Our Region Ranks 1st Again


Did you know our region has the highest concentration of cold forming employment in the USA!

Cold Forming Employment ConcentrationThe Rockford MSA (metropolitan statistical area) includes Winnebago and Boone Counties. The region is competing against other metropolitan statistical areas much larger than ours and demonstrating the ability to provide this specialized form of manufacturing on a world-class level.

Cold forming, also known as cold heading, is the process of shaping metals at room temperature. In cold forming, metal is forced into dies at high pressure and at high-speed. This multi-step process shapes the metal from wire into a screw or rivet, which are the most common form of fasteners made using this process. The process results in a higher strength fastener with little to no waste material generated.

cold heading companies in the Rockford Region

In our region, there are 39 companies that provide cold forming or cold heading services and an additional 26 companies that provide metal treating and coating services after the cold forming process, this is known as downstream processing.

The RAEDC supports and promotes the region’s strength in providing training that is relevant to our employers and industry sectors. Relevant to cold forming and cold heading, there is a NIMS credentialed training programs and apprenticeships at Rock Valley College through the Tech Works program.

The region’s bloodline of manufacturing and innovation and has positioned itself as a leader in aerospace, advanced manufacturing, healthcare, as well as establishing industry relevant customized workforce solutions. The cold forming manufacturing industry in the region demonstrates these capabilities and abilities.

We are still a Fastener Hub in the USA – We are #1!


This article also appeared in the Rockford Chamber’s The Voice publication.


The metropolitan statistical area (MSA) includes Winnebago and Boone Counties. 


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