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Michigan Manufacturers Added 18,000 Jobs In Fifth Straight Year of Gains

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

EVANSTON, Ill, May 9th, 2016/Manufacturers' News, Inc./-- Michigan manufacturing employment climbed for a fifth straight year, reports the 2016 Michigan Manufacturers Directory®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to MNI’s database of manufacturers, Michigan gained 17,990 manufacturing jobs from February 2015 to February 2016, a 2.6% increase.

Michigan is now home to 13,797 manufacturers employing 686,470 workers. MNI reports the state has so far added more than 70,000 industrial jobs or 11% since February 2010, ranking among the nation’s strongest recoveries from the recession.

“Following the precipitous losses suffered during the recession, Michigan has re-established itself as the center of the auto- manufacturing universe. With its abundance of project funding and shovel-ready sites, as well as its skilled labor pool, the state has huge appeal for manufacturers,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “However, a stronger dollar and soft global demand will continue to offset growth.”

MNI reports the auto industry continues to lead the state’s gains, with the transportation equipment sector adding over 5,000 jobs or 2.4%. The industry ranks first in the state for manufacturing employment, with 138,423 workers. MNI reports the transportation equipment sector has accounted for much of Michigan’s post-recession growth, growing 10% over the past five years.

Bright spots for the industry included the opening of Tesla’s new manufacturing facility in Cascade Township; the expansion of Valient International’s automotive skeleton plant in Auburn Hills; the opening of supplier Sakthi Automotive Group in Detroit; as well as the recent establishment of Kamco Industries in Morenci and Liebherr-Aerospace in Saline.

The industrial machinery and fabricated metals sectors – second and third in the state for number of jobs -- also posted strong gains. Industrial machinery & equipment rose 2.6% to 130,030 jobs, while employment in the fabricated metals industry climbed 3.6% to 82,646 jobs, reports MNI.

Most other industries in Michigan gained jobs over the year including textiles/apparel, up 6.1%; chemicals, up 4.9%; fabricated metals, up 3.6%; primary metals, up 3.2%; rubber/plastics, up 2%; and furniture/fixtures, up 1.8%.

Only two Michigan manufacturing sectors posted notable jobs losses: printing/publishing, which declined 4.6%; and electronics, which fell 2.9%.

Industrial locations announcing closures included auto supplier Leon Interiors, which closed its Wyoming facility; and Stant Corp., which shuttered its plant in Romero.

MNI’s regional data shows the Southeast region accounted for over half of Michigan’s manufacturing gains, adding more than 10,000 jobs, or 2.8% over the year, currently home to 396,817 workers. Employment gains were seen across all of the state’s remaining regions with jobs rising 1.7% in Southwest Michigan to 218,383; climbing 1.5% in Northwest Michigan to 34,338; and 8.1% in Northeast Michigan to 20,183. Michigan’s Upper Peninsula also added jobs, up 8.4% to 16,749.

Detroit posted a notable gain in manufacturing jobs over the year, reports MNI, growing 1.2%. Detroit currently ranks 3rd in Michigan for industrial employment, accounting for 30,369 workers.

Grand Rapids ranks first with 47,135 manufacturing jobs, up 3.1% over the year. Second-ranked Auburn Hills accounts for 30,527 jobs, up 16% over the year, while fourth-ranked Warren saw a 12% jump in employment, currently home to 19,302 workers. Sterling Heights accounts for 18,755 of the state’s jobs, up 5.7%.

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