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According to new data reported this week by IndustryNet, West Virginia's manufacturing workforce shrank for yet another year, though the rate at which the state is losing jobs appears to be slowing. Policy shifts crafted by the new administration could have a major impact on West Virginia manufacturing, and steady improvements in the state's business climate may also serve to boost industrial production in the years to come.

This post will explore major trends in West Virginia manufacturing, delving into city, county, and regional data. We'll also examine some of the major announcements over the past several years, and assess the state's outlook in light of new Trump Administration policies � particularly in the ailing coal industry.

The year in review

West Virginia manufacturers shed 2,311 jobs between August 2016 and August 2017, representing a 3.2% loss in the state's industrial workforce. This was not as bad as the 4.3% loss West Virginia posted over the 2015-2016 survey period, which was reported as the state's worst industrial job loss since the recession, according to IndustryNet.

Job losses over the past year were once again led by the state's coal industry, but again declines were not as sharp in coal as they were in the previous survey year. Coal jobs dropped by about 8% between August 2016 and August 2017, a hefty loss, but not as bad as the 21% drop reported over 2015-2016.

West Virginia's oil/gas extraction, which had served to offset declines in the post-recession era, shed jobs for a second year in a row, falling 6.4% to 3,334 jobs.

Other losses were reported in printing/publishing; fabricated metals; electronics; primary metals; stone/clay/glass; and lumber.
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Are you a wholesale buyer or lumber procurement specialist struggling to figure out the right lumber supplier to source the lumber your business needs? Wholesale lumber is a nearly $2 billion industry and buyers need to find sources that will help them satisfy their business's customers while staying within budget. Here is a comprehensive list of the most important factors to consider when deciding on what lumber supplier will best meet the company's wholesale lumber needs.

1. Availability of materials and ability to source your needs

Does a supplier keep the variety of lumber in stock that ensures they can source items rapidly to meet the needs of the business? The chosen supplier should be like Great Northern Lumber able to provide customers with the kind of lumber they need, when they need it, at the best price - delivered anywhere.

2. Make sure they're experienced and knowledgeable

It's a given when companies are dealing with someone new to a business. They'll probably end up learning and making mistakes on the company's valuable time. Buyers should seek out suppliers with only the most experienced and knowledgeable staff - who have been active in the industry for many years.

Only an experienced and knowledgeable staff is capable of doing everything necessary to provide top-quality lumber at the best price. Suppliers like Lashway Lumber and Neiman Enterprises draw on the expertise of staff with decades in the lumber business.
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IndustryNet's recent analysis of U.S. lumber companies found the industry has posted some impressive growth numbers over the year, including a 6.7% increase in employment.

This article will take a look at some of the top lumber companies in the U.S. based on number of employees and square footage, as well as sales and employment growth over the year.

Top 10 By Employees

One simple method of viewing the top companies in the lumber industry is based on the number of employees on site:

Best Home Furnishings, Inc., Ferdinand, Indiana; 1,000 employees; Best Home Furnishings focuses on lumber of a dimensional type, including hardwood dimension as well as flooring.

� Weyerhaeuser Co., Seattle, Washington, 1,000; This is one of many branches of Weyerhaeuser Co., known for their wide range of services and products. Just some brands they work with include Weyerhaeuser Lumber, TJI-joist, Parallam, TimberStrand and Microllam.

� Bright Wood Corp., Madras, Oregon, 725; Bright Wood Corp. focuses on remanufactured lumber, including millwork and work related to sawmills and planing mills.

� Georgia-Pacific, LLC, Gurdon, Arkansas, 500; Georgia-Pacific, LLC is another lumber company with more than branches. This largest location focuses on functions of planing mills and sawmills.

� Swanson Group, Inc., Glendale, Oregon, 500; Swanson Group, Inc

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IndustryNet data shows U.S. lumber companies have gained some ground over the past year, posting an increase in jobs, as well as bringing in robust sales in certain sub-sectors. This article will take a look at some key indicators for lumber companies, and explore some of the factors affecting sales and employment.

We'll also take a look at regional differences, and examine which areas of the U.S. are experiencing the most growth. Finally, we'll explore some growing lumber companies in the U.S.

