FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jennifer RatcliffManufacturers’ News, Inc.
1633 Central St.
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 864-9440 ext. 241
jratcliff [at] manufacturersnews.comMinnesota
has seen a slight decrease in manufacturing jobs over the past 12 months according to the 2006 Minnesota
Manufacturers Register, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
, Evanston, IL. Comprehensive data collected by the manufacturers guide indicates Minnesota
lost 4,045 manufacturing jobs and 262 plants in 2005.
“While all other sectors of the U.S. economy are growing, manufacturing employment is either stagnant or declining,” said Tom Dubin, President and CEO of Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
, “We’re losing the low-skilled, brawn intensive manufacturing jobs to countries that offer abundant cheap labor, and the plants that remain tend to employ programmers and engineers that are skilled in today’s technology. With automation and robotics, state manufacturers are able to get far more output per employee than in the past.”Minnesota
is now home to 11,482 manufacturing companies and supports 549,933 jobs.
Counties including and surrounding the Minneapolis/St. Paul area continue to dominate the North Star State in number of plants and manufacturing jobs according to data collected by the 2006 industrial guide. 56% of Minnesota
’s manufacturers are located in the 9 counties that surround the Twin Cities.
Minneapolis/St. Paul accounts for 19% of the state’s manufacturers. Major US manufacturers such as 3M Co., Target Corp. and MedTronic, as profiled by Manufacturers News, are based in this area. MNI
reports these three establishments alone account for 10% of manufacturing employment in the Twin Cities.
Moderate losses were seen in this major industrial area according to a 12-month and five- year analysis conducted by MNI
. Hennepin and Ramsey Counties, home to Minneapolis/ St. Paul, have lost a combined 142 plants over the past 12 months, and a net 61 plants over 5 years
By comparison the 7 counties surrounding the Minneapolis/ St Paul area have lost fewer plants and report slight gains since 2001, according to the Register’s five-year survey. Washington
, Anoka, Wright, Stearns, and Dakota Counties lost a combined 60 plants in 2005 but gained a net 127 plants over the past 5 years. Carver County and Scott County gained 9 plants in 2005 and have consistently increased in plants over the past 5 years, adding 49 manufacturers since 2001.Minnesota
’s far western region reports the fewest number of manufacturing jobs and plants. 17 of the 19 counties housing 30 plants or under are located in Minnesota
’s Western Counties. These 19 counties account for only a combined 328 plants; 2.8% of Minnesota
’s manufacturing establishments.
Roughly 54% of Minnesota
’s manufacturers fall within five of the 26 types of industries listed in MNI
’s industrial guide. Industrial machinery and equipment tops the list with 2,004 manufacturers. Printing and publishing ranks as the second largest industrial sector with 1,593 plants statewide, while metal fabricating firms with 1,129 related plants rank third.
Fourth-ranked Food Products have 858 such firms listed in the new edition. Lumber & Wood Products rank fifth with 842 plants.
All five of these industrial sectors have seen plant numbers drop over the past 12 months, losing 158 plants combined. The Register’s Industrial Machinery and Equipment Category alone indicated a loss of 63 manufacturers in the past year. Second-ranked Printing and Publishing lost 45 plants.
Detailed information on all of Minnesota
’s 11,482 manufacturers can be found in the 2006 Minnesota
Manufacturers Register, a comprehensive manufacturers’ directory published annually by Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
Each industrial business directory provides an in-depth company profile of up to 30 facts, including addresses, phone and fax numbers, web and email addresses, product(s) manufactured, names and titles of key executives, area of distribution, annual sales, number of employees, brand names, year established and more.
The 1,032-page Register displays this information alphabetically in five ways: by company name, product, city, industry, and parent company. A sixth section contains county/city breakdowns for Minnesota
, along with county, zip codes and area code maps.
Industry data compiled by Manufacturers News is also available on CD-ROM. This extensive manufacturing database allows users to select and sort manufacturing companies using up to ten different criteria, including area or zip code, county, SIC, sales volume, number of employees, title function and more. This information can be downloaded from the Internet. Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
, in Evanston, Illinois
, has been publishing directories of manufacturers since 1912 and has since evolved into a complete source of U.S. industrial information. MNI
compiles, provides and/or distributes manufacturing guides and manufacturing databases for all 50 states. The 2006 Minnesota
Manufacturers’ Register is available in print for $134, and on CD-ROM from $196 to $561. For more information, contact Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
, 1633 Central St., Evanston, IL, 60201, 847-864-7000, FAX 847-332-1100. On the web go to www.manufacturersnews.com