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Following several years of declines, manufacturing employment in Illinois rose a half percent over the past twelve months according to Manufacturers' News, Inc. MNI reports Illinois gained 3,496 industrial jobs between November 2010 and November 2011, the first time in over a decade that the 100-year-old company recorded a gain in manufacturing employment for the state.

Manufacturers' News reports Illinois is now home to 19,111 manufacturers employing 817,063 workers.

"We're finally starting to see positive numbers for Illinois," says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. "Despite a high corporate tax rate, Illinois still boasts an educated workforce, easy access to capital, and a central location within the Midwest to do business. It's unlikely that manufacturing employment will ever return to the levels of ten years ago, but it's nice to see the uptick."

Bright spots for the state included Chrysler's recent announcement that it planned to hire 1,800 workers for its Belvidere assembly facility; the opening of a new Boeing plant in Mascoutah; the planned expansions of Caterpillar's facilities in Decatur and East Peoria; and Ford's plans to expand its Chicago-area plants. Excel Foundry & Machines recently announced the company would expand its Pekin factory; Continental Tire and Magnum Steel Works both plan expansions in Mount Vernon; and Italian pasta maker Pastificio will open a production facility in Bartlett.

MNI reports industrial machinery and equipment remains Illinois' largest industrial sector by employment with 129,114 jobs, up 871 jobs or a half percent. Second-ranked fabricated metals accounts for 94,089 jobs, with no significant change reported over the past twelve months, while third-ranked food products manufacturing accounts for 91,615 industrial jobs, down 1.6%.   

Industrial sectors that gained jobs over the year included transportation equipment, up 5.2%; instruments/related products, up 2.4%; rubber/plastics, up 1% and electronics, up a half percent. Losses were seen in lumber/wood, down 4.8%; printing/publishing, down 4.6%; furniture/fixtures, down 4.5%; stone/clay/glass, down 4.1%; paper products, down 4% and chemicals, down 1.9%.

Manufacturing locations closing down included Quad/Graphics' Mt. Morris site; the Chicago Sun-Times printing plant on Chicago's south side; Protein Solutions' meatpacking plant in Chicago; Honeywell's Safety Products establishment in Rock Island; Dehler Manufacturing's facility in Chicago; National Envelope's Elk Grove Village site; and Lifetime Doors, Inc.'s location in Watseka.

Manufacturers' News reports Northeast Illinois accounts for 70% of the state's industrial employment, with 568,929 jobs, up 2,047 jobs or less than one percent over the year. Cook County accounts for 301,209 of these jobs, down 1.4% over the past twelve months. The manufacturing employment picture improved significantly for some of the collar counties, with jobs in the region posting a net 3.1% gain. Industrial jobs were up 4.7% in DuPage County; rose 3.7% in Lake County; and increased 5% in Kane County. Will County saw no significant change in industrial employment, while McHenry County saw a 3.7% decline.

Northwest Illinois accounts for 71,735 jobs, down 1.4% over the past twelve months. East Central Illinois is home to 56,507 jobs, up 1.5%, while West Central Illinois accounts for 55,660 industrial jobs, with no significant change reported over the year. Employment in Southwest Illinois increased 3% and now accounts for 35,912 jobs, while industrial jobs in Southeast Illinois were also up 3% with the region currently home to 28,320 jobs.

MNI's city data shows manufacturing employment in Chicago was virtually unchanged over the year, with the city now home to 106,980 industrial jobs, down 932 jobs or less than one percent. Elk Grove Village accounts for the second most industrial employment in Illinois with 20,333 jobs, down 1.8% over the year. Third-ranked Rockford accounts for 19,291 jobs, with no significant change reported over the past twelve months, while Decatur is home to 11,358, virtually unchanged from a year ago. Fifth-ranked Elgin is home to 11,259 industrial workers, up 5.4%.

Detailed profiles of Illinois' 19,111 manufacturers can be found in the 2012 Illinois Manufacturers Directory, available in print for $209, 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), 60,913 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.

