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IW US 500: Top States for Manufacturing


Texas is tops on the 2018 IndustryWeek U.S. 500, in part due to all of its oil and gas companies. But Dell Computer, Hughes and Kimberly-Clark all call the Lone Star state home. 

Last year the state's manufacturing sector rebounded from the crash in the oil market that dragged down a big portion of the state's manufacturing output a few years ago. 2017 was a banner year.

Looking to 2018 uncertainty steps in. "If there is a state that is going to be impacted by trade relationships, it's going to be Texas" said Chris Bryan, communications director for the Texas state comptroller. "We are the No. 1 exporting state going away by a pretty good margin."

Note: This list looked at the top 100 of the 500 ranked and included states where there were at least five manufacturing companies.




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