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EVANSTON, IL –Louisville ranks as the Southeast’s top manufacturing city, according to the 2007 Kentucky
Manufacturers Register, a manufacturers’ directory published annually by Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
) Evanston, IL. MNI
) reports Louisville accounts for 65,071 manufacturing jobs, ranking it first in the nine-state region in industrial employment.
Louisville ranks above Atlanta by 5,000 jobs, with the second-ranked city accounting for 60,803 workers. Third-ranked Charlotte is home to 49,957 jobs while Miami and Jacksonville rank fourth and fifth, respectively, with 49,603 and 44,780 jobs.
According to the 2007 Register, Louisville’s largest industrial employers include two Ford Motor plants with a combined 9,300 employees, GE Consumer with 5,220 workers and Brown Forman Corp., a distillation and bottling plant employing 1,500.MNI
’s 5-year study shows Kentucky
lost 26,545 jobs since October 2002, but that in recent months the state’s industrial employment appears to have stabilized, losing a negligible 726 manufacturing jobs over the past 12 months. MNI
’s regional study shows Kentucky
’s neighbors haven’t fared as well in 2006, with Tennessee
each losing 3% manufacturing employment and Indiana
“About 20% of the state’s industrial jobs are in the motor vehicle industry,” said Tom Dubin, President of Manufacturers’ News. “Various state income tax credits, and agencies such as the Kentucky
Economic Development Authority and the Commonwealth Small Business Development Corp. have helped the state attract and retain manufacturing plants.”
Manufacturers’ News reports Kentucky
’s top three cities account for 30% of the state’s industrial jobs. Lexington is Kentucky
’s second largest manufacturing city with 385 plants and 21,904 jobs. Bowling Green accounts for 160 plants and 12,020 jobs.
The Register’s newest data shows statewide Kentucky
is home to 6,163 manufacturing companies employing 328,393 workers, and accounts for 8.4% of the Southeast’s manufacturing employment. The Register’s survey profiles both large and small Kentucky
manufacturers, including start-up companies with just a few employees.MNI
reports industrial machinery and equipment is Kentucky
’s top industrial producer with 830 manufacturers listed in the new Edition. Printing and publishing ranks second with 702 manufacturers, while third-ranked lumber and wood products account for 621 plants. These three sectors account for 35% of the state’s manufacturers.
Detailed profiles of Kentucky
’s 6,163 companies can be found in the 2007 Kentucky
Manufacturers Register, available in print for $100 and on CD-ROM from $151. Each profile provides up to 30 facts, including vital contact information (phone, web, e-mail), names and titles of 18,967 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 distributes 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.