According to IndustryNet data, jobs in the lumber industry rose 1.3% over the past year, with growth varying significantly by sector and geographic area, Currently, there are 3,054 lumber companies operating in the U.S., employing 73,227. The following is a breakdown of growth numbers over the year.

Jobs growth

The most notable expansion of the workforce has taken place in plastic lumber, timber formed of virgin or recycled plastic. During 2016, the reported increase in employment in this sector is 144.23 percent. Lesser improvements and declines have been reported in other segments of the industry.

Reported growth of employment has been highest in the South, at 37 percent, with data from 38 companies; followed by the Midwest at 23 percent with data from 24 companies; the West at 22 percent with data from 23 companies; and the Northeast at 19 percent with data from 20 companies.

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New data out this morning from the Federal Reserve shows manufacturers in New York experienced accelerated business activity in October, with the Fed's index climbing to its highest level in three years. The New York Fed reports business conditions for New York manufacturers reached 30.2, a level not seen since 2014.

This follows a recent report from the Institute for Supply Management, which showed manufacturing activity in the U.S. overall reached its highest point in thirteen years, as well as a 1.7% jump in durable goods orders reported by the Commerce Department, all key indicators that the U.S. is currently in the midst of an upswing in manufacturing.

The Fed's October numbers were based on a survey of New York manufacturers in which 44% reported conditions had improved for their business, and only 14% reported a worsening of conditions.

By the numbers

Breaking down the key metrics for New York shows employment and shipments led the boost in business conditions for October. The Fed's shipment index climbed eleven points to 27.5, its highest level in seven years. An increase in shipments is a key indicator of robust gains in new orders, and an upswing in demand.

Manufacturing employment in New York remained strong. The Fed's employment index rose five points to 15.6, indicating an increase in hiring, while the average workweek remained stable.

Although the Fed'd new orders index declined seven points from September, the reading remains in growth territory at 18, which indicates new orders continue to be strong.
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According to new data released this week by MNI, compiler and publisher of the industrial information that powers IndustryNet, Wisconsin manufacturing continues to thrive, with the sector adding jobs for a sixth straight year.

This post will take a look at some major Wisconsin manufacturing industries and how they've fared this survey period, and will delve into city, county and regional data. We'll also examine some of the major announcements made over the past six years, and explore exactly what's driving Wisconsin manufacturing forward.

MNI reports Wisconsin manufacturers added 2,495 new net jobs between August 2016 and August 2017, representing a half percent gain.

Job gains over the past year were spread across multiple sectors, a reflection of Wisconsin�s diverse economy. The electronics industry led the way, reporting a 4% increase in jobs. Industries as varied as fabricated metals, transportation equipment, medical instruments, rubber/plastics; and lumber all added jobs.

Regionally, employment increases were also widely distributed, with most of the state's five regions posting gains. Employment jumped 6.4% in East Central Wisconsin, rose 2.2% in the Southwest, and inched up a half percent in Northern Wisconsin. Employment in the Southeast held steady, edging up by 500 jobs.

The state's West Central region was the only to lose jobs -- but not by much, down a third of a percent over the year.

Taking a look at cities, job inched down another half percent in Milwaukee, and plummeted 10% in Madison after the closure of Oscar Mayer�s hot dog plant. However, solid gains reported in Appleton; Menomonee Falls; Neenah; New Berlin; and Fond Du Lac, were more than enough to make up for losses in the state�s two largest cities.

All great news. Let�s take a look at ex
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The ready-mix concrete industry is expanding, not only on the promise of national infrastructure improvement projects but also on the reality of a rising housing and business construction market. With more than 4,200 ready-mix concrete suppliers operating in the U.S., zeroing in on the right local company can be a challenge.

This article will explore some of the top ready-mix concrete suppliers operating in various regions of the United States.


Of the hundreds of concrete companies experiencing growth over the past year, 50% were located in the U.S. south, according to IndustryNet data, and accounted for 36% of those experiencing sales growth.

Here are some examples of top ready-mix concrete suppliers in the U.S. South:

Ascension Ready Mix, Inc. - Located in Prairieville, Louisiana, Ascension Ready Mix serves Baton Rouge and Ascension parishes and has done so for nearly 20 years. This growing company maintains a fleet of the latest vehicles to serve your concrete needs.

