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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MxD operates from a nearly 100,000-square-foot innovation center, featuring some of the most advanced manufacturing equipment in the world.
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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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March 7, 2019

Vactor to Expand Illinois Manufacturing Facility

Streator — Vactor Manufacturing, Inc. (“Vactor”) announced plans to expand its Streator, IL manufacturing facility. The project is expected to increase Vactor’s production capacity and add up to 90 additional jobs. “We are excited to announce this expansion of our Streator facility as it represents the culmination of many years of investment in developing new […]

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 – HARTING 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 to the on-site warehouse and distribution center as […]

September 13, 2018

Faber-Castell to Open Cosmetic Manufacturing Facility in Elgin

ELGIN – 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 the Governor visited with […]

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.