Maryland/DC Reversing Manufacturing Job Losses

EVANSTON, Ill. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — August 12, 2013 — Following several years of steep declines, industrial employment in Maryland and Washington D.C. posted a slight gain over the past twelve months, according to the 2014 Maryland/DC Manufacturers Directory, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. MNI reports Maryland/DC gained 684 industrial jobs or about a third of a percent between May 2012 and May 2013, in contrast to the 22,669 jobs or 11% the region lost since the recession.

Manufacturers’ News reports Maryland and the D.C. Metro Area is now home to 4,729 manufacturers and 182,493 related jobs, compared to 205,162 industrial jobs recorded in May of 2008.

“Manufacturers in Maryland have yet to fully recover from the recession, and high business taxes have affected hiring,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “However, the state’s educated workforce, access to capital and its reputation as a center for innovation continue to be a draw for new business.”

Bright spots over the year included the opening of Knorr-Bremse’s rail vehicle systems plant in Westminster; Protenergy Natural Foods’ planned expansion of its facility in Cambridge; and the opening of beverage maker Diageo’s blending and packaging plant in Relay.

According to the industrial directory, printing and publishing remains the region’s largest manufacturing sector, accounting for 33,543 industrial jobs, with no significant change reported over the past twelve months. Electronics manufacturing accounts for another 19,692 manufacturing jobs, down 1.9% over the year. Third-ranked industrial machinery and equipment manufacturing employs 18,508 workers, up 1.7%.

Other industrial sectors that gained jobs included textiles/apparel, up 8.2%; rubber/plastics, up 6.3%; paper products, up 3.4%; and transportation equipment up 1.7%. Losses were seen in furniture/fixtures, down 18%; and food products, down 4.5%, following the closure of a Good Humor ice cream plant in Hagerstown. Instruments/related products declined 2.8%; lumber/wood fell 1.2% and fabricated metals dropped 1.1%.

Manufacturers’ News reports the Central Maryland/District of Columbia area accounts for the most industrial employment in the region, with 146,047 jobs, up a half percent over the past twelve months. Western Maryland represents 19,055 manufacturing jobs, virtually unchanged over the survey period, while employment in Eastern Maryland fell 1.5% and is currently home to 17,391 workers.

MNI’s city data shows Baltimore remains the region’s top city for manufacturing employment with 30,189 industrial workers, down 3.2% over the past twelve months. Washington, DC accounts for 19,616 jobs, with no significant change reported over the past year. Linthicum ranks third in the region with 6,459 industrial workers, down 8.4%. Employment increased 1% in Columbia, with the fourth-ranked city home to 5,884 industrial jobs, while fifth-ranked Frederick accounts for 5,584 jobs, up 6.3% over the past twelve months.

Detailed profiles of Maryland’s 4,729 manufacturing companies and 971 distributors can be found in the 2014 Maryland/DC Manufacturers Directory® available in print for $111, or available online through MNI’s industrial database subscription service Users may generate custom profiles of manufacturers using a variety of criteria, including region, SIC, sales volume, number of employees, and more. Each business profile provides up to 30 facts, including vital contact information, 17,103 executives by name and title, product(s) manufactured, and more.

Manufacturers’ News, Inc. is the nation’s oldest and largest publisher of state industrial directories and manufacturers databases, and the industrial search engine For 101 years the company has identified, researched and profiled manufacturing companies. MNI employs an 85-person editorial staff to scour 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,


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