and Manufacturing Equipment Industry
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Community
Affairs is now in its eighth year of sponsoring a cooperative industrial
conservation initiative with the Energy Resources Center. In previous
years, the Center has conducted studies of the plastics processing,
metal fastener, food, chemicals and pulp & paper industries.
Each study included energy audits of five manufacturing plants.
Currently being performed are energy and economic studies of the
industrial machinery and equipment manufacturing industry (SIC 35)
which includes such diverse manufacturing categories as engines,
farm machinery, construction machinery, metalworking equipment,
computers and refrigeration equipment.
The industrial equipment industry has been chosen
for this study because of its overall importance to the Illinois
economy and the opportunities for significant improvements in the
utilization of energy resources. In 1998, industrial manufacturing
plants purchased in excess of 106 billion kilowatt hours of electric
energy. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are over 5,000
industrial equipment manufacturing plants in Illinois. They employ
145,500 people in our state and their payrolls add $5.55 billion
to our economy. Approximately 38% of facilities in this category
are considered large plants (20 employees or more).
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