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EVANSTON, Ill, April 2nd, 2012 /Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
/-- Industrial employment in North Carolina
increased slightly over the past twelve months, according to data collected by the 2012 North Carolina
Manufacturers Register®, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
) Evanston, IL. MNI
reports North Carolina
gained 1,587 industrial jobs between January 2011 and January 2012, the first time the company recorded a gain in North Carolina
’s manufacturing employment since 2006.
Manufacturers’ News reports North Carolina
is now home to 10,387 manufacturers employing 559,630 workers.
“The recovery is gaining momentum in North Carolina
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’s educated workforce, friendly business environment, and investments in green technologies have been a draw for a variety of enterprises.”
Bright spots over the year included the opening of a Novartis vaccine manufacturing plant in Holly Springs; the establishment of a new Caterpillar plant in Winston-Salem; and the planned opening of a Siemens gas turbine plant in Charlotte. In addition, Cooper-Standard Automotive announced an expansion of its Goldsboro auto-supply facility; Merck is expanding its Durham vaccine plant; CMS Food Solutions plans to open a biotech manufacturing site in Leland; and Medicago opened a biotech plant in Research Triangle Park, which will manufacture flu vaccines using tobacco plants.
Industrial machinery and equipment ranks as the state’s largest industrial sector by employment with 64,470 jobs, up 4.4% over the year. Textiles/apparel ranks second with 61,436 jobs, down 2.2%, due partially to the closures of Mohawk Industries in Laurel Hill and Dodger Industries in Clinton. Food products manufacturing ranks third with 56,125 jobs, down 1.7%, following the closure of Townsends, Inc.’s chicken processing plants in Siler City and Mocksville and the shuttering of ConAgra’s Slim Jim plant in Garner. MNI
reports sectors that gained jobs over the past twelve months included fabricated metals, up 4.6%; paper products, up 3.5%; electronics, up 2.8% and chemicals, up 1%. Losses were seen in furniture/fixtures, down 5.4%; stone/clay/glass, down 4.9%; lumber/wood, down 4%; printing/publishing, down 2.7% and primary metals, down 1%.
The Northwest region of North Carolina
accounts for the largest share of the state’s manufacturing employment, with 248,751 jobs, down 1.2%. The Northeast region accounts for 138,990 jobs, virtually unchanged over the year. The Southwest is home to 111,045 jobs, up 4.4%, while the Southeast accounts for 60,844, down 1.4%.
Charlotte remains the state’s top city by industrial employment with 41,967 manufacturing jobs, up 3% over the past twelve months. Greensboro accounts for 29,059 jobs, with no significant change reported. Jobs remained steady in Research Triangle Park with the third-ranked city currently home to 21,484 industrial workers, while High Point accounts for 14,868 jobs, down 3.9%. Fifth-ranked Winston-Salem accounts for 14,470 jobs, up 2.2% over the past twelve months.
Detailed profiles of North Carolina
’s 10,387 manufacturers and 1,670 distributors can be found in the 2012 North Carolina
Manufacturers Register®, available in print for $148, or available online through MNI
’s subscription-based service at www.ezselect.com
. 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), 39,025 executives by name and title, product(s) manufactured, annual sales, and number of employees. MNI
also maintains IndustryNet.com
, 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. www.manufacturersnews.com
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