||TARGET INDUSTRIES |
The region’s primary economic engine and its largest private employer is the manufacturing sector. The region’s manufacturers employ over 10,000 people – almost 12 percent of the regional workforce. Companies like Titan Wheel and Pella are important to the region’s manufacturing base. Also located in this region and part of a worldwide industrial network is NTN Bower a Japanese motor bearing plant.
Prominent manufacturing sub-sectors include; Non-metallic mineral product manufacturing and electrical equipment and component manufacturing.
Dot Foods, the nations largest food redistributor in Mt. Sterling, Titan Wheel in Quincy, and Smithfield in Monmouth are three of the region’s top employers.
Further demonstrating the strength of the region, Pegasus Mfg Inc. - a leading contract manufacturer of complex machined parts and assemblies. Pegasus Mfg’s new Galesburg facility utilizes some of the most advanced and accurate CNC milling and CNC turning equipment available. Pegasus Mfg recently relocated their business from California to Galesburg, IL. The trusted partnership that has developed between Pegasus and the Illinois Department of Commerce holds much potential for innovation in areas of workforce training, business recruitment strategies, and continuous improvement for state
||HIGHER EDUCATION |
The region’s largest employer is also its flagship graduate educational institution–Western Illinois University at Macomb–which employs more than 2,200 people. The region is also home to other 4-year institutions such as Knox College, Monmouth College and Quincy University. Three excellent community college systems; Carl Sandburg, John Wood and Spoon River) also foster a well-educated and productive workforce across the region. The educational institutions across the region employ more than 9,000 people and educate more than 23,000 students each year.
||EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING|
Click here to learn more about this region’s population statistics, local workforce area and community college district boundaries and locations, demographics (such as percentage of veterans, household income, educational attainment, and poverty level), employment projections by industry, and community college graduates by career cluster.
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