Apex Redi-Mixed Concrete Co. - Apex Redi-Mixed calls El Dorado, Arkansas, home. Apex is known for its scheduling flexibility and for its supply and fill products that complement its concrete.

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IndustryNet's most recent overview of U.S. concrete suppliers found the sector has posted some positive growth, with its workforce growing a robust 6.7% over the past year, and sales inching up by 2.1%. According to IndustryNet data, there are more than 4,500 concrete suppliers in the U.S., employing 48,324.

Today, IndustryNet takes a look at some of the top concrete suppliers in the U.S.

Concrete is the foundation for many industries. Whether commercial or residential, multitudes of structures utilize concrete to some extent. U.S. cement companies generate approximately $10.7 billion in sales. There are many types of concrete, with manufacturers often specializing in a particular variant or sector.

With 500 employees, Central Iowa Ready Mix of West Des Moines, IA, specializes in ready mix concrete. The company's seven plants, including two portable plants, serve the greater metropolitan areas of both Des Moines and Omaha, NE. Projects executed include Jack Trice Stadium, the High Trestle Trail Bridge, and Woodward State Park roads. Close coordination with a trucking company enables Central Iowa to efficiently move materials wherever needed.

With 500 employees in Sevierville, TN, Charles Blalock and Sons, Inc. also serves businesses requiring ready mix concrete. Blalock was awarded the Gold Level of Safety by the National Ready Mix Concrete Association. A promoter of stewardship and sustainability for the concrete industry, the company has earned Green Star Certification for its facility in Pigeon Forge.

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The concrete industry in the United States is currently strong. With the Trump administration promising $1 trillion toward public infrastructure, opportunities for concrete suppliers are quite good as demand is expected to increase for construction projects.

Let's examine the health of the industry, market conditions that may impact concrete suppliers, and other statistics that may help the more than 4,500 concrete companies in the U.S. as they analyze their position in the industry.

Overall, the number of people working in the industry has risen by 6.7 percent in the last year to more than 48,000. Four percent of companies reported new hires in 2017. Of those hundreds of companies that have reported growth, 50% are located in the U.S South.

These include companies such as Dura-Stress, Inc. in Leesburg, Florida - which currently employs 400, and Maschmeyer Concrete Company of Florida in Lake Park with 280 employees. The family-owned business brought more people onboard because business keeps pouring in. It leads the industry in sales growth.

29 percent of companies reporting growth are located in the The Midwest region. Central Iowa Ready Mix, located in West Des Moines, is among those that reported strong growth, and currently employs 500 new hires. 14% of growing concrete suppliers are located in the West, and 6% in the Northeast.
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According to new data released this week by MNI, Pennsylvania lost manufacturing jobs for a fifth straight year as the state continues to face challenges on a number of fronts. This post will take a look at some major Pennsylvania industries and how they fared over the year, as well as delve into city, county and regional data. We'll also examine the general outlook for the state, and take a look at the impact some Trump Administration policies may begin to have on Pennsylvania industries like coal and steel.

MNI, compiler and publisher of the industrial information that powers IndustryNet, reports Pennsylvania industries shed 8,604 manufacturing jobs from June 2016 to June 2017, a 1.1% decline.

This represents a somewhat sharper loss that MNI recorded in Pennsylvania for the 2015-2016 survey period, in which the state shed 5,500 jobs, but is generally in line with a steady decrease in industrial employment the state has experienced since 2012.

During the recession, Pennsylvania was one of the hardest-hit states in the nation, shedding nearly 100,000 jobs during the downturn, according to MNI data. Prior to that, industrial employment in the Keystone State was already losing jobs in response to multiple factors, including automation and a sharp increase in global competition largely attributed to NAFTA.
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As famed economist and management consultant Peter Drucker once said, "Innovation is the fuel of corporate longevity. It endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth." Chemical manufacturers must be ever-evolving and innovative in order to remain competitive in the industry.

IndustryNet recently reported on some postitive numbers for the chemical industry, including a 1.5% rise in employment. Innovation has played a major part in the sector's growth, and additional reports indicate that innovations in the chemical industry have potentially put the world on "the brink of an age of new powerful materials." Here is a look at some innovative companies in the U.S. chemical industry, producing many types of chemicals and serving seven distinct industries.


