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Tennessee's 6,517 manufacturers added jobs for a sixth straight year, according to new data collected by IndustryNet. But where, exactly did employment strengthen?

Our latest infographic provides a snapshot of Tennessee's industrial sector, including growing industries and regions -- plus a 10-year growth chart you won't want to miss.
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According to IndustryNet's survey of 6,517 Tennessee manufacturers, factory employment in the Volunteer state inched up over the past year, with more than 3,000 new jobs created between October 2016 and October 2017. This represents a one percent increase in the state's industrial workforce, and stands as the sixth straight year Tennessee has added industrial jobs.

Yet, for the first time in several years, job gains were not led by the auto industry, as declining sales in 2017 put a damper on production.

A thriving transportation equipment industry is what led Tennessee's remarkable turnaround in the years following the recession, with employment in that sector growing by 32% between 2011 and 2016, according to IndustryNet data. The past year, however, found the industry at a standstill, with jobs edging down 1.2%.

Weakness in the state's transportation sector was offset by steady gains across multiple sectors over the past year, suggesting Tennessee's industrial economy continues to strengthen across the board.

This article will explore exactly what is going on with the auto industry, and examine some of the main developments in Tennessee's industrial sector in the post-recession era. We'll examine IndustryNet's extensive regional and historical data for the state, and delve into some of the specific site selection factors that continue to make Tennessee a great place for manufacturing.

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Steel and stainless steel fabricators are at the heart of U.S. manufacturing, supplying major infrastructure and construction projects and serving countless industries, from aeronautics to automotive to defense.

According to IndustryNet's analysis of the more than 2,000 U.S. steel fabricators in its database, the industry is experiencing rapid growth at the moment, with certain regions of the U.S. growing faster than others.

This particular report will zero in on the steel and stainless steel fabrication market, examining the latest trends in sales and job growth, as well as regional differences and distribution trends.

Sales, jobs in steel fabrication trend up

According to data collected by IndustryNet, there are currently 2,270 steel fabricators with 49,858 employees currently in operation in the U.S. This figure is slightly higher than last year's 49,668 employees. Average sales came in at $34 billion, up considerably from last year's $29 billion.

The number of steel fabricators reporting sales growth is twice the national average of the manufacturing industry. Two percent of steel fabricators are growing, while only 1 percent of manufacturers as a whole reported growth.
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Metal fabrication is a significant contributor to the industrial economy in the United States. The nation's 7,110 metal fabrication companies are in great demand. Data gathered by IndustryNet shows sales in the industry have surged 8% in the past twelve months, while employment has grown 1.7%, These companies generated over $71 billion in revenue in 2017, and currently employ 147,504 in the U.S.

The distribution, sales, and workforce data vary by location and industry segment. This article will explore those differences and the criteria by which businesses may make an informed selection of a metal fabrication company. Companies that illustrate different aspects of this industry and the services they offer to customers, will be highlighted.

Choosing a metal fabrication provider

The first thing a business must consider in selecting a fabricator is the capabilities of the shop. Not all manufacturers work with the same materials. If, for example, products will be constructed of aluminum, a company that specializes in steel may not be a good fit.

Even with the correct choice of metal, a provider must be able to accommodate the dimensions specified in drawings or computer-aided design files.

A shop must also offer needed services such as cutting, often by computer numerical control, bending, blasting, powder coating, and painting. Projects may require assembly by welding, bonding with adhesives, riveting, or with threaded fasteners.

Both automation and human labor may be necessary for a project. A fabricator should be able to provide whatever is required.A customer who needs a prototype should enlist a firm with the ability to design and create one.

Prototyping may involve the use of CNC or 3-D printing. If installation or on-site assembly services are necessary, particularly for large projects, it is essential to choose a vendor who can provide them
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IndustryNet's survey of more than 16,000 Ohio manufacturers turned up some interesting trends. Get the latest data on Ohio's manufacturing sector, including top industries, cities, regions, and job growth over the past six years.
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According to new data collected by IndustryNet, manufacturing employment in Ohio edged up over the past year, with steady gains posted across a number of sectors. IndustryNet reports the state added 5,217 jobs between September 2016 and September 2017, amounting to a half percent gain.

This represents the sixth straight year Ohio has gained manufacturing jobs, as the state continues to recover from the severe losses suffered during the recession.

