In most (but definitely not all) states, if you’re a manufacturer, you can invest in machinery, get it repaired, and buy consumables tax free, or at a lower rate. And even in states that aren’t very generous to manufacturers, there still may be some exemptions available.
And it’s not just manufacturers. Here are some other industries where I’ve seen exemptions that other folks at the chamber of commerce mixer don’t get:
Radio and TV stations
So check your state’s laws to see if there might not be some exemptions for your business.
Sales Tax Guy