Manufacturers have ranked among the best profit generators this year, but rising costs and...

|By:, SA News Editor

Manufacturers have ranked among the best profit generators this year, but rising costs and slowing sales gains are starting to crash the party. Industrial parts suppliers Parker Hannifin (PH +0.8%), Illinois Tool Works (ITW +0.8%) and A.O. Smith (AOS +0.9%) yesterday signaled "much, much slower growth" into 2011.