Once at the center of rust-belt manufacturing losses Ohio's six-year winning streak echoes similar progress made by states like Indiana and Michigan, and stands in contrast to neighboring states that continue to bleed jobs like Pennsylvania and New York.

This article will take a closer look at the major developments that have occurred in Ohio since the recession, and examine the state's outlook in light of new federal and state policies. We'll explore IndustryNet's extensive regional and historical data for the state, and delve into some of the specific site selection factors that continue to make Ohio a great place for manufacturing.

Ohio manufacturing: the year in review:

Industrial companies in Ohio added more than 5,000 jobs between September 2016 and September 2017, a half percent gain.

In contrast to previous years in which growth was attributed almost exclusively to the auto industry, gains over the past year were seen in a spectrum of industries, indicating Ohio's manufacturing growth is strengthening across the board.
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While a high number of website hits looks nice on paper, numbers do not necessarily lead to sales. In fact, many visits to a website may simply be bots, which have zero intention of purchasing the company's product or services. As companies work to drive traffic to their website, the focus should be on quality over quantity.

Bot traffic has skyrocketed in recent years. Research from Distil Networks found that nearly 60 percent of web traffic in 2014 was automated code. Out of those bots, 23 percent were targeting websites maliciously. Such bots are designed to perform illegal actions such as skimming credit card numbers or copying portions of blogs for use elsewhere.

Other bot visitors are helpful. Google bots, for instance, crawl websites in order to index them so they can be searched by internet users. Facebook bots reduce long articles to an image and a snipped so they can be easily shared on the social media network.

Regardless of the purpose of the bot, their traffic to a website does not constitute quality traffic. Any evaluation of analytics based solely on quantity fails to account for these bots. This lack of consideration results in over-inflation of the numbers, leading a company to believe it is performing better than it actually is.

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Businesses can gain many advantages by using a contract manufacturer. They can choose a company that is highly skilled and quality certified for fabrication or formulation. Contracting firms avoid risky capital investments in new equipment and can pass on the costs of hiring and training additional personnel to their production partners.

One downside of employing a contractor is the increased shipping costs that stem from the use of a distant source. The extensive time and travel required to inspect facilities and monitor quality can also become drawbacks.

Businesses must also carefully scrutinize their providers to maintain the security of their intellectual property. The following companies in six different industrial sectors illustrate how contract manufacturers can minimize costs and address quality, logistical and security concerns for their clients.


Located in a suburb of Chicago, a global transportation hub, Andrew Technologies Inc. of Wheeling, Illinois, is ideally positioned to reduce both shipping and travel costs for their clients. Certifications in both ISO:2008 and ISO: 13485:2003 reflect the excellence of their quality management system for the manufacturing of circuit boards and circuit board assemblies. As a member of the Association Connecting Electronics Industries (IPC), it trains and certifies its staff to IPC standards.

As a supplier to aerospace, the nuclear industry, and the military, lives depend of the quality of products fabricated by Scott ElectroKrafts Inc. It holds certifications in AS 9100 Revision C and ISO 9001:2008. It maintains IPC-certified trainers on staff and to ensure the safety of their products, is RoHS compliant. Located in Andover, Connecticut, connected to New York City by Route I-95, Scott is well positioned to take advantage of the transportation opportunities available in the New York-Newark a
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According to recent data collected by IndustryNet, contract manufacturing is growing at more than twice the rate of manufacturing as a whole, reporting a 9 percent increase in employment, compared to an overall industry growth rate of only 4 percent.

Sales growth follows this trend, with the nation's contract manufacturers reporting three times the growth rate of manufacturing. Contract manufacturing boasts a sales growth rate of 3 percent compared to the industry rate of only 1 percent. This article will break down some of those statistics, and look at some of the nation�s top contract manufacturers, broken down by employment, job growth and square footage.

Regionally, the Midwest portion of the U.S. (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota) is the place to be if you are a contract manufacturer. This region contains 217 contract manufacturers, or 30 percent of the nation's total contract manufacturing population. It also boasts the strongest employment growth rate at 25 percent.

In terms of company location, the Pacific region (Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington) takes second place with 116 contract manufacturers, representing 16 percent of the nation's total. It is followed closely by the Mid-Atlantic area (New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania) housing 103 contract manufacturers, or 14 percent.

