Did You Know?

How much do American manufacturers love Valentine’s Day?

Everybody knows that Valentine’s Day is the holiday of love, but did you know how much American manufacturers love the holiday? Valentine’s Day is the third biggest holiday/season for the $22 billion U.S. chocolate candy industry, behind only Easter and Christmas and surprisingly ahead of Halloween.

Overall, Valentine’s Day contributed about $19.6 billion to the national economy in 2018. Those are easy numbers for confectionery producers to fall in love with, especially considering American’s dietary choices continue to avoid the candy aisle more and more often throughout the non-holiday calendar.

Fun Numbers:

Number of U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced primarily chocolate and cocoa products in 2014, employing 42,043 people. California led the nation with 151 of these establishments, followed by New York with 119.[1]

$16.0 billion
The estimated value of chocolate and confectionary product shipments for manufacturing establishments in 2015.[2]

The number of jewelry and silverware manufacturing establishments.[3]

Number of U.S. establishments that manufactured primarily non-chocolate confectionary products in 2014. These establishments employed 19,213 people. California led the nation in this category with 58 establishments.[4]

[1] Source: U.S. Census Bureau, County Business Patterns: 2014, NAICS code (31135)

[2] Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 Annual Survey of Manufactures, Products and Service Codes (311351 and 311352)

[3] Source: U.S. Census Bureau, County Business Patterns: 2014, NAICS code (339910)

[4] Source: U.S. Census Bureau, County Business Patterns: 2014, NAICS code (31134)


Technician Spotlight

Darwin B., Machine Builder & Maintenance Technician

Meet Darwin B., one of PMG’s valued technicians who specializes in machine building and maintenance. Darwin has been with the company for almost four years and is currently on his fifth PMG project. Learn more about Darwin in the Q&A session below!

Q&A with Darwin B.

How long have you been working in manufacturing?

28 years.

What drew you to the trade?

I started in Dallas when my family started to grow up.  I do everything. Machine building, maintenance, millwright work, welding.

Have you had any formal training?

When I was 12 years old, I learned a lot from my father. When I was older, I went to school for pipe fitting and pipe welding.

Before working at PMG, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

I worked in a power plant.

What do you like most about working for PMG?

I like to do everything and I like challenging work. I like the variety of the work and not always doing the same thing. I like learning new things.

What is one thing you miss or wish you had with you while on the road?

I miss my Siberian husky.

How do you balance your career at PMG and family?

I FaceTime with my family.

What are some career lessons you’ve learned thus far?

  • Always continue learning
  • Be open to learning new things
  • Always learn things step-by-step; it helps reduce mistakes

When you’re not working, what sort of hobbies do you like to do in your free time?

I like talking to my family and friends and watching videos. I like keeping my mind busy.