Pace International is leading the post-harvest market with products to clean, buff, coat and control decay in fruits and vegetables. These chemicals offer solutions for managing the agricultural business from field to grocery store. For example, their innovative biorational postharvest decay control agent is the first decay control agent of natural origin in the post-harvest fruit industry in the past 20 years.


When a company is focused on innovation, many partnerships, collaborations and mergers often occur. One such company, Puritan Products, was acquired by Avantor Performance Materials LLC, making it a more prominent player in the biotech chemical space, with improved supply chain security and accelerated brand expansion.


During a seminar entitled "Challenges of the Chemical Industry - Growing Via Innovation," BASF's Chief Technology Officer Dr. Martin Brudermueller noted that the world's largest chemical producer is implementing five levers to foster innovation and drive growth: globalization of research and development, technology leadership, radical i
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IndustryNet's most recent overview of U.S. chemical companies found the sector has posted some positive growth, adding 1.5% to its workforce over the past year and bringing in a robust $850 billion in sales. Today, the industry is one of the leading sectors in America, and with over 70,000 products, U.S. chemical companies continue to change and evolve.

Today, IndustryNet takes a look at some of the top chemical companies in the U.S.

Top 10 Companies by Number of Employees

Do the best companies require the most employees? In the world of automation, it is difficult to tell. These are the top ten chemical companies in the U.S. by number of people employed.

10. E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co.

Coming in at number ten on the list is E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. Based out of Wilmington, Del., du Pont uses scientific innovations to shape the world. It originally started as a gunpowder mill company in 1802.

9. Westlake Chemical Corp.

Based out of Lake Charles, La., Westlake creates plastic products, petrochemicals, and fabricated building products. The company is the largest producer of low-density polyethylene in the United States.

8. BASF Corporation

BASF Corp's Florham Park, N.J., location deals in creating chemistry for sustainable fuel types and planning for the future. They are the largest affiliate of BASF SE and the second largest producer and marketer of chemical products in all of North America.

7. Eastman Chemical Company - Texas Operations

In Longview, Texas, lies Eastman Chemical, a leader in producing ethylene, propylene, and various other chemicals. In 1994, Eastman Chemical was spun off from another little-known Eastman company called Kodak.
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GT Nexus notes in a recent report that the worldwide chemical industry is expected to double by 2035. American Chemistry supports this view, adding that the growth of the chemical industry is expected to outpace the growth of the U.S. economy as a whole.

IndustryNet, has recently compiled statistical information analyzing the U.S. chemical industry in September 2017. This article will explore the findings of that compilation in both the industry as a whole, and in regional differences within the United States. IndustryNet is tracking 2,252 chemical manufacturers which employ 158,325 workers, bringing in nearly $850 billion in sales annually. Over the past year, job growth increased 1.5 percent in this sector.

U.S. manufacturing as a whole exports only 29 percent of its products. But chemical companies export nearly half of their product - 49 percent - making chemical suppliers a more integral part of the global supply chain than other manufacturing sectors.

Regionally, the South dominates the chemical industry, home to the largest number of companies, at 1,004, or 45 percent of the nation's chemical companies. Unsurprisingly, the South also employs the greatest number of individuals, at 91,883, or 58 percent of the nation's chemical industry employment. The South experienced the greatest national growth in chemical industrial employment, at 40 percent, and the greatest sales growth in the sector, at 54 percent.
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U.S. manufacturing activity expanded far more than expected in September, according to new data released this morning by the Institute for Supply Management. The ISM�s manufacturing index soared to 60.8, topping August's reading by 2 percentage points.

The U.S. is now closing in on a full year of expansion, according to ISM data. September's reading marks the U.S. manufacturing sector's 13th consecutive month of growth, and the 100th consecutive month of growth for the U.S. economy as a whole.

The ISM's Manufacturing Report on Business is a leading economic indicator based on a survey of the nation's supply executives. September's 60.8 reading is the highest level the Institute has since May 2004.

Accelerating growth in the U.S. manufacturing sector corresponds with the 3.1% rise in GDP recorded in the second quarter as well as significant manufacturing job increases reported by IndustryNet in recent months. A rebound in construction spending has also helped boost employment in the roofing industry.

