Industrial Directory Reports Ohio Gained Manufacturing Jobs Over Past Year

EVANSTON, Ill., Oct. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Industrial employment in Ohio increased a half percent over the past twelve months according to the 2013 Ohio Manufacturers Directory®, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. MNI reports Ohio gained 5,397 industrial jobs between August 2011 and August 2012.

Manufacturers' News reports Ohio is now home to 17,653 manufacturers employing 872,897 workers.

"Ohio 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. "The state's solid infrastructure and low business costs have made it easier for manufacturers to do business, and many companies have boosted production of steel and transportation equipment in response to demand from the booming oil and gas industries."

The state saw several plant openings over the year including Hamlet Protein and MITEC Powertain, both in Findlay; Isofoton's photovoltaic plant in Napoleon; H & M Metal Processing's facility in Kenmore; Parker Hannifin's vehicle parts assembly plant in Columbus; and A.R.E.'s truck cover factory in Dundee. Companies announcing expansions included Newell Rubbermaid in Mogadore; Timken Steel in Faircrest; Giesecke & Devrient in Twinsburg; Republic Steel in Lorain; Laminate Technologies in Tiffin; and Nestle's plant in Cleveland.

MNI reports industrial machinery and equipment remains Ohio's top manufacturing sector by employment with 138,232 jobs, up 1.1% over the past twelve months. Fabricated metals ranks second with 101,082 jobs, with no significant change reported. Jobs in transportation equipment manufacturing rose 2.8%, with the third-ranked sector currently accounting for 85,142 industrial jobs.

Other sectors that posted gains included primary metals, up 6.7%; electronics, up 1.2%; stone/clay/glass, up 1.1%; and chemicals, up 1%. Losses were seen in textiles/apparel, down 5.5%; printing/publishing, down 2.7%; rubber/plastics, down 2.2%; lumber/wood, down 2.2% and furniture/fixtures, down 2.1%.

Industrial locations closing over the year included Ford Motor's casting plant in Brook Park; Industrial Plastics Co.'s injection molding facility in Valley City; Diversapack's packaging plant in Monroe; and SMART Papers Holdings' paper mill in Hamilton.

Manufacturers' News reports Northeast Ohio accounts for the largest share of the state's industrial employment, with 323,001 jobs, virtually unchanged from a year ago. Southwest Ohio accounts for 209,157 jobs, down a half percent, while Northwest Ohio is home to 126,236 industrial workers, up 1.4%. South Central Ohio accounts for 94,087 jobs, up 3.3%, and the North Central region is home to 84,716, up 1.2%. Jobs decreased 1% in Southeast Ohio, with the region home to 35,700 jobs.

MNI's city data shows Cincinnati is the state's top city for manufacturing employment, home to 76,891 jobs, down 1.2% over the year. Second-ranked Cleveland accounts for 61,222 jobs, with no significant change reported. Columbus is home to 46,807 industrial jobs, up 2.9%, while Dayton accounts for 26,580 jobs, up 3.1%. Toledo accounts for 18,904 industrial jobs, up 5.8% over the past twelve months.

Detailed profiles of Ohio's 17,653 manufacturers and 2,339 distributors can be found in the 2013 Ohio Manufacturers Directory®, available in print for $211, 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), 65,516 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.

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