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Nebraska Manufacturing Job Growth Stalls

Contact: Jennifer Ratcliff
Manufacturers' News, Inc.
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EVANSTON, Ill, October 6th, 2015/Manufacturers' News, Inc./-- Manufacturing employment in Nebraska was little changed over the past year, reports the 2016 Nebraska Manufacturers Register®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to MNI’s database of manufacturers, Nebraska lost 236 industrial jobs from July 2014 to July 2015, or less than a half percent.

MNI reports Nebraska is now home to 2,630 manufacturers employing 123,843 workers. MNI data indicates from July 2010-July 2014 the state recovered about half of the 8,900 industrial jobs it lost during the recession. This most recent survey marks the first year MNI has recorded a loss for Nebraska since the end of the recession.

“Although Nebraska struggles with global competition, a stronger dollar, and the avian flu outbreak, its business-friendly environment and abundant natural resources continues to be a draw for many manufacturers,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “With several new companies opening or expanding in the state, this year’s slight loss may just be a bump in the road.”

Bright spots for Nebraska included F2E Global’s recent announcement that it will open a new 600-worker beef processing plant in Minatare in 2016. In addition, veterinary pharmaceuticals maker Zoetis expanded its facility in Lincoln; Neapco Components recently expanded its automotive parts factory in Beatrice; and German sheet-metal company Graepel opened a new plant in Omaha.

Employment was little changed in the food processing industry, which accounts for the most manufacturing employment in the state, employing 38,729. Second-ranked industrial machinery, however, was a bright spot, with jobs in that sector up 3.2%, to its current level of 13,197. The third-ranked fabricated metals sector was also unchanged, currently employing 9,896.

Losses were reported in furniture/fixtures, down 12%; paper products, down 9.4%; stone/clay/glass, down 1.6%; and textiles/apparel, down 1.3%.

Industrial locations announcing closures in Nebraska included the Land O’Frost meat processing plant in West Point.

Nebraska industries gaining jobs included transportation equipment, up 4.7%; rubber/plastics, up 5.5%; primary metals, up 3.9%; and printing/publishing, up 1.3%.

Southeast Nebraska accounts for the largest share of the state’s industrial employment, with 87,059 jobs, virtually unchanged over the year. Northeast Nebraska accounts for 26,123 jobs, down 1.2%, while Southwest Nebraska is home to 7,720 industrial workers, down 1.2%. The state’s Northwest region accounts for 2,941 jobs, up 3.4%.

Industrial jobs in Omaha fell 2.1% over the year, reports MNI, with the city home to the most manufacturing jobs in the state, numbering 32,045. Lincoln posted a 3.2% gain over the year, with the second-ranked city home to 19,025 jobs. Grand Island accounts for 7,929 jobs, down 1.6%, while fourth-ranked Columbus accounts for 5,012, down 5.8%. The number of jobs in fifth-ranked Dakota City held steady at 4,050, reports MNI.

Detailed profiles of all Nebraska manufacturers can be found in the 2016 Nebraska Manufacturers Register® available in print or online. Established in 1912, Manufacturers' News, Inc. is the nation’s oldest and largest publisher of industrial information. MNI offers a variety of tailored solutions to help customers connect with 430,000 manufacturers and suppliers, from print directories to online subscriptions. MNI’s industrial database subscription service EZ Select: allows users to tap into a live interactive database of manufacturers, while its industrial search engine IndustryNet connects buyers and suppliers and allows users to view profiles and obtain competitive quotes. MNI’s traditional print directories are published for each state and include in-depth profiles of every manufacturer in the U.S. For more information, contact Manufacturers' News, Inc. 847-864-7000.
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