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Georgia Gains Manufacturing Jobs For A Seventh Straight Year

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EVANSTON, Ill, August 10th, 2017/Manufacturers' News, Inc./-- Georgia added manufacturing jobs for a seventh straight year, according to data collected by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI), a publisher of industrial databases for all fifty states. MNI reports Georgia added 4,373 new manufacturing jobs between May 2016 and May 2017, double the increase reported for the 2015-2016 survey year, and extending the dramatic upswing the state has seen since 2010.

Currently, Georgia’s 9,124 manufacturers employ 493,350 in the state, reports MNI. Since May of 2010, Georgia’s industrial workforce has grown steadily, adding more than 27,000 jobs or 6%, representing one of the nation’s strongest post-recession manufacturing job recoveries.

Georgia gets high marks for a number of site selection factors including a robust economy, low labor costs, solid infrastructure, and access to capital. The state has allowed automakers to grow and thrive, and this has boosted employment across multiple sub-sectors.” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “However, finding skilled workers for today’s advanced manufacturing remains a challenge.”

Georgia’s job gains were led by the transportation equipment industry, which added another 2.3% to its workforce in the past year. Georgia’s post-recession factory employment gains have been largely driven by the transportation equipment sector, which has grown by 32% in the past seven years. the state’s third-largest sectoThe transportation equipment industry now ranks as the state’s third-largest sector by number of manufacturing jobs, employing 47,520.

Numerous plant openings were announced in Georgia over the year, including two major operations in Macon: Irving Consumer Products’ $400 million tissue plant and Kumho Tire Georgia’s 1-million-square-foot factory – the largest manufacturing facility to open in Macon in 40 years. In addition, Constellium NV opened an automotive aluminum plant in White; ScotBilt homes broke ground on a manufactured home plant in Millen; and Vanguard National Trailer set up shop in Trenton, where it will produce van trailers. Industrial gas manufacturer Linde Group; auto supplier Carcoustics; and fertilizer maker Haifa all announced new facilities in the state. Meanwhile, Adidas has made progress in Atlanta, where it started up shoe production at its brand new “speedfactory.”

MNI reports Georgia manufacturers added jobs across a wide spectrum of industries, including fabricated metals, up 6%; chemicals, up 3.9%; industrial machinery, up 2.3%; and electronics, also up 2.3%. Food processing, which ranks as the state’s largest industry by factory employment added 1.2% to its workforce, and marginal gains were also recorded in furniture/fixtures; stone/clay/glass; and rubber/plastics.

Industries in Georgia reporting losses included paper products, down 4%; printing/publishing, down 2.3%; and textiles, down 1%.

Manufacturers closing their Georgia locations included Shaw Industries, which shuttered its plant in Fitzgerald; and Boeing, which closed its Macon factory.

MNI’s regional data shows job gains were spread across Georgia’s five regions, with increases strongest in Northeast Georgia, up 2.6%, and South Central Georgia, up 2.3%. Manufacturing jobs rose 1.2% in the Southwest, and climbed 1% in the Southeast, while Northwest Georgia, which accounts for 61% of the state’s industrial workforce, climbed one third of one percent.

City data collected by MNI shows Atlanta remains Georgia’s largest city by number of manufacturing jobs with 59,430 workers, virtually unchanged from a year ago. Second-ranked Dalton accounts for 22,469, up 1.4%, while third-ranked Alpharetta accounts for 20,522, down 2.1%. Savannah is home to 17,014 manufacturing jobs, with no significant change reported over the year, while Norcross accounts for 14,261, down 1.7%.

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