The South Atlantic section (Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia) takes fourth place with 89 contract manufacturers, which is 12 percent of the U.S.' total contract manufacturers.

Three of the four remaining regions contain a similar number of manufacturers. The New England region (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont) has 71 contract manufa
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Companies in industries from electronics to pharmaceuticals choose contract manufacturers to produce their wares. Contract manufacturing allows businesses to increase their production capacity without capital investment or hiring additional staff.

According to IndustryNet's hand-verified data, contract manufacturing has seen an uptick in growth over the past year. This article will examine how and why contract manufacturing shows more substantial growth than U.S. manufacturing as a whole. It will also detail variations by industry sectors and geographic regions.

Average sales in contract manufacturing increased by 2.26 percent. The plastics segment was the leader in sales growth, at 15.28 percent. Pharmaceuticals and medical products saw no changes from the previous year, but sales in electronics rose 0.86 percent and manufacturing and packaging 2.84 percent.

From 730 contract manufacturing companies with a total 48,104 employees, the number of jobs is up 3.32 percent. In employment growth, pharmaceuticals led the pack at 7.16 percent, followed closely by plastics at 6.94 percent.

Hiring increases in electronics were 1.90 percent. Jobs in manufacturing and packaging increased 2.04 percent, and medical sector positions 2.20 percent.

In explaining the discrepancy between the rise in employment in the medical and pharmaceutical industries, versus the lack of growth in sales, it is essential to understand the challenges unique to these sectors. For companies serving these industries, quality control is indeed a matter of life and death and is often labor-intensive.

Superior, well-trained and educated personnel is required to meet safety and regulatory demands. Choosing manufacturers in the United States in preference to those overseas presents distinct advantages in maintaining the highest product standards.
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So you think that your company would sell more left-handed widgets if it created a catchy banner ad? You might want to re-think that position.

According to recent research, approximately 26 percent of Americans already use some form of ad-blocking software. This software usage resulted in a loss of around $15.8 billion in ad revenue last year alone.

Still not convinced that you should rethink your banner-ad concept? Consider this - Google Chrome plans to launch its own integrated ad-blocking software with its upcoming release. And since estimates range from as low as 66 percent to as high as 90 percent of all internet users turning to Google as their primary search engine, you really should rethink the impact that banner ad blocking could have on your marketing efforts.

Google's newly integrated software will automatically block ads that do not meet the coalition's minimum threshold, including banner ads.

Perhaps you are counting on the fact that mobile searches have overtaken desktop searches, and your banner ad will be mobile friendly. Think again. While it is true that mobile searches are on the uptick while desktop searches have basically flat-lined over the past few years, Google plans to introduce its ad-blocking software on Android as well.

Instead of throwing your marketing dollars away on banner ads, consider turning to a company that specializes in working with and for the manufacturing industry for assistance.

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Led by a surge in new orders, U.S. manufacturing activity expanded at a faster rate in December, according to new data released this morning by the Institute for Supply Management. The ISM survey of manufacturing executives shows U.S. industrial activity picked up speed, edging up 1.5% to a current reading of 59.7%.

December marks the 16th consecutive month of growth in the manufacturing sector, and the 103rd month of growth for the U.S. economy overall.

A surge in new December's growth, according to the ISM's key metrics, and was also boosted by an uptick in production, supplier deliveries, and exports. However, employment expanded at a slower rate, and customer inventories continue to shrink.

Sixteen of the eighteen industries surveyed by the ISM reported growth, led by machinery; computer & electronic products; paper products; apparel, leather & allied products; printing & related support activities, and primary metals. Wood products and textile mills were the only two sectors to report a contraction.

U.S. manufacturing has accelerated in recent months, despite the temporary setback triggered by 2017 hurricane season that weakened the ISM's reading for manufacturing activity in October.

The most recent Department of Labor report shows the U.S. added 228,000 jobs in November, with the manufacturing sector accounting for 31,000 of those jobs. IndustryNet's December reports indicates significant employment growth in the U.S. packaging and conveyor industries, as well as a remarkable growth in manufacturing employment for the state of Utah.
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On December 22nd, 2017 President Trump signed a monumental tax reform bill into law shortly after it passed both the Senate and House. The sweeping bill represents the largest tax overhaul in 30 years, hailed by the president as an "Incredible Christmas gift for hard-working Americans."

