California State University - San Bernardino

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 12/01/15 – 5:52 PM PST |

Manufacturing in the Inland Empire may be back in growth mode as manufacturers responded positively to questions about the state of their businesses, according to the latest report from the Institute of Applied Research at Cal State San Bernardino.

When company purchasing managers were asked about the general business conditions that affected their companies, positive trends included:

• Solid sales growth

• More stability with government funding for manufacturers’ customers after Congressional agreement over a federal spending plan

• The opening of new export markets abroad

Bud Weisbart, vice president of A&R Tarpaulins, Inc., of Fontana, which makes fabrics for awnings, architectural structures, and protective fabrics used in aerospace, said the new spending plan helps his business significantly because of less uncertainty for federal aerospace funding.

“The companies that are our customers are federally funded, so as a result to that, there’s been a degree of stability, and up until not that long ago there was a tremendous sense of instability with aerospace funding,” Weisbart said. “We’re getting a lot more inquiries, which is good. For our last month, which is November, the orders we shipped out were very robust. It was good.”

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