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December 10, 2008
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Manufacturing Growth?

A regional version of the national survey of purchasing agents shows that western Washington manufacturing grew in November, but just barely.

The region scored 51 in the index compiled by the Western Washington chapter of the National Association of Purchasing Managers. Any score above 50 suggests growth while scores below 50 indicate contraction.

The national score for November was an abysmal 36.2, the worst countrywide score since 1980.

Through last August, when our regional index was a robust 65.8, the manufacturing index for western Washington had run far above the national average for a four year period dating back to spring of 2004. From January through August of this year, the regional index averaged 61.7 compared to 49.4 for the nation.

But, the regional index plummeted to 37.3 in September, coinciding with the start of the Boeing strike. The September number was the worst for our region since 2001, a year when the western Washington manufacturing index was under 50 for all 12 months of the year.

Feet First is one of the Duwamish TMA's partner organizations. Feet First has recently moved and is hosting an Open House to announce their new location. Friday December 12th, 4 pm to 7pm, 314 1st Avenue South, Seattle (Pioneer Square)--New Office Location!
Enjoy wine and appetizers, along with the following:

  • Enter yourself in the drawing for a free stay at Coast Hotels and Resorts (
  • Come view the final projects for Nancy Rottle's University of Washington's Landscape Architecture studio--highlighting student projects focused on creative alleyway space for people.
  • Stop by Murphy's Mix (directly above the Feet First office), before or after the Feet First open house. View handcrafted work by local artists as well as a large selection of recycled and vintage items. Enjoy champagne, appetizers and a discount.
  • Find out about all of the projects Feet First has been a part of over 2008 and what we have planned for 2009!

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