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Wisconsin Gains Manufacturing Jobs for a Fourth Straight Year

September 22, 2015
By Business Wire News


Manufacturers’ News, Inc.– Manufacturing employment increased in Wisconsin for a fourth straight year, reports the 2016 Wisconsin Manufacturers Register®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to MNI’s database of manufacturers, Wisconsin added 6,516 industrial jobs from July 2014 to July 2015, an increase of 1.1%.

Manufacturers’ News reports Wisconsin is now home to 10,694 manufacturers employing 572,189 workers. MNI data shows over a four-year period beginning July of 2011, the state gained 18,568 industrial jobs or 3.3%.

“Wisconsin gets high marks for its low business costs, solid infrastructure and ease of logistics,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “In addition to gains recorded in the state’s major industries, such as food processing, big strides were also seen in many other sectors over the year.”

Job growth was led by the food processing sector, which climbed 2.8% over the year. Wisconsin’s food processing industry currently accounts for the second-most factory jobs, employing 69,663. The industrial machinery sector ranks first in the state for number of jobs, employing 102,750, with no significant change reported during the survey period.

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Most other Wisconsin manufacturing industries gained jobs, reports MNI, including textiles/apparel, up 5.7%; medical instruments/related products, up 3.4%; rubber/plastics, up 2.4%; printing/publishing, up 1.5%; and electronics, up 1.3%.

Manufacturing jobs in Milwaukee rose a half percent over the year, with the city currently home to the most industrial employment, at 47,031. Other Wisconsin cities gaining manufacturing jobs included Waukesha, up 2.7%, and Green Bay, up 1.2%.

Established in 1912, Manufacturers’ News, Inc. is the nation’s oldest and largest publisher of industrial information. MNI offers a variety of tailored solutions to help customers connect with 430,000 manufacturers and suppliers. MNI’s industrial database subscription service EZ Select ( allows users to tap into a live interactive database of manufacturers, while its industrial search engine IndustryNet ( connects buyers and suppliers and allows users to view profiles and obtain competitive quotes. For more information, contact Manufacturers’ News, Inc. 847-864-7000.

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