Miscellaneous Manufacturing

SIC 3911 Jewelry, Precious Metal - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

In the late 1990s, the U.S. Department of Commerce identified 2,293 manufacturers of precious metal in the United States.

SIC 3914 Silverware, Plated Ware, and Stainless Steel Ware - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

The flatware industry was dominated by stainless steel in the late 1990s. The dominance was expected to continue as a result of consumers seeking to bridge the gap between low-end flatware and silverware.

SIC 3915 Jewelers' Findings and Materials, and Lapidary Work - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

The approximately 400 establishments in this industry produced roughly $817 million in shipments in 2000. Precious metal finding accounted for more than half of this total.

SIC 3931 Musical Instruments - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

This category covers establishments primarily engaged in manufacturing musical instruments and parts and accessories for musical instruments. The primary products in this category are pianos, with or without player attachments, and organs.

SIC 3942 Dolls and Stuffed Toys - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

In 2000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, doll and stuffed toy industry shipments totaled $329 million, down from $343 million in 1999.

SIC 3944 Games, Toys, and Children's Vehicles - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

The U.S. toy industry, a $20.3 billion business in 2002, is a fast-paced industry that showed slow overall growth during the first years of the twenty-first century.

SIC 3949 Sporting and Athletic Goods, Not Elsewhere Classified - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

Like other sectors of the U.S. economy, the sporting goods industry was undergoing substantial change in the 2000s.

SIC 3951 Pens, Mechanical Pencils and Parts - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

This industry contains establishments primarily engaged in manufacturing pens (including ballpoint pens), refill cartridges, mechanical pencils, fine and broad tipped markers, and parts.

SIC 3952 Lead Pencils, Crayons and Artists' Materials - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 172 establishments primarily producing pencils and art supplies in the latter part of the 1990s.

SIC 3953 Marking Devices - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

In 2001, there were 535 firms operating 551 establishments in this industry. The leader was Shachihata Incorporated USA of Torrance, California, with sales of $700 million and 900 employees.

SIC 3955 Carbon Paper and Inked Ribbons - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

This industry contains establishments primarily engaged in manufacturing carbon paper, spirit or gelatin process and other stencil paper, and inked or carbon ribbons for business machines.

SIC 3961 Costume Jewelry and Costume Novelties, Except Precious Metals - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

There were slightly more than 900 firms actively manufacturing costume jewelry in the United States in the late 1990s. Many of the older companies were still based in Rhode Island (which hosts more than 270 of the firms in this industry).

SIC 3965 Fasteners, Buttons, Needles, and Pins - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

Needles, pins, and fasteners—made from metals and both natural and manmade fibers—comprise the largest share of this industry's output. Zippers, slide fasteners, buttons, and button parts—made from both plastics and metals—were less dominant but notable types of industry products.

SIC 3991 Brooms and Brushes - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

This category covers establishments primarily engaged in manufacturing household, industrial, and street sweeping brooms; and brushes, such as paintbrushes, toothbrushes, toilet brushes, and household and industrial brushes.

SIC 3993 Signs and Advertising Specialties - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

More than 5,743 establishments were engaged in the manufacture of signs and advertising displays in the late 1990s. Industry shipments grew from $7.9 billion in 1997 to $9.7 billion in 2000.

SIC 3995 Burial Caskets - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

This industry includes companies primarily engaged in manufacturing burial caskets, vaults, and cases, including shipping cases, of wood, metal, fiberglass, or other material except concrete.

SIC 3996 Linoleum, Asphalted-Felt-Base, and other Hard Surface Floor Coverings, Not Elsewhere Classified - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

Companies in the multi-billion dollar hard surface floor coverings industry supply flooring primarily for residential homes, which accounted for most of the market. Coverings used in apartment buildings represented a small percentage of industry sales.

SIC 3999 Manufacturing Industries, Not Elsewhere Classified - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

This category covers establishments primarily engaged in manufacturing miscellaneous fabricated products, including beauty shop and barber shop equipment; hair work; tobacco pipes and cigarette holders; coin-operated amusement machines; matches; candles; lamp shades; feathers; artificial trees and flowers made from all materials, except glass; dressed and dyed furs; umbrellas, parasols, and canes; and other articles, not elsewhere classified.

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