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 29 businesses in the paper, wood, and 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 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 2014
Team assemblers
$30,900
Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters
$37,730
Carpenters
$36,920
Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing
$31,280
First‐line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers $53,080
            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 1,199 with an average annual wage of $43,776.