Kentucky Gained Manufacturing Jobs Over Past Year

Nov 14, 2011, 10:15 ET from Manufacturers' News, Inc.

EVANSTON, Ill., Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Industrial employment in Kentucky was little changed over the past year with the state posting a slight gain, according to the 2012 Kentucky Manufacturers Register®, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. MNI reports Kentucky gained 722 manufacturing jobs over the past year or less than one percent, from September 2010 to September 2011.

Manufacturers' News reports Kentucky is now home to 5,304 manufacturers employing 275,448 workers.

"The recovery is gaining momentum in Kentucky and across the U.S.," says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. "The state's low business costs and solid infrastructure have been a draw for a variety of enterprises."

Bright spots for the state included the opening of a Tiffany & Co. manufacturing plant in Lexington; Hitachi's plans to open a facility in Berea; the expansion of Ventra Plastics in Logan County; auto supplier Cooper Standard's plans to expand its Mt. Sterling location; the opening of Florida Tile's headquarters in Lexington; the establishment of a Bloomfield Farms gluten-free food manufacturing plant in Bloomfield; the opening of Alltech's algae fuel production site in Winchester; and the expansion of Hahn Automation in Boone County.

MNI reports transportation equipment manufacturing remains Kentucky's largest industrial sector by employment with 37,887 jobs, up 2.8% over the year. Food products manufacturing ranks second and accounts for 32,715 jobs, up a half percent. Third-ranked industrial machinery and equipment represents 29,819 of the state's jobs, down 2% over the past twelve months.

Other industrial sectors that gained jobs included chemicals, up 2.4%; rubber/plastics, up 2.2%; paper products, up 1.6%; and primary metals, up 1%. Losses were seen in electronics, down 3.6%; printing/publishing, down 3.2%; textiles/apparel down 2.7%; furniture/fixtures, down 2.4%; lumber/wood down 2.3%; and stone/clay/glass, down 1.2%.

Industrial locations closing over the year included Overhead Door Corp.'s plant in Covington; Fortis Plastics' facility in Henderson; and Trauth Dairy's Newport plant.

According to the industrial directory, Northeast Kentucky accounts for the largest share of the state's industrial employment with 152,467 manufacturing jobs, virtually unchanged from a year ago. Southeast Kentucky ranks second at 44,387 manufacturing jobs, up 1% over the year. Southwest Kentucky is home to 44,047 industrial jobs, up 1.4%, while the Northwest is home to 34,547 jobs, with no significant change reported.

According to MNI, Louisville remains Kentucky's top city for manufacturing employment, with 50,592 jobs, up 1% over the year. Lexington ranks second with 20,441 jobs, down 1.5%. Bowling Green saw jobs increase 6.8%, with the third-ranked city now home to 10,156 industrial jobs. Industrial employment in Georgetown remained steady over the year with the fourth-ranked city accounting for 9,578 jobs, while Florence is home to 9,312, up 1% over the past twelve months.  

Detailed profiles of Kentucky's 5,304 manufacturers and 735 industrial distributors can be found in the 2012 Kentucky Manufacturers Register®, available in print for $110 and on CD-ROM from $166. Each profile provides up to 30 facts, including vital contact information (phone, web, e-mail), 21,198 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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