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377,073 EMPLOYED IN SOUTH CAROLINA'S MANUFACTURING SECTOR; HARRIS PUBLISHING COMPANY NAMES STATE'S TOP 30 MANUFACTURING FIRMS RANKED BY EMPLOYMENT

 TWINSBURG, Ohio, June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Where are the jobs in South Carolina's manufacturing sector? Statistics taken from the database of the just-released "1994 Harris South Carolina Manufacturers Directory" report that the bulk of the state's workforce is employed by companies that produce textiles, apparel made from fabrics, industrial and commercial machinery, rubber and plastics, and measuring, analyzing and controlling instruments.
 The newest and most comprehensive database ever compiled on South Carolina's manufacturing sector has just been released by Harris Publishing Company of Twinsburg, Ohio, and is available in: diskette, CD-ROM, print directory and custom data formats. According to the publisher, the database is designed especially for sales and marketing professionals, marketing researchers and recruitment specialists who want to reach the state's 3,036 manufacturers. It features in-depth company profiles and includes privately and publicly owned firms.
 "Our editorial staff contacts virtually every manufacturer in the states we publish," said Robert Harris, the publisher's president. "This includes the largest companies to the smallest cottage industries with two or three workers. We find that in terms of business vitality, the South is in the lead. In fact, our compilations show the entire Southeast region is benefiting from corporations moving to the area. Most of the newer companies our editorial staff talks to say they were lured by low operating costs, inexpensive housing, a solid transportation infrastructure and hospitable local governments. While our North Carolina database shows the highest percentage of manufacturing employment in the region, South Carolina is definitely showing signs of revitalization."
 The study revealed that South Carolina's number one employment sector consists of companies manufacturing textile mill products. There are 310 establishments in this sector and they employ 83,826 people, or about 22 percent of the state's manufacturing workforce. Harris says these are the workers who prepare the fiber and subsequent manufacture of yarn, thread, braids, twine and cordage. This also includes the manufacture of fabrics, such as knits, carpets and rugs and the dying and finishing of textile products.
 In addition, 238 establishments comprising the closely related industry of apparel and other finished products makes up nearly 10 percent of the workforce with 37,274 employees. This major group, better known in the industry as the cutting-up and needle trades, includes establishments producing clothing and fabricating products by cutting and sewing purchased woven or knit textile fabrics.
 Nearly nine percent, or 33,232 of the state's workers are employed by the 429 South Carolina companies that manufacture machinery. Slightly over six percent, or 23,993 workers are employed by the 151 companies that manufacture rubber and miscellaneous plastic products. And over six percent, or 23,130 of the workforce are employed at the 33 firms that manufacture measuring, analyzing and controlling instruments.
 Almost six percent, or 22,555 of the state's workers are employed at 162 companies producing basic chemicals. Another sector coming in at just under six percent is the electrical and electronic machinery equipment and supply manufacturers with 21,632 people employed at 92 firms.
 Harris research shows employment in the production of fabricated metal products accounts for over five percent of the state's workforce. There are 19,495 workers at 265 companies in South Carolina that manufacture everything from metal cans, tinware, handtools, cutlery and general hardware to numerous other ferrous and nonferrous metal products.
 A full five percent of the manufacturing jobs in the state are in the production of food products with 18,895 employees at 156 establishments. The paper products industry employs in excess of four percent, or 17,153 of the workforce at 78 companies. And transportation equipment manufacturing employment represents slightly over four percent of the state's workers with 15,961 employees at 78 companies. Individual manufacturing establishments with 12,000 or fewer employees account for the rest of the workforce. These sectors consist of the following manufacturing sectors: primary metal products, printing, publishing and allied products, lumber and wood products, stone, clay, glass and concrete products, petroleum products and miscellaneous manufacturing.
 For more information on the Harris South Carolina Manufacturers Directory or Harris North Carolina Manufacturers Directory, call Harris Publishing Company toll free at 800-888-5900.
 SOUTH CAROLINA MANUFACTURING EMPLOYMENT BY INDUSTRY
 Employment counts reflect individual facilities on the Harris
 South Carolina manufacturers database
 (Some manufacturing sectors and related services not shown)
 Number of Number of Percent
 MAJOR INDUSTRIES Firms Employees Employment
 Textile mill products 310 83,826 22.23
 Apparel & textiles from fabrics 238 37,274 9.89
 Machinery except electrical
 products 429 33,232 8.81
 Rubber & misc. plastic products 151 23,993 6.36
 Measuring/analyzing/controlling
 instruments 33 23,130 6.13
 Chemicals & allied products 162 22,555 5.98
 Electrical & other electrical
 equipment & supplies 92 21,632 5.74
 Fabricated metal products 265 19,495 5.17
 Food & kindred products 156 18,895 5.01
 Paper & allied products 78 17,153 4.55
 Transportation equipment
 products 78 15,961 4.23
 Primary metal products 91 12,013 3.19
 Printing, publishing & allied
 products 320 11,141 2.95
 Lumber & wood products 231 10,069 2.67
 Stone, clay, glass & concrete
 products 141 8,032 2.13
 Furniture & fixture products 43 4,166 1.10
 Mining & quarrying 29 1,161 .31
 Tobacco products 2 322 .09
 Source: 1994 Harris South Carolina Manufacturers Directory, Harris Publishing Company, Twinsburg, Ohio.
 Top 30 Reported South Carolina Manufacturing Establishments
 Ranked By Employment
 Rank City Employment
 1 Westinghouse Savannah River Co. Aiken 18,000
 2 Reeves Bros. Inc. Spartanburg 3,000
 3 Sonoco Products Co. Hartsville 2,500
 4 Michelin Tire Corp. Greenville 2,200
 5 American Yard Products Orangeburg 2,200
 6 GE Co. Greenville 2,100
 7 Springs Industries Inc. Lyman 2,092
 8 E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co. Lugoff 2,000
 9 Wellman Inc. Johnsonville 2,000
 10 AVX Corp/Electronics Div. Myrtle Beach 2,000
 11 Bosch Corp./Automotive Group No. Charleston 1,899
 12 Hoechst Celanese Corp. Rock Hill 1,649
 13 Michelin Tire Corp. Spartanburg 1,600
 14 Hoechst Celanese Corp. Spartanburg 1,600
 15 Ryobi Motor Products Corp. Pickens 1,500
 16 Michelin Tire Corp. Sandy Springs 1,500
 17 Stouffer Foods Corp. Gaffney 1,400
 18 Wometco Food Services Anderson 1,350
 19 Allied Signal/Fibers Div. Columbia 1,332
 20 Bowater Inc. Catawba 1,300
 21 BASF Corp./Fibers Div. Anderson 1,300
 22 Westvaco Corp./Kraft Div. No. Charleston 1,300
 23 Carolina Golden Products Sumter 1,300
 24 Springs Industries Inc. Lancaster 1,273
 25 W.R. Grace & Co./Cryovac Div. Simpsonville 1,260
 26 Clinton Mills Inc. Clinton 1,250
 27 Ryobi Motor Products Corp. Anderson 1,203
 28 Kimberly-Clark Corp. Beech Island 1,200
 29 Carlisle Finishing Co. Carlisle 1,200
 30 Milliken & Co. Spartanburg 1,200
 -0- 6/17/93
 /CONTACT: Barbara Brouse, Publishing Group, Harris Publishing Company, 216-425-9000 or 800-888-5900/


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