Manufacturing companies are in great demand today. Private equity buyers, owner/operators, and strategic buyers are looking for manufacturing companies all over the US right now.
So it is a very good time to sell a manufacturing company if your trends are in the right direction. The most important trends are sales and profits (and EBITDA).
Banks like to lend against manufacturing companies because they have hard assets like equipment, inventory, real estate, accounts receivables. That makes it easier for a buyer to finance the purchase, and ultimately pay a seller more.
Valuations of manufacturing companies have risen this year due to many of these factors.