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Manufacturing Jobs In Indiana Are Up For A Fourth Straight Year

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Manufacturers' News, Inc.
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EVANSTON, Ill, July 7th, 2015/Manufacturers' News, Inc./-- Manufacturing employment increased in Indiana for a fourth straight year, reports the 2015 Indiana Manufacturers Directory ®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to data collected by MNI, Indiana manufacturers added 7,447 jobs from April 2014 to April 2015, an increase of 1.3%.

Manufacturers’ News reports Indiana is now home to 9,351 manufacturers employing 575,985 workers.

Indiana’s industrial base has achieved a remarkable turnaround following the recession’s steep losses,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “The recovery of the state’s transportation equipment sector was among the most impressive in the nation, while its low labor costs and friendly business environment continue to fuel growth in a variety of sectors.”

According to Manufacturers’ News, employment gains were led by the transportation equipment sector, which climbed 3.2% over the year, and 16% over the past four years, ranking first in the state for industrial employment with 95,146 jobs.

The state’s second and third top sectors by employment also posted gains, with second-ranked industrial machinery up 1% and third-ranked fabricated metals up 2%. Gains were reported across most other industrial sectors in Indiana, with employment in food products up 5%; rubber/plastics up 4.2%; textiles/apparel up 2.8%; lumber/wood up 1.8%; and instruments/related products, up 1.7%.

Bright spots for Indiana’s manufacturing sector included GM’s announcement of its $1.2 billion investment in Fort Wayne’s pickup truck plant and Alcoa’s establishment of the world’s largest aluminum-lithium aerospace factory in Lafayette. Other manufacturers announcing plant openings in the state included Samtec, which will build a new electronics facility in Scottsburg; Janesville Acoustics, which plans a new operation in Richmond; and Boar’s Head, which will open a processing plant in New Castle, creating 200 jobs.

Employment declines were reported in furniture/fixtures, down 2.3%; stone/clay/glass, down 1.7%; primary metals, down 1.6%; and paper products, down 1.2%.

Industrial locations announcing closures included furniture maker Mobel, Inc. in Ferdinand, and ATI Castings in LaPorte.

According to the database of manufacturers, industrial employment in Northeast Indiana climbed 2.7% over the year, with the region currently home to 158,062 workers. East Central Indiana posted a 2.4% increase and currently accounts for 145,957 of the state’s industrial jobs. Jobs were up 1% in the West Central region, currently numbering 53,127, but declined 1.2% in Northwest Indiana, to its current level of 89,999 jobs.

Declines were also reported in the Southern region of the state, with Southwest Indiana home to 71,229 workers, down a half percent, and the Southeast region home to 57,611, also down a half percent.

Elkhart posted a 5.1% manufacturing employment increase, and ranks second in the state for number of workers, with 30,759 jobs, says MNI.

Manufacturing employment in Indianapolis remained steady over the year, with the city currently home to the most manufacturing workers, at 73,704. Third-ranked Fort Wayne accounts for 25,211 jobs, down 3.3%, while fourth-ranked Evansville accounts for 16,376, virtually unchanged over the survey period. Columbus ranks fifth with 14,572 jobs, up 2.7% over the year.

Detailed profiles of all Indiana manufacturers can be found in the 2015 Indiana Manufacturers Directory® available in print or online. Established in 1912, Manufacturers' News, Inc. is the nation’s oldest and largest publisher of industrial information. MNI offers a variety of tailored solutions to help customers connect with 430,000 manufacturers and suppliers, from print directories to online subscriptions. MNI’s industrial database subscription service EZ Select: allows users to tap into a live interactive database of manufacturers, while its industrial search engine IndustryNet connects buyers and suppliers and allows users to view profiles and obtain competitive quotes. MNI’s traditional print directories are published for each state and include in-depth profiles of every manufacturer in the U.S. For more information, contact Manufacturers' News, Inc. 847-864-7000.
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