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EVANSTON, Ill, August 26th, 2008/Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
/--Industrial employment in Montana
remained unchanged over the past twenty four months according to the 2009 Montana
Manufacturers Directory, a compilation of state industry published annually by Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
) Evanston, IL. MNI
lost just 242 of the 35,397 industrial jobs MNI
reported active in the state as of June 2006. Previous MNI
canvasses reported an industrial employment increase of 3.7% from June 2004-2005, a 1% increase between the survey period of June 2005-2006, and no significant change from 2006 through 2008, contrary to the steep industrial employment losses suffered by much of the U.S. over the same period.
“While most other states have been losing manufacturing jobs to technology, automation and outsourcing, Montana
’s natural resources, as well as its proximity to the Canadian market, have helped the state increase exports and retain industrial facilities,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing firm, which has been surveying industrial sectors since 1912. Recent government reports indicate Montana
’s exports saw the largest percentage increase of any state since 2003, with export shipments totaling $1.1 billion in 2007.
Manufacturers’ News reports Montana
is home to 2,131 manufacturers employing 35,155 workers. MNI
profiles manufacturers of all sizes, including small, start-up companies with just a few employees. MNI
reports the lumber and wood sector is the state’s largest, accounting for 6,075 of the state’s jobs, down 3% or 184 jobs over the past twelve months. Printing/publishing was up 5.2% over the year and currently accounts for 3,384 industrial jobs. Food products manufacturing is the state’s third largest sector with 3,091 jobs, up 5.6%. Other sectors gaining jobs include rubber and miscellaneous plastic products, up 7.3% and transportation equipment, up 7.8% since June 2007.
According to Manufacturers’ News, Northwest Montana
accounts for the most industrial employment with 15,330 jobs, or 44%, up a half percent over the year. Southeast Montana
is home to 9,499 jobs, down 1.2% over the past twelve months. The Southwest region of the state is home to 8,596 jobs while Northeast Montana
accounts for 1,730 of the state’s jobs, with no change reported over the year for either region. MNI
’s city data shows Billings is the state’s industrial capital with 5,383 industrial jobs, down 3% over the year. Kalispell accounts for 3,067 of the state’s manufacturing jobs, down 1.4% over the past twelve months, while third-ranked Missoula reported no change in employment and currently accounts for 3,008 of the state’s industrial jobs. Bozeman represents 2,327 manufacturing jobs, posting a 4.2% gain over the year, while Columbia Falls is home to 2,213 workers, with no significant change posted.
Detailed profiles of Montana
’s 2,131 manufacturers and 292 industrial distributors can be found in the 2009 Montana
Manufacturers Directory, available in print for $80 and on CD-ROM from $102. Each profile provides up to 30 facts, including vital contact information (phone, web, e-mail), names and titles of 5,376 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. In addition, MNI
, 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.