St. Paul, MN (January 31, 2020) — Despite a recent slowdown, manufacturing plays an integral part in the overall economy: In 2018, the sector accounted for 12.8 million jobs in the country, up from 12.3 million in 2014, according to a new report published by AdvisorSmith. In fact, manufacturing accounted for a solid 8.2 percent of total employment in the country, while output was worth $2.3 trillion in 2018.

According to FOX Business News, much of manufacturing production remains concentrated in the industrial Midwest and South, which accounted for 39 out of the top 50 cities where manufacturing is surging, the report found.

Interestingly, manufacturing continued to play a pivotal role in small and midsize cities, which accounted for nine out of the top 10.

A closer look at the top five cities where manufacturing is thriving:

1. Elkhart, Indiana:

Elkhart, is listed as the No. 1 manufacturing city. In 2018, the Indiana city produced 507 percent more jobs for manufacturing, on a per-capita basis, than the average U.S. city. Its manufacturing output totaled $6.68 billion.

2. Columbus, Indiana:

The small city, located in central Indiana, is one of the biggest manufacturing cities in the U.S; 38 percent of the people who work in Columbus are employed by the manufacturing industry. The city is best known for producing automotive engines.

3. Rocky Mount, North Carolina:

The small North Carolina city was once known for its textiles and agriculture industries but has evolved into a major manufacturing powerhouse. It’s helped by its distribution-friendly location at a junction for major highways and railways.

4. Kokomo, Indiana:

The third Indiana city to land on the top five list, Kokomo is known for its automotive and manufacturing industries. Although it was once home to Chrysler, Delphi and General Motors, Kokomo took a hit during the financial crisis, which greatly impacted the automotive industry. Still, in the decade since then, the auto industry has bounced back — and Kokomo along with it. Today, the city is one of the biggest producers of automotive transmissions parts in the world.

Kokomo’s manufacturing output was $3.7 billion in 2018

5. Sheboygan, Wisconsin:

The small Wisconsin city, which sits near Lake Michigan, was once an active shipping port. Today, it’s a major industrial center that produces various manufacturing products, including automotive parts, metal products, furniture, plastics and orthodontic goods. In 2018, Sheboygan’s output was $3.1 billion.

Matsuura Machinery USA, Inc., located in St. Paul, MN is the U.S. subsidiary of Matsuura Machinery Corporation in Japan. Since 1935, Matsuura has been the forerunner in designing innovative technology and manufacturing solutions to a variety of industries around the globe. Matsuura Machinery USA, Inc. delivers unmatched excellence in 5-axis, vertical, horizontal, linear motor, multi-tasking CNC machine tools and machines with a powder bed metal AM platform with machining capability. Matsuura Machinery USA, Inc. provides the service, applications and technical field support that have always been the Matsuura standard for business.

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