EVANSTON, Ill., Aug 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Following several years of losses, industrial employment in Delaware increased nearly one percent over the past twelve months according to the 2013 Delaware Manufacturers Register, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. MNI reports Delaware gained 290 industrial jobs or about one percent between June 2011 and June 2012.
Manufacturers' News reports Delaware is now home to 749 manufacturers employing 38,895 workers.
"Delaware continues to see its manufacturing sector improve," says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. "The state's business friendly environment and central location along the Atlantic Coast have been a draw for a variety of enterprises."
Bright spots for the state included the opening of Bloom Energy's fuel cell manufacturing facility in Newark; the expansion of Johnson Controls' facility in Middletown; and Kraft Foods' plans to expand its Kool-Aid facility in Dover, relocating production from a factory in Mexico.
MNI reports Delaware's largest manufacturing sectors all gained jobs over the year. The state's top industrial sector for jobs remains chemicals manufacturing, accounting for 11,625 jobs, up 3.1% over the year. Second-ranked food products accounts for 9,130 jobs, up a half percent, while employment in instruments/related products increased 2.8%, with the sector currently representing 2,611 of the state's manufacturing jobs.
Other sectors gaining jobs included stone/clay/glass, up 5.7% and lumber/wood, up 3.9%, while employment remained steady in furniture/fixtures; printing/publishing; primary metals; and transportation equipment. Losses were seen in paper products, down 11.5%; electronics, down 5.3%; rubber/plastics, down 5.3%; fabricated metals, down 2.6%; and industrial machinery and equipment, down 1.8%.
According to MNI, Wilmington remains the state's top city for manufacturing employment, home to 11,631 jobs, up 3.8% over the year. Second-ranked Newark accounts for 5,331 jobs, with employment down 3.6% over the past twelve months. New Castle is home to 3,251 industrial jobs, down 1% over the year. Georgetown accounts for 2,521 jobs, down 2.1%, while Milford is home to 2,260 jobs, down 1.6%.
Detailed profiles of Delaware's 749 manufacturers and 189 distributors can be found in the 2013 Delaware Manufacturers Register, available in print for $71, 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), 3,138 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.
Manufacturers' News, Inc. is the nation's oldest and largest publisher of state manufacturers directories. For 100 years the company has identified, researched and profiled manufacturing establishments. MNI employs an 85-person editorial staff to scour state 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, FAX 847-332-1100. www.manufacturersnews.com. Information is also available on Facebook and Twitter.
SOURCE Manufacturers' News, Inc.