anufacturing in the Quad Cities has been changing the way the world does things for generations, and today the region’s businesses and workforce are shaping the manufacturing revolution happening around the world. Global manufacturing firms like Alcoa, which just underwent a $300 million expansion in the Quad Cities, count on the region’s workforce to be an innovative force in the industry.
“The Quad Cities Alcoa plant is at the hub of our $4 billion aerospace business. Our workforce is responsible for producing advanced aerospace alloys for aircraft and military armor used by millions of people around the world. For a responsibility this big, our workforce has to be the best and it is,” said Rob Woodall, Manufacturing Director of Alcoa Davenport & Satellites.
Genesis Systems Group, one of North America’s largest robotic integrators, is headquartered in the Quad Cities. The company’s robotic systems are stationed in 15 countries and 42 states.
“The Quad Cities is a great place for business because of the people and their attention to detail, commitment to excellence, and exemplary attitude. The people here are innately acclimated to the work Genesis does. They have a balance of technical fearlessness and humility, and a deep regional association with manufacturing,” said Joel Lorentzen, CEO of Genesis Systems Group.
Beyond workforce, businesses in the Quad Cities benefit from a robust supply chain and strong multimodal transportation infrastructure. Located along the eastern Iowa and western Illinois border where the Mississippi River and Interstate 80 intersect, the Quad Cities is within a short distance — by road, rail, river, or air — to major markets throughout the Midwest and the world. Over 400,000 people call the Quad Cities home, and more than 37 million people are located within a 300 mile radius of the bi-state region.
From John Deere World Headquarters to Alcoa and the Rock Island Arsenal the manufacturing strength of the Quad Cities is unsurpassed. For more than a century, manufacturing has been the cornerstone of the Quad Cities’ economy. Today, manufacturing in the Quad Cities has been leading the revolution.
ince 1836, a diverse blend of advanced manufacturing firms with industry and global recognition call Rock County, WI home. Many of the products generated represent critical manufactured components found in the following supply chains: aerospace, architectural, construction, defense, electronics, food processing, industrial, medical, packaging, power distribution and transportation.
A sampling of these leading companies include: Air Products, AMTEC, ANGI Energy Systems, Baker Manufacturing, Charter NEX Films, Cummins, DuPont, Edgerton Gear, Evonik, Fairbanks Morse, GOEX, Green-Tek, Helicopter Specialties, Linde, Prent, MPC, Performance Micro Tool, Morgan Corp., Regal, Tigre, United Alloy, Universal Acoustic & Emission Technologies, SSI Technologies and Stoughton Trailers.
An efficient transportation system that includes a toll-free highway network; three rail providers; and the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport, catering to air cargo and corporate aviation, all complement Rock County’s proximity to FTZ #41. This optimal speed-to-market location facilitates the ability to reach one-third of all U.S. manufacturing operations within a single day’s commute. Plus, an integrated K-16 system, with advanced manufacturing and engineering programming from the Wisconsin Technical College and University Systems provides a direct workforce pipeline. Shovel-ready property priced around $1/SF, a retooled state business climate, easy-to-use online tools, and an experienced economic development team are just some of reasons why advanced manufacturers are choosing Rock County, WI.
Join the movement by connecting at www.RockCountyReady.com.
xciting market conditions primed by growth make this the perfect time to consider relocating or expanding to Cape Coral, Florida.
With an average of 335 days of sunshine year-round, a low cost of living and no state income tax, the largest city in Southwest Florida is the only one that can boast that it still has vast land open for development. For corporations with a large employee base, the city offers a diverse range of housing — from high-end luxury to affordable single-family homes to condos — that can accommodate all lifestyles in this subtropical environment.
Here are some facts that executives and site selectors can’t overlook when considering Cape Coral as your new business site:
If you want to get down to business, the market conditions are right. Contact our Cape Coral Economic Development Office (EDO) for invaluable market demographics, resources and incentives. Why not get started with your new business destination today?
he Madison Region in south-central Wisconsin claims historic strength in advanced manufacturing with continued leadership powered by technology, innovation, and world-class research capacity.
With 65,000 manufacturing employees and 1,400 manufacturing establishments across our eight counties, the Madison Region provides a density conducive for manufacturing companies to serve customers across the world. Our diverse portfolio comprises specialty strengths in dairy product manufacturing, food products machinery, tractors and trailers, household appliances, glass products, metals, and plastics.
The Madison Region grows first-class manufacturing talent, from our top-tier university to our integrated technical college system. Many of the University of Wisconsin - Madison’s engineering programs boast Top 10 rankings in U.S. News & World Report. Two technical colleges — Madison College and Blackhawk Technical College — have upgraded their advanced manufacturing facilities into state-of-the-art centers that train students on everything from welding to hydraulics. These and other institutions in and adjacent to the region fuel our manufacturing workforce pipeline, with 4,884 industry-applicable degrees and certificates conferred in 2012-2013.
Far from a dying industry in the Madison Region, our manufacturing employment grew by 3.4% between 2009 and 2013, compared to 1.6% in the United States. This growth is buoyed by the state’s Manufacturing and Agriculture Credit, which offers tax credits and exemptions on sales and property tax for qualifying businesses, virtually eliminating tax on income from manufacturing activity.
With a laser focus on efficiency and high-end production, the Madison Region is positioned to propel its manufacturing legacy into a technology-intensive industry of tomorrow.
Learn more at www.madisonregion.org.