EVANSTON, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Manufacturers’ News, Inc./--Industrial employment in Pennsylvania declined slightly over the past year according to the 2014 Pennsylvania Manufacturers Register®, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. MNI reports Pennsylvania lost 1,053 manufacturing jobs from July 2012 to July 2013, in contrast to the 3,000 manufacturing jobs the directory reported the state gained over the 2011-2012 survey period.
“However, the state’s educated workforce, access to capital and its reputation as a center for innovation continue to be a draw for new business.”
Manufacturers’ News reports Pennsylvania is now home to 17,191 manufacturers employing 811,432 workers.
“Manufacturers in Pennsylvania are still recovering from the recession, and high business taxes have affected hiring,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “However, the state’s educated workforce, access to capital and its reputation as a center for innovation continue to be a draw for new business.”
Bright spots for the state included the opening of a Siemens Healthcare ultrasound systems facility in Plymouth Meeting; the planned expansion of Veka Inc.’s vinyl window plant in Fombell; Hershey’s $300-million investment in its facility in Hershey; and Coca-Cola’s plans to expand its plant in Upper Macungie. In addition, due to the natural gas drilling boom in the Marcellus Shale, employment in oil and gas extraction rose 16% in Pennsylvania over the survey period. Oil and gas extraction currently employs 7,178 Pennsylvania workers, or about one percent of the state’s total industrial workforce.
Additional gains were seen in transportation equipment, up 3.1%; electronics, up 1.8%; instruments/related products, up 1.5%; and stone/clay/glass, up 1.4%, according to MNI. Sectors that lost jobs included petroleum products, down 4.2%; chemicals, down 3.4%; furniture/fixtures down 2.7%; printing/publishing, down 2.5%; and lumber/wood, down 1.8%.
Manufacturing locations announcing closures included FesslerUSA’s 112-year-old garment plant in Orwigsburg; Lancaster Preferred Partners’ auto parts plant in Lancaster; Penn Refrigeration’s facility in Wilkes-Barre; and a Hostess bakery in Philadelphia.
MNI reports industrial machinery and equipment accounts for the most manufacturing employment in the state with 93,817 jobs, with no significant change reported over the year. Second-ranked fabricated metals accounts for 86,010 jobs, down about one percent. Third-ranked food products manufacturing represents 84,621 jobs, virtually unchanged over the survey period.
The industrial directory reports Southeast Pennsylvania accounts for the largest share of the state’s industrial employment, with 342,808 jobs, down one percent over the year. Southwest Pennsylvania accounts for 185,676 jobs, up a half percent, while Central Pennsylvania is home to 118,405 industrial workers, with no significant change reported. Northwest Pennsylvania accounts for 108,238 of the state’s industrial jobs, up 1.5%, while Northeast Pennsylvania is home to 56,305 jobs, virtually unchanged over the year.
MNI’s city data shows Philadelphia remains the state’s top city for manufacturing employment, home to 43,313 jobs, down 1.5% over the year. Second-ranked Pittsburgh accounts for 36,679 jobs, up 2.1% over the year. York is home to 22,052 industrial jobs, down 3.6%, while Erie accounts for 17,421 jobs, up a half percent. Lancaster is home to 17,239 industrial jobs, up 1.7%.
Detailed profiles of Pennsylvania’s 17,191 manufacturing companies and 2,461 distributors can be found in the 2014 Pennsylvania Manufacturers Register® available in print for $211, or available online through MNI’s industrial database subscription service EZSelect.com. Users may generate custom profiles of manufacturers using a variety of criteria, including region, SIC, sales volume, number of employees, and more. Each business profile provides up to 30 facts, including vital contact information, 60,259 executives by name and title, product(s) manufactured, and more.
Manufacturers’ News, Inc. is the nation’s oldest and largest publisher of state industrial directories and manufacturers databases, and the industrial search engine IndustryNet.com. For 101 years the company has identified, researched and profiled manufacturing companies. MNI employs an 85-person editorial staff to scour business registrations, 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, http://www.manufacturersnews.com