4. Greenville, South Carolina
Most of the economic growth, around 91.5 percent, of the surrounding Greenville, S.C., metropolitan area is driven by the manufacturing industry. Three of the cities on the top 10 list of growing manufacturing cities are in South Carolina: Greenville, Summerville and Columbia.

There are 11 ACMA member companies in the state of South Carolina including:

– CoMar Products in Cayce,
– Alaglas Pools in Saint Matthews,
– CHOMARAT North America in Anderson,
– Flexi-StiX in Anderson,
– Innegra Technologies in Simpsonville,
– Lindau Chemicals in Columbia,
– Milliken & Company in Spartanburg,
– Quality Marble, Inc. in Summerville,
– Shakespeare Composite Structures in Newberry,
– Southern Cultured Marble, Inc. in Ware Shoals,
– and Ahlstrom Glass Nonwovens, LLC in Bishop.

3. Toledo, Ohio

toledo-ohioIt’s not surprising that there are three cities in Ohio in the top 10 list of growing manufacturing cities. This busy manufacturing area is reflected in ACMA membership; there are 51 ACMA members in the state.

The Toledo area saw a few tough years during the economic recession and it braved the impact of the American auto industry decline. However, manufacturing still accounts for 91.6 percent of the exports in the area and added 810 jobs in the region between 2009 and 2010. The manufacturing industry has seen unexpected growth in 2011 and companies in the area are currently researching new ways to use composites to help reduce vehicle weight.

Even though there are a number of composite companies in the state, there is only one member based in this area. Owens Corning, an ACMA member since 1984, has its headquarters in Toledo where it enjoys the benefits of being between the automotive capital Detroit, Mich., and composite-heavy Youngstown, Ohio.