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 30 businesses in the paper, wood product, and furniture & related product manufacturing sectors in 2017. Below is a listing of major employers in these sectors:
 
Major Employers in Paper, Wood, and Furniture Manufacturing
ProductEstimated Full Time Employees
Elkay
Residential Cabinets
309
WestRock
Computer Storage Devices & Flexo Printed Folding Cartons & Lamination
143
Bomarko, Inc. Coated and Laminated Paper 123
American Container, Inc.
Corrugated Boxes, Pallets & Containers
59
 Source: MCEDC Database - 2017
 
The following table shows the top five occupations within the paper, wood, and furniture manufacturing sectors and the average annual wages. These occupations total approximately 43% of all occupations within this sector.

Paper, Wood, and Furniture Manufacturing Top Occupations
Average Annual Wages* - May 2017
Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters
$36,090
Assemblers and fabricators, all other, including team assemblers
$30,830
Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing
$32,420
Upholsterers
$41,620
First‐line supervisors of production and operating workers $53,610
 Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics
* The data is for the northern Indiana area non-metropolitan area, which includes
Marshall County.

According to 2017 QCEW data, the total number of jobs in all occupations in these sectors is 1,200 with an average annual wage of $48,057.