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Wisconsin Gains Manufacturing Jobs For A Fourth Straight Year

Contact: Jennifer Ratcliff
Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
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EVANSTON, Ill, September 22nd, 2015/Manufacturers’ News, Inc./-- Manufacturing employment increased in Wisconsin for a fourth straight year, reports the 2016 Wisconsin Manufacturers Register®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to MNI’s database of manufacturers, Wisconsin added 6,516 industrial jobs from July 2014 to July 2015, an increase of 1.1%.

Manufacturers’ News reports Wisconsin is now home to 10,694 manufacturers employing 572,189 workers. MNI data shows over a four-year period beginning July of 2011, the state gained 18,568 industrial jobs or 3.3%.

Wisconsin gets high marks for its low business costs, solid infrastructure and ease of logistics,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “In addition to gains recorded in the state’s major industries, such as food processing, big strides were also seen in many other sectors over the year.”

Job growth was led by the food processing sector, which climbed 2.8% over the year. Wisconsin’s food processing industry currently accounts for the second-most factory jobs, employing 69,663. The industrial machinery sector ranks first in the state for number of jobs, employing 102,750, with no significant change reported during the survey period.

Employment in the state’s third-largest sector, fabricated metals, also posted a gain, up 2.5% to its current level of 69,391 jobs.

Most other Wisconsin manufacturing industries gained jobs, reports MNI, including textiles/apparel, up 5.7%; medical instruments/related products, up 3.4%; rubber/plastics, up 2.4%; printing/publishing, up 1.5%; and electronics, up 1.3%.

Wisconsin manufacturers announcing expansions over the survey period included Sargento Foods in Elkhart Lake; Baker Cheese Factory in St. Cloud; Allcast LLC in Addison; XTreme Stainless in Germantown; and Illumina’s enzyme production facility in Madison. In addition, OEM Industries opened a new manufacturing facility in Pleasant Prairie, and plastic sheeting maker GOEX Corp broke ground on a new plant in Janesville.

Employment losses were reported in stone/clay/glass, down 1.3%, and primary metals, down a half percent.

Industrial locations announcing closures included Lakeview Farms, which closed its Bristol-based food processing facility, and Diversified Machine, which shuttered its Milwaukee automotive castings plant.

Southeast Wisconsin accounts for over half of the state’s industrial employment, with 308,631 jobs, up 1% over the year, reports MNI. The state’s East Central region accounts for another 23% with 134,705 jobs, up 1.2% in the past year. The West Central region is home to 46,068 industrial workers, up 2.4%, while Southwest Wisconsin is home to 45,858 industrial workers, up 1.2%. Northern Wisconsin accounts for 36,927 jobs, up 2.1% over the year.

Manufacturing jobs in Milwaukee rose a half percent over the year, with the city currently home to the most industrial employment, at 47,031. Second-ranked Green Bay accounts for 22,221 jobs, up 1.2%, while third-ranked Madison accounts for 16,515 jobs, with no significant change reported. Fourth-ranked Waukesha accounts for 16,406 jobs, up 2.7%, and fifth-ranked Appleton accounts for 12,219, virtually unchanged from a year ago.

Detailed profiles of all Wisconsin manufacturers can be found in the 2016 Wisconsin Manufacturers Register® 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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