Automotive & Transportation Equipment Add to ReportAmong Marshall County's manufacturing sector which employs an estimated one-third of the workforce, there is a further concentration of employment in motor vehicle parts manufacturing and other transportation equipment manufacturing. This concentration can be attributed to our large established workforce with the training, knowledge, and experience for careers in automotive related industries. Marshall County also has the logistical advantage of being centrally located in the Midwest and adjacent to Elkhart County which is often referred to the "RV Capital of the World." This proximity provides access to a larger regional workforce. Due to these factors, Marshall County has a competitive advantage for existing and potential businesses in this sector. Marshall County businesses that manufacture automotive and transportation related components specialize in racing tires; rubber seals and trim; miscellaneous fiberglass and plastic components; windows, doors, and canvas products for recreational vehicles; custom painting for recreational vehicles; and radiators and cooling system components. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW), there were 10 businesses in the transportation equipment manufacturing sector in 2016. Below is a listing of major employers in this sector, including the product manufactured and the estimated number of full time employees: Major Employers in Automotive and Transportation Related Equipment with 50+ Employees Product Nishikawa Standard Company, LLC Automotive Rubber Seal & Trim Hoosier Racing TireTiresCharleston CorporationFiberglass & Plastic Components for RV, Marine and Automotive Industries Better Way ProductsFiberglass Components for RV & Marine IndustriesHehr International Windows & Doors for RV Industry Precision Painting, Inc. Custom Printing for RV IndustryKauffman Engineering Wire Harnesses & Battery CableIndiana Heat Transfer Corporation Radiators & Cooling System Components Bremen Composites Fiberglass & Plastics Components for RV, Marine & Automotive Industries BPC Manufacturing Operations (Lasalle Bristol) Plastic Components for RV, Marine and Residential Industries Source: MCEDC Database The following table shows the top five occupations within the automotive and transportation equipment sector and the average annual wages. These occupations total approximately 30% of all occupations within this sector. Automotive & Transportation Equipment Manufacturing Top Occupations Average Annual Wages* - May 2016 Team assemblers $31,750 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazing workers $33,710 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers $37,580 First‐line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers $53,260 Machinists $39,950 Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics * The data is for the northeast Indiana area non-metropolitan area, which includes Marshall County. According to 2016 QCEW data, the total number of jobs in all occupations in this sector is 432 with an average annual wage of $31,900. It should also be noted that the employment level in automotive related businesses is higher since many businesses do not fall directly within this sector but still produce automotive and other transportation related components.