Transportation Equipment Add to ReportAmong Marshall County's manufacturing sector which employs an estimated one-third of the workforce, there is a further concentration of employment in motor vehicle parts manufacturing and other transportation equipment manufacturing. This concentration can be attributed to our large established workforce with the training, knowledge, and experience for careers in automotive related industries. Marshall County also has the logistical advantage of being centrally located in the Midwest and adjacent to Elkhart County which is often referred to the "RV Capital of the World." This proximity provides access to a larger regional workforce. Due to these factors, Marshall County has a competitive advantage for existing and potential businesses in this sector. Marshall County businesses that manufacture automotive and transportation related components specialize in racing tires; rubber seals and trim; miscellaneous fiberglass and plastic components; windows, doors, and canvas products for recreational vehicles; custom painting for recreational vehicles; and radiators and cooling system components. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW), there were 10 businesses in the transportation equipment manufacturing sector in 2017. Below is a listing of major employers in this sector: Major Employers in Transportation Related Equipment ProductEstimated Full Time Employees Nishikawa Cooper, LLC (Nisco) Automotive Rubber Seal & Trim395 Hoosier Racing TireTires368Charleston CorporationFiberglass & Plastic Components for RV, Marine and Automotive Industries225 Precision Painting, Inc.Custom Printing for RV Industry156Better Way ProductsFiberglass Components for RV & Marine Industries150Bremen CompositesFiberglass & Plastics Components for RV, Marine & Automotive Industries103Indiana Heat Transfer Corporation Radiators & Cooling System Components80LaSalle BristolPlastic Components for RV, Marine and Residential Industries 70 Hehr International Windows & Doors for RV Industry 62 Source: MCEDC Database - 2017 The following table shows the top five occupations within the transportation equipment sector and the average annual wages. These occupations total approximately 34% of all occupations within this sector. Transportation Equipment Manufacturing Top Occupations Average Annual Wages* - May 2017 Assemblers and fabricators, all other, including team assemblers $30,830 First‐line supervisors of production and operating workers $53,610 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers $37,650 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers $39,380 Industrial engineers $71,770 Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics * The data is for the northern Indiana area non-metropolitan area, which includes Marshall County. According to 2017 QCEW data, the total number of jobs in all occupations in this sector is 366 with an average annual wage of $32,697. It should also be noted that the employment level in automotive related businesses is higher since many businesses do not fall directly within this sector but still produce automotive and other transportation related components.