State earns B+ for manufacturing, B for logistics

The 2015 Manufacturing and Logistics Report, prepared by Ball State University’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) for Conexus Indiana, gave Wisconsin a B+ for manufacturing and a B for logistics.

The report details how each state ranks among its peers in several areas of the economy that underlie the success of manufacturing and logistics, including the health of the manufacturing and logistics industries, the state of human capital, the cost of worker benefits, diversification of the industries, state-level productivity and innovation, expected fiscal liability, the state tax climate, and global reach.

Wisconsin also earned a B+ for human capital and a B for sector diversification. Expected liability gap and productivity and innovation each received a C+, and global reach got a C. Worker benefit costs and tax climate received the worst grades of a D and D+, respectively.

According to the report, several of Wisconsin’s scores declined from last year.