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EVANSTON, Ill, April 7th, 2010 /Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
/-- Industrial employment in Mississippi
fell 5.1% over the past twelve months according to the 2010 Mississippi
Manufacturers Register, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
) Evanston, IL. MNI
lost 9,661 industrial jobs and 164 manufacturers between February 2009 and February 2010.
Manufacturers’ News reports Mississippi
is now home to 3,182 manufacturers employing 181,395 workers.
has seen some employment losses due to automation and technology, outsourcing and the recession,” says Tom Dubin, President of Manufacturers’ News. “But its favorable business climate and its strong food products sector, which is less susceptible to outsourcing, have kept it from seeing some of the severe losses suffered by other states.”
Bright spots for the state include the planned opening of an Anderson Technologies precision injection molding plant in Batesville, the planned expansion of a GE Aviation jet component facility, also in Batesville, and German pipe manufacturer Wilh. Schulz GMBH’s opening of their first North American pipe manufacturing facility in Tunica County. Other industrial companies seeing expansion include a Parker Hannifin facility, lawnmower manufacturer MTD, food processor Newly Weds Foods, furniture maker Max Home LLC, and Principals of United Furniture Industries.
According to MNI
, food products manufacturing remains the state’s largest industrial sector by employment, with 24,204 jobs, and was one of the few sectors to gain jobs, up 2.9% over the year. Transportation equipment ranks second, with 22,302 jobs, down 5.1%. Third-ranked industrial machinery and equipment saw the steepest drop, down 12.7% over the year, and currently accounts for 19,657 industrial jobs. MNI
reports other sectors that lost jobs over the past twelve months included printing/publishing down 9.8%; paper products down 9.5%; electronics down 7.3%; chemicals down 7.1%; lumber/wood down 5.8%; primary metals down 5.8%; fabricated metals down 4.7%; rubber/plastics down 4.1%; furniture/fixtures down 4% and textiles/apparel down 3.8%.
Companies closing facilities over the year included Whirlpool Corp., which shuttered a location in Oxford, Clorox Manufacturing Products Co., which closed its Pine-Sol plant, and printing company Quebecor, which shut down its Olive Branch facility. MNI
reports Southeast Mississippi
accounts for the most industrial employment in the state, with 62,119 industrial jobs, down 4.5% over twelve months. Northeast Mississippi
accounts for 49,621 industrial jobs, down 4.9%. The Southwest region of the state is home to 41,766 industrial workers, down 3.8%, while the Northwest is home to 27,889, down 8.4%.
Pascagoula remains the state’s top city by industrial employment with 15,071 manufacturing jobs, down 4% over the year. Laurel saw employment decrease 2.2% and is currently home to 7,526 industrial workers. Jackson accounts for 6,993 industrial jobs, down 5.9%, while Tupelo accounts for 6,267 of the state’s jobs, down 5%. Fifth-ranked Meridian accounts for 5,402 jobs, down 8.1% over the past twelve months.
Detailed profiles of Mississippi
’s 3,182 manufacturers and 483 industrial distributors can be found in the 2010 Mississippi
Manufacturers Register, available in print for $93 and on CD-ROM from $134. Each profile provides up to 30 facts, including vital contact information (phone, web, e-mail), 11,871 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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