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SD Manufacturing Jobs Increased 2.5 Percent in 2012

Feb 11, 2013

Industrial employment in South Dakota increased 2.5% over the past
twelve months according to the 2013 South Dakota Manufacturers Register,
an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers'
News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. MNI reports South Dakota gained 1,186
industrial jobs between December 2011 and December 2012.

South Dakota is now home to 1,360 manufacturers employing 48,441
workers, according to MNI.

"South Dakota continues to see its manufacturing sector improve," says
Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which
has been surveying industry since 1912. "The state's winning mix of
business friendliness and abundant natural resources has led the way in
the creation of new jobs."

Bright spots for South Dakota included the long-awaited opening of
Northern Beef Packers in Aberdeen after several years of delays. Bel
Brands announced plans to open a new cheese plant in Brookings; Advanced
Drainage Systems established a facility in Watertown; and Gavilon
Liberty Grain broke ground on a site in Kimball. In addition, several
manufacturers operating in South Dakota announced expansions, including
Link Snack's jerky plant in Alpena; Adams Thermal Systems in Canton;
Counterpark, Inc. in Brookings; and Baldwin Filters in Yankton.

MNI reports South Dakota's top three industries all saw increases in
employment over the year. Food product manufacturing remains the state's
largest industrial sector by employment with 9,115 jobs, up 2.3% over
the past twelve months. Second-ranked industrial machinery and equipment
accounts for 7,097 of South Dakota's manufacturing jobs, up 5.3% over
the year. Fabricated metals ranks third with 3,933 jobs, up 2.4% over
the twelve-month period.

Most other sectors in South Dakota posted an increase in jobs, with
furniture/fixtures up 7.3%; transportation equipment, up 7.1%;
rubber/plastics, up 6.1%; electronics, up 5.7%; and chemicals, up 2.3%.
Losses were seen in textiles/apparel, down 10.7%; lumber/wood, down
3.9%; and stone/clay/glass, down 1.9%.

Notable losses for the state included the closure of Alamo Group's farm
equipment plant in Sioux Falls.

Manufacturers' News reports the Southeast region of the state accounts
for the most industrial employment with 26,124 jobs, up 2.5% over the
year. The Northeast region is home to 16,419 jobs, up 3.6%, while the
Southwest accounts for 4,059 jobs, down 1.6% over the past twelve
months. The Northwest is home to 1,839 jobs, up 1.8%, according to MNI.

MNI's city data shows Sioux Falls is South Dakota's top city for
manufacturing employment, home to 12,178 jobs, with no significant
change reported over the year. Second-ranked Brookings accounts for
4,366 jobs, up a half percent. Watertown accounts for 3,620 industrial
jobs, virtually unchanged from a year ago. Industrial employment in
Rapid City decreased 1.6%, with the fourth-ranked city currently home to
3,463 manufacturing workers, while Yankton accounts for 3,011 jobs, up

Detailed profiles of South Dakota's 1,360 manufacturers and 251
distributors can be found in the 2013 South Dakota Manufacturers Register®,
available in print for $81, or available online through MNI's
subscription-based service at www.ezselect.com.
Users may generate custom profiles of manufacturers using a variety of
criteria, including area or zip code, county, SIC, sales volume, number
of employees, and more. Each profile provides up to 30 facts, including
vital contact information (phone, web, e-mail), 5,180 executives by name
and title, product(s) manufactured, annual sales, and number of
employees. MNI also maintains IndustryNet.com, an industrial search
engine designed specifically for locating manufacturers and suppliers
nationwide, and has recently launched an expansion and relocation guide
for manufacturers.

Source: Copyright Business Wire 2013

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