Manufacturing Outlook 2018: Positioning Your Company for an Expanding Economy

The U.S. economy continued its expansion in 2017, and forecasts are for even higher growth in 2018. By some estimates overall GDP growth is predicted to reach nearly 3% or higher this year.

To keep up with rising consumer demand, U.S. manufacturing output has grown significantly since the end of the Great Recession in 2009—adding more than a million more American manufacturing jobs in the past 8 years. It is projected to continue its steady growth trajectory in 2018. In fact, according to a recent study from Ball State University, the U.S. is already operating at record industrial output. Economist Michael Hicks, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research, notes that ‘inflation-adjusted manufacturing GDP peaked in the fourth quarter of 2017, both in dollar and quantity index measures has found.’

Even more impressive, when viewed in a historical context, total manufacturing output in the U.S. is twice what it was in 1979. That’s despite the fact that overall manufacturing jobs in the U.S. have fallen in the past 30-plus years. What’s changed is the efficiency of manufacturing, driven by changes in technology. Another change—which surprises many observers—is that the number of college grads employed in manufacturing is way up—almost a 17% increase since 2000. As Hicks explains, “all the new jobs and almost all the replacement jobs in manufacturing are going to college graduates.”

While today is certainly a boom time for U.S. manufacturers, it also presents some big challenges for the future—chiefly a need to focus on smart, cost-effective ways to generate investment capital if they are to reap the rewards of future growth.

The next wave of growth will require substantial investments from manufacturing companies in at least 3 major areas:

1) Continuing R&D to develop more efficient manufacturing technology
2) Attracting a highly skilled and educated 21st century workforce with robust recruitment and training programs
3) Increasing manufacturing capacity to handle additional growth

Manufacturing companies see supply chain finance as a way to unlock capital trapped in their supply chain

While the lower tax rates for business passed by Congress last December will help finance these investments, it is no panacea, especially with investors expecting some of those savings to translate into higher dividends and returns. And traditional methods of raising large amounts of capital (issuing debt, selling equity, selling a portion of the business, and layoffs/plant closures) are expensive and can have a negative impact on things like shareholder value and market position.

That’s why supply chain finance through PrimeRevenue is being used successfully by a growing number of manufacturing companies to fund critical new initiatives. One major manufacturer of small appliances generated $750 million in cash flow gain in the first quarter of taking the program live to fund acquisitions and pay down debt. Another, AGCO, one of the leading agricultural equipment manufacturers in the world, is generating millions to help fund critical research and development.

More tech, more advanced manufacturing, more capacity, and higher skill levels will all be needed to succeed in the manufacturing world of the future. The magnitude of the investments required means that manufacturers will need to look beyond traditional financing methods. Innovative supply chain finance programs offered by PrimeRevenue can potentially be a significant source of this additional capital.

By Nathan Feather
Published February 13, 2018

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Stephanie Wargo

VP, Global Head of Marketing

Stephanie joined PrimeRevenue in 2015 and oversees the company’s global marketing team and strategy. With a data-driven approach, Stephanie focuses on demand generation and thought leadership to drive brand awareness, strengthen client/partner relationships, and generate new sales opportunities. Stephanie has guided PrimeRevenue through new technology releases and an evolving FinTech landscape. In addition to leading PrimeRevenue’s internal and external communications, she implemented innovative demand generation and marketing strategies to enhance the company’s overall sales pipeline.

Stephanie has extensive experience in marketing and customer success. She previously served as Vice President of Marketing and Communications at BitPay and Vice President of Client Relations and Marketing at FirstView Financial. Stephanie earned a B.A. degree in Political Science from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia.

Brian Medley

VP, Global Head of Sales

Brian joined PrimeRevenue in early 2012, after more than 20 years of sales leadership, executive-level consultant and business growth experience. As VP, Global Head of Sales, Brian leads a growing team of fintech sales professionals with a focus on developing strong customer relationships, improving sales predictability and helping PrimeRevenue enter the lucrative mid-market.

Prior to PrimeRevenue, Brian honed his enterprise software sales leadership skills at Clarus Corporation. He also served as an operations and IT management consultant for Kurt Salmon Associates. In addition to his sales and consulting background, Brian has deep experience in the financial industry having founded a successful residential mortgage broker and lending business. He is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology having earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Economics and M.B.A. in Global Business.

Jason Green

SVP, Global Customer Success

Jason joined PrimeRevenue in 2021 following more than two decades in the fintech/financial services industry. He brings a strong background is sales leadership due to his impressive relationship building capability as well as a successful track record in creating structure and process improvements. In his role, Jason uses his keen attention to detail to strengthen the customer experience and enhance the company’s solutions to deliver more value to clients.

