Metals Manufacturing

Indiana 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 Cores
Valmont IndustriesCommunications & Utility Towers & Poles
Kauffman Engineering
Wire Harnesses & Battery Cable
Indiana 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.