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Kansas Manufacturing Employment Inched Up Over Past Year

Contact: Jennifer Ratcliff
Manufacturers' News, Inc.
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EVANSTON, Ill, July 14th, 2016/Manufacturers' News, Inc./-- Manufacturing employment in Kansas inched up over the past year, reports the 2016 Kansas Manufacturers Directory®, a manufacturers database and directory published by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to MNI’s industrial database, manufacturers in Kansas added 1,226 jobs between April 2015 and April 2016, or less than one percent.

Kansas’ 4,190 manufacturers employ 210,472 in the state, reports MNI.

Kansas gets high marks for its solid infrastructure and educated workforce,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “However, the state’s budget shortfall has unfortunately put capital funding out of reach and impeded growth.”

MNI reports Kansas’ transportation equipment industry remains the state’s largest sector by number of jobs, employing 40,238, down a half percent over the year. The second-ranked food products sector employs 33,077, a half percent less than a year ago, while employment in third-ranked industrial machinery rose 1.8% to 29,073 jobs.

Additional industries in Kansas that gained jobs included paper products, up 8.4%; lumber/wood, up 3.5%; and chemicals, up 2.7%.

Kansas industries that shed jobs over the year included primary metals, down 7.1%; stone/clay/glass, down 5.1%; furniture/fixtures, down 5%; instruments/related products, down 2.1%; and rubber/plastics, down 1.6%.

Industrial companies closing in Kansas included Quad/Graphics, which shuttered its location in Lenexa; Kinedyne, which closed its Lawrence facility and moved operations to Alabama; and Abengoa Bioenergy, which closed its Hugoton biomass plant.

Bright spots over the year included Mars’ $100M expansion at its new facility in Topeka, and Atlas Aerospace’s announcement that it will expand its Wichita plant, adding 100 jobs.

MNI’s regional data shows gains were concentrated in Kansas’ Southeast region, with employment up 1.5% to 97,917 jobs. Northeast Kansas posted a slight half percent gain to 89,022 workers, while Northwest Kansas lost 2.2% of its manufacturing jobs, currently home to 16,443. Industrial employment declined 3.6% in Southwest Kansas, with the region home to 7,090 jobs.

City data collected by MNI shows Wichita ranks first in the state for number of manufacturing jobs, with 54,007 workers, up 2% over the year. Second-ranked Kansas City accounts for 12,920, down a half percent, while third-ranked Lenexa is home to 11,541 workers, down 4%. Fourth-ranked Olathe accounts for 7,808 jobs, up 2.1%, and fifth-ranked Topeka is home to 7,765, up 3%.

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