Advanced Manufacturing

Manufacturing makes up nearly 30% of the jobs in West Chicago, a City with a significant number of acres of both vacant and shovel-ready properties, already zoned for manufacturing and industrial uses. We offer Class A, build-to-suit and reuse properties. In fact, when a manufacturer considers a new northeast Illinois location, the City of West Chicago is always in the mix. Why? No doubt it’s because of a hard-working, strong employment base, with nearby community college training opportunities. Also, West Chicago is minutes from an expressway and home to a dense railroad network, with easy commercial airline access and a corporate airport inside the City Limits.

  • Manufacturing in West Chicago boasts a 3.30 LQ. We are your manufacturing headquarters!
  • Strong job growth is projected for manufacturing in West Chicago, including in the scientific and technology sectors
  • The City offers a proven incentives package—we partner in your success!

Major Manufacturers in West Chicago:

Proudly Made in West Chicago, Illinois

What do Styrofoam cups, freezer pops, underground tape, and plastic containers have in common?

They’re all products produced in West Chicago.

The real-time and residual value of their presence in the City is enormous. These businesses represent the best in corporate citizenship. Besides fueling the labor force and providing more than 3,000 jobs in West Chicago, there is a trickle-down effect that results in long-term economic benefit to the community. Their investment and support in the community directly impacts the quality of life for all who live and work there.

The next time you reach for a product in your pantry, refrigerator or freezer, you may be reaching for something that was “made in West Chicago!”

Jel Sert: Produces Fla-Vor-Ice freezer pops, Royal puddings and gelatins, Mondo, and Wyler’s lemonade.

Ball Horticultural: Internationally renowned in producing varieties of seeds, young plants, and innovative horticultural hybrids.

Win-Cup:  Products include a broad range of disposable cups, bowls, containers, cutlery, and thermoformed plastic lids.

Pro-Pak: Manufactures underground detectable tape and tone detectors; produces the yellow “Support Our Troops” tape.

Why have these and so many other successful businesses chosen to locate in West Chicago?

Proximity to efficient transportation networks is of critical importance to location scouts searching for destinations with accessibility to the regional, national and global marketplace. West Chicago’s access to highway, rail and air transport gives it a leading edge for business development. Situated in the heart of the western suburbs and offering excellent schools, housing stock with a range of attractive price points, and lifestyle amenities including DuPage County forest preserves, the Illinois Prairie Path and an award winning aquatic center, West Chicago holds enormous appeal to the creative talent pool employers are scrambling to engage. All this and only 32 miles from downtown Chicago, West Chicago’s location has it all!

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Photo of Wise Plastics building exterior in West Chicago IL central manufacturing district