United States

McGladrey Launches Summer 2011 Manufacturing Distribution Monitor

Quarterly survey results to provide timely insight around operational issues and trends


CHICAGO, IL – RSM McGladrey, Inc. and McGladrey & Pullen LLP, which operate under the McGladrey brand as one of the country’s leading providers of assurance, tax and consulting services, recently launched its 2011 summer quarterly McGladrey® Manufacturing & Distribution Monitor to gather input from industry executives on relevant issues and trends.

“According to the National Association of Manufacturers, manufacturing directly employs an estimated 12 million people, so what’s happening with this industry is a reflection of the U.S. economy as a whole,” said Karen Kurek, partner and managing director with RSM McGladrey and leader of the firm’s national manufacturing practice. “The spring Monitor results showed that manufacturing continues to be the North Star of the U.S. economy, with the vast majority – 90 percent – indicating they are optimistic about their future, which translates into growth for the industry and for the U.S. economy as a whole. We look forward to gathering input from industry leaders this summer, and to sharing the results in early September.”

The Manufacturing & Distribution Monitor (previously known as the annual McGladrey Manufacturing and Wholesale Distribution National Survey) began quarterly distribution this spring to provide more timely and relevant information to industry leaders. Each quarter, survey participants are presented with a core group of benchmark questions, and a select series of topical questions touching on key management issues. Questions in the summer Monitor will focus on operational issues.

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 response from quarter to quarter, and receive quarterly reports that delve into the results. Findings from the 2011 spring Monitor are available online. Participants are invited to share feedback on the survey, and to provide insights into current industry issues through the McGladrey Manufacturing Blog.

Respondents who complete the summer Monitor by June 30, 2011 will be entered into a drawing for an Apple iPad 2. To learn how to participate, visit the McGladrey Manufacturing & Distribution Monitor page. Summer survey results will be added to the site in early September.

Research Methodology
The McGladrey Manufacturing & Distribution Monitor surveys industry leaders of manufacturing and distribution organizations to assess the current state of the industry and to determine what steps CEOs, CFOs and other executives are taking to grow their businesses and stay competitive. All data is collected online in response to invitations from McGladrey and from partnering associations and Chambers of Commerce across the United States.

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 90 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 website 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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