||TARGET INDUSTRIES |
Proximity to the both Midwest and Southeastern Markets; a developed Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics infrastructure system; a rapidly growing OEM Auto Parts cluster; and an educated and experienced workforce make the Southern Illinois Region a natural choice for growing businesses. Companies like Aisin Manufacturing, Continental Tires, Fram Group, Spartan Light Metals, Pepsi Mid-America, and Beelman Truck Company benefit from the region’s workforce strengths that are supported by training programs at community colleges.
Aisin Group - a multinational Japanese OEM auto parts manufacturer - chose to locate three of its companies to Marion, Illinois (Aisin Manufacturing, Aisin Electrical, and Aisin Light Metals) to access the area’s highly skilled workforce, which boasts both manufacturing experience and a solid pipeline of graduates from Southern Illinois University’s engineering program. These Aisin Group companies continue to thrive in Marion, Illinois, growing from an initial 35 employees in 2003 to approximately 1,500 employees today.
||HIGHER EDUCATION |
Thanks to Southern Illinois University’s flagship campus in Carbondale, Illinois, and a strong network of community colleges, the Southern Illinois Region is home to a well-educated, highly-trained, and skilled workforce, with 28 percent of the workforce holding a college degree. The region’s community colleges offer over 45 technical career certificates, providing new advancements in technical fields and trades to a highly skilled workforce with extensive experience in manufacturing and natural resource mining.
||EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING|
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