The seasonally adjusted Milwaukee index increased to 58 in September from an upwardly revised 56 in August, according to the Institute for Supply Management-Milwaukee.

The 58 reading is the highest for the index since January 2008. New orders grew to 66 from 59, production rose to 71 from 56, backlog slipped to 47 from 51, and supplier lead times fell to 45 from 47.

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