EVANSTON, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--For the second year in a row, industrial employment in Wisconsin posted a gain, according to the 2014 Wisconsin Manufacturers Register®, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. MNI reports Wisconsin gained 3,010 manufacturing jobs from July 2012 to July 2013, or about one percent.
Manufacturers’ News reports Wisconsin is now home to 11,208 manufacturers employing 574,091 workers.
“Wisconsin’s industrial sector continues to grow,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “The state’s lower business costs in comparison to its neighbors, educated workforce, and central location for the shipment of goods continue to result in many companies investing in its manufacturing sector, particularly those in the food products sector.”
According to MNI, employment in food products manufacturing rose 1.1% in Wisconsin over the survey period and is expected to keep rising, with the expansion of a Wisconsin’s Dairyfood USA site in Blue Mounds; Seneca Foods’ planned expansion of its Janesville plant; and Agropur’s plans to expand its cheesemaking operations in Luxemburg. Food products manufacturing currently employs 66,266 Wisconsin workers, ranking third in the state for number of industrial jobs.
Other bright spots included commercial lighting company Kenall Manufacturing’s announcement last week that it plans to move its headquarters from Gurnee, Illinois to a new facility in Kenosha. In addition, L&M Corrugated Container Corp. opened a new plant in Pleasant Prairie; paper manufacturer Summer Industries established a new facility in Neenah; Kendall Packaging will expand its factory in Mequon; and Wisconsin Oven established a new location in East Troy.
MNI reports Wisconsin’s largest sectors by industrial employment posted increases over the survey period. Industrial machinery and equipment accounts for the most industrial employment in the state with 311,566 jobs, up about one percent over the year. Fabricated metals manufacturing ranks second with 69,754 industrial jobs, up 2.5%. Other sectors to gain jobs included paper products, up 4.3%; electronics, up 3.6%; and chemicals, up 1.9%.
Losses were seen in lumber/wood, down 7.7%; stone/clay/glass, down 2.9%; printing/publishing, down 2.3%; furniture/fixtures, down 2.2%; and rubber/plastics, down 1%.
Industrial locations announcing closures included food packaging plant Pactiv in Chippewa Falls; auto supplier Dana Holding Corp.’s location in Milwaukee; and Cenveo Inc.’s location in Kenosha.
Manufacturers’ News reports Southeast Wisconsin accounts for over half of the state’s industrial employment, with 311,566 jobs, up about one percent over the year. Central Wisconsin is home to 180,925, up about a half percent. Southwest Wisconsin accounts for 45,783 industrial jobs, with no significant change reported, while employment in Northern Wisconsin remained unchanged and currently accounts for 35,817 manufacturing workers.
MNI’s city data shows Milwaukee remains Wisconsin’s top city for manufacturing employment, with 50,802 industrial jobs, down 1% over the year. Second-ranked Green Bay accounts for 21,825 jobs, up 1.3%, while Madison accounts for 18,554 jobs, down 1.6%. Fourth-ranked Waukesha accounts for 15,881 jobs, with no significant change reported, while industrial employment in Appleton increased 1%, with the fifth-ranked city home to 14,244 jobs.
Detailed profiles of Wisconsin’s 11,208 manufacturing companies and 1,649 distributors can be found in the 2014 Wisconsin Manufacturers Register® available in print for $151, or available online through MNI’s industrial database subscription service EZSelect.com. Users may generate custom profiles of manufacturers using a variety of criteria, including region, SIC, sales volume, number of employees, and more. Each business profile provides up to 30 facts, including vital contact information, 41,443 executives by name and title, product(s) manufactured, and more.
Manufacturers’ News, Inc. is the nation’s oldest and largest publisher of state industrial directories and manufacturers databases, and the industrial search engine IndustryNet.com. For 101 years the company has identified, researched and profiled manufacturing companies. MNI employs an 85-person editorial staff to scour business registrations, 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, http://www.manufacturersnews.com.