Manufacturing has been a mainstay of our regional economy since the Industrial Revolution. Its significance—to our past and present—fuels our momentum today. Whether they’re building custom boats or designing apparel, lifestyle manufacturers revolutionize the marketplace, one marvel at a time.
The raw beauty of our woodlands, waterways, vistas and trails attracts visitors and professionals seeking adventure, and manufacturing firms have followed suit. Drawn to our low business costs, superb labor and lifestyle amenities, companies crafting everything from brews to bikes find many reasons to stay.
A passion for “tech-rec,” the technology behind next-generation outdoor products, drives workforce training and higher education. Addressing the need for a robust workforce, our STEM-focused K-12 curriculum prepares students for careers in engineering and the sciences. From degree programs in outdoor recreation to master classes in machining, schooling along I-68 supplies the demand for top talent.
Manufacturing is one of the top five sectors along I-68.
Total manufacturing output by state*:
*National Association of Manufacturers