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Forge Shop Workers

Employment Prospects


According to the Forging Industry Association (FIA), approximately 45,000 people are employed in the industry in the United States and Canada. Most forging plants are small businesses that generally have between 50 and 500 employees, with a few larger facilities with over 1,000 workers. Plants are primarily located in large Midwest cities, as well as in Los Angeles, Houston, and Pittsburgh. The FIA reports the largest forging sector—custom forging—"accounts for over $6 billion dollars in sales annually. These custom forgings are produced by about 250 forging companies in approximately 300 plants across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico."

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