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EVANSTON, IL –Delaware
’s manufacturing employment dropped a half percent over the past 12 months according to the 2008 Delaware
Manufacturers Register, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
) Evanston, IL. MNI
) reports Delaware
lost a net 242 industrial jobs since May 2006.
“Manufacturing capacity utilization is at a four-year high, and production continues to climb,” said Tom Dubin, President of the Illinois
-based publishing company, which has been surveying American industry since 1912. “Unfortunately, this hasn't translated into increased employment, as companies are finding ways to increase efficiency and trim costs through technology and outsourcing.”
Manufacturers’ News reports Delaware
is home to 874 manufacturers employing 47,996 workers. MNI
surveys both large and small manufacturers, including small start-up companies with just a few employees. MNI
reports manufacturers of chemicals and allied products employ the most industrial workers at 14,252 jobs or 30% of Delaware
’s industrial employment. According to MNI
, the state added 400 new jobs in this sector, or 2.8% over the past 12 months. Another 18.5% or 8,905 of Delaware
industrial jobs are in the food sector, with poultry slaughtering and processing accounting for 5,700 or 64% of these jobs. The transportation equipment industry employs 3,734, or 7.7% and is down 710 jobs over the past 12 months.
According to the 2008 Register, 15% or 136 of Delaware
’s 874 manufacturers are in the printing and publishing industry, representing 6% of the state’s industrial employment. Printing and publishing firms are up 12% from a year ago and employment is up 13%. Metal fabricating plants account for 11.2% of the state’s manufacturers and 4.4% of its industrial employment, while the third-ranked industrial machinery and equipment sector accounts for 10% of the state’s manufacturers, and 2.8% related employment.
The Register’s regional analysis shows New Castle County is home to the most manufacturing activity with 61.4% of the state’s jobs and 63% of its plants. Sussex County accounts for 28.6% of the state’s jobs and 26.5% of its plants, while Kent County is home to 93 plants employing 4,771. Delaware
ranks last in the nation for manufacturing plants, but 45th for jobs, home to 11,834 more jobs than 46th-ranked North Dakota
reports this is due to some larger employers operating in the state, with 1.6% of Delaware
’s manufacturers employing 500-1,000 workers.
Wilmington is Delaware
’s top industrial employer accounting for 28.4% of the state’s manufacturing employment or 13,641 jobs, up 1.8% from a year ago, and is home to 219 plants. Newark is the state’s second largest industrial employer, accounting for 7,472 manufacturing jobs or 15.5% of the state, down 8.1% from last year due to layoffs at DaimlerChrysler. New Castle ranks 3rd with 4,557 jobs and, while Milford and Dover rank fourth and fifth with 2,841 and 2,774 jobs, respectively.
Detailed profiles of Delaware
’s 874 manufacturers and 52 industrial distributors can be found in the 2008 Delaware
Manufacturers Register, available in print for $62 and on CD-ROM from $75. Each profile provides up to 30 facts, including vital contact information (phone, web, e-mail), names and titles of 2,499 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. For more information, contact Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
, 1633 Central St., Evanston, IL, 60201, 847-864-7000, FAX 847-332-1100.