EVANSTON, Ill.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Manufacturers’ News, Inc. -- For the second year in a row, industrial employment in Missouri posted a gain, according to the 2014 Missouri Manufacturers Register®, an industrial directory and database published by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. MNI reports Missouri gained 3,721 manufacturing jobs from August 2012 to August 2013, or 1% -- more than triple the gain MNI reported for the 2011-2012 survey period.
“Missouri ranks as a great place to do business”
Manufacturers’ News reports Missouri is now home to 7,876 manufacturers employing 366,877 workers.
“Missouri 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’s reasonable business costs and central location for the shipment of goods continue to result in many companies investing in its manufacturing sector, particularly those in the transportation equipment sector.”
According to MNI, transportation equipment manufacturing rose 1.4% in Missouri over the survey period and is expected to keep rising, with GM’s planned expansion of its stamping plant in Wentzville and Legget & Platt’s expansion of its auto components plant in Carthage. Transportation equipment ranks second in the state for industrial employment, accounting for 43,166 jobs.
Other bright spots for the state included Calumet Specialty Products’ plans to expand its synthetic lubricant plant in Louisiana, MO and the opening of a new CertainTeed roof shingle factory in Jonesburg. Aluminum maker Noranda plans to expand its facility in New Madrid; 3M announced an expansion of its solar film plant in Columbia; and General Electric opened a new facility in Slater for the manufacture of air filters for gas turbines.
Food products manufacturing remains the state’s top sector by employment, employing 52,138 workers, with no significant change reported.
Industrial sectors that posted gains over the year included electronics, up 2.2%; chemicals, up 2%; fabricated metals, up 1.3% and stone/clay/glass, up 1%. Losses were seen in lumber/wood, down 3.5%; printing/publishing, down 2.2% and instruments/related products, down 2.5%.
Manufacturing companies in Missouri announcing closures included Hostess bakeries in St. Louis and Boonville; Thorco Industries’ plants in Butler and Casville; and a ThyssenKrupp Access facility in Grandview.
Manufacturers’ News reports Southeast Missouri accounts for the most industrial employment in the state with 176,215 jobs, with no significant change reported over the year. Northwest Missouri accounts for 94,532 manufacturing jobs, up 2.7%, while Southwest Missouri accounts for 70,045 jobs, up a half percent. The Northeast region of the state is home to 26,085 industrial workers, up 1.7% over the past twelve months.
MNI’s city data shows St. Louis remains Missouri’s top city for manufacturing employment, with 79,865 industrial jobs, down 1.1% over the year. Second-ranked Kansas City accounts for 43,297 jobs, up 7.1%, while Springfield accounts for 17,083 jobs, up 2.4%. Fourth-ranked St. Joseph accounts for 10,255 jobs, up 4.1%, while industrial employment in Joplin remained virtually unchanged, with the fifth-ranked city home to 8,194 jobs.
Detailed profiles of Missouri’s 7,876 manufacturing companies and 1,471 distributors can be found in the 2014 Missouri 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, 29,671 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.