IW US 500: Top States for Manufacturing

Aug. 27, 2018
Texas tops the 2018 IW 500 list for its high number of manufacturing companies.

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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Adrienne Selko | Senior Editor

Focus: Workforce, Talent 

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Bio: Adrienne Selko has written about many topics over the 17 years she has been with the publication and currently focuses on workforce development strategies. Previously Adrienne was in corporate communications at a medical manufacturing company as well as a large regional bank. She is the author of Do I Have to Wear Garlic Around My Neck? which made the Cleveland Plain Dealer's best sellers list. She is also a senior editor at Material Handling & Logistics and EHS Today

Editorial mission statement: Manufacturing is the enviable position of creating products, processes and policies that solve the world’s problems. When the industry stepped up to manufacture what was necessary to combat the pandemic, it revealed its true nature. My goal is to showcase the sector’s ability to address a broad range of workforce issues including technology, training, diversity & inclusion, with a goal of enticing future generations to join this amazing sector.

Why I find manufacturing interesting: On my first day working for a company that made medical equipment such as MRIs, I toured the plant floor. On every wall was a photo of a person, mostly children. I asked my supervisor why this was the case and he said that the work we do at this company has saved these people’s lives. “We never forget how important our work is and everyone’s contribution to that.” From that moment on I was hooked on manufacturing.

I have talked with many people in this field who have transformed their own career development to assist others. For example, companies are hiring those with disabilities, those previously incarcerated and other talent pools that have been underutilized. I have talked with leaders who have brought out the best in their workforce, as well as employees doing their best work while doing good for the world. 

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