|[February 05, 2013]
Industrial Directory Reports Virginia Gained Manufacturing Jobs over Past Year
EVANSTON, Ill. --(Business Wire)--
Industrial employment in Virginia was little changed over the past year,
with the state posting a slight gain according to the 2013 Virginia
Manufacturers Directory®, a manufacturers
directory published annually by Manufacturers'
News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. MNI reports Virginia gained 284
industrial jobs between December 2011 and December 2012.
Manufacturers' News reports Virginia is now home to 6,420 manufacturers
employing 329,788 workers.
"The state continues to see its manufacturing sector improve," says Tom
Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has
been surveying industry since 1912. "Virginia has fared very well
economically compared to most other states in the region."
Several manufacturers operating in Virginia announced expansions over
the year, including Rolls Royce's site in Prince George County; Kraft
Foods in Frederick County; Utility Trailer in Marion; Sabra's snack dip
plant in Chesterfield County; M&H Plastics in Winchester; and
HanesBrands fabric plant in Patrick County. In addition, nutrient
manufacturer Balchem announced plans to establish a new manufacturing
facility in Covington, and RTI Metals opened a new plant in Martinsville.
Transportation equipment manufacturing ranks as Virginia's top sector by
employment with 37,323 jobs, up 2.1% over the year. Second-ranked food
products accounts for 33,758 jobs, up 1.6%. Printing and publishing is
the state's third-largest sector by employment with 28,790 jobs, down 5%.
Additional sectors that gained jobs within the past year included
electronics, up 6.3%; and industrial machinery and equipment, up 2.4%.
Losses were seen in furniture/fixtures, down 6.8%; fabricated metals,
down 5.3%; stone/clay/glass down 3.8%; lumber/wood, down 3.4%; and
textiles/apparel down 3%.
Industrial locations announcing closures included Berry Plastics'
location in Henrico; Brooks Food Group's plant in Bedford; and Duro Bag
Manufacturing's factory in Richmond.
MNI's city data shows Richmond is Virginia's top city for manufacturing
employment, home to 28,063 jobs, down 5.2% over the year. Industrial
employment in Newport News decreased 1%, with the second-ranked city
currently home to 25,499 jobs. Roanoke accounts for 10,508 manufacturing
jobs, down 6.7% over the year. Lynchburg accounts for 9,859 jobs,
virtually unchanged from a year ago, while Norfolk accounts for 9,637
industrial jobs, down 3.7%.
Detailed profiles of Virginia's 6,420 manufacturers and 1,177
distributors can be found in the 2013 Virginia Manufacturers Directory®,
available in print for $119, or available online through MNI's
subscription-based service at www.ezselect.com.
Users may generate custom profiles of manufacturers using a variety of
criteria, including area or zip code, county, SIC, sales volume, number
of employees, and more. Each profile provides up to 30 facts, including
vital contact information (phone, web, e-mail), 24,447 executives by
name and title, product(s) manufactured, annual sales, and number of
employees. MNI also maintains IndustryNet.com, an industrial search
engine designed specifically for locating manufacturers and suppliers
nationwide, and has recently launched an expansion and relocation guide
Manufacturers' News, Inc. is the nation's oldest and largest publisher
of state manufacturers directories. For 101 years the company has
identified, researched and profiled manufacturing establishments. MNI
employs an 85-person editorial staff to scour state business
registrations, trade journals, financial reports, and many other sources
to pinpoint every manufacturing establishment in the U.S. Each
manufacturer is contacted throughout the year to update their profiles,
including their employee counts. For more information, contact
Manufacturers' News, Inc., 1633 Central St., Evanston, IL, 60201,
847-864-7000, FAX 847-332-1100. www.manufacturersnews.com.
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