May 7, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- Industrial employment in
remained steady over the past twelve months, according to the 2012 Alabama Manufacturers Register®, an
published annually by
Manufacturers' News, Inc
lost just 129 industrial jobs or less than one percent from
Manufacturers' News reports
is now home to 5,515 manufacturers employing 302,511 workers.
"The recovery is gaining momentum in
and across the U.S.," says
, President of the
-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. "The state's friendly business environment has been a draw for a variety of enterprises, particularly in the auto sector."
Bright spots for the state included auto-parts supplier Seung Chang Airtek Inc.'s opening of its second plant in
; Honda's expansion of its assembly plant in
; the opening of a HONAM Petrochemical Corp. site in
; and Hyundai's expansion of its engine plant in
. Auto supplier ZF plans an expansion of its
, a Korean auto parts maker, recently announced plans to expand its
facility; Honeywell's UOP LLC will expand its plant in
; and Mercedes is expanding its
MNI reports transportation equipment manufacturing has overtaken food products as the state's largest industrial sector by employment, with 38,224 jobs, up 8.6% from a year ago. Second-ranked food products manufacturing accounts for 36,719 jobs, up 1%. Fabricated metal products ranks third and represents 25,196 industrial jobs, down 3.7% over the past twelve months.