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Manufacturing employs more than 54,000 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.

 

MANUFACTURING IN DUPAGE

  • Manufacturing employs 54,880 people in DuPage County.
  • DuPage has the 2nd largest manufacturing employment of any county in Illinois.
  • There are a total of 112,000 jobs in DuPage County directly or indirectly linked to manufacturing.
  • Manufacturers contribute $9.1 billion to the DuPage economy, accounting for 10.1% of GDP.

Source: JobsEQ, Mar 2022; Illinois Manufacturer’s Association, Sep 2019

 

WE HAVE ROOM TO GROW

  • DuPage County has among the lowest industrial vacancy rates in the region at 3.6%.
  • The average rate for industrial properties is $8.36/nnn.
  • There are 4.3 million SF of new industrial space under construction in DuPage County.

Source: JobsEQ, Mar 2022

 

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 $1.89 for the economy.
  • Manufacturers contributed $304.8 billion to the U.S. economy in 2020, accounting for 12% of GDP.
  • Each manufacturing job creates at least 1.6 additional jobs elsewhere.
  • Over the past 25 years, U.S.-manufactured goods exports have quadrupled. 
  • Taken alone, manufacturing in the United States would be the ninth-largest economy in the world.
  • Manufacturers are responsible for more than three-quarters of private sector research and development in the nation, driving more innovation than any other sector.

Source: Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, 2019

 

 

INDUSTRY SNAPSHOT

Currently, the leading advanced manufacturing sectors in the County (listed below) account for nearly 30% of all jobs in the industry. With an average earning of $79,139, advanced manufacturing in DuPage is paying above the national average.

Two major advanced manufacturing sectors showing emerging characteristics are: agriculture, construction, and mining machinery manufacturing; and motor vehicle body and trailer manufacturing.

The Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Committee published a study in 2022 called, The Future of Manufacturing in Illinois. Follow the link to read the study.

 

LEADING INDUSTRY SECTORS BY EMPLOYMENT EMPLOYMENT LOCATION QUOTIENT
COMMERCIAL PRINTING (EXCEPT SCREEN AND BOOKS) 3,564 3.19
ALL OTHER PLASTICS MANUFACTURING 2,027 1.65
MACHINE SHOPS 1,849 1.72
CORRUGATED AND SOLID FIBER BOX MANUFACTURING 1,590 4.07
BOLT, NUT, SCREW, RIVET AND WASHER MANUFACTURING 1,429 10.42
PRECISION TURNED PRODUCT MANUFACTURING 1,211 7.92
ALL OTHER MISCELLANEOUS FOOD MANUFACTURING 1,187 7.46
COMMERCIAL BAKERIES 1,184 2.22
MEDICINAL AND BOTANICAL MANUFACTURING 965 6.27
OTHER METAL VALVE AND PIPE FITTING MANUFACTURING 921 16.00

DuPage County is home to some of the largest privately- and publicly-held companies in the region. The top public- and privately-held companies in the manufacturing industry include:

 

PRIVATE POWERHOUSES:

  • Boler Corporation, Itasca
  • Elkay Manufacturing, Downers Grove

TOP PUBLICLY-HELD COMPANIES:

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

 

MANUFACTURING RESOURCES

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.

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.

Founded in 1893, the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association is the only statewide organization dedicated exclusively to advocating on behalf of the manufacturing sector. The IMA is the state’s leading business advocate at the State Capitol representing a sector that employs 570,000 workers and contributes the single largest share of the gross state product. In addition to its award-winning legislative advocacy program, the IMA offers many benefits to its members including an energy program, discounts for parts cleaning and uniforms, reimbursement for job training costs, and a compensation/benefit survey for HR professionals.