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Manufacturers Directory Reports Vermont Gained Industrial Jobs Over Past Year

Contact: Jennifer Ratcliff
Manufacturers' News, Inc.
(847) 864-9440 ext. 241
jratcliff [at]

EVANSTON, Ill, February 20th, 2012 /Manufacturers' News, Inc./-- Following several years of declines, industrial employment in Vermont increased a half percent over the past twelve months, according to the 2012 Vermont Manufacturers Register, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. MNI reports Vermont gained 270 manufacturing jobs between December 2010 and December 2011.

Vermont is now home to 1,441 manufacturers employing 44,683 workers, according to Manufacturers’ News.

“The recovery is gaining momentum in Vermont and across the U.S,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “The state boasts an educated workforce, diverse economy, and abundant natural resources.”

Bright spots for the state included the opening of the Commonwealth Dairy yogurt plant in Brattleboro; South Korean biotech company AnC Bio’s announcement that it would open a research and manufacturing plant in Newport; and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters’ planned expansions in Essex, Waterbury, Williston, and South Burlington.

MNI reports electronics manufacturing remains Vermont’s largest manufacturing sector by employment with 8,169 jobs, down 1% over the past twelve months. Second-ranked food manufacturing accounts for 5,143 jobs, with no significant change reported, while third-ranked industrial machinery and equipment accounts for 4,938 jobs, up 6% over the year.

Other sectors that gained jobs over the year included rubber/plastics, up 1.9%; textiles/apparel, up 1.1%; furniture/fixtures, up 1%. Employment was unchanged in paper products; chemicals/ allied products; and primary metals, while losses were seen in fabricated metals, down 8.9%; transportation equipment, down 8%; lumber/wood, down 4.8%; and printing/publishing, down 1.7%.

Industrial locations closing down included Skyline Corp.’s mobile home manufacturing facility in Fair Haven, and Bennington Iron Works’ steel fabrication plant in Bennington. Layoffs were seen at NSK Steering’s Bennington plant, and at Kennametal’s Lydonville facility.

MNI’s city data shows Essex Junction is the state’s top city for manufacturing employment, accounting for 6,962 industrial jobs, up 1.7% over the past year. Second-ranked Burlington accounts for 3,148 industrial jobs, up a half percent. Industrial jobs in Milton were virtually unchanged from a year ago, with the city home to 1,958 jobs. Brattleboro is home to 1,537 jobs, up 6.2%, while fifth-ranked Saint Albans saw employment increase 1.9%, and is currently home to 1,519 industrial workers.

Detailed profiles of Vermont’s 1,441 manufacturers and 257 distributors can be found in the 2012 Vermont Manufacturers Register, available in print for $81, or available online through MNI’s subscription-based service at Users may generate custom profiles of manufacturers using a variety of criteria, including area or zip code, county, SIC, sales volume, number of employees, and more. Each profile provides up to 30 facts, including vital contact information (phone, web, e-mail), 4,826 executives by name and title, product(s) manufactured, annual sales, and number of employees. MNI also maintains, an industrial search engine designed specifically for locating manufacturers and suppliers nationwide, and has recently launched an expansion and relocation guide for manufacturers.

Manufacturers' News, Inc. is the nation’s oldest and largest publisher of state manufacturers directories. For 100 years the company has identified, researched and profiled manufacturing establishments. MNI employs an 85-person editorial staff to scour yellow pages, trade journals, financial reports, and many other sources to pinpoint every manufacturing establishment in the U.S. Each manufacturer is contacted throughout the year to update their profiles, including their employee counts. For more information, contact Manufacturers' News, Inc., 1633 Central St., Evanston, IL, 60201, 847-864-7000, FAX 847-332-1100. Information is also available on Facebook and Twitter.
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