Metals Manufacturing

Indiana and Marshall County both have a diverse and rich heritage in manufacturing. With a large portion of the workforce employed in manufacturing, Marshall County has an established and educated manufacturing workforce. This workforce, when coupled with low labor costs, low property taxes, access to markets, excellent transportation links, and a pro business climate with good labor management relations, makes Marshall County an attractive area to operate any manufacturing business.  
 
Marshall County businesses in the metals manufacturing sector specialize in the production of wire products, bearings, machined gray and ductile iron castings, precision metal tubular products, precision metal machined and gearing components, communications towers and poles, hot dip galvanizing for corrosion protection of steel products, and orthopedic spinal implants.
 
According to QCEW data, there were 35 businesses in the primary metal and fabricated metal products manufacturing sectors in 2016. Below is a listing of major employers in these sectors:
 
Major Employers in Primary Metal and Fabricated Metal Products
ProductEstimated Full Time Employees
Southwire
Wire Products
424
Universal Bearings, LLC
Bearings
346
Bremen Castings
Iron Foundry
211
CTE Solutions
Orthopedic Spinal Implants & Instruments
135
Valmont IndustriesCommunications & Utility Towers & Poles
98
RBC Bearings
Bearings
95
Shells, Inc.
Foundry Cores
83
Indiana Heat Transfer Corporation
Radiators & Cooling Systems
83
ITAMCO
Precision Machining & Gear Manufacturing
80
Plymouth Foundry, Inc.
Custom Gray & Ductile Iron Castings & CNC Machining
56
  Source: MCEDC Database - 2017
 
The following table shows the top five occupations within the primary metal and fabricated metal products sectors and the average annual wages. These occupations total just over one-quarter of all occupations within this sector. 
 
Primary Metal and Fabricated Metals Products Top Occupations
Average Annual Wages* - May 2016
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic
$29,290
Team assemblers
$31,750
Machinists
$39,950
First line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers
$53,260
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers
$33,710
            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 these sectors is 1,987 with an average annual wage of $47,306.