We've heard a lot about how the tax bill will affect individuals and the breaks it affords to corporations, but what about hard-working American manufacturers? For the most part, it looks like the bill will have a positive impact both on corporations and on the 27 million small businesses currently active in the U.S. Manufacturing, especially, could stand to benefit, with lower costs for capital expenditures potentially spurring investment and increasing global competitiveness.

The National Association of Manufacturers' recent Manufacturers Outlook Survey showed more than half of businesses responding felt tax reform would cause them to increase capital spending, hire more workers, and increase employee wages and benefits. Yet, another study shows only 14% of U.S CEOs planned to make significant capital investments due to tax reform.

Either way, the recent tax reform bill will undoubtedly have a major impact on U.S. businesses, particularly those in the manufacturing sector. Here are some of the key pillars of the bill expected to influence U.S. manufacturing in the years ahead.

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An attractive box can entice a consumer to grab it enthusiastically from a store shelf. Even the finest products may be left behind if their look is too pedestrian. One-third of consumers make a decision based on packaging.

A customer entranced by the appearance of their purchase can spark even more sales by posting pictures of it on social media. Materials, shapes, colors, and typography can be factors in customer appeal. Manufacturers may apply methods such as tinting, die cutting, and digital printing, to create a siren call to potential buyers. Boxes may also occupy or transform into displays that attract the attention of shoppers.

Preventing damage during shipping can also be a vital component in the design of a box. Some companies add specially fabricated dividers and pads to safeguard fragile merchandise further. Prompt delivery times are often essential to successfully bringing a product to market.

Some box suppliers maintain distribution systems to supply their business customers. Containers for export must be fabricated of specific materials to avoid international regulatory restrictions.

The following are examples of companies that provide custom box and packaging services engineered to address their customers' unique needs.

A Full Palette

While offering a comprehensive line of boxes, displays, and services, Amerisource Companies of Carrollton, Texas is set apart by the colored containers they create.

They pride themselves on providing any color box their customers request. Amerisource's clients include Ingersoll Rand, Sears, and Mary Kay. They fulfill the demands of businesses countrywide through an efficient online ordering system.

In business since 1882, Lawrence Paper Company in Lawrence, Kan., has a unique approach to color. It has the capability to tint their liners during manufacturing. As a result, a box can
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IndustryNet recently reported packaging and corrugated box companies in the U.S. are seeing rapid growth as multiple market influences, including e-commerce, subscription boxes, and the ever-growing popularity of convenience foods continue to stoke demand for numerous types of boxes and packaging services. Today, IndustryNet takes a look at some of the top box manufacturers in the U.S. that are helping to meet this demand.

ReadyOne Industries is an exceptional company. They are proud to employ individuals with disabilities, including disabled veterans. At ReadyOne's packaging division in El Paso, Texas, they provide jobs for 1,300 workers. Their products include corrugated boxes, packaging and storage solutions. They offer both design and logistics services for El Paso and Northern Mexico.

Southern Champion Tray LP offers packaging for everything, from doughnuts to delicatessen products. They are expert in showcasing their customers' freshly made offerings to hungry consumers. Southern Champion provides a wide selection of colors and types of materials to produce the most appetizing appearance for bakery, foodservice and catering items. The company employs 550 people in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Attention-grabbing boxes are designed and crafted in Pawtucket Rhode Island by International Packaging Corp. Their 500 employees use attractive shapes, colors and textures to package jewelry, specialty foods, apparel, stationery, coins, and health and beauty products. A lean manufacturing system allows them to fulfill the needs of their business customers quickly and efficiently.

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Bell Flavors & Fragrances has announced new smokeless smoke flavors, a natural alternative to traditional liquid smoke with variations ranging from mesquite to cherrywood. These natural smoke type flavors will help elevate their respective individual flavor nuances that continue to grow in popularity.

Bell's smokeless smoke type flavors are advantageous as they can provide ingredient label benefits, are easily customized, and can facilitate a reduction in traditional food smoking time while maintaining the delicious savory smoked flavor. Smokeless smoke variations such as smoke, applewood, cherrywood, pecan, hickory, and mesquite are being sought out as on-trend food flavors resulting from classic food preservation methods.
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As IndustryNet reported in May 2017, the U.S. packaging industry is seeing rapid growth. Experts anticipated at the time that sales growth would remain strong through the year.

