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