Prior to joining the company, Jason held several senior level and executive roles with a focus on building and scaling sales and support organizations at both large and small companies. Jason graduated from Murray State University with a B.S in Marketing.

Matt Ford

SVP, Global Product Innovation

Matt joined PrimeRevenue in early 2015 and is responsible for overseeing all commercial, strategic and operational aspects of PrimeRevenue’s supply chain finance offerings throughout EMEA, based in Prague. He has been instrumental in gaining global alignment and developing supplier enablement processes for the region.

Matt joined PrimeRevenue following a 15-year career at Morgan Stanley, where he worked in fixed income operations covering debt syndication through bonds, EMTNS, corporate loans and other debt securitization. Notably, he set up non-core location operations in Europe (Budapest) and all lending operations in Baltimore from scratch.

Matt, who was born and raised in South East England, earned a B.S. in Sports Science at University of Teesside where he mastered the art of TEAM development and accountability as a youth international rugby player.

Dominic Capolongo

EVP, Global Head of Funding

Dominic joined PrimeRevenue in 2016, and is responsible for leading our bank and capital markets funding strategies and execution. He focuses on building global, scalable and highly efficient funding structures that maximize options for supporting PrimeRevenue’s programs. Dominic began his career as an attorney and was a partner with Kaye Scholer before joining DLJ as a senior banker. Dominic brings tremendous strategic and capital markets experience in all areas of finance having held senior positions at, among others, Credit Suisse and RBC Capital Markets in addition to DLJ. Dominic earned a JD from Fordham University School of Law and a BA from SUNY Binghamton.

Gavin Cicchinelli

Chief Operating Officer

Gavin joined PrimeRevenue as Chief Operating Officer in 2021. With more than two decades of leadership and executive experience along with a deep understanding of the payments space, Gavin provides a unique focus on improving and strengthening operational strategies and implementing GTM growth execution. He is responsible for leading transformation across corporate and operational strategies as well as building a repeatable and scalable commercial growth strategy that aligns with PrimeRevenue’s core business while delivering key adjacent growth opportunities.

Prior to joining PrimeRevenue, Gavin served as President and Chief Revenue Officer of Integrated Solutions at TSYS, a global payment processing services company acquired by Global Payments (NYSE:GPN). There, he also served as Head of Product and divisional COO. Throughout his career, Gavin has held multiple leadership positions including VP of Sales, SVP of Business Development, and President of Financial Institutions. Gavin graduated from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley.

David Quillian

Chief Legal Officer

David joined PrimeRevenue as General Counsel in 2007. He and his team have been instrumental in successfully creating the unique legal structures that support PrimeRevenue’s multi-funder model and global funding capabilities. David is also the lead named inventor on PrimeRevenue’s two patents for Electronic Time Drafts, which allow PrimeRevenue to manage supply chain finance programs using electronic negotiable instruments as opposed to accounts receivable. Prior to PrimeRevenue, David was General Counsel at Harbor Payments, which was acquired by American Express (AXP) in 2006, and Magnet Communications, which was acquired by Digital Insight (DGIN) in 2003. He holds degrees in Economics and History from Duke University, and Juris Doctor and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Georgia.

Nathan Feather


Nathan has successfully ushered PrimeRevenue from our very early days as a visionary startup, through the financial crisis to today’s position as a thriving mid-sized leader in the cloud-enabled supply chain finance marketplace since joining PrimeRevenue in January 2006. He was instrumental in recapitalizing the company with an $80M investment led by BBH Capital Partners in 2015. Prior to PrimeRevenue, he held various financial management roles with Ariba, Freemarkets and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Nathan holds a BS in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University.

PJ Bain


PJ has an impressive and accomplished track record as an enterprise software entrepreneur and executive. PJ has built a solid record of success with PrimeRevenue since being appointed Chief Executive Officer in July of 2009. The company has received numerous awards for growth, customer service, innovation, along with being recognized as a top employer.

PJ is a life-long software and technology entrepreneur having been involved in numerous firms in the roles of founder, executive, advisor and investor. Immediately prior to PrimeRevenue, PJ was the VP and General Manager of Exact Holding N.V. (NYSE/AMS: EXACT), a leading global provider of business software solutions. He was previously Founder and CEO of Inspired Solutions, an Atlanta-based, B2B software and services firm that grew to be the largest reseller of Exact Software in North America, later acquired by Exact. PJ holds a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.