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EVANSTON, Ill, May 14, 2010 /Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
/-- Industrial employment in Kansas
fell 4.7% over the past twelve months according to the 2010 Kansas
Manufacturers Directory®, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
) Evanston, IL. MNI
lost 10,693 industrial jobs and 176 manufacturers between March 2009 and March 2010, the sharpest decline MNI
has ever reported in the fourteen years it has been tracking the state’s industry.
Manufacturers’ News reports Kansas
is now home to 4,614 manufacturers employing 216,640 workers.
“It’s a perfect storm of negative conditions,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “The country has suffered deep losses in manufacturing employment due to automation and technology, outsourcing and the recession, while the faltering housing market has affected industries such as wood products, furniture and building products.”
According to MNI
, the lumber and wood sector saw the worst decline in employment, down 19.2%.
The transportation equipment sector saw the next largest decline, down 11.9%, following layoffs at Cessna Aircraft, Bombardier Inc., and Cobalt Boats, as well as the closure of a Hawker Beechcraft plant in Salina. Transportation equipment remains the state’s top sector by employment with 49,693 jobs. Food products rank second with 32,229 jobs, down 3.5%. Third-ranked industrial equipment and machinery accounts for 25,166 jobs, down 2.5%.
According to MNI
, employment losses were spread out across most sectors and included printing/publishing, down 6.9%; stone/clay/glass also down 6.9%; furniture/fixtures down 6.8%; electronics down 5.6%; textiles/apparel down 4.7%; paper products down 3.3%; rubber/plastics down 3.2%; primary metals down 1.7% and chemicals down 1.5%.
Bright spots for the state included the planned opening of two wind turbine plants, with Denmark-based Jupiter Group’s wind turbine production facility to open in Junction City and Tindall Corporation’s turbine component plant to break ground in Newton. Plastics manufacturer Spartech Corp announced the planned expansion of its Wichita facility, while GM announced an expansion of its Kansas
City plant, preserving 3,869 jobs. Food giant Sara Lee Corp. announced plans to open a sliced meat plant in Kansas
City, with production expected to begin in 2011. MNI
reports Southeast Kansas
accounts for the most industrial employment in the state, with 103,778 industrial jobs, down 5.7% over twelve months. Northeast Kansas
accounts for 89,306 industrial jobs, down 4%. The Southwest region of the state saw no significant change in employment, and is currently home to 17,191 industrial workers, while the Northwest saw employment drop 11.1% and is home to 6,365 industrial workers.
Wichita remains the state’s top city by industrial employment with 61,337 manufacturing jobs, down 4.6% over the year. Kansas
City saw employment increase 4.2% and is currently home to 14,212 industrial workers. Third-ranked Lenexa also saw an increase, with industrial employment up 2.4% and is currently home to 9,834 manufacturing jobs. Topeka’s manufacturing employment dropped 2.7% and currently accounts for 8,821 jobs, while fifth-ranked Olathe accounts for 7,681 jobs, down 3.5%.
Detailed profiles of Kansas
’ 4,614 manufacturers and 782 industrial distributors can be found in the 2010 Kansas
Manufacturers Directory®, available in print for $101 and on CD-ROM from $155. Each profile provides up to 30 facts, including vital contact information (phone, web, e-mail), 16,105 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. Information is also available on facebook and twitter.Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
, publisher of manufacturers’ directories since 1912, compiles and produces manufacturing guides, statistics and databases for all 50 states. MNI
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, an industrial search engine designed specifically for locating manufacturers and suppliers nationwide. For more information, contact Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
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