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Report: Pennsylvania among top five states for logistics

Pennsylvania was one of five states to receive an “A” for the health of its logistics industry in the 2015 Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card released by Conexus Indiana and Ball State University.

However, the state received a “C” grade for its manufacturing sector. 

The report graded each state based on the logistics industry’s share of total state income, its employment per capita, commodity flows data and infrastructure spending.

“Logistics firms depend upon many of the same factors as manufacturing firms in their location decision, but there is a more complex interplay between local conditions and the existing or planned transportation networks of roads, railroads, waterways and airports,” the report stated.

Pennsylvania’s infrastructure spending was boosted by a package of transportation bills passed in 2013, which PennDOT estimates will add $2.3 billion to $2.4 billion for transportation within five years. 

Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Texas also received an “A” in logistics. 

The overall manufacturing grade that placed Pennsylvania in the middle of the pack measured the income share and wage premiums earned by manufacturing employees in each state and the per capita amount of manufacturing employment.

Pennsylvania’s lone failing grade was for tax climate, which was measured on corporate, income, sales and use, property and unemployment insurance taxes.

Daniel Walmer

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