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EVANSTON, Ill, Sept 29, 2008/Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
/-- Industrial employment in Utah
remained steady over the past twelve months according to the 2009 Utah
Manufacturers Directory, a compilation of state industry published annually by Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
) Evanston, IL. The Directory reports Utah
gained a net 550 manufacturing jobs from August 2007 to August 2008, contrary to the steep industrial job losses felt by most of the U.S. over the same time period. Utah
’s stability in manufacturing employment is echoed by many Mountain-Plains and Pacific states with Nevada
’s industrial employment up 1.4%, Idaho
’s up 1.3% and Wyoming
’s up 3%, according to earlier MNI
reports. Meanwhile, a majority of states in the Midwest, Southeast and Mid-Atlantic have experienced steep losses in manufacturing jobs.
“While most other states have been losing manufacturing jobs to technology, automation and outsourcing, Utah
’s favorable business climate and skilled workforce has 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 Utah
’s export shipments have nearly doubled over the past five years, increasing by 90% since 2003.
Manufacturers’ News reports Utah
is home to 4,142 manufacturers employing 163,901 workers. MNI
profiles manufacturers of all sizes, including small, start-up companies with just a few employees. 71% of Utah
manufacturers employ fifteen or fewer employees, compared to the national average of 62%, according to MNI
reports food products manufacturing is Utah
’s largest industrial sector, accounting for 18,420 jobs, down 3.9% over the past twelve months. The industrial machinery and equipment sector accounts for 14,990 industrial jobs with no significant change reported over the survey period, while printing and publishing employs 14,286 workers, up 4.1%.
Sectors gaining jobs include rubber and miscellaneous plastics, up 5%, and stone, clay and glass products, up 3.2%, due partially to an expansion at Sunroc Corp. Transportation equipment and chemicals and allied products each gained 1%, according to MNI
reports employment in furniture/fixtures manufacturing was down 16% after La-Z-Boy closed its Tremonton plant over the summer. Other sectors losing jobs include fabricated metals manufacturing, down 6.1%; paper and allied products, down 2.3%; lumber/wood, down 2% and electronics, down 1.1%.
accounts for 92% of the state’s industrial employment, or 150,112 jobs, and is home to 88% of the state’s manufacturers, with no significant changes in employment reported over the year. Southern Utah
accounts for 7,383 jobs, up 4.7% over the year while Central Utah
is home to 6,406 jobs, up 7.2% over the past twelve months. MNI
data shows Salt Lake City is Utah
’s industrial capital with 54,434 of the state’s manufacturing jobs or 33% of the state, with jobs up 1.6% over the year. MNI
reports Salt Lake City ranks among the top industrial cities in the U.S. at 15th in the nation for number of manufacturers and 19th for number of manufacturing jobs. Ogden ranks second with 16,019 jobs, up 3.6% over the year. Logan accounts for 8,909 jobs, up 1% over the past twelve months while fourth-ranked Provo increased industrial employment by 3.3% and is currently home to 5,771 workers. Clearfield is home to 5,019 industrial workers, up 3.8% over the year.
Detailed profiles of Utah
’s 4,142 manufacturers and 478 industrial distributors can be found in the 2009 Utah
Manufacturers Directory, available in print for $93 and on CD-ROM from $137. Each profile provides up to 30 facts, including vital contact information (phone, web, e-mail), names and titles of 12,485 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.