Paper, Wood & Furniture

Marshall County has a significant industry cluster of paper, wood, and furniture manufacturers. With over one-third of Marshall County's workforce employed in various manufacturing sectors, a large established workforce exists whose training, knowledge, and experience have led to careers in paper, wood, or furniture manufacturing. Marshall County's educated workforce, together with low labor costs, low property taxes, access to markets, excellent transportation links, and a pro business climate with good labor management relations, are positive factors that give Marshall County a competitive advantage for existing and potential businesses in this sector.
 
Marshall County businesses in paper, wood and furniture manufacturing specialize in the production of residential cabinets, flexible packaging and specialty coatings for food and medical grade packaging, corrugated packaging, foil laminating to paper, and folding cartons.
 
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW), there were 31 businesses in the paper, wood product, and furniture & related product manufacturing sectors in 2016. 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 Paper, Wood, and Furniture Manufacturing with 50+ Employees
Product
Elkay Manufacturing Residential Cabinets
WestRock (previously RockTenn)
Computer Storage Devices & Flexo Printed Folding Cartons & Lamination
Bomarko, Inc. Coated and Laminated Paper
Indiana Carton Co., Inc.
Paper Folding Cartons
American Container, Inc.
Corrugated Boxes, Pallets & Containers
Chase ManufacturingCustom Residential Woodwork
Bremtown Fine Custom Cabinetry, Inc.
Cabinet Manufacturing
 Source: MCEDC Database
 
The following table shows the top five occupations within the paper, wood, and furniture manufacturing sectors and the average annual wages. These occupations total just over one-third of all occupations within this sector.

Paper, Wood, and Furniture Manufacturing Top Occupations
Average Annual Wages* - May 2016
Team assemblers
$31,750
Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters
$32,801
Carpenters
$46,020
Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing
$29,730
First‐line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers $53,260
 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 1,346 with an average annual wage of $47,616.