A report by the Ball State Center for Business and Economic Research finds that while Tennessee's manufacturing base is thriving, more jobs and greater production could occur if there were more available workers with technical job skills. The 2013 Manufacturing & Logistics National Report gave the state a "B" for manufacturing, but a "D-" for human capital. "[T]he only real constraint to making goods in Tennessee remains the quality limitations of the workforce," said Michael Hicks, Ball State's CBER director and an economics professor.

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