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Industrial employment in Massachusetts increased a half percent over the past twelve months according to the 2012 Massachusetts Manufacturers Register®, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. Manufacturers' News reports Massachusetts gained 1,478 industrial jobs between August 2010 and August 2011, in sharp contrast to the 1.2% drop recorded by MNI over the 2009-2010 survey period, and the 6.4% lost between August 2008 and August 2009.

Manufacturers' News reports Massachusetts is now home to 8,715 manufacturers employing 368,171 workers.

"We continue to see manufacturing sector gains in Massachusetts 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 and investments in innovative technologies, as well as its access to capital have been a draw for a variety of enterprises."

Bright spots for the state include the openings of AFL's new R&D facility in Lowell and Agreen Energy's biogas-fired power plant in Rutland. Solectria Renewables expanded their PV inverter factory in Lawrence, while J.S.B Industries established a second baking facility, also in Lawrence.

MNI reports the state's three largest sectors by employment added or retained jobs over the year. Industrial machinery and equipment is Massachusetts' top sector by industrial employment with 47,985 jobs, up 2.3% over the year. Electronics/electrical equipment ranks as the state's second-largest industrial sector by employment with 46,764 manufacturing jobs, virtually unchanged from a year ago. Third-ranked instruments and related products accounts for 46,706 industrial jobs, up a half percent. Additional gains were seen in primary metals, up 3.7% and fabricated metals, up 1%.

Industrial sectors that lost jobs over the past year included rubber/plastics, down 5.6%, due partially to the closures of Sonoco Products' packaging plant in Devens, and Solo Cup's facility in North Andover. Stone/clay/glass declined 3.4%; lumber/wood, fell 3.3%; and employment in paper products declined 1.6%, following the closure of a National Envelope facility in Worcester.

Manufacturers' News reports Central Massachusetts accounts for the most manufacturing employment in the state with 160,617 jobs, up 1.6% over the past year. The Northeast region accounts for the second most at 108,509 jobs, down 1.4%. The Southeast region is home to 53,305 industrial workers, up 1.3%, while Western Massachusetts is home to 45,740, with no significant change reported.

MNI's city data shows Boston remains Massachusetts' top city for manufacturing employment, home to 11,406 jobs, up 1.3% over the year. Second-ranked Andover accounts for 11,267 jobs, up a half percent. Worcester is home to 9,407 industrial jobs, down 3% over the year, while industrial employment in Waltham increased a half percent over the survey year, and is currently home to 8,848 manufacturing jobs. Framingham is home to 8,227 jobs, with no significant change reported over the past twelve months.

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Industrial employment in Wisconsin remained virtually unchanged over the past twelve months according to the 2012 Wisconsin Manufacturers Register®, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. MNI reports Wisconsin lost just 1,078 industrial jobs or less than one percent between June 2010 and June 2011, in sharp contrast to the 2.5% drop recorded by MNI over the 2009-2010 survey period, and the 5% lost between June 2008 and June 2009.

Manufacturers' News reports Wisconsin is now home to 11,679 manufacturers employing 572,999 workers.

"The recovery is gaining momentum in Wisconsin and across the U.S.," says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. "Wisconsin maintains a stronghold in the food products industry and its educated workforce and lower taxes than its neighbors have been a draw for a variety of enterprises."

MNI reports Wisconsin's largest manufacturing sectors by employment gained jobs over the year. Employment in industrial machinery and equipment increased a half percent over the survey period, with the top-ranked sector accounting for 100,448 jobs. Second-ranked food products accounts for 66,262 jobs, up 2.1%, while fabricated metals represent 65,568 of the state's industrial jobs, up 1.1%.

Bright spots for the state included the openings of CalStar Products' new green brick plant in Caledonia and Thomas Magnete LLC's plant in Brookfield, which will manufacture solenoids and control valves for vehicles. Mercury Marine expanded its facility in Fond Du Lac; Wacker Neuson expanded its construction equipment plant in Menomonee Falls; and Genencor International announced an expansion of their facility in Beloit that manufactures industrial enzymes.  

Employment losses were seen in transportation equipment , down 4.4%; printing/publishing, down 4.2%; lumber/wood, down 2.9%; textiles/apparel, down 2.5%; and furniture/fixtures, down 1.9%. Employment was unchanged in chemicals; stone/clay/glass; primary metals; and paper products, while gains were seen in rubber/plastics, up 1.2%.

