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EVANSTON, Ill, August 21st, 2009 /Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
/-- Industrial employment in Nebraska
fell 2.8% over the past twelve months according to the 2010 Nebraska
Manufacturers Register®, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
) Evanston, IL. MNI
lost 3,555 industrial jobs and 71 manufacturers between June 2008 and June 2009, the sharpest decline MNI
has ever reported in the sixteen years it has been tracking the state’s industry.
Manufacturers’ News reports Nebraska
is now home to 2,992 manufacturers employing 125,007 workers.
“As with the entire nation, the recession continues to affect Nebraska
’s industrial sectors,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “However, Nebraska
’s losses are not nearly as severe as other states due to its strong exports, and investments in green technologies should lay the groundwork for recovery.”
Recent bright spots for the state include the opening of Green Plains Energy Inc’s ethanol plant, which commenced operations this summer, and the opening of Katana Summit, which manufactures wind turbine towers. Nebraska
’s biomedical industry was strengthened by the opening of Vireo Resources, a processor and packager of nutritional products.
Rubber and plastics manufacturing saw the worst drop in employment, down 14% over the past twelve months due partially to layoffs at hose manufacturer Veyance Technologies and the closure of auto supplier Leon Plastics. Manufacturers associated with the housing industry also saw declines over the year with employment in lumber and wood down 7.5% and furniture/fixtures down 5.8%.
Food products manufacturing remains the state’s top sector by industrial employment with 36,137 jobs, down 2.3% over the year following the closure of Armour-Eckrich Meats in Hastings. Industrial machinery and equipment accounts for 13,408 jobs, down 4%, while third-ranked printing/publishing accounts for 10,636 jobs, down 1.5% over the past twelve months.
Most other industrial sectors in Nebraska
lost jobs within the past year and included stone/clay and glass, down 7.3%; electronics down 6.5%; primary metals down 4.6%; transportation equipment down 3.5%; paper products down 2.8% and fabricated metals down 1.9%. Employment in chemicals manufacturing increased 2.1% over the year, according to MNI
Manufacturers’ News reports Southeast Nebraska
accounts for the largest share of the state’s industrial employment with 86,862 jobs, down 2.8% over the year. Northeast Nebraska
accounts for 26,844 industrial jobs, down 2%, while Southwest Nebraska
accounts for 8,205, down the most at 5.1% over the past twelve months. Manufacturing employment remained steady in Northwest Nebraska
, with the region currently home to 3,096 jobs. MNI
’s city data shows Omaha is Nebraska
’s top city for manufacturing employment, home to 33,599 jobs, with jobs down 1% over the year. Second-ranked Lincoln accounts for 18,911 jobs, with employment down 2.5%. Grand Island is home to 7,721 industrial jobs, down 1.3% over the year, while Columbus accounts for 6,002 jobs, with no significant change reported. Dakota City is home to 3,670, with employment virtually unchanged.
Detailed profiles of Nebraska
’s 2,992 manufacturers and 602 industrial distributors can be found in the 2010 Nebraska
Manufacturers Register®, available in print for $91 and on CD-ROM from $129. Each profile provides up to 30 facts, including vital contact information (phone, web, e-mail), 10,765 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.