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Harvest time in Iowa: Ag manufacturing drives Iowa’s economy

September 21, 2016

Harvest time in Iowa: Ag manufacturing drives Iowa’s economy

Iowa has a well-deserved worldwide reputation as a corn producer, and that corncob gets buttered by our state’s advanced manufacturing industry. In fact, manufacturing is actually Iowa’s largest industry by share of state GDP—more than $31.8 billion in 2015.

Our transportation network ensures what’s made in Iowa also reaches markets around the world. In 2015, Iowa exported more than $1.5 billion in agriculture related manufacturing exports, including tractors, tractor parts and insecticides and herbicides. CNBC said Iowa offers businesses the second lowest cost of businesses and residents a top 10 quality of life.

Consult the map below to see manufacturers operating in Iowa. For more information on doing business in Iowa, visit and contact



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