Motor Shipments on the Upswing

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) said demand for motors grew for a fourth straight quarter during the April to June 2011 period, largely on the strength of growth in fractional horsepower motors. NEMA's Motors Shipments Index increased 16.4 percent from the previous quarter. This gain followed a 13.1 percent gain posted in the first quarter of the year.

Since bottoming out in the second quarter of 2009, during the depths of the Great Recession, the index has cl

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