Metals ManufacturingIndiana 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 2014. 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 Southwire Wire Products Universal Bearings, LLC Bearings Bremen Castings Iron Foundry Shells, Inc. Foundry CoresValmont IndustriesCommunications & Utility Towers & PolesKauffman EngineeringWire Harnesses & Battery CableIndiana Heat Transfer Corporation Radiators & Cooling Systems ITAMCO (Indiana Tool) Precision Machining & Gear Manufacturing CTE Solutions (Culver Tool & Engineering) Orthopedic Spinal Implants & Instruments Plymouth Foundry, Inc.Custom Gray & Ductile Iron Castings & CNC Machining AZZ Galvanizing Inc. Galvanizing Corrosion Protection International Wire Group (Omega Wire)Copper Wire Products RBC Precision Products - Plymouth Bearings RBC Precision Products - Bremen Bearings 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 2014 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic $28,910 Team assemblers $30,900 Machinists $38,160 First line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers $53,080 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers $34,830 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 2014 QCEW data, the total number of jobs in all occupations in these sectors is 1,924 with an average annual wage of $50,076.