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Illinois Manufacturing Jobs with Baltimore Aircoil Cut

Posted on February 25, 2009

One company is planning to cut more than 200 Illinois manufacturing jobs.

Baltimore Aircoil has announced its plan to close a plant in Paxton and eliminate 220 Illinois jobs by June. The company makes cooling equipment for commercial buildings. According to an article by the Chicago Tribune, the company is eliminating positions because of the economic recession and slowdown in commercial construction.

The company, which is based in Baltimore, Md., also plans to consolidate its manufacturing operations in Madera, Calif., and Milford, Del.

According to the 2009 Illinois Manufacturers Directory, IllinoisÂ’ manufacturing indsutry decreased by 2.1 percent during the past 12 months. From November 2007 to November 2008 the state lost 19,924 industrial jobs. The Directory is a compilation of state industry published each year by ManufacturersÂ’ News Inc., an Evanston, Ill.-based company that has been surveying industry since 1912.

The State of Illinois is home to 20,788 manufacturers that employ 906,006 workers, according to an article by Reliable Plant, making the state fourth in the nation for number of manufacturing jobs.

Illinois’ manufacturing industry employed 654,800 workers during December 2008, according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is down from 660,000 workers during November 2008 and a 2.7 percent decrease from last year.

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