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Virginia Gained Manufacturing Jobs For A Fourth Straight Year

Contact: Jennifer Ratcliff
Manufacturers' News, Inc.
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EVANSTON, Ill, February 16th, 2016/Manufacturers' News, Inc./-- Virginia manufacturing employment climbed for a fourth straight year, reports the 2016 Virginia Manufacturers Directory®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to MNI’s database of manufacturers, Virginia gained 1,733 manufacturing jobs from December 2014 to December 2015, a half percent gain.

Virginia is now home to 6,166 manufacturers employing 336,391 workers. MNI reports the state has so far added 9,134 industrial jobs or 2.8% since December 2011, recovering 21% of losses suffered during the recession.

Virginia has wide-ranging appeal for manufacturers, ranging from its educated workforce and favorable business environment to its top-notch incentive programs and solid infrastructure,” 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 gains were led by the transportation equipment industry, which increased 1.9% over the year and has climbed steadily over the past several years, adding 8,329 jobs or 24% since December 2009. Transportation equipment ranks as the state’s largest sector by number of jobs, employing 43,018.

Food processing, the state’s second largest industry by manufacturing employment, also added jobs, up 3% to 34,403, while employment in third-ranked printing/publishing fell 3.8%, now employing 28,192.

Bright spots for the state include Aerojet Rocketdyne’s expansion plans for its Orange site; the opening of Fuji Electric’s new assembly plant in Roanoke; and the establishment of Sweden-based Starsprings’ first U.S. facility in Henry County. In addition, Bassett Furniture, shuttered since 2007, restarted production at its new factory in Southside.

Most other Virginia industries saw employment inch up in 2015 and included instruments/related products, up 2.6%, and primary metals, up 1.6%. One percent gains were recorded for primary metals; electronics; chemicals; stone/clay/glass; lumber; and rubber/plastics.

Virginia industries that lost jobs over the year included textiles/apparel, down 3.8%, and stone/clay/glass, down 2.7%, following the closure of Old Virginia Brick in Salem.

City data collected by MNI shows Newport News is Virginia’s top city by manufacturing employment, accounting for 27,686 of the state’s industrial jobs, down 2.1% in 2015. Second-ranked Richmond lost 2.4% of its industrial employment, and now accounts for 26,351 jobs. Industrial jobs in Lynchburg rose 2.3% to 10,350, but declined 3% in fourth-ranked Roanoke to 9,552. Fifth-ranked Virginia Beach accounts for 9,248 manufacturing jobs, reports MNI, up 1.1%.

Detailed profiles of all Virginia manufacturers can be found in the 2016 Virginia Manufacturers Directory® 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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