Similarly, box companies in the U.S. reported growth across all regions. Rigid box makers stood out in the industry.

Packaging manufacturers on the whole saw an increase in sales (.24 percent) to nearly $57.2 billion. Nationally, five percent of companies reported employment increases, slightly higher than four percent for U.S. manufacturing overall.

The Wall Street Journal reported the Institute for Supply Management manufacturing index fell in November, yet it remains "solidly in growth mode." In fact, recent economic data reveals, the U.S. "has an important manufacturing base, which represents roughly 15 percent of output." About 40 percent of the foreign direct investment is from the U.S. manufacturing sector.

Sale increases in subsectors can be attributed to a number of trends. The rigid container market, for example, has benefited from the rise in the demand for convenience foods domestically as well as internationally. Sales were up 12.75 percent, significantly more than any other market. Wooden box manufacturing was second with a 4.16 percent rise in sales.

The forecast remains good for rigid container manufacturers as lifestyles change, one-person households remain on the rise and disposable incomes allow for the purchase of popular packaged convenience foods.

The corrugated box market, up .23 percent in sales this year to $55,260,049,984, is an increase after remaining relatively flat for the last 15 years. Experts attribute this growth to e-commerce and the new consumer behavior of being able to place orders from mobile phones.

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Manufacturing companies in Utah continue to expand, according to new data collected by IndustryNet, adding nearly 2,400 jobs in the past year alone. Altogether, Utah has gained more than 25,000 industrial jobs since September of 2010, and now accounts for more jobs than it had during the recession -- a milestone few states have achieved.

Echoing similar progress recorded in other Western states like Colorado and Arizona, Utah's pro-business environment combined with a skilled workforce and a focus on technology and innovation has galvanized the state's industrial sector, helping to create jobs for a seventh straight year.

This article will examine how manufacturing in Utah has evolved over the years, delving into city, county, regional, and historical data collected by IndustryNet. We'll also examine some of the challenges faced by the state's manufacturers, and explore Utah's industrial outlook.

The year in review

Manufacturing employment in Utah climbed 1.4% between September 2016 and September 2017, a gain of 2,436 jobs.

The state's chemical processing industry was the star of this year's survey, posting a 2.5% increase in employment. The chemical industry ranks as the state's third-largest sector by industrial employment, with 17,504 workers.

Numerous other industries in Utah added jobs, led by textiles/apparel; furniture/fixtures; instruments/related products; and industrial machinery.

Looking at regional differences, industrial employment in Northern Utah rose 1.5%, and climbed 2% in Southern Utah. These gains were offset by a 1.7% loss in Central Utah. Notable Utah cities gaining jobs included South Jordan, Draper, and Orem. Ogden saw an increase of 1.3%, while employment levels remained steady in Salt Lake City.
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CAROL STREAM, Ill. Perfumer and Flavorist is excited to announce that Flavorcon 2017: Where Delicious Innovation Begins set new attendance records, bringing in more than 550 flavor, food and beverage professionals, including the top consumer packaged goods companies.

Held at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, Illinois, Flavorcon 2017 hosted a bustling exhibit hall with more than 40 leading flavor, ingredient, equipment and service suppliers presenting the latest in flavor innovation.

The event offered numerous networking opportunities and a multi-track conference that included educational sessions on cutting edge topics such as flavoring for cannabis edibles, flavors with modifying properties, beverage trends, blockchain technology and more. Sessions were led by professionals from companies such as McDonalds, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, IBM, Robertet Groupe, Excellentia, Berje, ADM and Kerry.

Flavorcon's program was created under the direction of an advisory board of professionals from some of the industry�s leading organizations:

-Ariane Girard-Jouette, fruits and flavors engineer, Danone;

-Mauricio Graber, president, flavor division, Givaudan;

-Tracy Jaico, food scientist, Mondelez;

-Segolene LeClercq, product developer, General Mills;

-Tony Moore, chief flavorist, Flavor Producers;

-Robert Weinstein, president, ingredients, Robertet;

-Marie Wright, VP and chief flavorist, ADM/Wild;

-Deniz Ataman, managing editor, Perfumer & Flavorist magazine; conference director, Flavorcon 2017.

