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Indiana Posts Fifth Straight Year of Manufacturing Gains

Contact: Jennifer Ratcliff
Manufacturers' News, Inc.
(847) 864-9440 ext. 241
jratcliff [at]

EVANSTON, Ill, June 28th, 2016/Manufacturers' News, Inc./-- Manufacturing employment in Indiana rose for a fifth straight year, though at a slower rate than in previous years, reports the 2016 Indiana Manufacturers Directory®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to MNI’s industrial database, manufacturers in Indiana added 1,451 new jobs between April 2015 and April 2016, or less than one percent.

Indiana’s 9,159 manufacturers employ 574,812 in the state, reports MNI. Since April of 2011, Indiana has added 30,665 jobs, or 5.6%.

“With its abundance of skilled labor, favorable regulatory environment, and top-notch infrastructure, Indiana continues to be a huge draw for manufacturers,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “However, global competition and a strong dollar has put a dent in growth, with gains not as strong as in previous years.”

According to Manufacturers’ News, employment gains were led by the transportation equipment sector, which climbed 2.7% over the year, and 19% over the past five years, ranking first in the state for industrial employment with 97,057 jobs.

Second-ranked industrial machinery accounts for 74,433 jobs, up 3.7% over the past year, while the third-ranked fabricated metals industry employs 58,149, down 1% over the year.

Most other sectors posted little to no change, reports MNI, apart from printing/publishing, which declined 5.1%, and primary metals, down 2.4%.

Several major Indiana plant openings were announced over the year, including Walmart’s plans to open a milk processing plant in Fort Wayne, and Skyline Corp.’s plans to establish a pre-fabricated housing factory in Elkhart. In addition, Blue Buffalo Pet Products will open a facility in Richmond; MonoSol opened a new cleaning products plant in Portage; and fiberglass manufacturer Indiana Composites announced it will open a new facility in Bourbon.

Indiana industrial sites announcing closures included Parker Hannifin’s New Haven facility; General Mills’ Pillsbury plant in New Albany; and Navistar’s foundry in Indianapolis.

MNI’s regional data shows employment gains were spread out across three of Indiana’s six regions, with the Southeast gaining 2.5% to 58,731 jobs; West Central Indiana adding 2.2% to 52,947 workers; and Northeast Indiana gaining one percent to 158,990. Industrial employment in East Central Indiana fell one percent to 143,932, while jobs inched down a half percent in the Southwest to 71,249, and declined 1.3% in the state’s Northwest region to 88,963.

City data collected by MNI shows Indianapolis ranks first in the state for number of manufacturing jobs, with 72,016 workers, down 1.4%. Second-ranked Elkhart accounts for 30,980 jobs, up 1%, while third-ranked Fort Wayne is home to 25,147 workers, with no change reported. Columbus ranks fifth with 15,920 jobs, up 9.3%, and fifth-ranked Evansville accounts for 15,450 industrial jobs, down 5.7%.

Established in 1912, MNI is the nation’s oldest and largest compiler of industrial information, offering tailored solutions to help customers connect with 430,000 manufacturers and suppliers. MNI’s industrial marketplace IndustryNet: is a one-stop resource that connects buyers with suppliers of 10,000 + products and services, and allows users to obtain competitive quotes, create and view company profiles, post company news releases, photos, videos, job openings, and more. MNI’s subscription service EZ Select: provides access to MNI’s live interactive database of manufacturers. For more information, contact MNI at 847-864-7000 or visit
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