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Georgia Gains Manufacturing Jobs For An Eighth Straight Year

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EVANSTON, Ill, June 20th, 2018/Manufacturers' News, Inc./-- Georgia added manufacturing jobs for an eighth straight year, according to data collected by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI), a publisher of industrial databases for all fifty states. MNI reports Georgia added 5,050 new manufacturing jobs between May 2017 and May 2018, slightly ahead of the increase reported for the 2016-2017 survey year, and extending the dramatic upswing the state has seen since 2010.

Currently, Georgia’s 8,875 manufacturers employ 497,207 in the state, reports MNI. Since May of 2010, Georgia’s industrial workforce has grown steadily, adding more than 32,000 jobs or 7%, representing one of the nation’s strongest post-recession manufacturing job recoveries.

Georgia ranks high for a number of site selection factors including a robust economy, low labor costs, solid infrastructure, and access to capital, allowing manufacturers in the auto industry and beyond to thrive,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “However, uncertainty over steel and aluminum prices in light of new import tariffs could impact some manufacturers in the years ahead.”

Georgia’s job gains were led by the transportation equipment industry, which surged by nearly 4% over the year. The transportation equipment sector has largely been responsible for Georgia’s post-recession industrial employment gain, growing by 36% in the past eight years. Ranking as the state’s third-largest sector by industrial employment, transportation equipment current employs 49,267.

Food processing, which ranks first in the state for number of manufacturing jobs, also posted a gain, up 1.5% to 70,951 workers, reports MNI. Employment in second-ranked textiles/apparel remained flat and currently employs 52,074.

Numerous plant openings were announced in Georgia over the year, reports MNI. Pet food manufacturer Purina unveiled plans to establish its first manufacturing plant in 20 years, to be located in Hartwell; gun manufacturer Taurus USA announced plans to establish a manufacturing facility in Bainbridge; while Switzerland-based flooring manufacturer Gezolan broke ground on its first U.S. plant in Buford. In addition, South Korean company Hanwa Q Cells plans to establish a solar module assembly plant in Whitefield County, and British American Rubber Company has nearly completed its new compounding facility in Tallapoosa.

Additional industrial sectors in Georgia adding jobs included stone/clay/glass, up 4%; instruments/related products, up 3.7%; lumber/wood up 3%; fabricated metals, up 2.1%; and rubber/plastics, up 1%.

Industries in Georgia reporting losses included paper products, down 2.8%; primary metals, down 1.2%; and textiles/apparel, down 1%.

Manufacturers closing their Georgia locations included Beaulieu Group, which filed for bankruptcy and closed its carpet plant in Dalton, and Husqvarna Outdoor Products, which shuttered its facility in Swainsboro.

City data collected by MNI shows Atlanta remains Georgia’s largest city by number of manufacturing jobs with 60,693 workers, up 4% in the past year. Second-ranked Dalton accounts for 21,729, down 2% over the year, while third-ranked Alpharetta accounts for 21,246, up 3.5%. Savannah is home to 16,966 manufacturing jobs, with no significant change reported, while Marietta accounts for 13,914, up 1%.

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