The world’s largest aerospace company and manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems, moved its corporate headquarters from Seattle to Chicago in 2001.
Ford Motor Company Chicago Assembly Plant Chicago
Ford has been making cars on Torrence Avenue in Chicago since 1924. Its current assembly plant measures 2.8 million square feet.
FCA Belvidere Assembly Plant Belvidere
The largest employer in the Rockford area, 5,430 people work at this plant that turns out 1,200 Chrysler vehicles a day.
Navarro Canoe Co. Rock Island
In the 1970s, Californian Vernon Pew duplicated his grandfather’s design of making canoes that integrated wood and fiberglass to create a sturdy but lightweight vessel. Bruce and Sue Peterson purchased the company in 2011 and moved it to a few blocks from the Mississippi River in downtown Rock Island.