Manufacturers’ News, Inc./– For a third straight year, Maine manufacturing jobs declined, reports the 2014 Maine Manufacturers Register®, an industrial directory and database published by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI). According to data collected by MNI, manufacturers in Maine cut 726 jobs from Dec. 2012 to Dec. 2013, or about 1.1%, a smaller decline than reported in previous surveys.

MNI reported industrial jobs in Maine dropped 1.4% in 2012 and 1.8% in 2011. The state is currently home to 2,172 manufacturers employing 64,110 workers.

“Although manufacturers in Maine have yet to fully recover from the recession, and many are reliant on defense contracts, the state’s comparatively low taxes and abundant natural resources have helped to slow losses,” says Tom Dubin, President of the 102-year old industrial publisher.

According to MNI, employment in transportation equipment declined 1.4% in Maine over the year. Transportation equipment ranks first in the state for industrial employment, employing 9,711.

Other sectors reporting losses included food products, down 4.3%; paper products, down 1.9%; stone/clay/glass, down 1.7%; and electronics, down 1.6%.

Gains were reported in seafood processing, up 4.3%; and chemicals, up 3.4%.

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Bath remains the state’s top city for manufacturing employment, with 5,380 jobs, up 5.9%. Portland ranks second with 4,813, down 6.4%. Westbrook is home to 3,323 industrial workers, virtually unchanged over the year.

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Detailed profiles of Maine’s 2,172 manufacturers and 419 distributors can be found in the 2014 Maine Manufacturers Register® available in print for $92, or available online through MNI’s industrial database subscription service EZ Select: Profiles provide up to 30 facts, including executive contact information, product(s) manufactured, annual sales figures and more.

Manufacturers’ News, Inc. is the nation’s oldest and largest publisher of industrial directories and databases, and the industrial search engine IndustryNet: For 102 years the company has identified, researched and profiled manufacturing companies. MNI’s 85-person staff scours a multitude of sources to pinpoint every manufacturer in the U.S. Each company’s profile is updated annually, including employee counts. For more information, contact Manufacturers’ News, Inc. 847-864-7000. On Twitter or Facebook.


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