Advanced Manufacturing

Where Manufacturing Keeps Advancing

Advanced Manufacturing: Iowa's Largest Industry

Advanced manufacturing is Iowa’s largest industry, accounting for more than 17 percent of the state’s total GDP. Nearly 6,000 manufacturers produce everything from food products and medical devices to aerospace products and construction machinery.
Iowa is perfectly positioned to export these products around the globe, with a strong transportation network with access to air, water, rail and highway. In addition, Iowa’s skilled talent pool and state-of-the-art training and research programs at our colleges and universities offer a wealth of workforce resources.
Iowa’s combination of business-friendly government policies and tax structure, connection to centers of research excellence and strong transportation network have established Iowa as a leader in advanced manufacturing.  

    Manufacturing represents over more than 17% of Iowa’s GDP and exports $14.3 billion worth of goods.
    Iowa's central location and network of air, water, rail and highway systems is designed for commerce.
    Almost a third of the largest 100 food manufacturers have operations in Iowa, the No. 1 producer of eggs, corn and pork.
    Iowa employs 15.8% of the agricultural machinery manufacturing workforce in the U.S.

Iowa: The Ice Cream Capital of the World

It's no secret that Iowa dominates in the global agricultural department. The state's fertile land, low cost of doing business, excellent transportation, excellent transportation infrastructure and quality workforce have attracted major food brands to set up significant operations. In fact, 36 of the largest 100 food manufacturers have operations in Iowa, including global companies like Barilla, Heinz, Hormel, Nestle, Tyson and Quaker Oats. From breakfast to dessert, Iowa companies complete the menu. 

Learn how Wells Enterprises has helped fuel Iowa’s food and ingredient manufacturing industry and how they became the “ice cream capital of the world.” 

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