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EVANSTON, Ill, April 12th, 2010 /Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
/-- Industrial employment in Florida
fell 7% over the past twelve months according to the 2010 Florida
Manufacturers Register, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
) Evanston, IL. MNI
lost 38,278 industrial jobs and 932 manufacturers between February 2009 and February 2010.
Manufacturers’ News reports Florida
is now home to 14,928 manufacturers employing 505,005 workers.
“It’s a perfect storm of negative conditions,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “The country has suffered deep losses in manufacturing employment due to automation and technology, outsourcing and the recession, while the faltering housing market has affected industries such as wood products, furniture and building products.”
According to MNI
, the lumber and wood sector saw the worst decline in employment, down 16.8%. Furniture/fixtures declined 15.1%.
Electronics manufacturing has overtaken printing and publishing as the state’s largest industrial sector by employment, with 52,500 jobs, down 2.5% over the year. Printing and publishing ranks second after losing 11% of its employment, and now accounts for 51,252 industrial workers. Third-ranked fabricated metal accounts for 48,076 industrial jobs, down 4.9% over the year. MNI
reports other sectors that lost jobs over the past twelve months included transportation equipment down 14.7%; rubber/plastics down 10.4%; textiles/apparel down 10.3%; stone/clay/glass down 10.1%; paper products down 10%; primary metals down 8.9%; food products down 4.8% and industrial machinery down 4.2%.
Companies closing facilities over the year included Smithfield Foods, which recently shuttered its Plant City location, and WestPoint Home, which closed its bedding manufacturing plant in Chipley.
Bright spots for the state include the opening of water-efficient plumbing equipment manufacturer Coast Water Efficient Technologies, LLC, which recently moved its operations from Pomona, CA to Bay County Florida
; the expansion of solar cell equipment manufacturer Mustang Vacuum Systems LLC in Manatee County; the expansion of Guardian Manufacturing in Brevard County; and the expansion of CoreRx Pharmaceuticals in Tampa.MNI
reports Central Florida
accounts for the most industrial employment in the state, with 226,388 industrial jobs, down 7.8% over twelve months. South Florida
accounts for 183,855 industrial jobs, down 4.9%. The Northeast region of the state is home to 65,968 industrial workers, down 4.9%, while the Panhandle is home to 28,794, down 12.3%.
Jacksonville remains the state’s top city by industrial employment with 41,618 manufacturing jobs, down 3.8% over the year. Miami saw employment decrease 8% and is currently home to 40,095 industrial workers. Orlando accounts for 33,300 industrial jobs, down 5.5%, while Tampa accounts for 28,954 of the state’s jobs, down 9.3%. Fifth-ranked Fort Lauderdale accounts for 15,497 jobs, down 3.7% over the past twelve months.
Detailed profiles of Florida
’s 14,928 manufacturers and 1,993 industrial distributors can be found in the 2010 Florida
Manufacturers Register, available in print for $182 and on CD-ROM from $266. Each profile provides up to 30 facts, including vital contact information (phone, web, e-mail), 45,605 executives by name and title, product(s) manufactured, annual sales, number of employees, and more. Visitors to mnileads.com may generate custom profiles of manufacturers using thirteen different criteria, including area or zip code, county, SIC, sales volume, number of employees, and more. Information is also available on facebook and twitter.Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
, publisher of manufacturers’ directories since 1912, compiles and produces manufacturing guides, statistics and databases for all 50 states. MNI
also maintains IndustryNet.com
, an industrial search engine designed specifically for locating manufacturers and suppliers nationwide. For more information, contact Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
, 1633 Central St., Evanston, IL, 60201, 847-864-7000, FAX 847-332-1100.