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IndustryNet Blog

Idaho adds manufacturing jobs for a seventh straight year

Posted by IndustryNet on Monday, January 7, 2019

100000318_Fruit_Ceres_packingAccording to new data compiled by MNI, publisher of the U.S. industrial data that powers IndustryNet, Idaho added manufacturing jobs for a seventh straight year,

Gains were led by the state’s food processing industry, which remains the state’s largest sector by number of jobs.

Overall, Idaho has added nearly 10,000 jobs since the end of the recession, an increase of 14%. Food processing has remained the state’s star sector throughout the post-recession era, growing by nearly 11% since 2012.

Idaho manufacturing: the year in review

Idaho manufacturers added 755 industrial jobs between October 2017 and October 2018, a gain of one percent.

This year, gains were led by the food processing industry, which rose 2.2%, and ranks as the state’s largest industry by number of jobs, employing 17,041.

Industrial machinery and equipment, which ranks as the state’s second largest industry by employment, also posted a gain, up 2.6% to 16,133.

Additional gains were seen in rubber/plastics, up 4%; instruments/related products, up 3%; and stone/clay/glass, up 2.5%. Fabricated metals; electronics; and transportation equipment all posted gains of around 2%.

Lumber/wood, which ranks as the Idaho’s third-largest sector by industrial employment posted a nearly 5% loss in employment. Printing/publishing; textiles/apparel and chemical processing also posted employment losses.

MNI’s regional data shows Southwest Idaho accounts for the largest share of the state’s industrial jobs, at 58%. Southeast Idaho accounts for 22%, and Northern Idaho 20%.

Most major industrial cities in Idaho posted gains over the year, with factory jobs in Boise climbing 1% over the survey period. Boise ranks first among Idaho cities for number of industrial jobs, home to 23,101 workers, or 28% of the state.

Second-ranked Nampa accounts for 6,200, up 1.7% over the year, while jobs remained steady at 5,115 year-over-year in third ranked Idaho Falls. Industrial jobs in Lewiston surged 7% over the year, and currently number 4,795, and rose 4.5% in Twin Falls to a current level of 3,887.chip manufacturing

A number of new manufacturing plant announcements were made in Idaho over the year, with food processing establishments topping the list. The state got a new meatpacking plant when Ida-Beef established its new plant outside of Burley, while the town of Caldwell saw a previously-shuttered tortilla plant, Casa Valdez, reopen under new ownership.

Caldwell also benefited from another tortilla factory, Fresca Mexican Foods, when they relocated to the town from Boise.

In addition, DowDuPont opened a new 60,000 square-foot Styrofoam plant in Burley in August, while eCobalt solutions announced plans to establish a cobalt refining facility in Blackfoot.

Packaging company Kapstone announced plans to expand its Twin Falls facility. In addition, two dairy processors, Magic Valley Quality Milk and Commercial Creamery Co., both located in the town of Jerome, announced plans to expand their facilities.

Idaho manufacturing statistics breakdown

Idaho’s 2,028 industrial companies employ 81,397 workers.

Here’s a further breakdown of the numbers:

OffsetPrintingWorker2Idaho’s top five industries based on number of jobs:

21% Food and kindred products
21% Industrial machinery and equipment
11% Lumber and wood products
7% Fabricated metal products
7% Electronic and other electric equipment

Idaho’s top five cities for number of manufacturing jobs:

Boise - 25,563 jobs
Nampa - 6,578 jobs
Idaho Falls - 6,131 jobs
Lewiston - 5,065 jobs
Twin Falls - 4,218 jobs

Idaho’s top counties for industrial jobs

Ada - 30,162 jobs
Canyon - 10,469 jobs
Bonneville - 6,233 jobs
Kootenai - 6,058 jobs
Twin Falls - 5,315 jobs

Top industrial companies in Idaho:

Idaho’s top companies by number of manufacturing jobs are representative of the state’s diverse industrial sector. Here are the top five:

Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise) - 6,000 employees
HP, Inc. (Boise) - 4,700 employees
Clearwater Paper Corp. (Lewiston) - 2,147 employees
Melaleuca, Inc. (Idaho Falls) - 1,500 employees
Vista Outdoor Operations, LLC (Lewiston) - 1,300 employees

About this data:

MNI’s extensive manufacturing data powers IndustryNet, an industrial marketplace that connects buyers with suppliers. MNI’s team of more than 80 researchers scours hundreds of sources on-and-offline to zero in on every manufacturer in the U.S. Each manufacturer is contacted multiple times annually to ensure its information remains up-to-date and complete.

IndustryNet allows users to search and source more than ten thousand types of products, parts, supplies, and services for free. IndustryNet® lists every U.S. manufacturer plus thousands of wholesalers & distributors and industrial service providers. To connect with industrial suppliers in Idaho and across the U.S. start your free search on IndustryNet. Or, to access detailed profiles of Idaho’s 2,100 industrial companies and their 6,100 executives, learn more about MNI’s IndustrySelect database subscription.




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