WE'RE BUILT TO

THRIVE.

Manufacturing employs more than 51,000 people in DuPage County. It’s a major part of our region’s heritage, making the right conditions for job-creation in other fields and leading to major economic growth. The 5th-largest industry in the County, manufacturing will help build the future of DuPage.

 

WE HAVE ROOM TO GROW

  • There are currently 3,550 properties in DuPage County that are considered industrial and flex space.
  • DuPage County continues to have the lowest industrial vacancy rate in the region at 5.4%, which has been declining almost continuously for the last five years.
  • The average rate for industrial properties is $5.14/nnn.

 

OUR PLAN IS THE DIFFERENCE.

The U.S. Department of Commerce has recognized DuPage County for its economic development strengths and plans for enhancing the region’s manufacturing sector.

 

Named one of 12 “manufacturing communities in the nation,” we have access to $1.3 billion in federal grants through the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership Initiative. DuPage County has the right tools to welcome new business, making us the location of choice for manufacturing.

 

A REASON FOR SUCCESS.

The economic growth of an area depends on manufacturing:

 

  • For every $1 of goods produced, manufacturing generates an additional $1.43 for the economy.
  • In just five states, manufacturing adds over half a trillion dollars to the economy.
  • Each manufacturing job creates at least 2.91 additional jobs in other sectors.
  • Manufacturers are responsible for almost 2/3 of private sector research and development.

Source: Manufacturing in America by the Illinois Association of Manufacturers

 

THE LEADING SECTORS.

 

Currently, leading manufacturing sectors in the County include plastics and rubber, fabricated metal products and machinery manufacturing, accounting for about 40% of all jobs and companies. These industries have a high Location Quotient (LQ) and have grown in recent years.

 

With an average earning of $78,990, DuPage’s leading manufacturing sectors are paying above the national average.

 

THE EMERGING SECTORS.

 

Two major manufacturing industries are showing emerging characteristics in 2016:

  

  • Textile Product and Leather
  • Allied Product Manufacturing

  

INDUSTRY SNAPSHOT

 

DuPage County is home to some of the largest privately and publicly held companies in the region, generating more than $25 billion in revenue. Here are a few highlights.

 

PRIVATE POWERHOUSES: 

  • Boler Corporation, Itasca
  • Elkay Manufacturing, Downers Grove

 

TOP PUBLICLY-HELD COMPANIES:

  • Navistar, Lisle
  • Molex, Lisle
  • Dover Corp., Lisle

 

MANUFACTURING RESOURCES

 

 

REV3 INNOVATION CENTER

 

Rev3 is an innovation center located in DuPage County, Illinois, with a focus on helping people and companies manufacture products, write software and develop technology to drive the third industrial revolution. From astonishing waves of innovation to new product concepts to technology that changes business models – Rev3 is a place of emerging opportunities and creativity. 

 

Rev3 and the digital innovations in technologies allow businesses to begin with low startup costs and an ability to begin production in an environment of like-minded creative people that foster an atmosphere of collaboration and knowledge sharing. Rev3’s vision is to allow companies to make physical products and do small volume manufacturing on premise before graduating on to a private facility.

 

ACCELERATED TRAINING FOR ILLINOIS MANUFACTURING

 

There are a variety of resources located in and around DuPage County to help the manufacturing needs of local businesses, especially as it relates to job training and education. One program in particular, Accelerated Training for Illinois Manufacturing (ATIM), is designed to provide accelerated manufacturing training tailored to specific needs of regional employers in the areas of Machining, Mechatronics (Equipment Service & Repair), Welding, and logistics/Inventory.

 

The program is designed to meet employer needs by: providing industry-recognized skill training and education along with Internships and on-the-job training (OJT) opportunities so employers know trainees are ready for work on day one; giving employers the opportunity to influence the content and quantity of training made available in their region; providing a no-risk chance to see potential employees in the workplace through various options of work-based learning; and matching promising trainees and successful completers to specific OJT placements and job postings.

 

ADVANCED DIGITAL MANUFACTURING CENTER AT THE COLLEGE OF DUPAGE

 

In an effort to meet the technical training needs of the manufacturing industry, the College of DuPage has announced DuPage County’s newest advanced manufacturing training and development resource, the Advanced Digital Manufacturing Center, where which will provide the space, equipment and technological expertise to train students to become highlight skilled and competitive professionals for the manufacturing industry.