Industries


Rockford’s industrial history begins with its rise to national prominence in furniture manufacturing. At one time no less than 25 firms were located in the region, making it the second largest industry cluster in the US. Rockford was also a center of excellence for farm implement manufacturing. The combination of these industries allowed Rockford to diversify into: machine tools, heavy machinery, automotive, aerospace, fasteners, cabinet hardware, packaging devices, and toys.

The Rockford Region is considered an excellent location for:

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The Rockford Region consists of Boone, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago counties in northern Illinois. The area lies in the heart of the Midwest, and in very close proximity to Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, Quad-Cities, and Peoria. Its central time zone location allows your company to reach customers from coast to coast during normal business hours.

The 75 institutions of higher learning that lie within a 90-mile commute of Rockford provide a skilled and readily available and skilled workforce.

The Rockford Region’s low cost of living and competitive wage rates benefit both employer and employee.