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EVANSTON, Ill, February 22nd, 2012 /Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
/-- Industrial employment in Rhode Island
was little changed over the past year according to the 2012 Rhode Island
Manufacturers Register, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
) Evanston, IL. MNI
reports Rhode Island
lost 506 manufacturing jobs or less than one percent from December 2010 to December 2011, much smaller than the 2.6% decline MNI
reported the state lost over the 2009-2010 survey period.
Manufacturers’ News reports Rhode Island
is now home to 1,852 manufacturers employing 60,312 workers.
“The recovery is gaining momentum in Rhode Island
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, access to capital, and investments in innovative technologies will hopefully translate to increased employment in the future.”
Bright spots for the state included the recently-announced opening of submarine-maker Electric Boat’s new facility in Quonset, bringing an expected 500 jobs to the state in the next two years, and the expansion of Alexion Pharmaceuticals’ facility in Smithfield. MNI
reports fabricated metals manufacturing accounts for the most industrial jobs in the state with 6,275 jobs, up 1.8% over the year. Industrial machinery and equipment ranks second with 6,100 jobs, with no significant change reported, while third-ranked printing/publishing accounts for 4,623 jobs, down 2.4% over the twelve-month survey period.
Industrial sectors that lost jobs over the year included instruments/related products, down 9.3% following layoffs at Raytheon’s Portsmouth facility, and the closure of a Thermo Fisher Scientific plant in East Providence, among others. Lumber/wood declined 4.4%, furniture/fixtures decreased 3.6%, and stone/clay/glass fell 1.6%. Employment remained steady in the food products; textiles/apparel; primary metals; and transportation equipment sectors, while gains were seen in paper products, up 6.3%; chemicals, up 2.7%; and electronics, up a half percent. MNI
’s city data shows Providence remains the state’s top city for manufacturing employment, with 8,826 industrial jobs, virtually unchanged from a year ago. Second-ranked Pawtucket accounts for 7,158 industrial jobs, down a half percent. Industrial jobs in Cranston declined 1.2%, with the city home to 5,037 jobs, while employment in North Kingstown increased 2.3% to 5,018 jobs. Industrial employment in Warwick increased 2.6%, with the fifth-ranked city home to 4,626 jobs.
Detailed profiles of Rhode Island
’s 1,852 manufacturers and 302 distributors can be found in the 2012 Rhode Island
Manufacturers Register, available in print for $86, 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), 6,073 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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