EVANSTON, Ill.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Manufacturers’ News, Inc. -- For the third year in a row, industrial employment in Nebraska posted a gain, according to the 2014 Nebraska Manufacturers Register®, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. MNI reports Nebraska gained 1,731 manufacturing jobs from July 2012 to July 2013, or 1.4%, in contrast to the 8,000 jobs the nation as a whole lost for the same time period as reported by the Labor Department.
“Nebraska ranks as a great place to do business”
Manufacturers’ News reports Nebraska is now home to 2,765 manufacturers employing 123,505 workers.
“Nebraska ranks as a great place to do business,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “The state continues to regain the industrial employment lost during the recession, and at a quicker pace than many other states thanks to its friendly business environment, low taxes and abundant natural resources.”
Bright spots for the state included biotech giant Monsanto’s announcement of its plans to expand a seed processing plant in Waco, and the recent news that previously-shuttered Local Pride kosher meat-processing plant in Gordon will be reopened by Open Range Beef. In addition, pet medicine maker Zoetis’ announced an expansion of its plant in Lincoln; AGP will expand a soybean processing plant in Hastings; and Japanese electrical equipment maker Morio Denki recently announced plans to open its first U.S. operations in Lincoln.
Food products manufacturing accounts for the most industrial employment in the state with 38,659 jobs, up 2.5% over the year. Second-ranked industrial machinery and equipment manufacturing accounts for 12,372 workers, down 1.3%. Employment in the printing/publishing sector also declined 1.3% and ranks third in the state with 9,690 jobs.
MNI reports Nebraska’s industrial employment gains were spread out across most sectors and included textiles/apparel, up 10.4%; stone/clay/glass, up 3.5%; primary metals, up 2.3%; electronics, also up 2.3%; transportation equipment, up 1.9%; and chemicals, up 1.5%. Losses were seen in fabricated metals, down 1.9% lumber/wood, down 1%, and instruments/related products, down a half percent.
Industrial locations announcing closures included Leprino Foods, which plans to close a cheese plant in Ravenna and transfer production to another plant in Colorado.
According to Manufacturers’ News, Southeast Nebraska accounts for the most industrial employment in the state with 86,614 jobs, up 1.8% over the past twelve months. Northeast Nebraska accounts for 26,397 jobs, up about a third of a percent, while the Southwest region accounts for 7,645 jobs, down a half percent. The Northwest region is home to 2,849 industrial workers, up 2.5%.
MNI’s city data shows Omaha remains Nebraska’s top city for manufacturing employment, with 33,558 industrial jobs, up about one percent. Second-ranked Lincoln accounts for 17,487 jobs, with no significant change reported, while Grand Island accounts for 8,067 jobs, virtually unchanged from a year ago. Fourth-ranked Columbus accounts for 5,227 jobs, up 3.3%, while industrial employment in Dakota City remained steady over the year, with the fifth-ranked city home to 3,670 jobs.
Detailed profiles of Nebraska’s 2,765 manufacturing companies and 610 distributors can be found in the 2014 Nebraska Manufacturers Register® available in print for $97, 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, 10,904 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