Manufacturing orders increased in February, says ISM

The United States' Institute for Supply Management (ISM) has, according to the Associated Press, reported that February saw an increase in the amount of manufacturing orders made. This may be important as the country's different sectors of manufacturing attempt to ride the economic resurgence into a full-blown comeback.

The AP also notes a few factors that mean this may not be a complete turnaround for manufacturing: harsh weather has hurt the rate of production, and employment continues to be a problem. But the ISM did record a jump in activity that seems promising, with the organization's Purchasing Managers Index climbing nearly 2 percent in the course of a month. 

Writing for Bloomberg, Lorraine Woellert made mention specifically of the rise in orders and the effect that other contingent factors have had on this. The idea seems to be that further growth might be coming as the year continues, especially if the weather becomes more pleasant.

"The ISM's orders gauge increased to 54.5 from 51.2, while a measure of orders waiting to be filled rose to 52 from 48," she writes. "The pickup in demand and backlogs points to a rebound in production, which may have been hampered by inclement weather."

While these numbers may, as Business Insider suggests "beat expectations," manufacturers will need to be proactive to sustain ongoing growth in their industry.

CNC machine shops can help manufacturing companies keep pace with growing orders by providing the parts they need to keep their equipment in working order.