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Delaware Manufacturing Employment Declines 1.1%

Contact: Jennifer Ratcliff
Manufacturers' News, Inc.
1633 Central St.
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 864-9440 ext. 241

EVANSTON, Ill, September 16th, 2015/Manufacturers' News, Inc./-- Manufacturing employment in Delaware declined slightly over the past year, reports the 2016 Delaware Manufacturers Register®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to MNI’s database of manufacturers, Delaware lost 392 industrial jobs from July 2014 to July 2015, or 1.1%

MNI reports Delaware is now home to 686 manufacturers employing 34,566 workers.

Delaware still struggles with high business costs and competition from its neighbors,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “However, its highly educated workforce and abundance of capital, as well as the relative ease of establishing a business in the state seem to be a draw for a variety of enterprises.”

Employment declines were mostly seen in Delaware’s chemical/pharmaceutical processing industry, reports MNI, with jobs in that sector down 2.3% over the year, due largely to layoffs at pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca’s site in Wilmington. The chemicals industry ranks second in the state for industrial jobs, employing 8,626. First-ranked food processing accounts for a quarter of Delaware’s industrial jobs, or 8,912, virtually unchanged over the year. .

Additional losses were reported in rubber/plastics manufacturing, down 5.5%; primary metals, down 5.2%; medical instruments/measuring devices, down 3.1%; and printing/publishing, down 1.6%.

Gains were seen in electronics, up 8.8%; fabricated metals, up 3.9%; and stone/clay/glass, up 2%.

Recent announcements of new plant openings in Delaware included Ireland-based AB Group Packaging’s plans for its first U.S. plant to be built in Newark. In addition, Techmer PM plans to relocate its thermoplastic resin plant from Pennsylvania to New Castle, and Resource International expects to establish a short-run facility, also in New Castle.

New Castle County accounts for the largest share of the state’s industrial employment, with 19,665 workers, down 1.7% over the year. Sussex County is home to 12,061 workers, up a half percent, and Kent County is home to 2,840, down 3.8%.

Industrial jobs in Wilmington fell 7% over the year, reports MNI, with the city home to the most jobs in the state, numbering 8,391. Industrial jobs rose 3.9% in second-ranked Newark, to its current level of 5,376 jobs, and climbed 1.1% in New Castle, which ranks 3rd with 3,380 industrial jobs.

Detailed profiles of all Delaware manufacturers can be found in the 2016 Delaware 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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