Well here is a list that Rockford can celebrate.

Henryk Sadura

According to WREX Rockford has been named the fourth best city in the U.S. when it comes to manufacturing, that is from a study by SmartAsset. This study looked at data such as:

  • Employment
  • Income Growth
  • Density of Manufacturing Jobs

The number crunchers from Industry Week were quoted as saying:

"about 25% of all workers are employed in the sector. After housing costs, the average worker takes home $54,000".

The top ten manufacturing cities across the U.S. are:

  1. Talladega-Sylacauga, Alabama
  2. Greenville-Anderson-Maulin, South Carolina
  3. Ogden-Clearfield, Utah
  4. Rockford, Illinois
  5. Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, Kentucky
  6. Greenville, North Carolina
  7. Napa, California
  8. Amarillo, Texas
  9. Oshkosh-Neenah, Wisconsin
  10. Mount Vernon-Anacortes, Washington

Now if only the governor would fully support improved manufacturing efforts in the state, maybe Rockford would climb closer to number one. With companies such as IMEC that can be awarded state funding to HELP local manufacturing companies, the sky is the limit.