EVANSTON, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Manufacturers’ News, Inc.-- For a third straight year, Tennessee gained manufacturing jobs, reports the 2015 Tennessee Manufacturers Register®, a manufacturers database and directory published by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI). According to data collected by MNI, Tennessee manufacturers added 4,473 jobs, or 1.1%, from September 2013 to September 2014.
Manufacturers’ News reports Tennessee is now home to 6,828 manufacturers employing 388,991 workers. The industrial publisher has recorded a 3.9% increase in the state’s manufacturing jobs since September 2012, recovering about 17% of losses suffered during the recession, and outpacing the U.S.’s overall gain of 3.3%.
Gains were largely led by the transportation equipment industry, reports MNI, which climbed 22% over the 3-year period, surpassing industrial machinery as the state’s top industry by employment. Currently, transportation equipment employs 48,654 Tennessee workers, an increase of 2% from September 2013, according to MNI data.
“Manufacturing employment in Tennessee continues to pick up speed,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “With its zero state income tax, skilled workforce, ease of logistics, and one of the friendliness business environments in the nation, major auto manufacturers have invested in the state and boosted employment.”
Other sectors posting increases over the past twelve months included chemicals, up 4.6%; primary metals, up 2.4%; electronics, up 1.7%, and industrial machinery, up 1.3%.
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MNI reports Memphis ranks first in the state for industrial employment with 36,169 jobs, virtually unchanged over the year. Manufacturing employment rose 16% in Smyrna; 3.7% in Knoxville, and 1% in Nashville.
Detailed profiles of all Tennessee manufacturers can be found in the 2015 Tennessee Manufacturers Register® available in print or online. Established in 1912, Manufacturers’ News, Inc. is the nation’s oldest and largest publisher of industrial information. MNI offers a variety of tailored solutions to help customers connect with 430,000 manufacturers and suppliers. MNI’s industrial database subscription service EZ Select allows users to tap into a live interactive database of manufacturers, while its industrial search engine IndustryNet connects buyers and suppliers and allows users to view profiles and obtain competitive quotes. For more information, contact Manufacturers’ News, Inc. 847-864-7000. http://www.manufacturersnews.com.