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Manufacturing & Distribution Overview

Our number one priority at RubinBrown is totally satisfied clients. Our dedication to serving you as clients is simple: helping solve problems to improve your financial position. As a manufacturer or distributor, your business faces many challenges including rising costs, international competition, supply chain issues and much more.

RubinBrown's Manufacturing and Distribution Services Group is dedicated to helping you find solutions to these challenges. Team members assigned to your engagement understand the issues facing your business. Whether working on compliance issues or engaged on a special consulting project, our team members are focused on helping your business “build and protect value.”

Lean Accounting Roundtable

Lean is the relentless pursuit of perfection through the elimination of those things that customers do not value.

As companies implement lean, it becomes apparent that traditional financial reporting will not provide the meaningful information required to support continuous improvement and, in many cases, may actually impede a company’s progress on its lean journey. Aligning your financial and operational metrics with your lean strategy is critical to success.

RubinBrown offers lean seminars and roundtables throughout the year to provide a forum for companies to share their experience in continuous improvement in the accounting and finance arenas as well as network with their peers.

Inventory Expertise

RubinBrown’s manufacturing and distribution specialists are able to go beyond traditional accounting and tax services by offering insights into how to more effectively manage your largest asset - inventory.

  • Inventory cost and product pricing review
  • Accounting for lean
  • LIFO inventory costing
  • Inventory carrying costs analysis
  • SKU rationalization analysis;
  • Inventory management controls
  • Performance management systems

Process Improvement & Lean Strategies

We can help you transition the role of your accounting function from transaction processor to a strategic advisor by providing value added financial information and improving overall productivity.

  • Strategic planning
  • Business process reengineering
  • Lean consulting and implementation
  • Process mapping
  • Budget and planning
  • Period-end close and reporting

International Tax

Big or small, all manufacturing and distribution companies face international tax issues. Whether sourcing new business in a foreign country or setting up operations there, it is important to plan for the tax consequences.

  • Structure for international expansion
  • Foreign tax credit planning
  • Debt structure and cash flow planning
  • IC-DISC implementation
  • Transfer pricing
  • VAT tax issues
  • Subpart F planning
  • Expatriate and foreign national income tax consulting

Baker Tilly International provides us with a solid global foundation of international taxation experts.

Assurance Services

RubinBrown offers a full spectrum of traditional accounting and assurance services. As part of our accounting and assurance engagements, we offer a unique report designed for your business. Our ViewPoints Report includes benchmarking information, advice for improving controls, an evaluation of accounting and tax issues, process improvement opportunities and much more.

  • Financial statement assurance services performed by teams with significant industry-specific experience
  • Agreed-upon procedures
  • Benefit plan audits
  • Due diligence for mergers and acquisitions
  • Accounting and transaction consulting

Tax Services

Beyond simply handling your tax compliance needs, RubinBrown will help you capitalize on tax-saving opportunities, giving your business a competitive advantage.

  • Corporate tax
    • Research and development tax credits
    • Domestic manufacturing deduction
    • Cost segregation studies
    • Energy efficiency tax credits
  • State and local tax
    • Multi-state tax “physical”
    • Tax credit and incentive optimization
    • Real estate and property tax assessment/challenges
    • Sales and use tax consulting
  • Family business consulting
    • Succession planning
    • Estate planning
    • Gifting programs

Business Advisory Services

We assist both public and private companies with value added consulting services. Our consultants have experience in a variety of disciplines, including:

  • Business and intangible valuations
  • Forensic accounting
  • Merger and acquisition services
  • Bankruptcy consulting
  • Internal audits
  • Lean and process improvement
  • Enterprise risk management
  • Sarbanes-Oxley compliance
  • Litigation services


Focus on Manufacturing & Distribution: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act) was signed by President Trump on December 22, 2017. The following are highlights that are pertinent to manufacturing and distribution companies and owners. As with past tax acts, there are likely to be “technical corrections” passed in future legislation. While technical corrections are often minor, occasionally the changes are material.

10/26/2017 The Biggest Disruptor of All

Over the last decade, regardless of the products you are selling, the internet has certainly revolutionized how you do business and Amazon is a large part of that.


Cyber Security Remains a Significant Challenge for Manufacturers & Distributors

Modern manufacturing continues to evolve providing incredible enhancements to current processes, in turn exposing the underlying technology and the organization to additional risks.

All Manufacturing & Distribution News

We have compiled online resources that may be helpful to you or your business. You may wish to bookmark this page for future reference.


American Society for Quality 

ASQ is the world's leading membership organization devoted to quality. We have the knowledge, tools, expertise and resources to inspire you and your organization.

APICS, the Educational Society for Resource Management 

The APICS is a not-for-profit international educational organization respected worldwide for its education and certification programs. The St. Louis Chapter ( holds monthly professional development dinner meetings, with speakers on various manufacturing and distribution topics. Registration is not required.

