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MANUFACTURING START-UPS IN MIDWEST LED BY INDIANA; WEST VIRGINIA

 MANUFACTURING START-UPS IN MIDWEST LED BY INDIANA; WEST VIRGINIA
 TWINSBURG, Ohio, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Two out of seven midwestern states have shown a marked increase in new manufacturing start-ups during 1991, according to statistics released by Harris Publishing Company of Twinsburg, Ohio. The leading compiler/publisher of manufacturers' directories for 10 key industrial states, and provider of industry directories for the rest of the U.S. and Canada, reported that Indiana led with a 58 percent increase from 696 new manufacturers in 1990 to 1,103 in 1991. West Virginia, where most new jobs are being created by small businesses, made a 9 percent advance from 247 in 1990 to 270 in 1991. In fact, the state is recording good performances in several areas: fiscal control, industrial diversification, total employment and population.
 Indiana and West Virginia were followed by states with declines in new manufacturing. Illinois decreased 16 percent from 1,432 in 1990 to 1,208 in 1991. Michigan declined 27 percent from 1,056 to 772. Missouri dropped 49 percent from 517 to 265. Ohio fell 56 percent from 1,448 in 1990 to 638 in 1991. Pennsylvania was the lowest with a 60 percent decrease in new manufacturing from 1,798 in 1990 to 718 in 1991.
 "With our '1992 Harris Michigan Industrial Directory' just completed, we were able to tally the increase of all new manufacturers as well as established companies that relocated to these states during the last two years," said Robert A. Harris, president of Harris Publishing. "A diverse group of businesses make up this category. They include everything from high-tech manufacturing to the smallest cottage industry. If it's a new manufacturing business, small or large, we detail it in our directories and make it available in diskette form for users of personal computers. We expected Indiana to take the lead because of their aggressive campaign to attract new business. The Indiana business sector, in cooperation with state government and the Chamber of Commerce, made an all-out effort during 1991 and it paid off."
 Indiana's Gov. Evan Bayh agreed. "The news that Indiana leads the midwest in new manufacturing companies is an encouraging sign in our efforts to combat the effects of the national recesson," commented the governor. "The fact that so many companies are choosing to begin new operations in Indiana and the fact that our existing manufacturers are faring well validates our belief that this time of national recession is no time to raise taxes. That's why we have held the line, cutting state spending and tightening our belts, rather than raising taxes."
 Bayh believes these statistics also reflect the Indiana focus of economic development efforts. "While it is true that Indiana won the biggest economic development plum in the nation last year -- the billion dollar United Airlines maintenance facility -- the main focus of our efforts has been to assist expansion and new ventures of our existing Indiana companies," stated Bayh. "These policies account for the findings of Harris' research as well as for the fact that Indiana's unemployment rate has stayed consistently below the national rate throughout the recession."
 "The state's positive showing reflects an imaginative public/private sector cooperative effort during the past decade, including business involvement in creating Indiana's economic development strategies," said John W. Walls, president of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. "This, combined with the state's traditional moderate approach to government costs and regulations, has enhanced a reputation which is very conducive to business growth and expansion."
 Fran Carlsen, editorial quality manager for Harris Publishing, said the positive statistics for West Virginia are especially satisfying. "We hear the human side of the numbers because we personally contact every one of the companies we list. Editors often hear of the struggles of companies and individuals," said Carlsen. "For example, there are 1,847 new corporate executive names listed in the 1992 edition of the 'Harris West Virginia Manufacturing Directory,' bringing the total number to 4,802. More than just raw data, these statistics represent people moving up the corporate ladder in spite of difficult economic times. It's refreshing to hear of their successes."
 Added Carlsen, "Although not a part of the manufacturing sector, equally satisfying are the sheer numbers of new jobs being created. Specifically, a new FBI Fingerprint Identification Center will create up to 3,000 new jobs. Also, the Bureau of Public Debt division and CIA office will produce an additional 2,400 new jobs. Obviously, this kind of progress required a well-planned strategy and the results are remarkable."
 According to West Virginia's Gov. Gaston Caperton, the goals he set when he took office in 1989 are becoming a reality. "We initiated an innovative jobs-development program titled, 'Partnership for Progress.' In brief, the effort focused on using the resources of private industry along with governmental agencies in attracting jobs, rather than working individually.
 "Since 1989, new or expanded businesses have produced 38,000 new jobs in West Virginia," said Caperton. "While the national recession has resulted in shutdowns and layoffs in some other industries, the state is still showing some growth while five states surrounding West Virginia have experienced a net loss of 305,000 jobs in the past year alone. I have always believed that business does the best job of attracting new business, and that the most effective role a state can play is to support that effort.
 "My goal," he continued, "is 100,000 new jobs in West Virginia by the year 2000. But my goal is more than that. It is one good job for every West Virginian."
 "Overall, 1991 was a dismal year for new manufacturing," Robert Harris concluded. "Hopefully, the early indicators of an ease in the recession will prove solid and next year every state will benefit from a substantial increase in new manufacturing."
 Focus on Midwest Manufacturing
 Manufacturers tracked by Harris Publishing, the leading compiler/publisher of industrial directories for mid-America, showed only two states out of seven have increased new manufacturing start- ups over 1990 levels. Here's how the top seven fared:
 Rank State New Mfgs 1990 New Mfgs 1991
 1 Indiana 696 1,103
 2 West Virginia 247 270
 3 Illinois 1,432 1,208
 4 Michigan 1,056 772
 5 Missouri 517 265
 6 Ohio 1,448 638
 7 Pennsylvania 1,798 718
 "New Manufacturing"
 Rank State Percent Change
 1 Indiana Increased 58 percent
 2 West Virginia Increased 9 percent
 3 Illinois Decreased 16 percent
 4 Michigan Decreased 27 percent
 5 Missouri Decreased 49 percent
 6 Ohio Decreased 56 percent
 7 Pennsylvania Decreased 60 percent
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 /CONTACT: Barbara Brouse of Harris Publishing, 216-425-9000; or 800-888-5900/ CO: Harris Publishing ST: Ohio IN: PUB SU: PDT


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