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Michigan Gained Manufacturing Jobs For A Third Straight Year

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EVANSTON, Ill, April 22nd, 2014/Manufacturers' News, Inc./-- Manufacturing employment in Michigan increased 2% in 2013, reports the 2014 Michigan Manufacturers Directory®, a manufacturers database and directory published by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to data collected by MNI, Michigan manufacturers added 13,084 manufacturing jobs from January 2013 to January 2014, representing a third straight year of gains.

Manufacturers’ News reports Michigan is now home to 14,194 manufacturers employing 662,635 workers.

MNI recorded its first manufacturing job gain for Detroit since it began reporting on the city’s industrial sector in 2006. Manufacturing employment in Detroit rose 1.8% in 2013, though jobs have dropped 40% over the past eight years. Industrial companies in Detroit account for 31,125 jobs, compared to 52,019 jobs recorded in 2006.

“Manufacturers in Michigan are making large strides, particularly in the all-important auto sector, and the high-tech manufacturing hub planned for the state should boost its reputation as a center for innovation,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912.

According to Manufacturers’ News, Michigan’s industrial gains were led by transportation equipment, which saw a 2% increase, and is expected to keep rising with Ford announcing plans to expand six plants in Southeast Michigan and GM’s $450 million investment in two Michigan factories. In addition, Comstar Automotive opened a new plant in Tecumseh; South Korea-based auto supplier Hanwha L & C opened a facility in Monroe; auto supplier Brembo expanded its Homer factory; and American Axle continues to hire at its Three Rivers plant. Transportation equipment ranks as the state’s largest sector by employment with 131,109 jobs.

Additional bright spots included the opening of Thomson Plastics in Howell; the expansion of Tubelite Inc.’s facility in Reed City; and the establishment of Chemetall’s new factory in Blackman Township.

Employment rose 2.1% in second-ranked industrial machinery and equipment, with the sector accounting for 123,107 jobs. Third-ranked fabricated metals employs 78,498 in the state, up 2.1% in 2013.

Additional gains were reported in chemicals, up 9.5%; stone/clay/glass up 4%; paper products, up 2.3%; and furniture/fixtures, up 1.3%. Losses were reported in electronics, down 8.8%; rubber/plastics, down 5%; printing/publishing, down 2.2%; and lumber/wood, down 1.6%.

Industrial locations announcing closures included Dean’s Liberty Dairy plant in Evart, Dana Holding Corp.’s Rochester Hills facility, and Metavation, LLC in Vassar.

Southeast Michigan accounts for the most industrial employment in the state with 382,740 jobs, up 1.7% in 2013. Southwest Michigan accounts for 211,917 jobs, up 3%, while Northwest Michigan accounts for 32,805, up 1.1%. The Northeast region is home to 19,865 industrial workers, up 1.5%, while employment remained steady in the Upper Peninsula, with the region home to 15,308 industrial jobs.

MNI reports Michigan’s largest industrial cities gained jobs in 2013. Manufacturers in Grand Rapids employ 43,632, up 4.5% over the year. Employment in Auburn Hills rose 5.8%, increased 3.6% in Sterling Heights, and 1.8% in Warren.

Detailed profiles of all Michigan manufacturers and distributors can be found in the 2014 Michigan 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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