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EVANSTON, Ill, September 7th, 2011 /Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
/-- Industrial employment in Montana
remained virtually unchanged over the past twelve months according to the 2012 Montana
Manufacturers Directory®, an industrial guide published annually by Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
) Evanston, IL. MNI
lost just 112 industrial jobs or less than one percent between July 2010 and July 2011.
Manufacturers’ News reports Montana
is now home to 1,996 manufacturers employing 29,951 workers.
“The recovery is gaining momentum in Montana
and across the U.S.,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “Montana
’s abundant natural resources has helped it maintain jobs that are difficult to outsource.”
Bright spots for the state included the reopening of the Drumlummon gold mine, after RX Exploration was able to remove the arsenic-tainted water from the mine that had kept it idled since 1953. In addition, Columbia Falls Aluminum Company recently announced plans to reopen after being shuttered since 2009 due to high electricity costs. MNI
reports lumber/wood remains Montana
’s largest industrial sector by employment with 3,799 jobs, down 6.2% over the year, following layoffs at Plum Creek Timber Company. Second-ranked printing/publishing accounts for 3,198 jobs, with no significant change reported. Food products manufacturing ranks third with 2,908 industrial jobs, down 2.1% over the twelve-month period.
Employment losses were seen in furniture/fixtures, down 8.6%; textiles/apparel, down 7%; primary metals, down 4.8%; industrial machinery and equipment, down 4%; and chemicals, down 2.6%. Gains were seen in oil/gas extraction, up 17%; instruments/related products, also up 17%; rubber/plastics, up 12.7% and electronics, up 8%.
Manufacturers’ News reports Northwest Montana
accounts for 12,041 industrial jobs, up a half percent over the year. The Southeast region is home to 8,347 manufacturing jobs, down 1.2%, while Southwest Montana
is home to 7,854, down 1.5%. Northeast Montana
accounts for 1,709 industrial jobs, up 2.5% over the past twelve months. MNI
’s city data shows Billings is Montana
’s top city for manufacturing employment, home to 4,756 jobs, down 5.5% over the year. Second-ranked Missoula accounts for 2,605 jobs, down 2.5%. Kalispell is home to 2,457 industrial jobs, up 5.7% over the year, while industrial employment in Bozeman was down 4.2%, and is currently home to 1,987 manufacturing jobs. Great Falls accounts for 1,766 jobs, with no significant change reported over the year.
Detailed profiles of Montana
’s 1,996 manufacturers and 319 industrial distributors can be found in the 2012 Montana
Manufacturers Directory®, available in print for $86 and on CD-ROM from $108. Each profile provides up to 30 facts, including vital contact information (phone, web, e-mail), 5,579 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. 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.