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Survey of Plant Capacity Utilization

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Definitions

  • Establishment - A single physical location where business is conducted or where services or industrial operations are performed. The QPC survey includes establishments where manufacturing or printing is performed.
  • Capacity Utilization Rate - Capacity Utilization is a ratio of a manufacturer’s actual production to their full production capability during the quarter. The rate shows how much of a plant’s production capability is being utilized.
  • Actual Production - The market value of production based on estimated sales price(s) of what was produced during the quarter.
  • Full Production Capacity - The market value of the maximum level of production that an establishment could reasonably expect to attain under normal and realistic operating conditions fully utilizing the machinery and equipment in place.
  • Average hours per week in operation - The average number of hours the plant was in operation during a single week.
  • National Emergency Production - The maximum level of production that this plant could expect to attain and sustain for one year or more under national emergency conditions.

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Current Industrial Reports | (301) 763-4673 |  Last Revised: June 22, 2012