Targeted Industries

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Targeted Industries

Huntley’s location within both the Golden Corridor and Northern Illinois Technology Triangle attracts firms seeking to leverage proximity to existing technology oriented firms and resources available within Huntley itself.  Additionally, strong relationships with workforce development organizations (community colleges, workforce investment boards and other organizations) assist businesses in meeting their training and recruiting needs.

Industry Cluster Concentrations
The metro-Chicago area is home to a number of the nation's largest industry clusters including many technology oriented segments including IT and Telecommuncations and Defense and Security as well as others including Transportation and Logistics, Printing and Publishing, and Advanced Materials and Manufacturing. Huntley's location on I-90 just 30 miles west of O'Hare International Airport and 30 miles east of Rockford's large manufacturing cluster offers firms excellent access to  suppliers and customers in the US. 

While Huntley welcomes organizations from a wide variety of industry and service sectors, Huntley targets its expansion and attraction efforts within the following industry clusters:

Advanced Manufacturing
Manufacturing is the #1 industry in Illinois, due to the highly trained workforce, superior logistics and infrastructure, and commitment to economic growth. A foundation of strength for generations to come, Illinois manufacturing provides a broad range of jobs, fosters technology and innovation leadership, and provides economic stability within the state.

Manufacturing comprises approximately 13% of the state’s gross domestic product (GDP) and makes up more than 577,400 workers, or about 10% of the total workforce and boasts other important notables:

  • Illinois has the third largest manufacturing output out of all 50 states
  • The Illinois manufacturing sector surpassed that of North Carolina’s in 2011 to become the third largest manufacturing stateIllinois has the second largest plastics and rubber products manufacturing output in the nation
  • Illinois has the second largest machinery manufacturing output in the nation
  • Illinois has the second largest printing and related support equipment manufacturing output in the nation
  • Illinois has the 4th largest petroleum and coal manufacturing output in the nation
  • Illinois has the 4th largest fabricated metal product manufacturing output in the nation
  • Illinois has the 5th largest electrical equipment, appliance & component manufacturing output in the nation 

Packaging
Huntley is home to a significant concentration of packaging firms.  These companies take advantage of Huntley’s convenient access to I-90 and the close proximity to other packaging firms.  Companies which conduct significant operations in Huntley include:

Company

Industry

H.S. Crocker

Packaging & Related

Inglese Box

Packaging & Related

Rohrer Corp

Packaging & Related

TEQ

Packaging & Related

Union Special

Packaging & Related

Cargo Equipment

Packaging & Related

 

Data Centers/Call Centers/Back Office
Dark fiber access along I-90 and a large power supply via ComEd's newly expanded electrical distribution newtork and substation make Huntley a strong candidate for the location of data center operations at costs signicantly less than those of the area's major cities.

Illinois has the third highest concentration of optic fiber in the nation, with 7.96 terabytes of capacity.  This has earned Illinois a spot on the list of the “States with Most Broadband Access” as reported by the White House in 2015 and places Illinois among other high ranking measures: 

  • Illinois’ high-tech industry helps to rank it as the 8th largest Cyberstate
  • Illinois ranked #3 in the U.S. for employment in consumer electronics manufacturing – 1,100 jobs
  • Illinois ranked #4 in the U.S. for employment in electronic components manufacturing – 12,100 jobs 
  • Illinois ranked #5 in the U.S. for employment in communications equipment manufacturing – 5,700 jobs.