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Manufacturing is integral to the story of Illinois and our nation. As the state’s largest economic engine, Illinois manufacturers feed the world, make life saving products, power our homes and businesses, build our infrastructure, transport people and products around the globe, and provide for our nation’s defense. Manufacturing makes the world a better place to live every single day.

The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association is the unified voice of the manufacturing community in Illinois. The 592,000 women and men on Illinois factory floors today are the innovators and entrepreneurs, the builders and producers, and the dreamers and leaders of America.

We are the solution to many of the challenges facing our state if the right policies are put into place. Our elected leaders should choose policies that will build upon our best-in-class workforce and create a pipeline of qualified workers for the future. Let’s create a better Illinois that is the best place to invest, the best place to innovate, and the best place from which to export.

The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association commissioned an economic analysis of the economic impact of manufacturing in Illinois to document the positive impact of manufacturing in and for Illinois. This summer, we toured Illinois to highlight our members and regional effects of manufacturing, and here is some of the coverage from that tour:

5/14/19: Crain’s: “Factories remain key to Illinois economy, especially downstate”

5/28/19: WGLT: “Report: Manufacturing plays an outside role in downstate economy”

6/7/19: The Center Square: “New study highlights importance of manufacturing in Illinois economy”

6/23/19: WGN Radio: “The manufacturing matters survey highlights just how crucial manufacturing is for Illinois”

6/25/19: Rockford Register Star: “Manufacturing Matters Tour Stops in Rockford”

7/01/19: Kane County Chronicle: “Illinois Manufacturers Association Members Tour Batavia Flag Maker Ahead of July 4th

7/02/19: Batavia Patch: “Manufacturing Matters Tour Makes Stop At American Flag  Maker”

7/03/19: Geneva Patch: “Manufacturing Matters Tour Makes Stop At American Flag Maker”

7/02/19: Associations Now: “The Associations That Stand Behind the Flag”

7/8/19: : WMAY: “Manufacturers discuss their economic impact on Illinois”

7/8/19: : WTAX: “IMA: Business is good”

7/8/19: : Fox Springfield: Mel-O-Cream Donuts honored for bringing more jobs to Illinois

7/9/19: The Center Square: “Group touts economic benefits of Illinois’ manufacturing industry”

7/10/19: Alton Daily Telegraph: “Group Touts Illinois’ Manufacturing Industry”

7/13/19: State Journal-Register: “Local Business Notes: One year since Governor’s mansion reopened”

7/15/19: Peoria Journal Star: “Manufacturing strong in Peoria area but job opportunities will grow”

7/15/19: Heart of Illinois – ABC: “Manufacturing matters: Study highlights industry’s role in Central Illinois economy”

7/16/19: Central Illinois Proud: “Manufacturing sector in Peoria, Tazewell Counties boasts over 21,000 workers”

7/24/19: WSIU: “Manufacturing Tour Comes to Carbondale”

7/24/19: “Group highlights success of southern Illinois manufacturing”

7/27/19: The Southern: “New study highlights importance of manufacturing to Southern Illinois’ economy”

8/7/2019: WVIK: “IL Manufacturers’ Association Promotes Industry in QC”

8/7/2019: WQAD: Study: “Average manufacturing worker in Rock Island County earns $76,000”

8/7/2019: Rock Island Dispatch Argus: “Statistics hammer home the importance of Illinois manufacturing”

08/08/19: “Statistics hammer home the importance of Illinois manufacturing jobs”

8/10/19: KPVI: “Illinois Manufacturers’ Association study highlights industry in southern part of state”

8/10/19: “Study Stresses Importance of Southern IL Manufacturing”

8/10/19: News-Press Now: “Illinois Manufacturers’ Association study highlights industry in southern part of state”

8/10/19: WMAY: “Illinois Manufacturers’ Association study highlights industry in southern part of state”

8/12/19: Metro East Meteor: “Report says manufacturing provides nearly 40,000 jobs in Metro East”

8/14/19: Du Quoin Evening Call: “New study warns of manufacturing workforce shortage”