EVANSTON, Ill., April 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Following several years of losses, industrial employment in Michigan increased by 1.6% over the past twelve months according to the 2012 Michigan Manufacturers Directory®, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. MNI reports Michigan gained 10,252 industrial jobs between February 2011 and February 2012.
Manufacturers' News reports Michigan is now home to 14,286 manufacturers employing 638,336 workers.
"The recovery is gaining momentum in Michigan and across the U.S," says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. "Michigan's 1.6% employment gain across a variety of industrial sectors reflects the state's continued effort to promote an educated workforce and friendly business environment."
Bright spots for the state include the openings of auto-supplier Hirotec America's two plants in Chesterfield Township and Port Huron; the expansion of GM's casting plant in Saginaw; the opening of Plasan Carbon Composites in Walker; the planned expansion of Panasonic Automotive Systems in Farmington Hills; and Teijin Advanced Composites' expansion in Auburn Hills. Hearthside Food Solutions expanded its breakfast bar plant in Kentwood; Benteler Aluminum plans an expansion of its extrusion facility in Holland; and Meijer will expand the Holland-based dairy plant it acquired from Bareman's.
Transportation equipment manufacturing remains the state's largest industrial sector by employment with 125,746 jobs, up 1.7% over the year. Industrial machinery and equipment ranks second with 118,418 jobs, up 1.7%. Third-ranked fabricated metals accounts for 77,547 jobs, down 1.2% over the survey period.
MNI reports sectors that gained jobs over the year included electronics, up 9.1%; chemicals/allied products, up 7%; instruments/related products, up 5.3%; stone/clay/glass, up 3.5%; furniture/fixtures, up 2.2%; rubber/plastics, up 1.9%, and textiles/apparel, up 1.7%. Losses were seen in printing/publishing, down 4.8%; lumber/wood, down 2.7%; and paper products, down 1.2%.
Industrial locations closing down included Medtec Ambulance Corp.'s manufacturing facility in White Pigeon; Durcon Inc.'s location in Canton Township; and Bosch-Rethrox Corp.'s plant in Buchanan.
Southeast Michigan accounts for the most industrial employment in the state with 370,192 jobs, up 1.8% in 2011. Southwest Michigan accounts for 199,919 jobs, up 2.9%, while Northwest Michigan accounts for 32,300, up a half percent. The Northeast region is home to 20,683 industrial workers, virtually unchanged over the year, while employment also remained steady in the Upper Peninsula, with the region home to 15,242 manufacturing jobs.
Grand Rapids remains the state's top city by industrial employment with 39,410 manufacturing jobs, with no significant change reported. Detroit accounts for 32,031 industrial jobs, down 2% over the year. Jobs increased by 12.9% in Auburn Hills, with the third-ranked city home to 23,024 industrial workers, while Warren accounts for 15,763 of the state's jobs, down 1%. Fifth-ranked Holland accounts for 14,679 jobs, up 1.5% over the survey period.
Detailed profiles of Michigan's 14,286 manufacturers and 1,648 distributors can be found in the 2012 Michigan Manufacturers Directory®, available in print for $191, 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), 45,853 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.