4,000 Metal Manufacturing Firms
$25 Billion Annual Revenues
With the highest economic multiplier of any economic activity, manufacturing provides significant benefits to the regional economy in terms of wages, jobs, and output. From developing new products and technologies to exporting consumer goods around the world, manufacturing supports a substantial portion of the workforce while bringing new dollars into the economy.
The Chicago Metro Metal Consortium focuses on three metal sectors: Steel Product Manufacturing, Fabricated Metal Products, and Machinery Manufacturing. Over 4,000 firms in the region employ more than 110,000 individuals -- approximately 1 out of 6 jobs -- and generate more than $25 billion in revenues.
For more information on the region's metal manufacturing sector, please see CMAP's February 2013 Technical Report: "Metropolitan Chicago's Manufacturing Cluster: A Drill-Down Report on Innovation, Workforce, and Infrastructure"; RW Ventures' 2013 analysis, "Fabricated Metal Manufacturing"; and "The Illinois Science and Technology Roadmap: Part II Identifying High-Potential Technology Clusters" by ISTC in September 2014.