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187 NEW MANUFACTURERS CALL MARYLAND HOME; MANUFACTURING JOBS WON AND LOST VARY WIDELY FOR INDUSTRIES IN STATE

 TWINSBURG, Ohio, May 26 /PRNewswire/ -- According to statistics taken from the just published "1993 Harris Maryland Manufacturers Directory," 187 manufacturing companies in Maryland opened their doors for the first time during the last 12 months. The data, compiled from information supplied by the state's manufacturers for inclusion in Harris' directory, shows that while manufacturing establishments continue to grow, employment lags behind.
 "There are 4,851 manufacturing firms in Maryland," said Robert Harris, president of Harris Publishing Company, the nation's leading publisher of manufacturers directories, directories on diskette, CD-ROM, and on-line for the United States. "Of these, there was a four percent increase in new manufacturing companies between April 1992 and April 1993. This includes newly incorporated companies as well as companies that relocated to Maryland.
 "Our research revealed that while manufacturing start-ups are on the rise, overall manufacturing employment in the state has decreased by 2.86 percent from 240,937 workers in 1992 to 238,910 workers in 1993," he added. "On an annual basis we contact virtually every manufacturer in Maryland, from the largest companies and high-tech manufacturers, to the smallest cottage industries. And repeatedly, downsizing is what we hear most frequently as the reason for the drop in manufacturing employment. Fewer employees are expected to wear more hats."
 Tara Wilson, spokeswoman for the U.S. Census Bureau in Washington, said the make-up of the country's manufacturing sector is changing. "Some of the large employers have made very large cut-backs and made themselves smaller operations," she commented. "At the same time, a number of small shops have opened, but there haven't been enough to offset the job losses. The Harris data reflects that volatility."
 But there is good news in the bad, said Harris. Many of Maryland's manufacturing employment sectors have actually increased employment during the last twelve months. For example, the state's manufacturers of transportation equipment registered a 35.84 percent employment gain, from 10,560 workers in 1992 to 14,345 workers in 1993. And an 8.91 percent increase in jobs occurred in a small employment category, the stone, clay, glass, and concrete products industry. Its ranks rose from 6,464 workers in 1992 to 7,040 workers in 1993.
 Another small sector to win in the employment race are the people who work in the textile industry, which grew 4.43 percent from 812 workers in 1992 to 848 workers in 1993. This was followed by the closely related industry of apparel and other finished products made from fabrics with a 3.38 percent increase in manufacturing employment. In 1992, 9,564 of Maryland's workers were employed in this group, and in 1993 the work force increased to 9,887.
 Paper and allied products manufacturing employment grew 3.36 percent, from 6,903 workers in 1992 to 7,135 workers in 1993. Employment in the sector that manufactures fabricated metal products, with the exception of machinery and transportation equipment, grew 2.10 percent over the same twelve-month period. In 1992, this industry, which makes such items as metal cans, tinware, handtools, cutlery, and a variety of metal and wire products, consisted of 16,395 workers compared to 16,740 workers in 1993.
 The establishments that produce chemicals and allied products also showed growth with a 1.22 percent increase in employment over a twelve- month period. In 1992 there were 11,194 workers in this sector, and in 1993 there are 11,331 workers.
 Maryland's Governor William Donald Schaefer was quick to praise the effectiveness of the Maryland Manufacturing Advisory Council. "We have made manufacturing a top priority in our economic development strategy, with the goal of becoming internationally competitive by producing first-class and marketable products," said Schaefer. "State programs to assist manufacturers with workforce training, defense diversification and total quality management have met with positive response from the manufacturing community."
 On the down side, the Harris data showed that employment in the measuring, analyzing and controlling instruments industry has suffered the biggest loss of any manufacturing group in the state, with a 28.45 percent decline in employment. These workers, who produce photographic, medical and optical goods as well as watches and clocks, saw their ranks decrease from 19,487 employees in 1992 to 13,943 employees in 1993.
 Employment in the industry that manufactures primary metal products shrank 12.42 percent from 13,188 employees in 1992 to 11,550 employees in 1993. And workers in the industry that produces electronic and other electrical equipment dropped 7.50 percent from 29,430 employees in 1992 to 27,223 employees in 1993.
 Food products manufacturing employment fell 5.75 percent from 23,061 workers in 1992 to 21,734 workers in 1993. Lumber and wood products manufacturing employment, with the exception of furniture, declined 3.05 percent from 7,452 employees in 1992 to 7,225 employees in 1993. And employment in the sector that produces industrial and commercial machinery and computer equipment saw its aggregate payroll shrink 2.65 percent from 17,229 workers in 1992 to 16,772 workers in 1993.
 "Maryland's overall employment loss is relatively small," Harris concluded. "The modest decline is a sign of the resiliency of the state's manufacturing sector. Best of all, our data leads us to expect that next year we'll see significant improvement in employment levels. There seems to be a stabilization taking place. Plus, the continued growth in new manufacturing companies is a strong indicator that the recession is fading. These are all encouraging signs that 1994 will be even better."
 The 1993 Harris Maryland Manufacturers Directory is published in cooperation with the Maryland Department of Economic and Employment Development (DEED). For more information on the Harris directory or for information on the nation's manufacturing sector, interested persons may call 800-888-5900.
 BIGGEST JOB SWINGS BY INDUSTRIAL SECTOR
 Maryland manufacturers tracked by Harris Publishing Company reveals:
 4,851 total companies in state; increase of 187 new manufacturing
 firms; 2.86 percent decrease in manufacturing employment.
 1992 1993 Change in
 Growth Industries Employment Employment Employment
 (percent)
 Transportation eqpt products 10,560 14,345 35.84
 Stone/clay/glass/concrete
 products 6,464 7,040 8.91
 Textile mill products 812 848 4.43
 Apparel/other finished products
 made from fabrics 9,564 9,887 3.38
 Paper & allied products 6,903 7,135 3.36
 Fabricated metal products except
 mchry & transportation eqpt 16,395 16,740 2.10
 Chemicals & allied products 11,194 11,331 1.22
 Flat or Declining Industries
 Leather & leather products 1,454 1,454 0.00
 Measuring/analyzing/controlling
 instrs, photographic/medical,
 etc. 19,487 13,943 (28.45)
 Primary metal products 13,188 11,550 (12.42)
 Elex & other electrl eqpt except
 computer equipment products 29,430 27,223 (7.50)
 Food & kindred products 23,061 21,734 (5.75)
 Lumber & wood products except
 furniture 7,452 7,225 (3.05)
 Industrial/commercial machinery
 & computer equipment 17,229 16,772 (2.65)
 Source: 1992, 1993 Harris Maryland Manufacturers Directory, Harris Publishing Company, Twinsburg, Ohio, 800-888-5900.
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 /CONTACT: Barbara Brouse of Harris Publishing Company, 800-888-5900, or 800-643-5997, fax/


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