Advanced Manufacturing Drives Iowa’s Economy
1 Jul 2017
Don’t let our #1 rankings in corn, eggs, and pork production fool you — Iowa is a manufacturing state. Employing more than 200,000 skilled workers, advanced manufacturing is Iowa’s single largest industry.
In fact, 85 percent of the state’s total exports are manufactured goods and nearly 16 percent of U.S. agriculture equipment employees work in Iowa. With all this industry, Iowa has the highest concentration of machinery manufacturing employees in the country, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data.