Minnesota Industrial Directory Reports State Gained Manufacturing Jobs Over Past Year

 Minnesota Industrial Directory Reports State Gained Manufacturing Jobs Over
                                  Past Year

PR Newswire

EVANSTON, Ill., Dec. 10, 2012

EVANSTON, Ill., Dec. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Industrial employment in
Minnesota was little changed over the past year with the state posting a
slight gain, according to the 2013 Minnesota Manufacturers Register^®, an
industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI)
Evanston, IL. MNI reports Minnesota gained 1,321 manufacturing jobs over the
past year, or less than one percent, from October 2011 to October 2012.

Manufacturers' News reports Minnesota is now home to 9,611 manufacturers
employing 454,368 workers.

"Minnesota 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 educated workforce and solid
infrastructure have made it easier for manufacturers to expand."

Several manufacturers operating in Minnesota announced expansions over the
year including Polaris, which expanded its Wyoming R&D plant; countertop maker
Cambria in LeSuer; SICK, Inc. in Minneapolis; Quality Ingredients Corp in
Burnsville; Jackson-based Agco Corp.; and a TSE facility, also located in
Jackson. In addition, previously shuttered Faribault Woolen Mills reopened its
blanket mill in Faribault; German manufacturer Geringhoff plans to open its
first U.S. facility in St. Cloud; and Australian carp processor K&C Fisheries
will open its first U.S. plant in Wabasha.

MNI reports industrial machinery and equipment remains Minnesota's largest
industrial sector by employment with 68,785 jobs, virtually unchanged from a
year ago. Second-ranked food products accounts for 66,408 jobs, with no
significant change reported. Third-ranked printing/publishing represents
44,820 of the state's jobs, down 1%.

Minnesota industries that gained jobs over the survey period included
furniture/fixtures, up 4.1%; rubber/plastics, up 3.1%; fabricated metals, up
1.2%; chemicals, up 1%; and primary metals, up 1%. Losses were seen in paper
products, down 4%; lumber/wood, down 3.8%; textiles/apparel, down 1.5%; and
electronics, down 1%.

Industrial locations announcing closures included Ford's 86-year-old Twin
Cities Assembly Plant and Verso Paper's location in Sartell.

According to the industrial directory, East Central Minnesota accounts for the
largest share of the state's industrial employment with 232,738 manufacturing
jobs, down a half percent over the year. Southeast Minnesota ranks second at
110,601 manufacturing jobs, up about one percent over the survey period. The
West Central region is home to 39,307 industrial jobs, up 1.1%, while the
Southwest is home to 35,059 jobs, with no significant change reported.
Northeast Minnesota accounts for 19,786 industrial jobs, up 2.5%, while the
Northwest is home to 16,877, up 1.7% over the past twelve months.

According to MNI, Minneapolis remains the state's top city for manufacturing
employment, with 54,976 jobs, down 1.9% over the year. St Paul ranks second
with 40,776 jobs, down 2.4%. Eden Prairie saw jobs increase 3.7%, with the
third-ranked city now home to 12,908 industrial jobs. Fourth-ranked Eagan
accounts for 11,757 jobs, with no significant change reported, while
Bloomington accounts for 10,740 jobs, up 2.1%.

Detailed profiles of Minnesota's 9,611 manufacturers and 1,253 distributors
can be found in the 2013 Minnesota Manufacturers Register^®, available in
print for $145, or available online through MNI's subscription-based service
at www.ezselect.com. 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), 33,615 executives by name and
title, product(s) manufactured, annual sales, and number of employees. MNI
also maintains IndustryNet.com, 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. www.manufacturersnews.com.
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SOURCE Manufacturers' News, Inc.

Website: http://www.manufacturersnews.com
Contact: Jennifer Ratcliff, Manufacturers' News, Inc., +1-847-864-9440 ext.
241 jratcliff@manufacturersnews.com