Metals Manufacturing Add to ReportIndiana and Marshall County both have a diverse and rich heritage in manufacturing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) 2014 data, 35% of the jobs in Marshall County are in manufacturing accounting for 42% of the total wages. Of the 6,685 manufacturing jobs in the county, a total of 1,924 jobs (29%) are within the primary metal and fabricated metal products manufacturing sectors. This makes these sectors the largest employer of any sector in manufacturing ahead of the plastics and rubber manufacturing sectors. With such 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 33 businesses in the primary metal and fabricated metal products manufacturing sectors in 2015. Below is a listing of major employers in these sectors, including the product manufactured and the estimated number of full time employees: Major Employers in Primary Metal and Fabricated Metal Products with 50+ Employees Product Estimated Full Time Employees Southwire Wire Products 310 Universal Bearings, LLC Bearings 300 Bremen Castings Iron Foundry 199 Shells, Inc. Foundry Cores131Valmont IndustriesCommunications & Utility Towers & Poles109Kauffman EngineeringWire Harnesses & Battery Cable100Indiana Heat Transfer Corporation Radiators & Cooling Systems94 ITAMCO (Indiana Tool) Precision Machining & Gear Manufacturing 82 CTE Solutions (Culver Tool & Engineering) Orthopedic Spinal Implants & Instructments 80 Plymouth Foundry, Inc.Custom Gray & Ductile Iron Castings & CNC Machining66 AZZ Galvanizing Inc. Galvanizing Corrosion Protection 60 International Wire Group (Omega Wire)Copper Wire Products55 RBC Precision Products - Plymouth Bearings 53 RBC Precision Products - Bremen Bearings50 Source: MCEDC Database - Employment Numbers Updated October 2014 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 2015 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic $28,670 Team assemblers $31,020 Machinists $38,200 First line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers $52,740 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers $33,550 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 2015 QCEW data, the total number of jobs in all occupations in these sectors is 2,060 with an average annual wage of $46,940.