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EVANSTON, IL – Manufacturing employment in Kansas
grew for the third consecutive year according to the 2007 Kansas
Manufacturers Directory, an industrial guide published annually by Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
), Evanston, IL. MNI
) reports that since March 2006, Kansas
gained another 4,906 manufacturing jobs, or 2.1%--more than double the 1,885 jobs MNI
reported the state gained in 2005.
“This region shows exceptional growth both because of its natural resources and its stronghold in the aviation industry,” said Howard Dubin, Chairman of the Chicago area-based company, which has been surveying US industry since 1912. “Many of Kansas
’s leading sectors such as the food and agricultural industries are benefiting from the demand for exports from America’s heartland.”
The aviation industry employs the most Kansas
workers, with manufacturers of aircraft and related parts/equipment accounting for 18% of the state’s manufacturing employment, or 41,248 jobs. MNI
reports employment in this sector increased by 16.2% over the past twelve months. Meatpacking ranks as the state’s second largest industrial employer, accounting for 16,482 jobs or 7.2% of the state and is down 570 jobs or 3.3% from March of last year. Plastic products rank third with 5,911 jobs, down 4%, while fourth-ranked farm machinery employs 5,793.
Manufacturers’ News reports Kansas
is home to 4,881 manufacturing companies employing 229,184 workers. MNI
profiles both large and small Kansas
manufacturers, including start-up companies with just a few employees. MNI
’s regional study shows Kansas
ranks 31st in the nation for manufacturing plants and 29th in the US for manufacturing jobs. Kansas
ranks 3rd among Mountain-Plains states for number of manufacturers and related jobs, accounting for 17% of the region’s manufacturers and 20% of its jobs. Kansas
’s gains reflect those seen in much of the greater Midwest and Plains states with Nebraska
’s industrial employment up 1.9%, Iowa
’s 2.6% and the Dakota’s up a combined 5.5%, as reported by MNI
accounts for the most manufacturing activity with 111,099 of the state’s jobs, up 5.7% from last year. Northeast Kansas
accounts for 95,681 jobs, down 2,322 jobs or 2.4% from last year. Southwest Kansas
accounts for 15,248 jobs, up 5.3% in 2007 while the Northwest represents 7,156 jobs, up 5.6% this year.
Wichita is the state’s top industrial employer with 63,916 jobs or 28% of the state’s manufacturing employment and 688 plants. MNI
reports Wichita lost 2.9% of its plants over the past 12 months, but increased manufacturing employment by 6.6%. Kansas
City ranks second with 14,333 jobs and 263 plants, and posted a 3.5% industrial employment loss since March 2006. Lenexa ranks third with 186 plants and 10,037 jobs, while fourth-ranked Topeka accounts for 9,292 jobs and 185 plants. Olathe represents 7,143 of the state’s jobs and 156 of its plants.
Detailed profiles of Kansas
’s 4,881 manufacturers and 418 industrial distributors can be found in the 2007 Kansas
Manufacturers Directory, available in print for $96 and on CD-ROM from $140. Each profile provides up to 30 facts, including contact information (phone, web, e-mail), names and titles of 36,535 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.