Above: A look inside one of AstraZeneca's U.S. facilities. AstraZeneca ranks as Delaware's largest industrial employer. Source: AstraZeneca
With nearly 600 industrial companies, Delaware is the nation’s smallest state based on number of manufacturing facilities. But although the state’s industrial sector is small, it is also powerful, home to major pharmaceutical companies, advanced manufacturing facilities, medical equipment manufacturers and large food processing companies.
This article will explore the latest facts on Delaware’s manufacturing sector and will provide details on the top manufacturing companies in Delaware.
According to MNI, compiler of the industrial information that powers IndustrySelect, Delaware is currently home to 598 manufacturing companies employing 35,336 workers, making it the smallest manufacturing state in the United States.
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According to MNI, Wilmington is Delaware’s largest city based on number of industrial jobs, with 8,795 workers.
Read more: Top Manufacturing Cities in the U.S.
Other top cities in Delaware include
• Newark (5,430 jobs)
• New Castle (3,384 jobs)
• Milford (2,807 jobs)
• Seaford (2,528 jobs)
New Castle County is Delaware’s largest in terms of manufacturing jobs, home to 21,740 workers. This is followed by Sussex County with 14,899 workers, and Kent County with 3,619 workers.
The food processing industry ranks as Delaware’s largest industrial sector based on number of jobs, employing 29% of the state’s industrial workers. This is followed by chemicals and allied products, which accounts for 24%. The instruments and related products industry accounts for 9% of Delaware’s industrial workforce, followed by industrial machinery and fabricated metals, each of which account for 6%.
MNI reports there are 2,796 executive contacts among Delaware’s manufacturing companies, including 382 presidents, 214owners and partners; 214vice-presidents and 196 sales, marketing and purchasing executives.
Other facts to know about Delaware manufacturers, based on IndustrySelect’s advanced criteria available to subscribers, include ownership, distribution and other trends. Let’s take a look:
• 2% of Delaware manufacturers are women-owned
• 9% are publicly owned companies
• 11% import raw materials
• 25% distribute their products internationally.
Next, we’ll take a look at the state’s top companies.
|AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP||2,600||Wilmington||DE|
|Mountaire Farms, Inc.||1,500||Selbyville||DE|
|Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Inc.||1,410||Newark||DE|
|Mountaire Farms, Inc.||1,385||Millsboro||DE|
|Allen Harim Foods||900||Harbeson||DE|
|Agilent Technologies, Inc.||800||Wilmington||DE|
|AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP||701||Newark||DE|
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Editor's Note: This article was originally published in October 2021. It has been updated to reflect new statistics in Delaware manufacturing.