Arizona maintains a C in manufacturing, says the  2018  Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card released today by the Ball State Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) and Conexus Indiana

Arizona slightly improved from “F” to “D-” in Diversification and declined from “C” to “C-” in Global Position. The state maintained the grade of “B” in Tax Climate, “C+” in Benefits Costs and Productivity and Innovation, “C” in Manufacturing and Liability Gap, and “D” in Logistics and Human Capital.

Arizona also experienced a relative decline in two-year manufacturing export growth between 2015 and 2017, the report said.

“U.S. manufacturing and logistics are in a remarkable period of expansion,” said CBER Director Michael Hicks, George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Economics and Business Research.

The report, released at the Conexus Indiana breakfast event co-hosted with the Indianapolis Business Journal titled, “Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics: Indiana’s Innovation Economy – Exploring Transportation Megatrends,” features an annual scorecard comparison of advanced manufacturing and logistics health among U.S. states.

The 2018 Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card was written by Hicks and Srikant Devaraj, CBER’s research assistant professor. The reports can be downloaded from the CBER website at