Following several years of losses, industrial employment in Iowa increased by about one percent in 2011, according to the 2012... Read more

Following several years of losses, industrial employment in Iowa increased by about one percent in 2011, according to the 2012 Iowa Manufacturers Register®, an industrial directorypublished annually by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. MNI reports Iowa gained 1,929 industrial jobs between January 2011 and January 2012, in contrast to the 1.4% loss MNI reported for the 2010-2011 survey period.
Manufacturers’ News reports Iowa is now home to 5,489 manufacturers employing 264,216 workers.

“The recovery is gaining momentum in Iowa and across the U.S.,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “The state’s educated workforce, friendly business environment, and investments in green technologies have been a draw for a variety of enterprises.”

Bright spots for the state included the opening of Plumrose USA’s new pork processing plant in Council Bluffs; the opening of Vi-COR’s new livestock feed manufacturing facility in Mason City; Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels’ planned cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg; and the expansion of Green Plains Renewable Energy’s algae production facility in Shenandoah. Alcoa plans to expand its rolled-products facility in Davenport; Pinnacle Food recently expanded its Fort Madison canned meat factory; and Deere & Company plans an expansion of its Waterloo site.

Food products manufacturing remains Iowa’s largest industrial sector by employment with 56,811 jobs, with no significant change reported over the year. Industrial machinery and equipment ranks second with 46,366 jobs, up 1.9%. Third-ranked fabricated metals account for 20,860 jobs, up a half percent over the past twelve months.

Sectors that lost jobs over the past twelve months included lumber/wood down 5.5%; printing/publishing down 3.2%; furniture/fixtures, down 2.8%; paper products, down 1.5%; and rubber/plastics, down 1%. Employment remained steady in electronics and instruments/related products, while gains were seen in primary metals, up 6.2%; transportation equipment, up 4.2%; and textiles/apparel, up 1.1%.

Industrial locations closing in Iowa included R.R. Donnelley’s printing plant in Eldridge; a Thomas & Betts facility in Clinton; ConAgra’s popcorn processing factory in Hamburg; and River Bend Industries’ facility in North Liberty, although the company will expand operations at its Victor location.

The East Central region of Iowa accounts for the most industrial employment in the state with 92,287 jobs, up 1% over the year. Southeast Iowa is home to 59,489 industrial workers, up 1%, while the West Central region accounts for 50,330, with no significant change reported. Northeast Iowa saw manufacturing employment increase 1% and represents 23,375 of the state’s jobs, while jobs declined 1.2% in Northwest Iowa, with the region currently home to 22,665 industrial workers. Southwest Iowa accounts for 16,070 manufacturing jobs, up 1.2%.

Cedar Rapids remains the state’s top city by industrial employment with 19,922 manufacturing jobs, up 1% over the year. Des Moines accounts for 17,124 jobs with employment also up 1%. Waterloo saw jobs decrease 1% and is currently home to 12,749 industrial workers, while Davenport accounts for 8,654 of the state’s jobs, up 5.2%. Fifth-ranked Dubuque accounts for 8,588 jobs, up 3.3% in 2011.

Detailed profiles of Iowa’s 5,489 manufacturers and 721 distributors can be found in the 2012 Iowa Manufacturers Register®, available in print for $112, 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), 20,312 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 for manufacturers.

Manufacturers’ News, Inc. is the nation’s oldest and largest publisher of state manufacturers directories. For 100 years the company has identified, researched and profiled manufacturing establishments. MNI employs an 85-person editorial staff to scour yellow pages, 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. Information is also available on Facebook and Twitter.

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