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U.S. electric motor industry continues on growth trajectory as sales, employment trend up

Posted by IndustryNet on Monday, August 7, 2017

100000079_ELECTRIC MOTORSMotors have been around for centuries and continue to be used in a variety of applications from household appliances to industrial machinery. Because they are necessary for use in most, if not all, industries, electric motor companies in the United States are still growing.

There are now 755 electric motor manufacturers in the United States, mainly situated in the South (33 percent of all plants) and Midwest (35 percent of all plants). The majority of plants are located in Illinois, with 70 plants, and Ohio, with 46 plants.

Prior to 1950, 197 electric motor manufacturers were established; 525 were established between 1950 and 2000, and 60 have been established so far in the 21st century.

Consulting Point, Inc. of Brownsville, Texas, is the largest electric motor plant in the United States, totalling 258,000 square feet. Consulting Point makes electric motors for electric bikes, wheel chairs, scooters, industrial laundry operations and NASA.

Companies like Consulting Point tend to specialize in different types of motors due to variety of motor types. Electric motors may be powered by direct current sources like batteries and motor vehicles or by alternating current sources like the power grid and generators. Several parts that go into creating a motor; the rotor, or moving part, has conductors to carry currents through the air gap to the stator, or stationary part, of the electromagnetic circuit, where the current interacts with windings or a permanent electromagnetic field.

Additionally, electric motor manufacturing in the United States is responsible for more domestic distribution than U.S. manufacturing as a whole. Based on data collected by IndustryNet, 80 percent of electric motor companies distribute their product domestically, while only 70 percent of all U.S. manufacturers distribute their product domestically.

Throughout the United States, 32,828 people are employed in the electric motor industry. The majority of employees work in the Midwest (7,700 people) where the majority of manufacturing plants are located.

Recent industry growth

Over the past 12 months, jobs in this industry have increased by three percent. Dreison International Inc. of Cleveland, Ohio, IPS of Litchfield, Minnesota, and RAM Industrial Services Inc. of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, have reported significant employee growth.

Companies in the electric motor industry are twice as likely to report sales growth than other U.S. manufacturing companies. Sales have increased by two percent over the past year, with current average sales totalling 15.2 billion dollars.

Companies such as Clark-Fowler Electric Motors and Suppliers of Wooster, Ohio, Dietz Electric Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and A-1 Electric Motor Service Inc. of Park Hills, Kentucky have reported sales growth over the past year.

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