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With a growing number of conveyor systems available to handle various materials, you will want to explore which conveyor meets the needs of your business and the products you are producing.

With the proper conveyor, your company will have a seamless system that is not only efficient but also protects your products. To select the right conveyor, consider which type best meets your needs. Here are common conveyor characteristics to look for based on conveyor specific criteria.

The most common conveyor types

There are multiple types of conveyors, with some more common than others.

-Manual Monorail Conveyors: These will quickly move light loads throughout a facility. They are simple to maintain and save money.

-Floor Conveyors: These are ideal for processing centers or assembly lines. Materials move underneath machinery such as manufacturing, so the mechanism can quickly access the supplies.

-Power or Free Conveyors: They are highly flexible with multiple tracks.

The most common belt types

In addition to the material handling system itself, there are multiple types of belts, each of which works best in a particular situation:
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Recent data collected by IndustryNet shows conveyor manufacturing companies in the U.S. continue to report strong growth, with sales up a third of a percent over the year, and employment up a robust 3.4%.

As U.S. manufacturing expands, conveyor manufacturers have become more and more essential to the industry because of the important role conveyor systems play in making production cycles more efficient. There is also a very healthy outlook as experts watching the industry note a "rise in demand for automation and increase in number of industries will spur the demand of conveyor systems."

Today, we�ll take a look at the top companies in the conveyor industry, measured by number of employees, square footage, and employment growth.

Top 10 companies by employees

Intelligrated Inc.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Number of employees: 500; Renamed as Honeywell Intelligrated, the company is known as a "leading single-source provider of intelligent automated material handling solutions that drive fulfillment productivity for retailers, manufacturers and logistics providers around the world."

Superior Industries Inc.; Morris, Minnesota; Number of employees: 450; The opportunities at Superior have helped to sustain the small, rural community in Morris, Minnesota. Founder Neil Schmidgall, who believes hard work leads to accomplishment and satisfaction, says, "Our employees are constantly encouraged to practice high integrity and they are reaping the benefits of maintaining long-term relationships."

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Data gathered by IndustryNet highlights the importance of the conveyor industry in the United States. While sales in all manufacturing increased by 0.07 percent over the past year, they have grown by 0.32%, more than four times as much, for conveyors. Job growth was also strong over the past year, with employment climbing 3.4% to 16,886 workers.

From checked luggage transferred from planes to an airport carousel, to lollipops safely delivered into their cellophane sheaths, conveyors keep things moving. While the industry as a whole is doing well, some sectors are indicating more success than others.

IndustryNet has gathered information on growth by specific segments of the conveyor industry as well as the concentration of conveyor manufacturers by geographic area.

Regional Data

The most extensive cluster of conveyor companies, at 43 percent, is in the Midwestern area, bounded on the east by Ohio and Michigan, on the west by Nebraska and South Dakota, on the north by Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota, and on the south by Kansas and Missouri.

The smallest number of conveyor firms, three percent, can be found in the New England States. Conveyor producers are almost as sparse, at five percent, in the mountain region, stretching from Arizona, north to Montana.
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Recent data collected by IndustryNet shows the U.S. is home to hundreds of thriving machine shops, ready to take on your company's next machining order. Sales in the industry topped $261 million in 2016, and employment inched up a half percent. Your search for the right machine shop should begin with the nature of the machine work that you require. IndustryNet has compiled some top machine shops in the U.S. that provide outstanding service for different types of machine work.

Precision machining

Whether you need a prototype for a new medical device or a large lot of items for the automotive or aircraft industry, JC Milling Co. in Machesney Park, Illinois can meet your needs. JC Milling also applies various protective coatings. Though it began in 1979 as a local machine shop, JC Milling now serves the entire U.S.

Contract machining

Focused primarily on the transportation industry, Tibor Machine Products, headquartered in Bridgeview, Illinois, produces knuckles, hydraulic cylinder components, rods, axles, shafts and many other parts.

