Industrial Directory Reports Delaware's Industrial Employment Remained Steady Over Past Year

Aug 09, 2011, 10:15 ET from Manufacturers' News, Inc.

EVANSTON, Ill., Aug. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Industrial employment in Delaware remained virtually unchanged over the past twelve months according to the 2012 Delaware Manufacturers Register, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. MNI reports Delaware lost just 105 industrial jobs or less than one percent between June 2010 and June 2011, in sharp contrast to the 10.7% drop recorded by MNI over the 2009-2010 survey period, and the 8.6% lost between June 2008 and June 2009.

Manufacturers' News reports Delaware is now home to 770 manufacturers employing 38,605 workers.

"We continue to see manufacturing sector gains in Delaware and across the U.S.," says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. "Delaware's educated workforce and business friendly environment has been a draw for a variety of enterprises."

Bright spots for the state included the opening of fuel cell producer Bloom Energy's new facility on the site of an idled Chrysler plant in Newark; the re-opening of a previously shuttered Valero plant, now owned by Delaware City Refining Company and employing approximately 500; the expansion of a Johnson Controls site in Middletown for the formation and distribution of battery systems; the expansions of Mountaire Farms' poultry plant and Pinnacle Foods' Vlasic Pickle factory, both in Millsboro; DuPont's plans to expand its Edge Moore facility in order to increase its titanium dioxide production; and the opening of power producer Calpine's headquarters in Wilmington.  

MNI reports Delaware's largest manufacturing sectors by employment saw little to no change over the year. The state's top industrial sector for jobs remains chemicals manufacturing, accounting for 11,267 jobs, up 1% over the year after losing 9.1% over the 2009-2010 survey period. Second-ranked food products accounts for 9,084 jobs, up 1%, while industrial machinery and equipment represents 2,306 of the state's manufacturing jobs, virtually unchanged from a year ago.

Losses were seen in primary metals, down 5.1%, following the closure of Insteel Industries' Wilmington location. Printing/publishing declined 4.8%; stone/clay/glass was down 4%; lumber/wood, down 3.1%; furniture/fixtures, down 2.8%; and rubber/plastics, down 2.2%. Employment was unchanged in textiles/apparel; paper products; fabricated metals and transportation equipment, while gains were seen in electronics, up 5.2% and instruments/related products, up 1%.  

According to MNI, Wilmington remains the state's top city for manufacturing employment, home to 11,203 jobs, down 1% over the year. Second-ranked Newark accounts for 5,531 jobs, with employment up 1.1% over the past twelve months. New Castle is home to 3,287 industrial jobs, down 3.9% over the year. Georgetown accounts for 2,577 jobs, up a half percent, while Milford is home to 2,299, up 1.5%.

Detailed profiles of Delaware's 770 manufacturers and 192 industrial distributors can be found in the 2012 Delaware Manufacturers Register, available in print for $70 and on CD-ROM from $81. Each profile provides up to 30 facts, including vital contact information (phone, web, e-mail), 3,124 executives by name and title, product(s) manufactured, annual sales, number of employees, and more. Visitors to may generate custom profiles of manufacturers using thirteen different criteria, including area or zip code, county, SIC, sales volume, number of employees, and more.

Manufacturers' News, Inc., publisher of manufacturers' directories since 1912, compiles and produces manufacturing guides, statistics and databases for all 50 states. MNI also maintains, an industrial search engine designed specifically for locating manufacturers and suppliers nationwide. For more information, contact Manufacturers' News, Inc., 1633 Central St., Evanston, IL, 60201, 847-864-7000, FAX 847-332-1100.  

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