EVANSTON, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Manufacturers’ News, Inc.-- For a second straight year, industrial employment in Minnesota posted a gain, reports the 2014 Minnesota Manufacturers Register®, an industrial directory and database published by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to data collected by Manufacturers’ News, Minnesota gained 3,959 manufacturing jobs from October 2012 to October 2013, or about one percent, doubling the gain MNI reported for the 2011-2012 survey and a half percent higher than the national average gain as reported by the Labor Department for the same time period.
Manufacturers’ News reports Minnesota is now home to 9,457 manufacturers employing 460,267 workers.
“Manufacturers in Minnesota continue to make gains across a variety of sectors,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “The state’s winning mix of business-friendliness, diverse economy, and an educated workforce has resulted in many companies expanding and investing in its manufacturing sector.”
According to Manufacturers’ News, industrial machinery and equipment ranks as the state’s largest sector by manufacturing employment, accounting for 68,630 jobs, with no significant change reported. Food products ranks second with 65,926 jobs, down 1.3%, while third-ranked printing/publishing accounts for 48,813 jobs, down 1.4%.
Manufacturing companies in Minnesota announcing expansions included Chart Industries, which plans to expand its liquid natural gas equipment facility in New Prague; Lund Boat Co., which will expand its New York Mills factory; and WFSI, which announced an expansion of its welding facility in Sauk Rapids. In addition, previously shuttered Green Plains Renewable Energy will reopen its ethanol plant in Fairmont; “smart” glass maker SageGlass opened a new plant in Faribault; Baxter International purchased a manufacturing facility in Brooklyn Park; and Detroit Diesel expanded into a new facility in Hibbing.
Sectors reporting gains included furniture/fixtures, up 9.6%; fabricated metals, up 5.5%; transportation equipment, up 2.5%; electronics, up 2%; rubber/plastics, up 1%; and petroleum products, also up 1%. Losses were reported in stone/clay/glass, down 2.4%; and lumber/wood, down 1.4%
Industrial locations announcing closures included Nestle Corp.’s plant in St. Louis Park and Georgia Pacific’s facility in Duluth.
According to Manufacturers’ News, Minnesota’s Central East region accounts for the largest share of industrial employment with 234,816 manufacturing jobs, with no significant change reported. Southeast Minnesota accounts for 115,552 industrial jobs, up 3.6% over the year. The Central West region is home to 38,767 manufacturing jobs, down 1.3%; while Southwest Minnesota is home to 34,161, down 2.8%. Northeast Minnesota accounts for 19,566 jobs, down 1.1%; and Northwest Minnesota accounts for 17,405, up 3.1%.
Minneapolis remains the state’s top city for manufacturing employment, home to 54,338 jobs, down 2.4% over the year. Second-ranked St. Paul accounts for 42,029 jobs, up 1.3%. Eden Prairie is home to 11,988 industrial jobs, up 2.6%, while jobs in Eagan declined 3.1%, with the city currently home to 11,389 industrial workers. Bloomington accounts for 10,249 industrial jobs, down 4.5% over the past twelve months.
Detailed profiles of Minnesota’s 9,457 manufacturing companies and 1,170 distributors can be found in the 2014 Minnesota Manufacturers Register® available in print for $145, 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, 33,197 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.