Growth was reported in seventeen of eighteen industries reporting to the ISM, with textile mills; machinery, nonmetallic mineral products, transportation equipment, and plastics & rubber leading increases.

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Manufacturing Day kicks off on Oct. 6, 2017. Since 2012, Manufacturing Day has inspired manufacturers to host thousands of public events. Manufacturing Day is more than a collection of trade shows, however. Today, it's a nationwide platform for job seekers, educators, students, media, and even politicians to celebrate the resurgence of American manufacturing.

Manufacturing Day has grown exponentially over the past several years. From 2012 to 2013 alone, official events held nationwide nearly quadrupled. In total, the number of Manufacturing Day events has risen 1,000 percent since its inauguration. The rise of Manufacturing Day coincides with a manufacturing renaissance in the U.S., which has the potential to create millions of well-paying jobs. Manufacturing Day gives manufacturers, vendors, and suppliers a chance to bring new products to market and showcase their operations to the next generation.

During the entire month of October, sponsors are free to host their own events. Some Manufacturing Day events underscore job opportunities; others highlight new technology. The best part is that any manufacturer can register to participate here.

Top Manufacturing Day events

Since any manufacturer can participate, organizations are planning hundreds of events nationwide. Here is a peek at what's on deck at this year's Manufacturing Day.

Advanced Test Equipment Rentals

Advanced Test Equipment Rentals, a high-tech equipment company, will host an event Oct. 24, 2017, in San Diego. Select manufacturers of testing and measurement equipment will be exhibiting new technologies. Attendees can enjoy networking opportunities, live product demos, and raffle prizes too.

Ace Wire Spring & Form Co., Inc.

This event in McKees Rocks, PA, hosted by Ace Wire Spring & Form Co., Inc., is scheduled for Oct. 6, 2017. This manufacturer excels at fab
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According to new data released by MNI, compiler and publisher of the industrial information that powers IndustryNet, manufacturers in Colorado added jobs for a seventh straight year, as the state�s unique business climate spurred growth across multiple sectors.

MNI reports industrial companies in Colorado added 2,308 new jobs between June 2016 and June 2017, or 1%. This outpaces the gains MNI reported over the 2015-2016 survey period, in which the state added 700 jobs, and generally points to new momentum in the state's manufacturing sector.

According to recent rankings compiled by CNBC, Colorado scores big for a number of site selection factors, including an abundance of capital, low business costs, educated workforce, robust economy, and focus on technology and innovation.

The latter has proved extremely beneficial to Colorado, with numerous advanced manufacturing operations calling the state home. Recent data suggests the state should continue to see sustained growth in its industrial sector with some exciting new high-tech projects on the horizon. Lockheed Martin recently unveiled plans to establish a $340 million satellite factory in Denver, and Ball Corporation continues to make progress on a major expansion at its Advanced Manufacturing Center in Westminster. EWI recently established an innovation center in Loveland with the goal of helping manufacturing companies adopt new technologies. The Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (CAMA) is also helping to pave the way forward, offering important resources to manufacturers.
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You have a great product. Your supply chain is strong and you know demand will be solid. You have the basis for a viable small business. You are in good company. According to Forbes, you are one of 28 million small businesses in the United States.

Forbes continues, however, by noting that more employer businesses shut down than start up each month. Of those that remain open, only 7 out of every 10 small businesses remain in business for longer than two years. That number drops to only 5 out of every 10 small business remaining in business by the five-year mark, and approximately 3 out of every 10 last more than 15 years.

Some of this risk can be explained by the economy, and some by changing tastes and fads. But the true measure of success for a small enterprise is a solid business plan. While you may know everything there is to know about making left-handed widgets and your partner may know everything there is to know about selling left-handed widgets, how much do either of you know about forming a corporation? Have you researched copyright infringement law? Do you understand the differences between balancing bookwork for a business versus running household finances?
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Ceilings are very significant space within a room, yet one that has very little attention paid to it. Interior designers often refer to the ceiling as the 5th wall and rightly so. Not only does the ceiling offer a space to bring together the whole style of the room, but it also serves as a function "wall" where lighting, wires, or pipes may be hiding behind.

