Illinois Celebrates Manufacturing Month
Throughout October the State of Illinois celebrates its makers and honors one of Illinois’ largest industries during Manufacturing Month. The
fourth largest manufacturing state in the country, more than 18,000 companies manufacture in Illinois, employing over 550,000 Illinoisans. Watch the videos below to hear about doing business in Illinois from some of the state’s makers. For a complete list of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s (DCEO’s) Manufacturing Month programs, click here.
HALO Branded Solutions HALO is a global leader in branded merchandise and promotional products headquartered in Sterling, IL, where it has continued to grow for the last 60 years; its recent $26 million expansion created 300 new jobs.
Ingersoll Machine Tools Ingersoll Machine Tools is expanding in Rockford, IL to construct the new Giant Magellan Telescope Mount; building the state-of-the-art technology will create 75 new jobs and add an additional 40,000 square feet to its 500,000-square-foot campus.
Natural Fiber Welding (NFW) A clean-technology textile company, NFW, built a 110,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Peoria, creating more than 100 jobs as it expands production of Mirum, a plant-based artificial leather used in clothing, shoes, and automobiles.
Pike Systems Headquartered in Montgomery, IL, Pike Systems expanded its operations in Mt. Vernon, IL, where this distributor of janitorial supplies and personal protective equipment opened a new 98,000-square-foot distribution hub and learning center.
TerraSource Global With 100+ years in Illinois, TerraSource Global is a leader in agriculture, construction, and mining machinery manufacturing; the company’s central location in Belleville and State support have helped it grow and reach a diverse network of suppliers.
viaPhoton viaPhoton’s fiber optics micro-factory builds and supplies solutions for data centers and 5G infrastructure; it plans to grow to more than 1000 employees over the next 5 years and has a robust training program to upskill its workforce.
World Wide Technology (WWT) Systems integrator, WWT, expanded into more than 2 million square feet of new space in Edwardsville’s Gateway Commerce Center, noting the diversity of workforce and central location as key reasons for the company’s growth in Illinois.