With state-of-the-art CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) lathes, CNC Vertical and Horizontal Milling Centers and Spline Rolling, Tibor Machine has the equipment needed to fill your machining job. It also has on-site assembly and testing facilities to ensure that only the highest-quality machined product reaches your company.
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U.S. manufacturing activity expanded for a 15th straight month in November, though growth in the sector has decelerated somewhat over last month, according to new data released this morning by the Institute for Supply Management.

The ISM's report, out today, pegged U.S. factory activity levels at 58.2, compared to the 58.7 reading recorded last month. This doesn't mean activity is contracting, as any reading over 50 indicates expansion. Rather, growth is happening at a somewhat smaller pace compared to the previous month.

November marks the 15th consecutive month of growth in the manufacturing sector, and the 102nd month of growth for the U.S. economy overall.

The ISM reported new orders, production and employment continue to post strong growth, while other metrics such as supplier deliveries and raw materials inventories are contracting.

Customers' inventories are on the rise, however, and prices are increasing at a slower rate.

According to ISM's survey of supply executives, fourteen of eighteen industries reported growth, with paper products, machinery; transportation equipment; and computer/electronic products; and rubber/plastics, leading growth.

Remarks from supply executives published by the ISM were overwhelmingly positive, with one executive in fabricated metals sector stating "We are seeing steady, consistent demand for end of year. We usually see a slowdown, which we haven't seen yet." Another executive in the miscellaneous manufacturing category said: "We are just coming off a record sales year. We expect to continue in 2018 robust activity."
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IndustryNet's latest data on U.S. machine shops shows the industry is experiencing an uptick in demand. The state of the machine shop industry is strong, with a total of 184 companies employing 2,780 people this year. IndustryNet recorded a half percent rise in the sector overall, as well as a 1.3% rise in sales.

At the moment, the majority of machine shops in the country are in the Midwest area, followed by a tie for the South Atlantic and West South Central regions. New England has the fewest machine shops, with only 4 percent of the companies. Interestingly, the Midwest region is not only the area with the most businesses, but also the area with the most employment growth in the industry, with 23 percent of companies reporting growth to IndustryNet located there.

With a clear idea of the industry's size as well as the regions of the country where it is most active, here are top machine shops in the USA by number of employees, square footage and employee growth.

Top 10 machine shops by number of employees

One popular method for measuring the size of a machine shop is the number of employees, as this is directly related to the production capacity of the shop. In this category, the following machine shops are the industry leaders in the U.S.

1. Alabama Specialty Products, Inc. in Munford, Ala.: 230 employees

This machine shop specializes in multiple types of industrial machinery.

2. Carlson Tool & Mfg. Corp. in Cedarburg, Wis.: 160 employees

This company is a machine shop that also handles contract machining, gun drilling, milling, precision milling and turning, honing, trepanning, CNC turning and gun drilling.

3. The Jade Corp., in Huntingdon Valley, Pa.: 150 employees

The Jade Corp. is a machine shop that specializes in industria
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A machine shop is a tinkerer's paradise. Stocked with lathes, drill presses, grinders and other types of machines, a machine shop is a fully-functional business capable of creating, replicating and repairing parts, usually metal.

On a much smaller scale, a machine shop is a hobbyist's dream-come-true, granting the ability to work on anything from motor bikes to decorative home items.

IndustryNet has compiled statistical information analyzing machine shops in the U.S. to gain perspective on current sector trends and compare company performance across a spectrum of data points.

This article will explore current trends in the sector, industry performance and finally regional differences in machine shops in the United States.

With a solid year of expansion in the manufacturing industry, machine shops are thriving. A recent ISM Manufacturing Report notes that the industry has experienced increases in new orders, pricing, production, employment and exports. Precision machining, in particular, expanded its sales at twice the rate of the manufacturing industry as a whole, with industry sales topping $6 billion per year.

In its most recent analysis, IndustryNet tracked 184 machine shops nationwide, with 2,780 jobs and over $261 million in annual sales. Job growth in this sector has increased by 0.47 percent over the past year. Machine shops reported employment growth at twice the rate of the manufacturing industry as a whole, in which only four percent of United States companies reported employment growth.

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IndustryNet's most recent industry analysis of U.S. wire and cable manufacturers found the sector is currently growing, adding 3.3% to its workforce over the past year and increasing sales by 1%.

Today, IndustryNet takes a look at some of the top wire and cable manufacturers in the U.S. This particular report analyzes wire and cable companies based on employment, employment growth, plant square footage, and sales growth.

