Metals Manufacturing Add to ReportIndiana and Marshall County both have a diverse and rich heritage in manufacturing. With 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 35 businesses in the primary metal and fabricated metal products manufacturing sectors in 2016. Below is a listing of major employers in these sectors: Major Employers in Primary Metal and Fabricated Metal Products ProductEstimated Full Time Employees Southwire Wire Products 424 Universal Bearings, LLC Bearings 346 Bremen Castings Iron Foundry 211 CTE SolutionsOrthopedic Spinal Implants & Instruments135Valmont IndustriesCommunications & Utility Towers & Poles98RBC BearingsBearings95Shells, Inc. Foundry Cores83 Indiana Heat Transfer Corporation Radiators & Cooling Systems 83 ITAMCOPrecision Machining & Gear Manufacturing80 Plymouth Foundry, Inc. Custom Gray & Ductile Iron Castings & CNC Machining 56 Source: MCEDC Database - 2017 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 2016 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic $29,290 Team assemblers $31,750 Machinists $39,950 First line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers $53,260 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers $33,710 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 2016 QCEW data, the total number of jobs in all occupations in these sectors is 1,987 with an average annual wage of $47,306.