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EVANSTON, IL –Texas
manufacturing employment increased 1.1% over the past twelve months according to the 2007 Texas
Manufacturers Register, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
) Evanston, IL. MNI
) reports Texas
gained 13,844 industrial jobs since April 2006, despite the loss of 671 manufacturers. Houston contains the most manufacturing jobs of any U.S. city.
”These numbers reflect the mergers and consolidations that are so prevalent these days in all business sectors,” says Thomas Dubin, President of Manufacturers’ News. “Also, employees that are skilled in today’s manufacturing technology are so much in demand that many casualties of plant closings are able to find employment elsewhere.”
Manufacturers’ News reports Texas
is now home to 24,910 manufacturing companies employing 1,221,006 workers. MNI
profiles both large and small Texas
manufacturers, including start-up companies with just a few employees.
The oil industry remains Texas
’s top industrial employer, accounting for 11.5% of the state’s manufacturing employment, up 4.7% jobs over last year. Plastic products represent 2.8%, third-ranked industrial organic chemicals accounts for 2.3%, while commercial printing ranks fourth at 2%. MNI
data shows over the past 12 months, plastics, chemicals and printing were down 3.1%, 1.1% and 2.6%, respectively. Industries that posted gains include railroad equipment, up 2,428 jobs and sheet metal work, up 1,223 jobs or 9.7%.
Industrial machinery and equipment ranks as the industry with the most manufacturing plants in Texas
, with 4,022 companies listed in the new edition, down 1% from April 2006 and down 7% over the past five years. Printing and publishing represent another 3,395 companies, with plants up 1.4% over one year, but down 3.5% over 5 years.MNI
’s regional study shows Texas
ranks 2nd in the nation for manufacturing, just behind California
, and accounts for 6.4% of the nation’s manufacturing jobs and 6.2% of its plants. Texas
is 1st in the Southwest for manufacturing, representing 61.4% of the region’s jobs and 56.3% of its plants. MNI
reports Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth are among the top 20 cities in the nation in terms of manufacturing employment with Houston ranking first in the U.S. while Dallas ranks 5th and Fort Worth, 12th. MNI
is one of the only large manufacturing states in the nation to gain industrial jobs over the past few years with major manufacturing states such as Ohio
and New York
all posting sharp employment losses over that period.
accounts for the largest share of the state’s manufacturing jobs, with Southeast Texas
accounting for 37.2% or 453,792 jobs, and the Northeast representing 37% or 452,953 jobs. Both regions are up 1% over 12 months. Southwest Texas
accounts for 9.5% of the state’s industrial employment and is the region that lost the most jobs, down 1.9% since April 2006. Central East and Central West Texas
account for 8.7% and 3.5%, respectively, down a combined 1.4%, while the Texas
Panhandle accounts for 4% of the state, down 1.4% over 1 year.
Houston is home to the most industrial jobs, representing 18.5% of the state’s manufacturing employment, or 225,732 jobs, up 2.7% from April 2006, and accounts for 4,162 manufacturers--1.3% fewer than last year. Dallas ranks second in the state with 94,446 jobs, down 1.8% from last year and with 4.3% fewer manufacturers at 1,814. Fort Worth ranks third with 69,513 jobs and 1,015 plants, with jobs up 2.8% jobs but plants down 3.5%. Fourth-ranked San Antonio accounts for 52,425 jobs and 1,026 plants, with jobs up 1.2% and plants down 3.3%, while Austin represents 43,264 of the state’s industrial jobs with no significant change reported over the past year.
Detailed profiles of Texas
’s 24,910 manufacturing companies can be found in the 2007 Texas
Manufacturers Register, available in print for $199 and on CD-ROM from $281. Each profile provides up to 30 facts, including vital contact information (phone, web, e-mail), names and titles of 68,593 key executives, product(s) manufactured, annual sales, number of employees, and more. Visitors to http://www.mnileads.com
may generate custom company selections using thirteen different criteria, including area or zip code, county, SIC, sales volume, number of employees, and more. Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
, publisher of manufacturers’ directories since 1912, compiles and produces manufacturing guides, statistics and databases for all 50 states. For more information, contact Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
, 1633 Central St., Evanston, IL, 60201, 847-864-7000, FAX 847-332-1100.