Associated Industries of Missouri 

Since 1919, AIM has represented the interests of Missouri employers before the General Assembly, state agencies, the courts, and the public.

Association for Manufacturing Excellence 

Founded in 1985, AME is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to cultivating understanding, analysis and exchange of productivity methods and their successful application in the pursuit of excellence. We are practitioner-based, and our events and workshops focus on hands-on learning.

Industrial Supply Association

Portal for anything pertaining to the Industrial Supply Association. Whether you are looking for information about how to increase sales, reduce expenses or improve profitability, this is the Web site for you.

Industrial Press 

This site offers many useful resources for manufacturing. Titled Machinery's Handbook 25, the site is called the Bible of the mechanical Industry and includes links to areas such as finishing, general, machining, manufacturing, metals, reference, tooling, welding, motion controls and more. 

Kansas City Chapter of the APICS

Lean Enterprise Institute 

The Lean Enterprise Institute is a nonprofit education and research organization founded in 1997 to promote and advance the principles of lean thinking in every aspect of business and across a wide range of industries.

Manufacturing Extension Partnership 

MEP is a nationwide network of not-for-profit centers in more than 400 locations nationwide, and its sole purpose is to provide small and medium-sized manufacturers with the help they need to succeed. MEP provides hands-on help for manufacturers and is part of a program for the Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Manufacturing Internet Resources 

This site provides annotated links to organizations, government, education, commercial manufacturing sites, newsgroups and mailing lists. 

Links to publications covering many subcategories of manufacturing.

Missouri Merchants and Manufacturers Association

MMMA represents small and medium sized businesses throughout the State of Missouri

National Association of Manufacturers

National Association of Wholesalers - Distributors

National Federation of Independent Business

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Occupational Safety and Health Association

 St. Louis Chapter of the APICS 

The APICS - St. Louis Chapter holds monthly professional development dinner meetings, with speakers on various manufacturing and distribution topics. Registration is not required.

The Securities and Exchange Commission


AGI Goldratt Institute 

Discusses the Theory of Constraints and its applications, including articles on its applications to industry, and sells books and videos on TOC.

Missouri Department of Economic Development

The Department of Economic Development administers a wide array of programs designed to enhance Missouri's economy in the 21st Century.

St. Louis Chapter of AAIM Management Association

Economic Development

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity 

IDCEO is charged with enhancing Illinois' economic competitiveness by providing technical and financial assistance to businesses, local governments, workers and families.

Illinois Economic Development Directory 

Websites with significant economic development information for business people, company real estate departments, brokers and consultants.

Kansas City Chamber of Commerce


Missouri Department of Revenue 

The Missouri Department of Revenue serves as the central collection agency for all state revenues. The department's primary duties include collecting taxes, titling and registering motor vehicles, and issuing driver licenses.

St. Louis County Economic Council

 St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association

 This site is a gateway for doing business with government.

The Federal Marketplace 


Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing International 

CAM-I is an international consortium of manufacturing and service companies, government organizations, consultancies, and academic and professional bodies who have elected to work cooperatively in a pre-competitive environment to solve management problems and critical business issues that are common to the group. 

Import Administration U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration 

ITA's mission is to create prosperity by strengthening the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promoting trade and investment, and ensuring fair trade and compliance Manufacturing Extension Partnership MEP is a nationwide network of not-for-profit centers in more than 400 locations nationwide, and its sole purpose is to provide small and medium-sized manufacturers with the help they need to succeed. MEP provides hands-on help for manufacturers and is part of a program for the Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology finance with trade laws and agreements. 

International Chamber of Commerce Publications 

"Incoterms 2000" 

International Standards Organization 

The ISO site offers information and customer services with regard, not only to international standards and standardizing activities, but also to national and regional standards, regulations, certification and related activities that do not fall within ISO's sphere of activity. ISO Online provides information on technical committees, publications and ISO 9000 news.

US International Trade Statistics 

This site provides access to the latest trade statistics from the US Census Bureau's large database. Search for data by commodity groupings and by country.

World Trade Centers Association 

The WTCA is an organization of more than 300 world trade centers in more than 100 countries. WTCA online provides general information, including manufacturing-related news, a calendar of events, member services, trade opportunities and a global world trade center locator.

World Trade Institute



Bureau of Labor Statistics

Price increased by various market segments and summarized five-year historical trends by major categories are provided on this site.

Statistics of US Businesses

This site provides access to information about American companies, employment, payroll and receipts. View example data of individual metropolitan statistical areas.

USA Statistics in Brief 

The USA Statistics in Brief contains an overview of statistics dating that deals with income, GDP, employment, health and other topics from 1980 onward.