September's performance of manufacturing index proved to be about as strong as it was in August.
The results are in line with expectations as export and domestic demand underpinned growth.
"The regional impetus has become much more uniform," says economist Craig Ebert.
New Zealand's manufacturing sector has been in almost continuous expansion since October 2012.
The employment increase "gives a sense that manufacturers see enough demand to lift staff levels."
The medical device manufacturing boss raised money to buy a house.
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