Virginia Manufacturing Jobs Rose One Percent in Past Year
EVANSTON, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Manufacturers’ News, Inc./-- For a second straight year, manufacturing employment in Virginia posted a gain, reports the 2014 Virginia Manufacturers Directory®, an industrial directory and database published by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI). According to data collected by MNI, manufacturers in Virginia added 3,001 jobs from Nov. 2012 to Nov. 2013, or about one percent.
“With its educated workforce and access to capital, manufacturers in Virginia continue to make gains, particularly in the transportation sector”
Manufacturers’ News reports Virginia is now home to 6,346 manufacturers employing 332,789 workers.
“With its educated workforce and access to capital, manufacturers in Virginia continue to make gains, particularly in the transportation sector,” says Tom Dubin, President of the 102-year old industrial publisher.
According to MNI, employment in transportation equipment climbed 14% in Virginia over the year. Transportation equipment ranks first in the state for industrial employment, employing 42,527, and is expected to keep growing with Kilgour Industries’ plans to establish a plant in Martinsville and the planned opening of a Tanom Motors site in Culpeper.
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Sectors reporting gains included chemicals, up 2.1%; and rubber/plastics, up 1.4%. Losses were seen in furniture/fixtures, down 8%; electronics down 6.2%; and primary metals, down 4.5%.
Newport News is the state’s top city for manufacturing employment, accounting for 28,228 jobs, up 11%. Richmond ranks second with 27,621 jobs, down 1.5% over the year. Roanoke is home to 10,553 industrial jobs, up a half percent, while fourth-ranked Lynchburg accounts for 10,001 industrial jobs, up 1% over the past twelve months.
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Detailed profiles of Virginia’s 6,346 manufacturers and 1,127 distributors can be found in the 2014 Virginia Manufacturers Directory® available for $119, or online through MNI’s industrial database subscription service EZ Select: http://www.ezselect.com. Profiles provide up to 30 facts, including executive contact information, product(s) manufactured, annual sales figures and more.
Manufacturers’ News, Inc. is the nation’s oldest and largest publisher of industrial directories and databases, and the industrial search engine IndustryNet: http://www.industrynet.com. For 102 years the company has identified, researched and profiled manufacturing companies. MNI’s 85-person staff scours a multitude of sources to pinpoint every manufacturer in the U.S. Each company’s profile is updated annually, including employee counts. For more information, contact Manufacturers’ News, Inc. 847-864-7000.