The 2010 Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card, prepared by Ball State University’s Center for Business and Economic Research, noted certain states – those with low tax rates, diversity of industry and government support – may return to prerecession production levels within one to two years.
The study, released June 21, grades all 50 states based on nine criteria: manufacturing, logistics, human capital, cost of benefits, global reach, diversification of industries, productivity and innovation, tax climate, and venture capital. Missouri ranked No. 13 overall, and No. 3 for tax climate.