Residential homes aren't the only instance in which ceilings should be taken seriously when it comes to design. Office and commercial spaces are ideal candidates for experimenting with new ceiling products. In fact, according to a study compiled by Freedonia Group, the demand for ceiling products will grow by 4.1% through to 2021. This growth is largely due to office and commercial spaces increasing their spending for these products due to an overall shift away from cheap, traditional material to high-quality options.

When it comes down to the specific commercial spaces is mostly offices, retail stores, schools and medical centers that make up the largest ceiling product users. Speciality ceiling products are a must for many of these settings as they offer far more advantage over traditional ceiling construction. In fact, it is projected that these specialty ceiling products will have a growth of 6.4% through to 2021 as well. It simply comes down to the fact that many special ceiling products meet building needs better, in terms of both function and design, than most of the products that have been used for years.
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The cost of energy is significant for a business. In the past, barring considerable government supports, alternative power sources were often more expensive than traditional ones.

Now, in many areas, using alternative energy sources can benefit the bottom line.

With the help of an energy conservation consultant, businesses can operate more efficiently while building a reputation as a green company. For example, a business that generates biomass waste can convert it into energy is in a position to save money on energy consumption and waste disposal.

Here are some things to consider when studying alternative energy suppliers:

Energy efficiency audits

Before building solar panels or a windmill, it's vital for businesses to measure exactly how much energy is consumed. Getting an analysis will not only reveal existing energy use, but will provide insight on ways to lower operating costs and on available alternative fuel options.

A conservation consultant that specializes in commercial, industrial, and manufacturing clients will deliver expertise to test, analyze, and benchmark systems. The consultant can make recommendations about power quality and consumption efficiencies.

Sun and wind

Utilizing natural resources for energy may seem like a no-brainer. There are, however, a number of things to consider when deciding to harvest the sun or wind. It is important to have the right equipment and proper panels for the size of the business and anticipated energy consumption. Finding a solar energy product supplier that understands specific business requirements - whether a large factory or a small building - is essential.
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According to new data released this week by MNI, hiring in Connecticut's manufacturing sector picked up steam, led by steady growth in some of the state's top industries. MNI, compiler and publisher of the industrial information that powers IndustryNet, reports Connecticut industrial employment edged up by about 785 jobs, or a half percent between June 2016 and June 2017. This marks the state's second straight year of modest gains, and, hopefully, a reversal of the steep losses the state suffered during the recession.

Overall, Connecticut has struggled to add manufacturing jobs in the post-recession era as global competition took hold, a strong dollar made exports more expensive, and a tough business climate had some manufacturers shutting their doors. While many states in the U.S. recovered some, if not all, jobs lost during the recession, hiring in Connecticut's manufacturing sector all but flatlined, with the state's industrial employment inching down another 4% between June 2010 and June 2015.

The gains of the past two years, however, suggest things are looking up for Connecticut manufacturing and some exciting projects planned for the future will hopefully keep hiring humming at a steady clip.
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When looking for a sheet metal fabricator for your company's needs, it's important to do some research and ask the right questions. Many shops have similar approaches, but have different services or unique processes that others do not. Remember, it's not just about getting a good price; it's about finding the right fabricator to fit all your needs, including quality, service and delivery.

Here are some things to consider as you begin your search:

Ask about the manufacturer's techniques and different metals used. Matching your needs to their capabilities is more likely to ensure that you get the product you want and within your budget. For example, say you're seeking metal fabrication for a duct system. Instead of hunting down individual parts made by a couple different manufactures, a company such as Sheet Metal Connectors, Inc. can supply everything for the HVAC industry, including ducts, dust collecting systems, pipe and dampers. Finding a one-stop shop for all your needs makes for efficient purchasing.

Certainly, if you were seeking stamping, you might think to go with a company that makes it their specialty such as HPL Stampings, Inc. For more than 75 years, they have done precision, short-, medium- and long-run metal stamping. Companies that have years of experience doing the same thing know how to achieve the best product and adhere to stringent industry requirements.

Innovative processes may be more efficient when manufacturing your product. Ask what the manufacturer offers and what might be best for your needs. For example, G & M Metal Fabricators, Inc. and KCP Metal Fabrications, Inc. utilize laser cutting. C. Mayo, Inc. uses waterjet cutting equipment. In fact, the company states it is "the most accurate, fastest and most comprehensive water cutting system ever designed."

