The latest survey by the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank showed that manufacturing rebounded solidly in June after a brief slowdown last month, and producers remained generally optimistic about the future.
Raw materials price indexes fell for the second straight month, but more producers plan to raise selling prices in the months ahead.
"Factories in the region basically resumed their solid pace of growth from earlier in the year, following some disruptions in May," said bank vice president Chad Wilkerson. "Also, hiring plans remain fairly solid for the second half of the year."
The KC Fed comprises Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Wyoming and parts of Missouri and New Mexico.