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Illinois makes the machines that move earth and power the world, while growing the food that feeds the world. Caterpillar, the largest manufacturer of construction equipment, and John Deere, the largest manufacturer of tractors and agricultural equipment, rely on a flexible supply Illinois chain that provides everything from component parts to complex sub-assemblies. Thousands of companies produce the metal, steel, and plastic components that enable this sector to thrive as a major job generator and source of wealth in Illinois.
Illinois is home to Boeing Corporation and several major Tier one aerospace manufacturers. Illinois rich legacy of commercial and defense production is augmented by a cluster of world class second and third tier suppliers. From components and parts, to production of major power management systems, Illinois remains a hub for the growing U.S. aerospace sector. IMEC's collaborations with Illinois Universities and Community Colleges, particularly in the Rockford Region, offer these companies resources for R&D and training.
Illinois is one of the nation's largest producers of automobiles, with an ideal transportation and delivery infrastructure for auto plants and suppliers. Chrysler, Ford, and Mitsubishi have major manufacturing operations in Illinois, and they are fed by a robust network of suppliers who provide the machine tools and component parts that make up the technologically advance automobile. IMEC works with these companies to meet the cost and quality requirements of the auto sector.
Illinois is home to major consumer branded products in a variety of sectors, from food processing to furniture, pharmaceuticals, appliances, computer and electronics, and apparel. Many Illinois companies have adopted state of the art inventory management, cost containment, and safety practices in response to the needs of major retailers.
The metalworking and machining sector is critical to the economic mix in Illinois. Employing thousands of Illinois workers, these industries are a large source of exports and have seen dramatic advances in advanced technology and worker training. Core industrial companies feed demand for steel within Illinois and surrounding states, and do so in clean and safe, highly modernized manufacturing facilities.