Creating parts that do not work can be a horrible loss for a company. Before production work moves forward, ask about partnering with a manufacturer that
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IndustryNet has conducted a comprehensive analysis of the sheet metal fabrication industry. Among the aspects it studied are the size of companies by the number of employees and the size of the companies by square footage.

Sheet metal fabrication is a rapid, cost-effective solution for many manufacturing needs. It is vital to many business sectors, including automotive, commercial construction, HVAC and agriculture. Materials used in sheet metal fabrication include:






-Stainless steel

There are numerous advantages associated with sheet metal fabrication. Among them are:



-Rapid turnaround

-Availability of a wide array of finishes

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At the start of 2017, growth in the metal fabrication industry, like much of the economy, was expected to be sluggish, other than in certain sectors, like automotive, where capacity was tight. IndustryNet has conducted an extensive analysis of employment and sales growth throughout the sheet metal fabrication industry.

For sheet metal fabrication as a whole, in the United States, 4% of companies reported declines in jobs and 4% reported increases. Conditions varied considerably by region, with job growth being greatest in the South, at 36%, and in the Midwest at 28%, with lesser growth in the West at 21%, and the Northeast at 14%.

Job growth by region did not entirely correlate with sales growth, which was highest in the Midwest at 39%, followed by the West at 29%, the South at 18%, and the Northeast at 14%. Across the entire country, 2% of companies reported sales growth and 1% reported a sales decline.
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It is important to pick a supplier whose equipment, skills, experience, schedule, and supplemental services match your project requirements. The businesses cited in this article exemplify different aspects to consider in choosing a laser cutting service.

For businesses in need of prototyping or long tube drilling, JD Laser has a 100,000 square foot facility in Hartford, Wisconsin. Its equipment includes:

-2D lasers, effective for short lead time and prototyping.

-3D lasers, capable of almost any configuration to produce clean cuts and smooth edges.

-Tube lasers which can drill holes in tubes up to 27.5 feet, and of any shape.

JD employs an Adige programming system which allows quicker preparation and visualization of components, enabling a project to be taken from start to finish.

If your business produces large parts requiring multiple cutting or drilling operations, explore a manufacturer such as Merbeth Metal Products, in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. The company is capable of dealing with a large variety of materials from 0.001" shim stock to 0.75" plate. They feature a Mazak Laser Systems Super Turbo X 510 Mark II, which can integrate up to four machines. This system is particularly effective for large parts, performing multiple operations including drilling holes, and circular cuts at several locations with one pass of the part through the computer-operated modules.

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IndustryNet, which maintains current information on nearly 400,000 U.S. manufacturers as well 10,000+ industrial supply companies, recently reported strong growth in the U.S. laser cutting industry, citing a 4% rise in employment in the past year for those companies providing laser cutting services.

Delving further into this data, IndustryNet discovered the top laser cutting companies in the U.S. based on employment, employment growth, facility square footage, and sales growth. IndustryNet found that out of 198 laser cutting companies in the United States the following top the sector according to various measurements:

Top 10 laser cutting companies by employment

1. Resonetics, LLC; Nashua, New Hampshire; 1,200 employees.

Utilizing both gas and solid state laser tools, Resonetics can cut both metals and polymers microscopically. Working primarily in the medical device industry, Resonetics cuts sheet material, wires, and tubes for catheters and other geometrically complex devices.

2. Spectralytics, Inc.; Dassell, Minnesota; 1,005 employees.

Spectralytics specializes in laser cutting for medical devices. The business can cut materials as thin as .005" and tubing with a diameter as small as .010". Spectralytics houses a clean room for materials requiring a completely sterile environment.

3. Laserage; Waukegan, Illinois; 1,000 employees.

Laserage excels in cutting 2D flats and 3D pre-fabricated components. Its precision enables delivery of exact tolerances for hole-to-hole and slot-to-slot alignment. Laserage also uses a 4-axis process to increase cutting accuracy for tubing.

4. Preco, Inc.; Somerset, Wisconsin; 1,000 employees.

Preco meets industrial application needs for high-speed material processing. It designs and manufactures systems for cutting, perforating, welding, and other applications. With proprietary laser-based manufacturing
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