State of manufacturing 2 – importance in Dayton + Springfield

Yesterday, I looked at the importance of manufacturing for the country and state.  Today we focus on the region and our community.

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Logo for the Dayton Development Coaltion

In Dayton region

The Dayton Development Coalition is a regional economic development organization that has focused on four targeted industries: (1) advanced materials and manufacturing, (2) aerospace R&D, (3) healthcare + human sciences; and (4) it/data management.  The following is information they provide on manufacturing (with some materials slant) in the region. 

The Advanced Materials and Manufacturing industry in the Dayton Region delivers far more than just high tech products. The unique and compelling nature of our industry allows us to quickly transform innovations into processes and products. We employ cutting-edge technology and tools; sophisticated processes that shorten design and production time and reduce your cost. Manufacturing is a growth industry in the Dayton Region. In fact, from 2003-2005, the industry accounted for over $700 million in new business expansions and was responsible for 40% of all investments by new companies attracted to the Region.

The Dayton Region’s Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Cluster, is globally competitive for your business, consider this compelling information:

  • 4th largest tooling and machining cluster in the USA, behind Los Angeles, Chicago and Cleveland. Our industry is both deep and diverse, with multi-source opportunities in brazing, robotics, plastics – even supply chain and logistics 
  • There are over 90,000 skilled manufacturing workers and technicians in our market. Our manufacturing workforce is one of the largest and most diverse in the USA. To keep the workforce refreshed and trained, Sinclair Community college in Downtown Dayton boasts education opportunities in both STEM disciplines and specifically in the tooling and machining industry.
  • The Dayton Region is home to several of the world’s top materials research institutions: University of Dayton Research Institute is ranked #2 in the USA The Ohio State University materials research is ranked #3 (1 hour drive); Air Force Research Labs Materials Directorate executes over $500 million per year of materials research, much of which is accomplished by small innovative businesses and Universities in the Dayton Region and Ohio.

In Springfield

So, here’s where the rubber meets the road.  What about manufacturing in Springfield?

I did a series of blog posts this week on the industry and job outlook for Springfield. In particular, I looked at what I believe will be the job creation engines of the future.  They are worth looking at, but let me summarize them here:

Of particular interest are the second and third installments.  In them, I discuss the shift in traditional job generation engines to new ones for the Springfield metro area.  Some of the shifts of perceived job security are from specialized to general industry (doctors to healthcare).  Some are from general to specialized, as in manufacturing to military.  I must admit, as a former college teacher I love alliteration, so having both an m in manufacturing and military sounded good.  It’s important to note, though, that many of the companies serving the military are manufacturers.  Also, agribusiness and food is replete with them as well. 

Manufacturing is here to stay for Springfield, and it will continue to be a very large part of what is going on, despite the strong decline we’ve seen in jobs.  From 2000 to 2007 (note that it’s pre-recession), Springfield lost 47% of its manufacturing jobs (7,000), more than any other city in Ohio (percentage wise).  5,000 of the 7,000 were related to Navistar.  So, in reality, Springfield was primarily an auto town, like Toledo and Chrysler/Jeep, Dayton and GM, and Chillicothe and Kenworth.  This is no longer the case, as Navistar maintains a workforce of under 1,000 and is no longer in the list of the top five employers in our metro area.

Some local statistics:

  • Top Employers: Of the 28 companies employing 250 or more, only 7 are manufacturers, and none of them are in the top seven list (employing over 1,000 workers) – 25%.
  • Top Employers: 1/3 of top 50 employers, with 1/4 of the employees.  On the City of Springfield’s Top 50 list (a little dated), 17 of the 50 are manufacturers (34%) and 5215 of the 22,729 employees (23%) are in manufacturing.
  • New Investment: Over $43 million in past three years.  In 2009, $12 million of the announced $86 million in new investment came from manufacturing (projects) – 14%.  In 2008, $26 million of new investment came from manufacturing (5% of $479M).  In 2007, 3 of the 18 projects were manufacturing-related, and $5 million was the new investment total (3%). 
  • New Jobs: Over 500 in past three years.  In 2009, about 200 of the 900 new jobs being created are manufacturing-related (projects) – 22%.  In 2008, 273 of the 798 new jobs (large projects) were manufacturing related (34%).  In 2007, 17 of the over 500 jobs created (large projects) were manufacturing related.
  • Workforce Percentage: more than US, less than Ohio.  15.8% of the workforce (or just over 10,000 people) in Clark County (Springfield, OH MSA) are working in manufacturing.  This puts it at #2 behind education and healthcare with 24.1%.  For Ohio, it’s 16.7% in manufacturing.  For the US, it’s 11.3% in manufacturing.  This is 2008 data. 
  • List of Manufacturers: An old list of our Manufacturers’ Council
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