The 2011 Manufacturing and Logistics National Report gave the State of Iowa an A grade for its healthy manufacturing climate.  The report grade was based on local factors such as the quality and availability of the labor force, transportation infrastructure, non-wage labor costs, access to innovative technologies and the cost of doing business. Iowa was one of only five states to receive the top grade in the manufacturing category.

The Manufacturing and Logistics National Report which is prepared by Ball State University grades the U.S.’s 50 states in several areas of the economy that  are successful in manufacturing.

Other areas were graded including manufacturing and logistics health, human capital, the cost of benefits, the global reach and diversification of the industries, state-level productivity and innovation, the tax climate, and venture capital activities.

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