Industry Profile

Learn more about our versatile manufacturing ecosystem.

Fast Facts


Top State For Business


Top Foreign-Trade Zone


In Cost of Doing Business


Infrastructure-ready green sites ready for development

Industry Leaders

Large Caterpillar automobile.

Our Region has a robust,trained and diverse manufacturing workforce

Trained Workforce

Greater Peoria’s history with manufacturing both developed and has been developed by a robust educational environment surrounding the industry. From the world-renowned engineering department at Bradley University to numerous programs at multiple colleges and technical schools, we know how to develop a skilled manufacturing workforce ready to take on industry challenges both today and into the future. Our manufacturing industry is the second largest employer in the region. Our workforce is skilled and trained for every manufacturing job in the region. Bradley University, Illinois Central College, and the ​​Midwest Technical Institute-East Peoria are pillar institutions that train the region’s workforce in Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Industrial Engineering, HVAC and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology, Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology among other certifications to meet the high demand for manufacturing jobs in the region.

Caterpillar building exterior.

Save on real estate by growing your business in Greater Peoria’s affordable sites

Affordable Sites

In Greater Peoria, we have the shovel-ready sites perfect for your new manufacturing facility – and did we mention our property costs are lower than many other metros? For instance, a 100,000-square-foot warehouse space in Dallas, Texas will cost you $7.2 Million but only $4.1 Million in Peoria, Illinois. You save 43%! Construction is affordable too with basic building costs between $65-$75 per square foot. Another great advantage to choosing our mid-sized metro area as your home is our ability to work closely with you through the site selection process. Don’t become another number in a big city — come to Peoria where you will get personalized attention in a small city with big city amenities and a team dedicated to partner with you every step of the way.

Man working on an electrical circuit.

Find where you fit in the very diverse manufacturing industry of Greater Peoria

Manufacturing Diversity with Supportive Services

Greater Peoria has a diverse manufacturing industry and is home to 356 manufacturing locations with over 21 different NAICS classifications. Our manufacturing companies and capabilities range from machinery to food manufacturing, biomedical manufacturing tochemical manufacturing, among others.
In addition to all the savings and incentives, as a manufacturer in Greater Peoria, you have the opportunity to work collaboratively with regional industry stakeholders to expand and diversify your customer base. We believe our region is stronger when we work together to improve business for everyone. The Greater Peoria Manufacturing Network is a membership program that boosts your marketing and sales efforts. From design and engineering to fabrication and transportation services, our network is a one-stop shop that attracts OEMs seeking a high-quality supply chain and streamlined solutions.

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You can easily access major U.S. markets from Greater Peoria

Central and Connected

After manufacturing your quality goods utilizing a highly trained workforce, you are able to efficiently distribute throughout the world via our intermodal capabilities — by the river, air, road, and rail — and with the help of our well-established logistics and transportation industry.


We’re Here to Help

If you want to learn more about our manufacturing industry and how we can help you move your business here, reach out to us today.