SIC 3549

This classification covers establishments primarily engaged in manufacturing metalworking machinery, not elsewhere classified. Establishments primarily engaged in manufacturing automotive maintenance equipment are classified in SIC 3559: Special Industry Machinery, Not Elsewhere Classified.

NAICS Code(s)

333518 (Other Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing)

According to the Annual Survey of Manufactures , industry-wide employment totaled 20,755 workers in 2001, receiving a payroll of more than $982 million. Of these employees, some 11,894 were production workers, putting in more than 24 million hours to earn wages of approximately $449 million. Overall shipments for the industry were valued at more than $3.4 billion.

This industry includes special purpose machinery such as robotics machinery, which alone encompassed a growing trend in manufacturing. As the industry continues to automate repetitive and often dangerous tasks, the use of assembly machines is expected to increase. The growth in this industrial classification during the early-tomid-1980s was a testament to this trend.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau's Statistics of U.S. Businesses , 421 establishments operated in this category for part or all of 2001, down from 448 in 1998. Of that number, nearly half employed fewer than 20 workers, an industry situation consistent with previous years.

In 2001 Aero-Motive Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan, led the industry with $65 million in sales and 200 employees. Kearny, New Jersey-based MAC Products Inc. was in second place with $55 million in sales and 300 employees. Herr-Voss of Callery, Pennsylvania, was in third place with $40 million in sales and 200 employees.

SIC 3549 Metalworking Machinery, Not Elsewhere Classified

The product share of this classification is split between assembly machinery with 55 percent; coiling, cutto-length, and slitting line metalworking machinery with 31 percent; and miscellaneous metalworking machinery with 12 percent.

In the late 1990s, Michigan had the highest number of establishments involved in this industry. Illinois was ranked second in terms of shipments, and Connecticut was the industry's highest paying state.

Although the industry was showing growth in sales, certain employment levels were expected to decline by the year 2005. Those occupations expected to downsize by 15-20 percent included machinists, tool and die makers, secretaries, and blue collar worker supervisors. Staffing in the following occupations was expected to be reduced by less than 10 percent: machine tool cutting operators, assemblers, fabricators and hand workers not elsewhere classified, and industrial production managers. The number of janitors and drafters were expected to decrease by about 27 and 29 percent, respectively. Combination machine tool operators, however, were expected to increase by 38 percent. Modest employment increases through 2012 were projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the metalworking machinery manufacturing industry as a whole.

Further Reading

Baker, Deborah J., ed. Ward's Business Directory of US Private and Public Companies. Detroit, MI: Thomson Gale, 2003.

U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Economic and Employment Projections. 11 February 2004. Available from .

Darnay, Arsen J., ed. Manufacturing and Distribution USA. Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2003.

U.S. Census Bureau. 1997 Economic Census-Manufacturing. 15 February 2000. Available from .

U.S. Department of Commerce. Annual Survey of Manufactures. Washington: GPO, 2002.

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