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Where manufacturing keeps advancing

What’s the number one business sector in Iowa? We know what pops into your mind—but actually, it’s advanced manufacturing. In fact, Iowa is one of the few states where the manufacturing industry still flourishes—contributing three times more than the state’s agriculture industry. Not bad for the number one producer of corn, eggs, pork and soybeans in the country.

Making everything from heavy-duty construction equipment, aerospace components to micro-plastics used in medical devices, Iowa’s more than 6,000 manufacturers are an important part of Iowa’s diverse economy. They also play a major role in the global marketplace—88 percent of Iowa’s exports are manufactured goods. Combine a talented labor force, low operating costs and regulations that promote R&D to find an ideal location, built for success.

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