Industrial Directory Reports North Dakota Manufacturing Jobs Fell 2.8% Over Past Year

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

EVANSTON, Ill., June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- /Manufacturers' News, Inc./-- Industrial employment in North Dakota fell 2.8% over the past twelve months according to the 2011 North Dakota Manufacturers Register®, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. MNI reports North Dakota lost 1,028 industrial jobs between April 2009 and April 2010.


Manufacturers' News reports North Dakota is now home to 1,247 manufacturers employing 35,562 workers.

"North Dakota hasn't been hit as hard as many other states, partially because of its strong agricultural base," says Tom Dubin, President of Manufacturers' News. "Fortunately, land cannot be outsourced. But the recession has taken its toll on other industrial sectors, particularly those dependent on the housing market."

Industrial machinery and equipment remains North Dakota's largest industrial sector by employment, accounting for 6,048 of the state's jobs, down 5.6% over the year, following the closure of Bobcat's Bismarck plant and layoffs at Fargo's Case New Holland plant and DMI Industries, among others. Food products ranks second with 5,592 industrial jobs, down 4.4%. Fabricated metal ranks as the state's third largest manufacturing sector with 3,119 of the state's industrial jobs, down 11.7% over the past twelve months.

MNI reports other industrial sectors that lost jobs over the past year included furniture/fixtures down 22.3%; transportation equipment down 16.1%; stone/clay/glass down 11%; chemicals down 10.4%; paper products down 8.9%; and electronics down 1.6%. Sectors that gained jobs included primary metals, up 11.4%; rubber/plastics, up 5.5%; printing/publishing up 3.6% and lumber/wood up 2.4%. Textiles/apparel posted no significant employment change, according to MNI.

Bright spots for the state included the opening of a new Dakota Prairie and Organic Flour Company flour mill in Harvey, the opening of ComDel Innovations, located at Imation Corp's former location in Wahpeton, and the planned opening of a canola processing plant in Minot by Toronto-based Bio-Extraction Inc.

MNI reports the Southeast region of North Dakota accounts for the most industrial employment, with 20,581 industrial jobs, down 4.8% over the year. The Northeast region is home to 5,279 industrial workers, down 9.7% over the past twelve months. The Southwest is home to 4,991, up 3.4%, while the Northwest accounts for 4,711, up 9.8% over the past year.

Fargo remains the state's top city by industrial employment, accounting for 9,554 manufacturing jobs, up 1.6% over the past twelve months. Williston accounts for 2,331 industrial jobs, up 22.1%. Grand Forks saw employment decrease 11.6%, and is currently home to 2,221 industrial workers, while West Fargo accounts for 1,949, with no significant change reported over the year. Bismarck accounts for 1,949, down 4.5%.

Detailed profiles of North Dakota's 1,247 manufacturers and 378 industrial distributors can be found in the 2011 North Dakota Manufacturers Register®, available in print for $74 and on CD-ROM from $90. Each profile provides up to 30 facts, including vital contact information (phone, web, e-mail), 4,761 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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