Missouri Industrial Directory Reports State's Manufacturing Employment Remains Steady Over the Year

Sep 12, 2011, 10:15 ET from Manufacturers' News, Inc.

EVANSTON, Ill, Sept. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Industrial employment in Missouri remained stable over the past twelve months according to the 2012 Missouri Manufacturers Register®, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. MNI reports Missouri lost 2,561 industrial jobs, or about a half percent between August 2010 and August 2011, in sharp contrast to the 2% drop recorded by MNI over the 2009-2010 survey period, and the 6.2% lost between June 2008 and June 2009.

Manufacturers' News reports Missouri is now home to 8,359 manufacturers employing 366,240 workers.

"The recovery is gaining momentum in Missouri and across the U.S.," says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. "Missouri maintains a stronghold in the food products industry and its low-cost of doing business has been a draw for a variety of enterprises."

Bright spots for the state included the openings of Sara Lee's meat processing plant in Kansas City and wind industry supplier Vest-Fiber's facility in Moberly. Ford Motor plans to expand its Claycomo factory, and Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. recently announced an expansion of its St. Joseph facility.

Food products manufacturing continues to top the list for industrial employment, currently accounting for 51,886 industrial jobs, with no significant change reported over the past twelve months. Second-ranked transportation equipment accounts for 43,228 jobs, up a half percent over the year. Industrial machinery and equipment comes in third with 41,461 jobs, down 2.8% over the past twelve months.

Industrial sectors in Missouri that lost jobs within the past year included lumber/wood, down 3.8%, printing/publishing, down 3.3%; furniture/fixtures, down 2.9%; and paper products, down 2.7%. Gains were seen in instruments/related products, up 2%; textiles/apparel, up 2% and electronics, up a half percent.

Losses for the state included the closures of Ethex Corp. and Herff Jones, as well as the planned closure of a Folgers plant in Kansas City and layoffs at the Nordyne plant in Boonville.

Manufacturers' News reports Southeast Missouri accounts for the most industrial employment in the state with 176,740 jobs, up 2.8% over the year. Northwest Missouri accounts for 92,641 manufacturing jobs, down 1.4%, while Southwest Missouri accounts for 70,351 jobs, virtually unchanged from a year ago. The Northeast region of the state is home to 26,508 industrial workers, down 2.3% over the past twelve months.

MNI's city data shows Missouri's top five cities by number of industrial jobs saw little to no change in employment over the past year. St. Louis ranks first with 82,196 jobs, down a half percent over the past twelve months. Second-ranked Kansas City accounts for 40,428, down 1%. Springfield also saw jobs decrease by 1%, and is currently home to the third most at 16,789. Manufacturing employment in fourth-ranked St. Joseph decreased 1%, with the city currently accounting for 9,957 jobs. Fifth-ranked Joplin saw no significant change in manufacturing employment, and currently accounts for 8,069 jobs.

Detailed profiles of Missouri's 8,359 manufacturers and 1,463 industrial distributors can be found in the 2012 Missouri Manufacturers Register®, available in print for $140 and on CD-ROM from $206. Each profile provides up to 30 facts, including vital contact information (phone, web, e-mail), 30,345 executives by name and title, product(s) manufactured, annual sales, number of employees, and more. Visitors to mnileads.com 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 IndustryNet.com, 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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