Advanced Manufacturing


An Advanced Manufacturing Powerhouse

One of the top states for manufacturing in the nation, Illinois boasts a rich history of industrial excellence that has evolved into an advanced, technology-driven sector. Illinois manufacturing companies benefit from low energy rates and deregulation as well as a low-cost, high-quality water supply—not to mention the state’s central North American location and world-class air, passenger and freight transportation network.

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Largest Auto Employment Base in the U.S.
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Illinois Workers Employed in Advanced Manufacturing
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Firms that Manufacture Plastics, Rubber and Metals
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Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) is a world-class, first-of-its-kind public-private partnership with partners including Lockheed Martin, Rolls-Royce and Tesla.
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U of I:
The University of Illinois graduates more engineers each year than MIT, Stanford and Cal Tech combined.
Largest Employers Based on Employment
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October 26, 2018

HARTING announces $6 million expansion of Elgin facility

Investment follows German trade visit and is expected to create 50 or more new jobs ELGIN – Gov. Bruce Rauner, HARTING, and the City of Elgin today announced a $6 million facility expansion at the German company’s world-class North American Headquarters in Elgin. The new investment will include the addition of a lab and showroom […]

September 13, 2018

Faber-Castell to Open Cosmetic Manufacturing Facility in Elgin

ELGIN – Governor Bruce Rauner and Faber-Castell Cosmetics announced the company’s first North American manufacturing facility in Illinois. The German company has leased a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Elgin that will be dedicated to producing cosmetic pencils for the North American market. The $9 million project will create 50 full-time jobs. The announcement comes after […]

November 15, 2017

Kankakee County getting $180 million steel mill expansion

Steelmaker Nucor plans to invest $180 million to expand a steel plant an hour south of Chicago, creating 75 new jobs.

September 14, 2017

Downers Grove lands huge Rexnord aerospace development

Downers Grove has landed a massive aerospace development with the announcement Thursday that Rexnord Corp. is staying put in the western suburb.

Milwaukee-based Rexnord is planning to build a 248,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and aerospace headquarters, which is expected to be completed by 2019.

May 15, 2017

Mysterious electric vehicle startup, Rivian Automotive closes deal on massive manufacturing facility in Illinois

Mysterious electric vehicle startup, Rivian Automotive closes deal on massive manufacturing facility in Illinois Michigan-based electric vehicle startup, Rivian Automotive, just closed its purchase of the Mitsubishi Motors North America facility in Normal, Illinois. Records show that the factory was first purchased by liquidation firm, Maynards Industries, in June of 2016 for $2.5M, not including […]


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