Industrial Directory Reports Maryland/DC's Industrial Employment Declined 3.3% Over Past Year

Jun 24, 2010, 10:15 ET from Manufacturers' News, Inc.

EVANSTON, Ill., June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- /Manufacturers' News, Inc./-- Industrial employment in Maryland/DC fell 3.3% over the past twelve months according to the 2011 Maryland/DC Manufacturers Directory, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. MNI reports Maryland lost 6,502 industrial jobs and 258 manufacturers between May 2009 and May 2010.



Manufacturers' News reports Maryland and the DC Metro Area is now home to 4,956 manufacturers employing 188,089 workers.

"The recession continues to affect Maryland's manufacturing sectors, particularly its sizable printing and publishing industry and sectors reliant on the housing market. However Maryland's continued investment in high-tech manufacturing have helped stem the losses a bit, as companies are drawn to the region due to its educated workforce," says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912.

Bright spots over the year include the planned expansion of laboratory supplier Life Technologies Corp. in Frederick; the expected expansion of a GM transmission plant in White Marsh, which will create 200 jobs; the future opening of Emergent Solutions' bioprocessing center in East Baltimore; and the planned expansion of GE Aviation's Middle River facility.

According to the directory, printing and publishing remains the region's largest industrial sector, accounting for 35,555 of the region's industrial jobs, down 10.7% over the past twelve months. Printing companies closing down include a Vertis Communications facility in Belcamp, a Cenveo Inc printing facility in Baltimore, and The Washington Post's printing facility in College Park. Electronics manufacturing accounts for another 22,964 industrial jobs, with no significant change reported over the year. Third-ranked industrial machinery and equipment manufacturing employs 18,560 workers, down 3.1% over the past twelve months.

Losses were reported across most sectors and included lumber/wood, down 8.7%; furniture/fixtures down 7.6%; paper products down 6.6%; stone/clay/glass down 6.4%; rubber/plastics down 4.1%; transportation equipment down 4% and textiles/apparel down 1.3%. Gains were seen in chemicals, up 2.1%, food products, up 1.7%, instruments and related products, up 1.5% and primary metals up 1.1%.  

Manufacturers' News reports Central Maryland, which includes the District of Columbia, accounts for the most industrial employment in the region, with 150,183 jobs, or 80%, down 2.9% over the past twelve months. Western Maryland represents 19,728 of the state's jobs, down 8.3%, while employment in Eastern Maryland declined 1.1% and is currently home to 18,178 of the state's workers.

MNI's city data shows Baltimore remains the region's top city for manufacturing employment with 35,739 industrial workers, down 5% over the past 12 months. Washington, DC accounts for 16,187 jobs, down 7.8% over the past year. Linthicum ranks third in the region with 7,731 industrial workers, with no significant change reported over the year. Columbia saw industrial employment increase 3.8% over the year and now ranks fourth in the state with 6,095 industrial jobs. Fifth-ranked Hagerstown accounts for 5,481 jobs, down 11.7%.

Detailed profiles of Maryland/DC's 4,956 manufacturers and 926 industrial distributors can be found in the 2011 Maryland/DC Manufacturers Directory, available in print for $104 and on CD-ROM from $166. Each profile provides up to 30 facts, including vital contact information (phone, web, e-mail), 16,852 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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