EVANSTON, Ill.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Industrial employment in Delaware declined about one percent over the past year according to the 2014 Delaware Manufacturers Register®, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. MNI reports Delaware lost 390 manufacturing jobs from July 2012 to July 2013, in contrast to the one percent increase MNI reported for the state over the 2011-2012 survey period.
“However, the state’s educated workforce, business-friendly environment, and easy access to shipping and transportation continue to be a draw for new business.”
Manufacturers’ News reports Delaware is now home to 731 manufacturers employing 38,505 workers.
“Manufacturers in Delaware have yet to fully recover from the recession,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “However, the state’s educated workforce, business-friendly environment, and easy access to shipping and transportation continue to be a draw for new business.”
MNI reports chemicals manufacturing accounts for the most industrial employment in the state with 11,189 jobs, with no significant change reported over the year. Second-ranked food products accounts for 8,901 jobs, down 2.5%, following the closure of a Vlasic pickle factory in Millsboro, among others. Third-ranked instruments/related products represent 2,828 jobs, up 8.3% over the survey period.
Other sectors that lost jobs included electronics, down 7.7%; paper products, down 10%; textiles/apparel down 4.5%; printing/publishing, down 3.9%; primary metals, down 3.5%; and lumber/wood, down 3.2%. Gains were seen in transportation equipment, up 3.6%; furniture/fixtures, up 1.5%; and industrial machinery, up 1%.
Bright spots for the state included GE Aviation’s plans to expand its aircraft components facility in Newark; Allen Harim’s establishment of a new poultry processing plant at the former Vlasic pickle factory in Millsboro; Bloom Energy’s announcement it has started production of fuel cells at its new plant in Newark; and Kraft Foods’ plans to move production of its Kool-Aid drink mixes from a factory in Mexico to its facility in Dover, adding 29 jobs to that location.
MNI’s city data shows Wilmington remains Delaware’s top city for manufacturing employment, with 11,453 jobs, with no significant change reported over the past twelve months. Second-ranked Newark is home to 5,206 jobs, up 3.4% over the year. New Castle accounts for 3,268 industrial jobs, virtually unchanged over the year. while industrial jobs in Georgetown increased 1.8%, with the fourth-ranked city home to 2,567 jobs. Industrial employment remained steady in Milford, with the fifth-ranked city home to 2,520 industrial jobs.
Detailed profiles of Delaware’s 731 manufacturing companies and 178 distributors can be found in the 2014 Delaware Manufacturers Register® available in print for $71, 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, 2,068 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