Manufacturing expanding in Nebraska and Alabama

Manufacturing jobs in Nebraska are on the rise, according to Reliable Plant. Industrial jobs increased by 1,731 positions between July 2012 and July 2013, according to the Nebraska Manufacturers Register. Currently in 2014, there are 2,765 manufacturers and 123,505 workers. This is the third year in a row that manufacturing work has gone up in Nebraska.

Some of the factories in Nebraska that are raising their capacity and hiring new workers include Monsanto’s seed processing plant in Waco. Additionally, the Local Pride meat-processing plant will be reopened by Open Range Beef. Morio Denki, a Japanese electrical equipment maker, has also decided to open a factory in Lincoln.

“Nebraska ranks as a great place to do business,” said Tom Dubin, president of Manufacturers’ News Inc. “The state continues to regain the industrial employment lost during the recession and at a quicker pace than many other states thanks to its friendly business environment, low taxes and abundant natural resources.”

Major manufacturing sectors in Nebraska include the food products industry, which accounts for 38,659 jobs, as well as industrial machinery and equipment manufacturing, which employs 12,372 workers.

Recent job openings in Nebraska are in the textiles and apparel industries, as well as primary metals, electronics, transportation equipment and chemicals.

Jack Daniels to open plant in Alabama
Another state that is seeing more manufacturing jobs is Alabama. Jack Daniels is opening a plant that will add an additional 200 jobs to the local economy, according to Yellow Hammer News.

The facility will manufacture handmade white oak barrels for the liquor company in Trinity. The barrels will be used to mature Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey.

This is an expansion of their existing Alabama facilities. There is already a barrel factory in Decatur.

“Barrels are more than a container for our whiskey; they’re an important ingredient,” Jeff Arnett, Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller, said when the Decatur factory opened.

Alabama governor Robert Bentley and many other officials were there to celebrate the opening.

As early as June, before the factory opened, Jack Daniels began hiring operator technicians for its Trinity Factory, according to The facilities cost $60 million. Wages for newly hired workers begin at $16 an hour. Most of the work involves producing and quality testing the barrels. Workers must know how to operate a forklift.

Those seeking to hire the best candidates for their open position can seek help from manufacturing recruiters.