Missouri experiences significant manufacturing growth

While manufacturing is expanding across the U.S., a recent report indicates Missouri is enjoying more significant growth than most states. From August 2012 to August 2013, the U.S. manufacturing sector as a whole grew by approximately 0.01 percent, Manufacturer's News reported. Meanwhile, in Missouri, manufacturing grew by 1.1 percent during that same time period, a growth rate approximately 11 times greater than the rest of the nation.The state added 3,721 new manufacturing jobs throughout the year.

Missouri has a total of 7,876 manufacturers across the state, employing 366,877 people, representing a significant portion of the state's population of just over 6 million people. Sectors that experienced gains over the course of the year tracked include stone, clay and glass production, which was up 1 percent, fabricated metals was up 1.3 percent, chemicals increased 2 percent and electronics manufacturing increased employment by 2.2 percent.

"Missouri ranks as a great place to do business," said Tom Dubin, president of Manufacturer's News. "The state's reasonable business costs and central location for the shipment of goods continue to result in many companies investing in its manufacturing sector, particularly those in the transportation equipment sector."

Employment rates expected to continue rising
Food products manufacturing is the state's largest industrial sector for employment – 52,138 workers are employed in this sector. Employment remained stable in this industry, the report found.  Transportation equipment employment, on the other hand, rose by 1.4 percent in Missouri, and as General Motors plans to increase operations in the state, this specific sector is expected to continue growing.

Other companies expected to expand manufacturing in Missouri include synthetic lubricant producer Calumet Specialty Products, as well as CertainTeed, a roof shingle factory planned to open in Jonesburg. General Electric also recently opened a new location in Slater, while 3M intends to further develop its solar film plant in Columbia and aluminum producer Noranda is expected to increase operations in New Madrid. Each of these company enlargements will likely require the use of more manufacturing workers.

While these gains in manufacturing are undoubtedly positive for the industrial sector in Missouri, a rise in company expansions may result in more difficult hiring for companies. As talented workers are recruited by businesses, a shortage of talented workers may occur. Businesses can use manufacturing recruiters to help with the employee search process, making the experience easier for all parties involved.

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