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In the whole of the United States, manufacturing provides an estimated 17.6 million jobs, which is approximately one in six of the jobs in the private-sector. This means that about 9 percent of the workforce is employed directly in manufacturing. In Illinois alone, manufacturing accounts for a whopping 12 percent of the state’s total economic output with a variety of types of goods being made. This represents a similar figure of 9.3 percent of the total workforce in Illinois being employed in this sector of the economy.
In 2009, there were 14,722 manufacturing companies in Illinois, which represented growth of 83 percent since 2003. Machinery production in general and farm equipment in particular is the largest slice of the manufacturing pie in Illinois, with both Caterpillar and John Deere headquartered here. Other types of manufacturers in Illinois include food and beverage; such as Equal Sweetener, metal products, chemicals, coal, petroleum, print materials (books), electronics, plastics and even sunglasses, with Maui Jim being based in Peoria since 1996.
An impressive 92.4 billion dollars was the total output figure from manufacturing in 2012 in Illinois and represents compensation that is more than $20,000 higher than other forms of non-farm employment in the state. Manufacturers make up a significant driver of the overall Illinois’ economy and are therefore a vital source of employment for so many blue collar workers.
An outstanding example of this bustling activity in the state is M & M Box, which has been manufacturing chip, corrugated and specialty board partitions since 1968. M & M Box has a facility in Illinois that maintains a large inventory of roll and flat stock paperboard and many grades and flutes of corrugated sheets. With the latest in machinery technology, M & M Box capabilities are vast and varied, able to meet practically any and all design needs.
M & M Box is known for its strict quality control program. Call or email us today to discover how M & M Box can help in fulfilling your shipping material needs.
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