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Above all else, we are makers.

Greater Peoria has an extensive history in heavy metal manufacturing. 24,500 people in our regional workforce are employed in the manufacturing industry — which is 56% higher than the national average. In fact, the R&D and major component manufacturing for Caterpillar has been made possible with the expertise and dedication of our workforce for over 100 years. And they are not alone — many OEMs and suppliers find our region critical to their success in the industry.

Trained workforce
Our history with manufacturing has led to 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 the industry needs of today and the future.

Affordable sites
We have the shovel-ready sites perfect for your new facility — not to mention our property costs are lower than many other metros. Construction is affordable too with basic building costs between $65-$75 per square foot. And a 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 — we will be your partner every step of the way.

Manufacturing diversity.

Greater Peoria is home to 356 manufacturing locations over 21 different NAICS classifications. Hover over each to see the total payrolled locations for each type.

Talent Pipeline

Key to any industry is meeting the high demand for jobs. In Greater Peoria, we have several institutions meeting these demands by churning out a skilled and growing workforce.

Peoria MSA Export Data

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 river, air, road, and rail — and with the help of our well-established logistics and transportation industry.

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

Quad Cities      90 mi
Chicago           150 mi
St. Louis           170 mi
Indianapolis    210 mi
New York        928 mi
Houston          946 mi
Los Angeles  1,947 mi

Foreign Trade Zone

Greater Peoria is home to Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) 114, which has numerous benefits  such as lower duties, cost avoidance, staging and showcasing capabilities, and assembly cost savings. Learn more about FTZs.

Supportive resources.
Want to learn more? Contact us.

Lenora Fisher
Greater Peoria Economic Development Council
Director of Business Attraction
C: 309-253-6010
E: lfisher@greaterpeoriaedc.org

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