The Quad Cities region is a leader in both manufacturing and defense; it is among the nation’s top ten Advanced Metals and Materials markets as well as home to the Rock Island Arsenal, the largest government-owned manufacturer in the United States. We’re also the home of U.S. Army logistics; everything a soldier touches moves through the Rock Island Arsenal.

Quad Citizens are a vital part of the national defense industry, and our regional economy benefits significantly from this.

Did you know?

  • The Rock Island Arsenal employs 6,500 people and accounts for $308.6 million in annual wages.
  • More than 1,300 companies in the Quad Cities’ 10-county region are active in the manufacturing and defense industry.
  • Manufacturing accounted for more than 17 percent of regional employment in 2014, compared to 8.9 percent nationally.
  • Each dollar invested in manufacturing results in at least $2.75 of additional spend in the local economy.
  • Over 80 percent of patents stem from the manufacturing sector.
  • Wages in the Quad Cities manufacturing industry are higher than average regional wages.

Manufacturing and defense play a vital role in our regional economy, and both are facing changes. That’s why the Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub, in partnership with the Illinois Defense Industry Adjustment (DIA) Program, is leading the state by developing a defense supply chain diversification strategy for our region. Other regions will follow in our footsteps. This places Quad Cities’ area manufacturers and defense contractors at an advantage as this region develops a cutting-edge strategy to help companies diversify their business and become more resilient to fluctuating markets.

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