Michigan Gained 14,600 Manufacturing Jobs in 2012 According to Industrial Guide

  Michigan Gained 14,600 Manufacturing Jobs in 2012 According to Industrial
  Guide

Business Wire

EVANSTON, Ill. -- April 22, 2013

Manufacturers’ News, Inc. -- For the second year in a row, industrial
employment in Michigan posted a gain according to the 2013 Michigan
Manufacturers Directory^®, an industrial directory published annually by
Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. MNI reports Michigan gained
14,648 manufacturing jobs from January 2012 to January 2013 or 2.3%, despite
the loss of 54 manufacturers.

Manufacturers’ News reports Michigan is now home to 14,222 manufacturers
employing 650,291 workers.

“Michigan’s industrial climate continues to improve,” says Tom Dubin,
President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been
surveying industry since 1912. “ The state’s efforts to reduce business costs
have resulted in many companies reinvesting in its manufacturing sector.”

According to the industrial directory, Michigan’s largest sectors by number of
manufacturing jobs all posted gains. Transportation equipment ranks first in
the state for industrial employment with 131,274 jobs, up 4.3% in 2012 --
double the increase MNI reported for the sector in 2011. Industrial machinery
and equipment ranks second with 120,541 manufacturing jobs, up 1.9%, while
fabricated metals accounts for 77,192 industrial jobs, up about a third of a
percent.

Other sectors to gain jobs included textiles/apparel, up 5.7%;
rubber/plastics, up 4.3%; furniture/fixtures, up 2.4%; instruments/related
products, up 1.7%; electronics, up 1.6%; and printing/publishing, up 1%.
Losses were seen in chemicals, down 2.2%; lumber/wood, down 2%; and
stone/clay/glass, down 1.6%.

The state’s auto manufacturing sector was boosted by “Big Three” automakers’
continued investments in their Michigan locations. Chrysler plans a $240
million expansion of its Detroit plants; Ford will invest $773 million to
expand hiring at six factories across the state; and GM plans to expand its
Lansing facility. In response, several auto suppliers have announced openings
and expansions, including Detroit Manufacturing Systems, which opened an auto
parts plant in Detroit and will supply Ford with instrument panels. Brose
North America opened a new facility in New Boston; auto parts maker Faurecia
opened a new plant in Fraser; and Magna E-Car Systems established a new
assembly plant in Grand Blanc Township.

Manufacturing locations in Michigan that have announced closures included
American Axle & Manufacturing in Detroit; Caparo Vehicle Components in Novi;
and International Paper in Kalamazoo.

Southeast Michigan accounts for the most industrial employment in the state
with 378,278 jobs, up 2.6% in 2012. Southwest Michigan accounts for 204,651
jobs, up 2.6%, while Northwest Michigan accounts for 32,437, with no
significant change reported. The Northeast region is home to 19,590 industrial
workers, down 4.4%, while employment increased 2.2% in the Upper Peninsula,
with the region home to 15,335 manufacturing jobs.

MNI’s city data shows Grand Rapids remains Michigan’s top city for
manufacturing employment, with 41,715 jobs, up 5.8% over the survey period.
Second-ranked Detroit is home to 31,772 jobs, with no significant change
reported. Industrial employment in Auburn Hills increased 5.5% over the year,
with the third-ranked city currently home to 24,311 jobs. Sterling Heights
accounts for 16,652 jobs, up 14%, while Warren is home to 15,790, virtually
unchanged over the year.

Detailed profiles of Michigan’s 14,222 manufacturing companies and 1,664
distributors can be found in the 2013 Michigan Manufacturers Directory^®
available in print for $191, 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, 46,055 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. 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.

Contact:

Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
Jennifer Ratcliff, (847) 864-9440 ext. 241
jratcliff@manufacturersnews.com