Michael Guckes Chief Economist & Director of Analytics

Michael has nearly 20 years of experience in forecasting and modeling using advanced statistical techniques. He has successfully applied his expertise at multi-billion dollar companies in the construction, banking and insurance fields. Michael received his BA in Economics and Political Science from Kenyon College and his MBA from The Ohio State University.

Metalworking Index Contraction Slows for Fourth Straight Month

By: Michael Guckes

Index components continue to move toward 50, led by production and new orders
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Metalworking Business Activity Reports Additional Slowing Contraction

By: Michael Guckes

July data extends the slowing contraction trend initially reported in May.
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All Metalworking Metrics Continue Trend of Slowing Decline

By: Michael Guckes

The metalworking industry index signals decelerating contraction for a second consecutive month. 
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Metalworking Index Moves Closer to "Normal" for First Time During COVID-19 Crisis

By: Michael Guckes

Index signals decelerating contraction as new orders and production readings move higher.
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Metalworking Activity Contracts Further as Coronavirus Disruption Continues

By: Michael Guckes

Index sets back-to-back all-time lows stemming from extended COVID-19 turbulence.
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Metalworking Activity Collapses as Coronavirus Forces Broad Economic Contraction

By: Michael Guckes

The reading hits a record low as new orders contract, exports shrink and unemployment soars.
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February Metalworking Index and the Impact of the Coronavirus

By: Michael Guckes

As efforts to counter COVID-19 affect the global supply chain, Gardner Intelligence is carefully tracking their potential impact on the industry.
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Metalworking Index Turns Expansionary After 6-Month Slump

By: Michael Guckes

Index to report first expansion since May, driven by production and new orders.
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Metalworking Index Improves, Led by Supplier Deliveries

By: Michael Guckes

All components end 2019 reporting higher readings than the previous month.
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Free Webinar Looks at Automotive Manufacturing in 2020

By: Michael Guckes

Modern Machine Shop columnist Michael Guckes explains what’s next for automakers, manufacturers.

Mild Metalworking Index Contracts, Led By Drop in Backlogs

By: Michael Guckes

The November Metalworking Businesses Index falls further as new orders, production contract.
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Mild Metalworking Index Contraction Extended

By: Michael Guckes

The Index posts mild contraction despite growing new orders.
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