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EVANSTON, IL –Alaska
lost 1.7% of its manufacturing employment over the past twelve months, according to the 2007 Alaska
Manufacturers Directory, an industrial guide published annually by Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
) Evanston, IL. MNI
) reports Alaska
lost 539 industrial jobs and 39 plants since March 2006, the first net loss the state has seen in several years.
“The fact that much of Alaska
’s industry stems from its vast natural resources makes it less vulnerable to the outsourcing many other states have seen,” said Tom Dubin, President of the Chicago area-based publisher, which has been surveying U.S. industry since 1912. “It is not immune, however, from the mergers, consolidations and automation that has displaced many manufacturing jobs.”
The fishing and oil industries remain Alaska
’s top industrial employers, accounting for over half of the state’s industrial employment. Fish packing/preparation accounts for 9,340 jobs or 31% of the state’s manufacturing employment, down 813 jobs or 8% from last year. 43% of these jobs are located in the Aleutian Islands. Oil and gas field machinery/repair and petroleum refining/drilling represent a combined 32% of the state’s manufacturing employment or 9,981 jobs, with no significant change reported over the past 12 months.
Manufacturers’ News reports Alaska
is now home to 972 manufacturers employing 30,397 workers. MNI
profiles both large and small Alaska
manufacturers, including start-up companies with just a few employees. 86% of the state’s manufacturers employ 15 or fewer employees, compared to the US average of 62%, according to Manufacturers’ News. MNI
’s regional study shows Alaska
ranks 49th in the nation for manufacturing plants and jobs. Alaska
ranks last in the Western US for number of manufacturers, but second to last for related jobs, just behind Hawaii
South Central Alaska
accounts for the most manufacturing activity with Anchorage, Kodiak Island and the Kenai Peninsula representing 17,795 or 58% of the state’s jobs and 534 or 55% of its plants. MNI
reports this region lost 3.6% of its manufacturing employment over the past twelve months and lost 4.8% of its plants. MNI
data shows the Aleutian Islands are home to 11 manufacturers employing 3,996 or 13% of the state’s manufacturing jobs. The oil-rich North Slope region accounts for the most manufacturing jobs in Northern Alaska
with 15 companies employing 1,018 workers, 79% of which are employed by the oil industry. MNI
’s city data shows Anchorage is the state’s top industrial employer, representing 43.2% of the state’s manufacturing employment, or 14,065 jobs, down a half percent from March 2006. Dutch Harbor ranks second in the state with 1,830 jobs with no significant change in employment from last year while Fairbanks ranks third with 1,699 workers, down 1.1% in 2006. Kodiak ranks fourth with 1,382 jobs, while fifth-ranked Kenai accounts for 977.
Detailed profiles of Alaska
’s 972 companies can be found in the 2007 Alaska
Manufacturers Directory, available in print for $65 and on CD-ROM from $75. Each profile provides up to 30 facts, including vital contact information (phone, web, e-mail), names and titles of 2,275 key executives, product(s) manufactured, annual sales, number of employees, and more. Visitors to http://www.mnileads.com
may generate custom company selections using thirteen different criteria, including area or zip code, county, SIC, sales volume, number of employees, and more. Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
, publisher of manufacturers’ directories since 1912, compiles and produces manufacturing guides, statistics and databases for all 50 states. For more information, contact Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
, 1633 Central St., Evanston, IL, 60201, 847-864-7000, FAX 847-332-1100.