EVANSTON, Ill.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Industrial employment in Massachusetts declined about a half percent over the past year according to the 2014 Massachusetts Manufacturers Register®, an industrial directory and database published by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. MNI reports Massachusetts lost 1,592 manufacturing jobs from July 2012 to July 2013.
“Massachusetts’ industrial sector continues to suffer from high business costs, and some of the state’s ‘green’ industries have been hit by foreign competition, particularly in the solar sector”
Manufacturers’ News reports Massachusetts is now home to 8,320 manufacturers employing 364,331 workers.
“Massachusetts’ industrial sector continues to suffer from high business costs, and some of the state’s ‘green’ industries have been hit by foreign competition, particularly in the solar sector,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “However, with its educated workforce and access to capital, the state maintains its reputation as a center for innovation.”
In addition to the closure of Lowell-based solar film manufacturer Konarka Technologies, other losses related to the downturn in solar included Boston-based Satcon Technology Corp., which closed earlier in the year and the shuttering of Evergreen Solar’s plant in Devens in 2011. Bright spots for the sector remain, however, with the recent opening of 1336 Technologies in Bedford, which will manufacture solar wafers.
Other bright spots include the expansion of textile manufacturer John Matouk & Company’s factory in Fall River; the opening of a Columbia Tech facility in Westborough; the expansion of a Bristol-Myers Squibb biologics plant in Devens; and MuCell Extrusion’s expansion of its fluid hardware assembly pant in Woburn.
MNI reports electronics accounts for the most industrial employment in the state with 48,110 jobs, down 2% over the year. Second-ranked industrial machinery and equipment accounts for 46,922 jobs, down 2.6%. Third-ranked instruments/related products represents 46,031 of the state’s industrial jobs, up 1.4% over the survey period.
Other sectors that lost jobs included furniture/fixtures, down 7.6%; printing/publishing, down 4.7%; textiles/apparel down 2.3%; chemicals, down 2.1%; primary metals, also down 2.1%; and lumber/wood down 2%. Gains were seen in leather products, up 2.8%; paper products, up 2.6%; transportation equipment, up 2.5%; and food products, up 1%.
Manufacturers’ News reports Central Massachusetts accounts for the most industrial employment in the state with 162,644 jobs, up a half percent over the past year. The Northeast region accounts for the second most at 105,059 jobs, down 2.4%. The Southeast region is home to 52,883 industrial workers, up 1.5%, while Western Massachusetts is home to 43,925, down 1.5%.
MNI’s city data shows Andover is Massachusetts’ top city for manufacturing employment, with 11,617 jobs, down 8.2% over the past twelve months. Second-ranked Boston is home to 11,160 jobs, down 2.6%. Cambridge accounts for 10,139 industrial jobs, also down 2.6%, while industrial jobs in Worcester increased 2%, with the fourth-ranked city home to 10,124 jobs. Industrial employment remained steady in Waltham, with the fifth-ranked city home to 9,121 industrial jobs.
Detailed profiles of Massachusetts’s 8,320 manufacturing companies and 987 distributors can be found in the 2014 Massachusetts Manufacturers Register® available in print for $141, 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, 27,771 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.