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Maine Industrial Employment Growth Gains Momentum

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EVANSTON, Ill, March 23rd, 2018/Manufacturers' News, Inc./-- Maine’s manufacturing employment levels inched up for a second straight year, according to industrial data collected by MNI (Manufacturers’ News, Inc), publisher of industrial data for all fifty states. MNI reports Maine gained 420 manufacturing jobs in 2017, amounting to a one percent gain.

Maine’s 1,936 manufacturers employ 61,963 in the state, reports MNI.

Maine is home to a diverse set of industrial enterprises, from L.L. Bean’s footwear empire to major defense contractors like Bath Iron Works and Pratt & Whitney. With assistance from the Maine Technology Institute, the state has gone a long way in helping Maine companies commercialize emerging technologies, while its abundant natural resources support a host of thriving seafood processing companies,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “However, business costs remain high, and finding skilled workers can be a challenge.”

Maine’s industrial job gain was led by the transportation equipment sector, which added 2.5% to its workforce and remains the state’s top industrial sector by number of jobs, employing 10,892. Central to growth in the state’s transportation equipment sector was the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act, which helped defense contractors expand.

Food processing, which accounts for the second-most industrial jobs in Maine, also posted a gain, up 5% to 7,007 jobs.

Additional gains were recorded in stone/clay/glass, up 7%; industrial machinery, up 1%; and primary metals, also up 1%.

Several companies announced new operations in Maine, including L.L. Bean, which has established a new manufacturing plant in Lewiston; Acme Monaco, which broke ground on an orthodontic hardware facility in New Britain; and SmartLam, which established two new cross-laminated timber manufacturing plants in the state. Shucks Maine Lobster announced plans to open a lobster processing plant in Gorham and TV antenna maker Dielectric plans to set up shop at a new factory in Lewiston.

These gains were offset, however by job losses in furniture/fixtures, which declined 9%; textiles/apparel, which fell 3.5%; paper products, which shed 3%; and lumber/wood, which edged down 2.4%.

Over the year, layoffs were announced at Owens Corning in Brunswick as it prepares for a complete shutdown of the plant, while precision part manufacturer Midstate Berkshire laid off 70 at its Waterville plant. Verso Paper laid off 120 workers at its paper mill in Jay, but recently reopened the plant after winning a grant from the Maine Technology Institute. Verso plans to re-hire 100 workers over the summer.

City data collected by MNI shows Bath remains the state’s top city by industrial employment, with 5,886 jobs, down 2.5% in 2017. Employment in second-ranked Portland was little changed, holding steady at 4,757 workers. Third-ranked Westbrook is home to 3,537 jobs, up 3.7% over the past year, while fourth-ranked Auburn accounts for 3,463, down a half percent. South Portland is home to 2,130 jobs, down 1.4% in 2017.

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