South Carolina's Industrial Employment Increased 2.3% Over the Past Year

   South Carolina's Industrial Employment Increased 2.3% Over the Past Year

PR Newswire

EVANSTON, Ill., Nov. 12, 2012

EVANSTON, Ill., Nov. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Industrial employment in South
Carolina increased 2.3% over the past twelve months according to the 2013
South Carolina Manufacturers Register^®, an industrial directory published
annually by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. MNI reports South
Carolina gained 5,934 manufacturing jobs over the past year.

Manufacturers' News reports South Carolina is now home to 4,870 manufacturers
employing 262,431 workers.

"South Carolina continues to see its manufacturing sector improve," says Tom
Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been
surveying industry since 1912. "Its reasonable labor costs and educated
workforce have made it easier for manufacturers to do business, drawing major
companies to the state."

Bright spots over the year included Caterpillar's expansion of its hydraulic
facility in Sumter, and the opening of Chinese candy maker Au'Some's new
plant, also in Sumter. Honda announced an expansion of its Timmonsville
factory, moving production from a facility in Mexico; Bluestar Silicones broke
ground on a new plant in York; U.S. Fibers expanded its Trenton plant; and
Johnson Controls opened a battery recycling facility in Florence.

MNI reports industrial machinery remains South Carolina's largest
manufacturing sector by employment with 34,766 jobs, virtually unchanged from
a year ago. Transportation equipment manufacturing has overtaken
textiles/apparel as the state's second-largest sector following a 19% increase
from continued hiring at Boeing's North Charleston plant and BMW's facility in
Greer, among others. The transportation equipment sector currently accounts
for 31,475 jobs. Third-ranked textiles/apparel employs 27,366 South Carolina
workers, with no significant change reported over the past twelve months.

Other sectors that reported gains for the year included lumber/wood, up 5.3%;
primary metals, up 3.7%; food products, up 1.9%; electronics, up 1.4%; and
chemicals, up 1%. Losses were seen in furniture/fixtures, down 5.4%;
fabricated metals, down 3.4%; stone/clay/glass, down 1.6%; and
printing/publishing, down 1.3%.

Industrial locations announcing closures included Roseburg Forest Products'
plants in St. Stephen and Orangeburg; Freeman Millwork in Manning; and
Guardian Building Products in Winnsboro.

According to the Register, South Carolina's Northwest region accounts for the
largest share of industrial employment with 166,178 manufacturing jobs, up
1.9% from a year ago. The Northeast region ranks second at 44,707
manufacturing jobs, up 1% over the year. The Southeast region of the state is
home to 32,041 industrial jobs, up 8.5%, while the Southwest is home to 19,505
jobs, down a half percent.

MNI data shows Greenville is South Carolina's top city for manufacturing
employment, home to 23,885 jobs, up 4.8% over the past year. Second-ranked
Spartanburg accounts for 14,656 jobs, with employment down 1%. North
Charleston ranks third in the state with 9,900 industrial jobs, up 3,000 jobs
over the year. Greer now ranks fourth with 11,184 industrial jobs, up 16.2%,
while Columbia is home to 9,604 industrial jobs, virtually unchanged over the
past year.

Detailed profiles of South Carolina's 4,870 manufacturers and 862 distributors
can be found in the 2013 South Carolina Manufacturers Register^®, available in
print for $111, or available online through MNI's subscription-based service
at Users may generate custom profiles of manufacturers using
a variety of criteria, including area or zip code, county, SIC, sales volume,
number of employees, and more. Each profile provides up to 30 facts, including
vital contact information (phone, web, e-mail), 19,022 executives by name and
title, product(s) manufactured, annual sales, and number of employees. MNI
also maintains, an industrial search engine designed
specifically for locating manufacturers and suppliers nationwide, and has
recently launched an expansion and relocation guide for manufacturers.

Manufacturers' News, Inc. is the nation's oldest and largest publisher of
state manufacturers directories. For 100 years the company has identified,
researched and profiled manufacturing establishments. MNI employs an 85-person
editorial staff to scour state 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, FAX 847-332-1100.
Information is also available on Facebook and Twitter.

SOURCE Manufacturers' News, Inc.

Contact: Jennifer Ratcliff, Manufacturers' News, Inc., +1-847-864-9440 ext.
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