP operate as one of the country’s leading providers of assurance, tax and consulting services, recently launched its 2011 spring quarterly McGladrey® Manufacturing & Wholesale Distribution Industry Monitor to gather input on issues and trends impacting the industry.

The monitor, previously known as the McGladrey Manufacturing and Wholesale Distribution National Survey is now a quarterly survey, beginning this year. The survey launch took place just a few days ago and already nearly 300 surveys have been completed.

“Our annual survey provided industry executives and policymakers with valuable information and insight into the trends driving the manufacturing and distribution industry,” said Karen Kurek, partner and managing director with RSM McGladrey, and leader of the firm’s national manufacturing practice. “By increasing the frequency of the survey and taking advantage of technology to target smaller subsets each quarter and to add questions related to timely issues, we’re able to make what was already a valuable planning tool for our clients even more valuable.”

Each quarter, survey participants will be presented with a core group of benchmark questions, and a select series of topical questions touching on key management issues, from growth strategies and the impact of rising commodity prices (spring 2011), to global strategies, cost controls, innovation and technology, tax strategies and other relevant topics.

The spring 2011 questionnaire, the first in the quarterly series, contains just over 30 questions and takes less than 10 minutes to complete. Respondents receive access to customized, interactive dashboards they can use in multiple ways to compare their responses against the national aggregate. Those who participate each quarter will be able to track changes to their company’s responses quarter-to-quarter, and receive quarterly reports that take a “deeper dive” into the results. Participants are also invited to share feedback on the survey, as well as provide insights into current industry issues, through the McGladrey Manufacturing Blog.

The spring survey will collect data for inclusion in the quarterly analysis. The more quarterly questionnaires answered, the more valuable the benchmarks become to the respondents and their companies.

For more details about the quarterly McGladrey® Manufacturing & Wholesale Distribution Industry Monitor, visit the McGladrey Web site.

About McGladrey

McGladrey is the brand under which RSM McGladrey, Inc. and McGladrey & Pullen, LLP serve clients’ business needs. Together, they rank as the fifth largest U.S. provider of assurance, tax and consulting services, with 7,000 professionals and associates in nearly ninety offices. The two firms operate as separate legal entities in an alternative practice structure. McGladrey & Pullen is a licensed CPA firm that provides assurance services. RSM McGladrey is a leading professional services firm providing tax and consulting services. Both firms are members of RSM International, the sixth largest global network of independent accounting, tax and consulting firms. For more information, visit the McGladrey Web site at www.mcgladrey.com, join our Facebook fan page at McGladrey News and/or follow us on Twitter @McGladrey.


Terri Andrews
Director, National Public Relations



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