EVANSTON, Ill., July 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Industrial employment in Georgia increased a half percent over the past twelve months, according to the 2013 Georgia Manufacturers Register®, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. MNI reports Georgia gained 2,603 industrial jobs between April 2011 and April 2012.
Manufacturers' News reports Georgia is now home to 9,845 manufacturers employing 474,267 workers.
"After several years of job losses stemming from the recession and the dwindling textiles/apparel industries, Georgia is finally seeing an improvement in its manufacturing sector," says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. "The state's friendly business environment, solid infrastructure, and quality workforce have been a draw for a variety of enterprises, particularly in the auto sector."
Bright spots for the state included Toyota's announcement that it will open a new plant in Pendergrass; the opening of a Great Dane trailer facility in Statesboro; and the expansion of Kia Motors in West Point. Starbucks announced it will build a plant in Augusta for the manufacture of its Via instant coffee products; Caterpillar will locate a new tractor and excavator plant near Athens; and Tenneco Inc. announced an expansion of its Hartwell factory.
Food products manufacturing remains Georgia's largest industrial sector by employment, accounting for 66,279 of the state's jobs, up a half percent over the past year. Textiles and apparel ranks second with 56,320 industrial jobs, down 2.6%, following the closures of two Shaw Industries locations in Chatsworth and Dalton; the closure of Beaulieu of America's plant in Dalton; and the shuttering of Mohawk Industries' facility in Rome. Industrial machinery and equipment ranks as the state's third largest manufacturing sector with 42,894 industrial jobs, virtually unchanged from a year ago.
MNI reports employment gains were seen in rubber/plastics, up 5.8%; transportation equipment, up 3.9%; primary metals, also up 3.9%; and chemicals, up 1%. Losses were seen in furniture/fixtures, down 6.5%; lumber/wood, down 2.2%; and stone/clay/glass, down 2.1%.
Northwest Georgia accounts for the most industrial employment in the state with 287,347 jobs, up 2.1% over the year, according to MNI. Northeast Georgia accounts for the second most with 73,890 jobs, down 1%. The South Central region is home to 41,564 jobs, down 3.4%, while the Southeast accounts for 37,119 manufacturing jobs, with no significant change reported. Southwest Georgia is home to 34,347 industrial workers, down 3.6%.
Atlanta remains the state's top city by industrial employment, accounting for 57,186 manufacturing jobs, up 4.9% over the past twelve months. Dalton saw employment increase 1.8% and is currently home to 21,585 industrial workers. Norcross accounts for 17,273 industrial jobs, down 1%, while Alpharetta saw jobs increase a half percent and currently accounts for 15,143 industrial jobs. Fifth-ranked Marietta accounts for 15,113 jobs, down 2.4%.
Detailed profiles of Georgia's 9,845 manufacturers and 1,993 distributors can be found in the 2013 Georgia Manufacturers Register®, available in print for $149, 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), 36,989 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 yellow pages, 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.