The IW 500 -- IndustryWeek's annual list of the largest publicly held U.S. manufacturers based on revenue -- shows that the manufacturing sector is still struggling with lingering aspects of the recession. "It remains clear that factory-sector activity is being impeded by the persistent questions and difficulties of a sluggish U.S. economy and the numerous region-specific issues in the global business picture," said Cliff Waldman, MAPI senior economist.

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