The wire and cable sector reports a slightly higher jobs growth at 5 percent than manufacturing as a whole at 4 percent. As a corollary, it also reports a slightly lower percentage of companies reporting a decrease in employment at 3 percent than manufacturing as a whole at 4 percent.

Finally, the wire and cable sector reports considerably higher reliance on international distribution than manufacturing in general. Approximately 41 percent of wire and cable companies distribute their product internationally compared to only 29 percent of all manufacturers.

Regionally, the East North Central portion of the United States (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin) contains the majority of wire and cable manufacturers at 398 companies, or 31 percent of all wire manufacturers nationwide. All of the remaining regions trail far behind this figure.

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Bell Flavors & Fragrances has announced the completion of its 2017 Safe Quality Foods (SQF) Level 3 Recertification audit for its Northbrook headquarters and has achieved top ratings of "excellent" for the seventh year in a row. The recertification had corroborated Bell's continuing effort to maintain a clean and orderly facility at each of its locations. The standard operating procedures (SOP) at Bell also ensures that each Bell employee is knowledgeable of and follows Safe Quality Foods standards.

Bell has reached its goal to have each flavor manufacturing location worldwide obtain its Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Certification. Respective of each country, all locations have received its SQF Certification or FSSC2200 Certification as of November this year.

Thomas Fortman, Vice President of Manufacturing at Bell, stated, "The Safe Quality Food (SQF) standard is an internationally recognized food safety standard that, when certified, tells the world that our Quality Management System conforms to food safety regulations. It means we are committed to continuous improvement and that Bell practices good manufacturing standards.
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As companies return production to U.S. shores, manufacturing is picking up steam. Perhaps as a result, American consumers are more interested in spending their dollars on domestically produced goods.

The holiday season is the perfect opportunity to find intriguing American-made products. IndustryNet has gathered information from the more than 400,000 U.S. manufacturers and suppliers in its database and assembled a holiday guide of unique American-made specialties for shoppers and corporate gifting. From sweet treats to fashion-forward accessories to fun and exciting toys, explore the following gifts and supplies produced within America's borders by these exceptional companies.

For the creamy delight of caramel, check out McCrea's Candies. Chief Caramel Scientist Jason McCrea is dedicated to using natural ingredients to craft candies he describes as the best caramels in the world. McCrea sells both gift boxes and bulk caramels. The company also offers gift cards and a Caramel of the Month Club, perfect for the holiday gift that keeps on giving. Specialized flavorings are available as well. McCrea's caramels are sold online and at retail stores nationwide.

The rich southern tradition of pecan desserts and munchables is the focus of Superior Pecans and Gifts. The signature offering is pecan handstacks. Other products include pecan oil, coffee, jams, and jellies. In addition to serving consumers, they also cater to businesses with gift boxes and baskets. Superior will gladly add a company's logo for a customized touch. Their products are available online and at Piggly Wiggly markets.

Treats are part of the season's joy, but sugar can be a challenge to the recipients of many delicious gifts. Healthy Chocolates, Florida has a solution. Their candies are sweetened with xylitol, a natural, low-calorie sweetener extracted from plant fiber.
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According to new data collected this week by IndustryNet, manufacturing jobs in New York declined over the past year, falling 1.7%, or by nearly 12,000 jobs -- one of the sharpest losses recorded for the state since the recession.

Echoing similar challenges faced by states like Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, high business costs, global competition, and a strong dollar continue to ravage many of the state's traditional sectors, while industries that encompass more high-tech and automation-based enterprises ares seeing consistent growth.

This article will explore major developments for New York manufacturing companies, delving into city, county, regional, and historical data collected by IndustryNet. We'll also examine some of the challenges faced by New York manufacturers, and explore a number of creative measures state officials are taking to improve its industrial outlook.

New York manufacturing: the year in review

Industrial companies in New York shed 11,641 jobs between September 2016 and September 2017, a 1.7% loss.

Declines over the year were led by New York's printing/publishing sector, which shed 4% of its workforce, and remains the state's top sector by number of industrial jobs. According to IndustryNet, New York's printing/publishing sector has long been losing ground with employment in the industry plummeting 28% over the past decade, a loss of nearly 40,000 jobs.
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