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North Carolina Gained Manufacturing Jobs For A Fourth Straight Year

Contact: Jennifer Ratcliff
Manufacturers' News, Inc.
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EVANSTON, Ill, April 20th, 2016/Manufacturers' News, Inc./-- North Carolina manufacturing employment climbed for a fourth straight year, reports the 2016 North Carolina Manufacturers Register®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to MNI’s database of manufacturers, North Carolina gained 5,964 manufacturing jobs from January 2015 to January 2016, a 1.1% increase.

North Carolina is now home to 10,026 manufacturers employing 568,674 workers. MNI reports the state has so far added more than 19,000 industrial jobs or 3.5% since January 2011, recovering about 21% of losses suffered during the recession.

“With its skilled labor pool and top-notch incentive programs, as well as its low business costs and abundance of shovel-ready sites, North Carolina has wide-ranging appeal for manufacturers,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “However, like much of the nation, a stronger dollar is putting a dent in growth, with job gains not as strong as in previous years.”

MNI reports North Carolina’s top three industrial sectors all added jobs in 2015. The industrial machinery sector ranks first in the state for factory jobs, employing 68,446, up 1.9% over the year. Jobs rose a half percent in second-ranked food products to 58,948 jobs, and increased 1% in third-ranked textiles/apparel, now employing 56,428.

Other industries in North Carolina that added jobs included electronics, up 5%; transportation equipment, up 3.4%; chemicals, up 2.1%; rubber/plastics, up 1%; and lumber/wood, also up 1%.

Several manufacturers announced openings in North Carolina over the year, including Butterball, which broke ground on a new plant in Raeford; Germany-based Raumedic, which established a medical components facility in Mills River; and CNG fuel systems manufacturer Agility, which opened a $20 million factory in Salisbury.

North Carolina industries that lost jobs over the year included paper products, down 4.3%; stone/clay/glass, down 2.6%; instruments/related products, down 1.7%; printing/publishing, down 1.4%; and primary metals, also down 1.4%.

Industrial locations announcing closures included Kellogg’s snack plant in Charlotte; Mohican Mills’ longstanding textiles facility in Lincolnton; and Councill Furniture’s two factories in Denton.

MNI’s regional data shows employment gains were spread out across North Carolina’s four regions, with the Northeast gaining 1.2% to 146,317 jobs; the Southwest adding 1.1% to 112,014 workers; and the Northwest gaining 1.1%, to 251,568. The Southeast saw a half percent gain, accounting for 58,775 of the state’s manufacturing jobs.

City data collected by MNI shows Charlotte remains North Carolina’s top city by manufacturing employment, accounting for 43,335 of the state’s industrial jobs, virtually unchanged over the year. Industrial employment in second-ranked Greensboro rose 2.7% to 28,704 jobs, and climbed 1.8% in third-ranked Research Triangle Park to 21,454 jobs. Industrial employment in fourth-ranked High Point rose 2.8%, to 14,685 jobs, and jumped 4% in fifth-ranked Raleigh to 14,274.

Detailed profiles of all North Carolina manufacturers can be found in the 2016 North Carolina 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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