Manufacturing is expected to grow steadily through 2014, but Hurricane Sandy's destruction, uncertainty in Washington, D.C., and fears regarding the European economy are slowing the growth forecast to just 2% in 2013. "Although the pace should pick up in the second half of 2013 and during 2014, it will not be until the second half of 2014 that the economy grows at what could be called a moderate pace," MAPI says in its latest U.S. Industrial Outlook.

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