Ohio Manufacturing: Jobs And Plants Down

EVANSTON, Ill., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Ohio lost 32,337 manufacturing jobs and 93 plants over the past 12 months according to the 2006 Ohio Manufacturers Directory, a manufacturers' guide published annually by Manufacturers' News, Inc., Evanston, IL.

Ohio is now home to 21,634 manufacturing companies employing 1,151,311 workers compared to the 21,727 plants and 1,183,648 workers reported a year earlier, according to Manufacturers' News, which has been conducting the annual census since 1983.

The five-year trend shows industrial employment in the Buckeye State down by more than 100,000 jobs. Since 2000, Ohio has lost over 840 plants in a state where manufacturing accounts for 20% of its economy, reports the yearly survey.

Despite the decline, Ohio still ranks as the 3rd largest industrial state behind California and Texas. "Manufacturing capacity utilization is at a four- year high, and production continues to climb," said Tom Dubin, President of Manufacturers' News. "Unfortunately, this hasn't translated into increased employment, as manufacturing companies are finding other ways to increase efficiency and trim costs through technology and outsourcing."

The greatest number of Ohio's manufacturing companies are concentrated in the five counties that house Ohio's largest cities, reports the Directory. 40% of Ohio's manufacturing plants are located in Cuyahoga, Hamilton, Franklin, Summit, and Montgomery Counties.

Within these counties, the cities of Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Akron, and Dayton contain 27% of Ohio's manufacturing establishments. MNI data reports these cities have demonstrated severe losses in plants over the past 12 months and over a 5-year period. Cleveland lost 39 plants in 2005, and 220 plants since 2001. Columbus lost 10 plants this year and 32 over a five-year span.

56% of Ohio's manufacturers fall within 5 of the 26 types of industries listed in the 2006 industrial guide. Industrial machinery and equipment tops the list with 4,609 manufacturers and accounts for 20% of the statewide total. Metal fabricating ranks as the second largest industrial sector with 2,883 plants statewide, while printing and publishing firms with 2,260 related plants rank third.

Fourth-ranked rubber and plastic products have 1,409 such firms listed in the new edition. The stone, glass and concrete industries rank fifth with 1,133 plants.

According the Ohio Manufacturers Directory, Ohio has seen most of its industrial sectors drop in the number of plants over the past 12 months. The sharpest decreases were seen in Ohio's largest industries. Metal fabricating, industrial machinery and equipment, and rubber and plastic products lost over 100 plants in 2005. MNI's five-year analysis reveals these same industries lost a total of 417 plants since 2001.

Detailed information on all of Ohio's 21,634 manufacturing companies can be found in the 2006 Ohio Manufacturers Directory. Each in-depth company profile contains up to 30 facts, including addresses, phone and fax numbers, web and email addresses, product(s) manufactured, names and titles of key executives, area of distribution, annual sales, number of employees, brand names, year established and more.

The hardbound Directory displays this information alphabetically in five ways: by company name, product, city, industry, and parent company. A sixth section contains county/city breakdowns for Ohio, along with county, zip codes and area code maps.

Industry data compiled by Manufacturers News is also available on CD-ROM. This extensive manufacturing database allows users to select and sort manufacturing companies using up to ten different criteria, including area or zip code, county, SIC, sales volume, number of employees, title function and more. This information can be downloaded from the Internet.

Manufacturers' News, Inc., in Evanston, Illinois, has been publishing directories of manufacturers since 1912 and has since evolved into a complete source of U.S. industrial information. MNI compiles, provides and/or distributes manufacturing guides and manufacturing databases for all 50 states. The 2006 Ohio Manufacturers' Directory is available in print for $189, and on CD-ROM from $256 to $732. For more information, contact Manufacturers' News, Inc., 1633 Central St., Evanston, IL, 60201, 847-864-7000, FAX 847-332- 1100. On the web go to http://www.manufacturersnews.com .

          Top 25 Ohio Industrial Cities By Number of Manufacturers:

    The chart below lists Ohio's top 25 industrial cities by the number of

manufacturing companies located in each, as reported in the 2006 Ohio Manufacturers Directory. Also listed is the comparison in the net gain or loss

                 of plants over a 12-month and 5-year period.

    City               Plants      +/- over 12 months    Net +/- over 5 years

    1.  Cleveland      2,060              -39                   -220
    2.  Cincinnati     1,545               0                    -83
    3.  Columbus       999                -10                   -32
    4.  Dayton         820                -1                    -28
    5.  Akron          556                 0                    -27
    6.  Toledo         544                -8                    -63
    7.  Canton         347                +3                    -13
    8.  Mentor         293                -5                    -12
    9.  Youngstown     284                -3                    -31
    10. Willoughby     214                -10                   -22
    11. Mansfield      196                -5                     0
    12. Springfield    195                -1                    -7
    13. Elyria         165                -5                                  -13
        14.  Hamilton              159                                +4                                        -12
        15.  Twinsburg            148                                +2                                        -14
        16.  Medina                  127                                +1                                        +1
        17.  Warren                  119                                -4                                        -11
        18.  Fairfield            118                                -5                                        -4
        19.  Kent                      113                                -4                                        -5
        20.  Lima                      111                                +1                                        -2
        21.  Painesville        110                                +1                                        +2
        22.  Fremont                107                                +2                                        +6
        23.  Solon                    106                                -4                                        +13
        24.  Zanesville          103                                +1                                        -4
        25.  Massillon            102                                -3                                        -9

                                                Ohio  Manufacturing  by  Industry

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