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, and furniture 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 Paper, Wood, and Furniture Manufacturing with 50+ Employees
Product Estimated Full Time Employees
Elkay Manufacturing Residential Cabinets
354
WestRock (previously RockTenn)
Computer Storage Devices & Flexo Printed Folding Cartons & Lamination
154
Bomarko, Inc. Coated and Laminated Paper 140
Indiana Carton Co., Inc.
Paper Folding Cartons
93
American Container, Inc.
Corrugated Boxes, Pallets & Containers
90
Chase ManufacturingCustom Residential Woodwork
80
Bremtown Fine Custom Cabinetry, Inc.
Cabinet Manufacturing
52
 Source: MCEDC Database - Employment Numbers Updated October 2014
 
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 2015
Team assemblers
$31,020
Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters
$39,660
Carpenters
$38,550
Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing
$29,810
First‐line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers $52,740
 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 1,276 with an average annual wage of $44,353.