Plastics & Rubber ProductsMarshall County has a strong base and history in the manufacturing of plastics and rubber products including gaskets, packing, and sealing device products. With over one-third of the Marshall County's workforce employed in various manufacturing sectors, a large established workforce exists whose training, knowledge, and experience have led to careers in plastics and rubber 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 this sector specialize in manufacturing tires, automotive seals and trim, plastics packaging materials, fiberglass showers and tubs, plastics bottles and containers, waste water products including polyethylene and fiberglass sump and sewage basins, and vinyl covered foam products for medical purposes. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW), there were 19 businesses in the plastics and rubber manufacturing sector in 2014. Below is a listing of major employers in this sector, including the product manufactured and the estimated number of full time employees: Major Employers in Plastics and Rubber Manufacturing with 50+ Employees Product Nishikawa Standard Company, LLC Automotive Rubber Seal & Trim Hoosier Racing TireTiresCharleston CorporationFiberglass & Plastic Components for RV, Marine and Automotive Industries Digger SpecialtiesPolyvinyl & Aluminum Fence, Railing, and Decking Pregis Innovative Packaging, Inc. Protective Packaging Better Way ProductsFiberglass Components for RV & Marine Industries Maax US Corporation (Aker Plastic) Fiberglass Tubs & Showers OasisFiberglass Tubs & Showers A K Industries, Inc. Fiberglass & Poly Products for Wastewater Industry Bremen Composites Fiberglass & Plastics Components for RV, Marine & Automotive Industries BPC Manufacturing Operations (Lasalle Bristol) Plastic Components for RV, Marine and Residential Industries Bremen Corporation - Creative Foam Foam Products for Medical Industry Source: MCEDC Database - Employment Numbers Updated October 2014 The following table shows the top five occupations within the plastics and rubber section and the average annual wages. These occupations total approximately one-third of all occupations within this sector. Plastics and Rubber Manufacturing Top Occupations Average Annual Wages* - May 2014 Molding, coremaking, and casting, machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic $29,830 Team assemblers $30,900 First line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers $53,080 Packers and packages, hand $24,740 Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic $32,200 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 this sector is 1,642 with an average annual wage of $36,533. At 25% of all the manufacturing jobs in the county, this is the second highest concentration of jobs in any manufacturing sector just behind metals manufacturing.