Source: McGladrey 2010 Manufacturing and Wholesale Distribution National Survey
The hottest segments within the industry is Food and Beverage, in which nearly 50% of executives report “thriving and growing” this year. The two closely following segments are Medical (37%) and Chemical (33%). Unfortunately the outlook has not improved in all segments, as only 5% of Transportation executives report such prosperity.
The survey also indicated that the key driver to company health out of the downturn is size. For example 19% of companies with less than $25 million in revenue reports thriving and growing; whereas 32% of c0mpanies with $500+ million in revenue reports thriving and growing. Clearly, as company size increases, the outlook improves.