From Chmura Economics, an analysis of the Midwest manufacturing boom, with lots of good micro-level data, here's the opening:
"Last year may well mark the beginning of a welcome, several-year expansion in the
manufacturing sector. This manufacturing expansion has driven a good portion of
the improving jobs picture across the Midwest over the past year. In 2011, manufacturers
in the Midwest added over 113,000 jobs. In the same year, more than 63 separate
manufacturing industries expanded employment, of which more than 30 added 1,000
or more jobs. Food-oriented manufacturers in the Midwest fared better than national
counterparts, expanding employment over the past five years despite the Great Recession.
A premier site selection group, Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Company, and Moody’s Analytics
have found that the Midwest has improved cost competitiveness compared to the rest
of the U.S., according to a recent Wall Street Journal article. Overall, Midwest
manufacturers seemed to be turning a corner and positioned for further expansion."