Companies with locations closing down included Fiskars, which closed its Sauk City facility, moving production to Mississippi; and automotive supplier Bourns Inc., which shuttered its Janesville plant. Other auto plants with locations seeing closures included Charter Automotive in Milwaukee and Chrysler's Kenosha plant.

Manufacturers' News reports Southeast Wisconsin accounts for over half of the state's industrial employment, with 309,518 jobs, and Central Wisconsin accounts for 179,038. Employment held steady in both regions. Southwest Wisconsin accounts for 48,464 industrial jobs, down a half percent, while Northern Wisconsin saw a slight gain of 55 jobs and currently accounts for 35,979 manufacturing workers.

MNI's city data shows Milwaukee is Wisconsin's top city for manufacturing employment, home to 55,044 jobs, down 1% over the year. Second-ranked Green Bay accounts for 23,036 jobs, up 1.7%. Madison is home to 18,239 industrial jobs, up 1% over the year, while industrial employment in Waukesha declined 2.7% over the survey year, and is currently home to 15,719 manufacturing jobs. Appleton accounts for 13,524 jobs, down 1% over the past twelve months.

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Industrial employment in Maryland/D.C. changed little over the past twelve months, declining by less than one percent, according to the 2012 Maryland/D.C. Manufacturers Directory, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. MNI reports Maryland/D.C. lost 1,348 industrial jobs and 56 manufacturers between May 2010 and May 2011, after posting a decline of 3.3% over the 2009-2010 survey period.

Manufacturers' News reports Maryland and the D.C. Metro Area is now home to 4,900 manufacturers employing 186,745 workers.

"The recovery is gaining momentum in Maryland and across the U.S.," says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. "Maryland boasts an educated workforce and the state's investments in innovative technologies continue to pay off."

Bright spots over the year include the opening of an Avon Protection Systems location in Belcamp; AC Wind's proposed opening of a wind blade manufacturing facility in Salisbury; the expected opening of GM's new electric motor plant in White Marsh; and Pacific Trade International's new Chesapeake Bay Candle factory in Glen Burnie. Marlin Steel Wire announced an expansion at their Baltimore facility; Old Line Custom Meat Company opened a new meat-processing plant; and Maryland Biofuel expanded production at its Baltimore plant.  

According to the industrial directory, printing and publishing remains the region's largest manufacturing sector, accounting for 34,343 industrial jobs, down 3.4% over the past twelve months. Electronics manufacturing accounts for another 22,858 manufacturing jobs, with no significant change reported over the year. Third-ranked industrial machinery and equipment manufacturing employs 18,519 workers, with the number of jobs virtually unchanged over the past twelve months.

Sectors that lost jobs included lumber/wood, down 4.8%; stone/clay/glass down 4.5%; furniture/fixtures down 3.3%; and rubber/plastics down 2.2%. Employment remained steady in chemicals, fabricated metals, textiles/apparel, paper products, transportation equipment and food products, while primary metals posted a gain of 4.6%.

Losses for the state included the closure of auto parts maker Marada Industries in Westminster, the shuttering of Baltimore's Pepsi plant, and the loss of BP Solar's facility in Frederick.

Manufacturers' News reports the Central Maryland/District of Columbia area accounts for the most industrial employment in the region, with 149,185 jobs, virtually unchanged over the past twelve months. Western Maryland represents 19,519 industrial jobs, down 1%, while employment in Eastern Maryland remained steady over the year and is currently home to 18,041 workers.

MNI's city data shows Baltimore remains the region's top city for manufacturing employment with 32,560 industrial workers, down 8.8% over the past 12 months. Washington, D.C. accounts for 17,110 jobs, up a half percent over the past year. Linthicum ranks third in the region with 7,721 industrial workers, with no significant change reported over the year. Columbia saw industrial employment increase 1.5% over the year and now ranks fourth with 6,003 industrial jobs. Fifth-ranked Frederick accounts for 5,394 jobs, virtually unchanged from a year ago.  

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