EVANSTON, Ill.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--For a second straight year, industrial employment in Oklahoma posted a gain, according to the 2014 Oklahoma Manufacturers Register®, an industrial directory and database published by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. MNI reports Oklahoma gained 5,461 manufacturing jobs from August 2012 to August 2013, or 2.6% -- 2.5% higher than the national average gain reported by the Labor Dept. for the same time period.
“The state’s winning mix of low business costs and abundant natural resources has resulted in many companies investing in its industrial sector, particularly those in the oil and gas industries.”
Manufacturers’ News reports Oklahoma is now home to 5,517 manufacturers employing 208,469 workers.
“Oklahoma 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 winning mix of low business costs and abundant natural resources has resulted in many companies investing in its industrial sector, particularly those in the oil and gas industries.”
According to MNI, oil and gas ranks as Oklahoma’s largest sector by industrial employment, with 37,771 jobs, up 6.5% over the year. Second-ranked industrial machinery/equipment employs 34,575 Oklahoma workers, with no significant change reported over the year. Third-ranked fabricated metals manufacturing rose 2.4% and currently accounts for 24,759 industrial jobs.
Major plant openings and expansions were reported for Tulsa, which saw a 4.6% increase in manufacturing employment, and included Whirlpool’s plans to expand its Tulsa operations; the opening of Taylor Forge Engineering Systems’ new plant; and the expected opening of Sweden-based maker of heat plate exchangers SWEP. Tulsa currently accounts for 49,500 of the state’s industrial jobs.
Oklahoma City also saw industrial employment rise, up 3.4% over the year, with the second-ranked city home to 46,693 jobs.
Oklahoma’s manufacturing gains were spread across most sectors and included electronics, up 9.9%; food products, up 6.1%; petroleum products, up 5.5%; paper products, up 4.9%; and chemicals, up 3.4%. Bright spots included the expansion of Boeing’s plant in Oklahoma City; the expansion of Forum Energy Technologies’ facility in Elmore City; Round House Jeans’ plans to expand production in Shawnee; and Ferra Engineering’s expansion of its location in Grove.
Losses were seen in lumber/wood, down 6.5%; furniture/fixtures, down 6.2%; and printing/publishing, down 4.2%. Manufacturing locations in Oklahoma announcing closures included Bremner Inc.’s cracker-making facility in Poteau; a Quad/Graphics printing plant in Stillwater; and a Hostess bakery in Tulsa.
Manufacturers’ News reports Northeast Oklahoma accounts for the most industrial employment in the state with 95,075 jobs, up 2.5% over the year. Northwest Oklahoma accounts for 69,268 manufacturing jobs, up 4.4%, while Southwest Oklahoma accounts for 25,419 jobs, up 1.5%. The Southeast region of the state is home to 18,707 industrial workers, down 1% over the past twelve months.
Detailed profiles of Oklahoma’s 5,517 manufacturing companies and 736 distributors can be found in the 2014 Oklahoma Manufacturers Register® available in print for $112, 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, 18,787 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.