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Great Lakes Food Processing Industry Facilities
Question submitted on 6/6/06

The Multimedia Environmental Compiance Guide for Food Processors (US EPA, 1999) uses a 1994 Department of Commerce map (Table 1-1) that shows the distribution of food processing (SIC 20) facilities throughout the US. Is there an updated version of this information, or information on the number of facilities in the Great Lakes states?


You can get this information from the U.S. Census Bureau's County Business Patterns Database ( In my experience, you have to pull the data out and dump/paste it into a spreadsheet or table, where you can manipulate it to your heart's content.

In order to get this data:

  • Select View County, State, U.S., ZIP, or MSA Database on a NAICS Basis (1998-2003).
  • Select United States from the drop down menu in the County Business Patterns section of the page (at the top). Click the Go button.
  • Click the Detail button next to Manufacturing (31--).
  • Click the Compare button next to Food Manufacturing (311)
You'll see a table of all 50 states with statistics for food manufacturing in each. Just select the numbers you want and paste them into your favorite spreadsheet program (or Word table).

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