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Ohio Gains Manufacturing Jobs For A Fourth Straight Year

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

EVANSTON, Ill, November 30th 2015/Manufacturers' News, Inc./-- Ohio added manufacturing jobs for a fourth straight year, reports the 2016 Ohio Manufacturers Directory®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to MNI’s database of manufacturers, Ohio gained 9,742 industrial jobs from September 2014 to September 2015, or 1.1%

Ohio is now home to 16,875 manufacturers employing 888,865 workers. MNI reports the state’s industrial employment levels rose 3.2% between September 2011 and September 2014, recovering about 20% of the 141,115 jobs lost during the recession.

Ohio’s industrial base has achieved a remarkable turnaround following the recession’s steep losses, particularly in the all-important auto sector,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “With its ease of logistics, favorable business climate, and top-notch incentive programs, the state continues to make large strides toward recovery.”

MNI reports gains were led by the transportation equipment industry, which increased 3.6% over the year and has climbed steadily over the past four years, adding a total of 9,370 jobs or 11%. Transportation equipment now ranks as the state’s third largest sector by number of jobs, employing 92,127.

Bright spots for the industry include Ford’s plan to shift production from Mexico to its facility in Avon Lake, and the recent opening of UGN Inc.’s auto parts factory in Monroe. Expansions were also announced at several auto suppliers in the state such as Johnson Controls in Toledo; Fuyao Glass America in Moraine; and Pennex Aluminum in Wellsville.

Industrial machinery, the state’s top sector by employment, was unchanged over the year at 144,950 jobs. The second-ranked fabricated metals industry accounts for 105,704 jobs, up 1.8% over the survey period.

Other Ohio industries adding jobs over the year included rubber/plastics, up 5.8%; food products, up 4%; chemicals, up 3.8%; and furniture/fixtures, up 1.8%.

Industries reporting employment losses included printing/publishing, down 3.7%; textiles/apparel, down 2.7%; instruments/related products, down 2%; and primary metals, down 1.3%.

Industrial locations announcing closures included Advance Engineering Company in Northwood; National Oilwell Varco’s facility in Springfield; and a Graphic Packaging International (Mondi Bags) location in New Philadelphia.

MNI’s regional analysis shows Ohio’s North Central region accounted for the largest share of gains, with jobs up 4.3% to its current level of 86,710 workers. Industrial employment in Northwest Ohio rose 1.9% to 131,766 workers. The state’s South Central region posted a gain of 1.7%, and currently accounts for 92,790 jobs, while manufacturing employment in Southwest Ohio climbed 1.4% to 214,874. Northeast Ohio, the state’s largest region by industrial employment held steady at 331,517 jobs, while Southeast Ohio posted the state’s only loss, down 3.8% to 31,208 workers.

Manufacturing jobs in Cincinnati climbed 1.3% over the year, reports MNI, with the city home to the most industrial workers in the state, numbering 75,237. Cleveland posted a one percent loss, with the second-ranked city home to 59,078 jobs. Employment declined 1.9% in third-ranked Columbus, which currently accounts for 42,623 jobs, while fourth-ranked Dayton accounts for 24,626 workers, down 4.8% over the year. Jobs fell one percent in Toledo to 20,872 workers.

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