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Canning and Preserving Industry Workers

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There are 378,560 packaging and filling machine operators and tenders, including canning and preserving workers, employed in the United States. Canning and preserving work is available in a variety of manufacturing plants. The types of products to be canned or preserved depend in part on what grows, grazes, or swims in a particular area. Coastal areas may have fish-processing plants with Alaska famous for its salmon canneries; while, the Midwest has more meat packaging and processing plants. Farm regions may have plants that process products grown nearby. However, because of refrigeration and other technology, factors such as shipping routes and access to workers may determine where plants are located. Manufacturers may be small companies or multinational organizations.

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