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Manufacturing 2007 Executive Summary
For a decade, IndustryWeek and the Manufacturing Performance Institute (MPI) Census of Manufacturers have provided data to US manufacturers. This year, MPI

furniture and related product manufacturing  activities 2.7% 2.9% 1.4% Furniture and related product manufacturing 2.7% 2.8% 2.1% Paper manufacturing 2.6% 2.3% 4.1% Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing 2.3% 2.8% 0.0% Wood product manufacturing 2.2% 2.3% 2.1% Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing 0.5% 0.4% 1.4% Apparel manufacturing 0.5% 0.5% 0.7% Textile mills 0.4% 0.4% 0.7% Textile product mills 0.4% 0.4% 0.7% Petroleum and coal products manufacturing 0.2% 0.3% 0.0% Leather and allied product manufacturing 0.1% 0.0% 0.7% Product

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