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EVANSTON, IL –Maine
’s manufacturing employment dropped slightly in 2006, according to the 2007 Maine
Manufacturers Register, a manufacturers’ directory published annually by Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
) Evanston, IL. MNI
) reports Maine
lost 287 manufacturing jobs (less than 1%) and 39 factories since December 2005, a slight loss compared to the severe job losses suffered by the state since 2000.
“Even though manufacturing activity and output are at record highs, industrial employment is still declining,” said Tom Dubin, President of MNI
. “Fewer employees are needed thanks to automation and technology. However, this year’s smaller employment loss may signify better days ahead for the Pine Tree State.”
Manufacturers adding jobs this year include Boothbay Harbor Shipyard, up 32 jobs in 2006. Madawaska-based Evergreen Manufacturing added 40 jobs. Manufacturers new to Maine
include Jay-based Verso Paper, LLC , which brought 1,000 new manufacturing jobs to the area when it opened in 2006. Major losses include Georgia
-Pacific Corp’s closing of its pulp and paper mill in Old Town, bringing a loss of 400 jobs.
Manufacturers’ News reports Maine
is home to 2,606 manufacturing companies employing 79,490 workers. MNI
profiles both large and small Maine
manufacturers, including start-up companies with just a few employees.MNI
’s regional study shows Maine
ranks 4th in New England by industrial employment, accounting for 8.3% of the region’s jobs and 10% of its plants. Massachusetts
ranks first with 419,761 jobs, while second-ranked Connecticut
accounts for 241,811 industrial jobs. New Hampshire
, Rhode Island
rank 3rd, 5th and 6th, respectively.
Portland remains Maine
’s top city by number of plants with 174 companies and 5,713 jobs. Bath ranks first by number of industrial jobs with 6,075 employees, 6,000 of which are employed with shipbuilder Bath Iron Works. MNI
reports Portland and Westbrook were the only 2 among Maine
’s top 10 cities to gain manufacturing jobs, with Portland up 2.3% and Westbrook 3%. Augusta industrial employment was down 3.5%, while Bangor dropped by 1.8%. North Berwick, South Portland and Biddeford were down 5.5%, 5.3% and 1.4%, respectively.
Detailed profiles of Maine
’s 2,606 companies can be found in the 2007 Maine
Manufacturers Register, available in print for $81 and on CD-ROM from $105. Each profile provides up to 30 facts, including vital contact information (phone, web, e-mail), names and titles of 6,418 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 distributes 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.