Industrial Directory Reports New Hampshire Lost Fewer Manufacturing Jobs Over Past Year

Dec 14, 2010, 10:15 ET from Manufacturers' News, Inc.

EVANSTON, Ill., Dec. 14, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Industrial employment in New Hampshire fell 2.6% over the past twelve months according to the 2011 New Hampshire Manufacturers Register, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. MNI reports New Hampshire lost 2,566 manufacturing jobs over the past year, a much smaller decline than the 5,509-job loss MNI reported over the 2008-2009 survey period.

Manufacturers' News reports New Hampshire is now home to 2,625 manufacturers employing 83,911 workers.

"New Hampshire's industrial sectors continue to be battered by the housing bust and the recession," says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. "However, we're definitely seeing fewer job losses than we did a year ago and the state's educated workforce and business-friendly environment should help improve the outlook."

Bright spots for the state included the expansion of chocolate maker Lindt in Stratham, which has opened up a new cocoa-processing facility; the expansion of Albany International Corp.'s Rochester plant; and the re-opening of a Fraser Papers' mill in Gorham after it was bought by MM Consulting and Contracting, saving 240 jobs.

MNI reports industrial machinery and equipment remains New Hampshire's largest manufacturing sector by employment with 13,717 jobs, down 5.2% over the year, due partially to layoffs at Goss International. Second-ranked electronics manufacturing accounts for 13,656 jobs, down 1.4% over the year, while third-ranked fabricated metals accounts for 7,196 industrial jobs, down 5.4%, following the closure of Fisher Controls in Portsmouth, among others.

Most other sectors in New Hampshire lost jobs over the year and included paper products down 16.1%; lumber/wood down 14.7%; furniture/fixtures down 13.8%; and rubber/plastics down 9.2%, after the closures of Rexam Plastic Containers and Pretium Packaging Corp. among others. Printing/publishing declined 8.7%; transportation equipment was down 3.9% and food products down 2.4%. Employment was steady in the chemicals and allied products sector, while textiles/apparel increased 1.8%.

MNI's city data shows Manchester is New Hampshire's top city for manufacturing employment, with 8,470 jobs, down 5.6% over the year. Nashua ranks second with 5,287 industrial jobs, up 9.1%, while Hudson is home to 4,620 jobs, down 7.7% over the past twelve months. Londonderry accounts for 4,435 jobs, down 1.4%, and fifth-ranked Keene accounts for 3,385 industrial workers, 4% fewer than a year ago.  

Detailed profiles of New Hampshire's 2,625 manufacturers and 330 industrial distributors can be found in the 2011 New Hampshire Manufacturers Register, available in print for $88 and on CD-ROM from $123. Each profile provides up to 30 facts, including vital contact information (phone, web, e-mail), 8,742 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. Information is also available on Facebook and Twitter.

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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