Transportation equipment manufacturing dominates
EVANSTON, Ill/Manufacturers’ News, Inc./-- South Carolina manufacturing employment inched up for a fifth straight year, reports the 2017 South Carolina Manufacturers Register®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to MNI’s database of manufacturers, South Carolina added 2,030 jobs between September 2015 and September 2016, a one percent gain.
South Carolina is home to 4,629 manufacturers employing 270,348. Manufacturing jobs in the state have grown by 7.4% since September of 2011, reports MNI.
“South Carolina has not only recovered most of the recession’s losses, but has positioned itself as a prime location for new manufacturers – particularly those in the transportation equipment sector,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “The state consistently ranks high in multiple site selection factors such as infrastructure, workforce, business costs, and incentive programs, but a strong dollar continues to put a dent in exports.”
The transportation equipment industry continues to drive manufacturing employment gains, adding 1,454 jobs or nearly 4% over the year, and ranks first in the state for industrial jobs, employing 39,789. Job gains in the sector have outpaced the state’s overall growth, increasing 26% or by nearly 8,300 jobs since September 2012.
Numerous South Carolina plant openings were announced over the year, reports MNI. Following a multi-state bid, Volvo chose South Carolina for its first U.S. operation, and broke ground on the new Ridgeville plant in September 2015; GE opened the first phase of its advanced manufacturing facility in Greenville; Trelleborg established a new radial tire factory in Spartanburg; and Bodycote established a thermal processing facility in Greenville to serve the aerospace industry.
The industrial machinery and equipment sector ranks as the state’s second-largest by manufacturing employment, employing 33,712, with no significant change reported. Employment in South Carolina’s third-ranked rubber/plastics industry rose 1.9%, reports MNI.
MNI’s database recorded employment increases across a broad range of sub-sectors, including stone/clay/glass, up 4%; instruments/related products, up 3.9%; furniture/fixtures, up 3.6%; electronics, up 3.2%; chemicals, up 2.1%; rubber/plastics, up 1.9%; and primary metals, up 1%.
Industries shedding jobs included fabricated metals, down 4.5%, and paper products, down a half percent.
Manufacturing locations closing in South Carolina include Charleston Marine Containers, ESAB Welding and Cutting Products in Florence, and Galey & Lord Industries’ textiles plant in Society Hill.
MNI reports South Carolina’s manufacturing job gains were concentrated in the state’s Northwest region, with employment up 1.1% to 171,996. The state’s Southeast region also gained jobs, up 1.5% to 34,417. The Northeast accounts for 45,097 jobs, with no significant change reported, while the Southwest accounts for 18,838, down 1.4% over the past twelve months.
City data collected by MNI shows most top South Carolina cities by number of industrial jobs saw increases over the year, with Greenville jobs up 1% to 24,144; Spartanburg up 1.7% to 14,982; and North Charleston up 7.8% to 13,331. Greer jobs increased a half percent, with the city home to 12,355 workers, and employment fell one percent in Anderson to 9,410 jobs.
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