Advanced Manufacturing/Food Processing

The Cedar Valley Region has a strong heritage of manufacturing in the Cedar Valley.   Manufacturing constitutes the largest segment of Iowa’s workforce with most of it located in northeast Iowa and the Cedar Valley. 

  • Central US location within 500 miles of 23% of the nation’s population and 1-2 days delivery time of major business centers.
  • Location along I-218/380 north/south; U.S. Hwy 20 East/West.
  • The largest Industry Cluster in the Cedar Valley Region Labor Market is manufacturing.
  • In 2014, Cedar Valley Region employment in the Manufacturing Sector was 51,303 or 13% of total Labor Market employment, which is nearly double the percentage for the entire nation (6.9%) and greater than the percentage for the State of Iowa (10.8%).
  • The Cedar Valley Region is home to Iowa’s Advanced Manufacturing Network Hub (IAMNH) at the TechWorks Campus which boasts North America's largest 3D printer operated by the University of Northern Iowa Metal Casting Center.
  • Developed industrial sites for new construction in city-owned industrial parks and area office parks.  This coupled with aggressive local incentives reduce a company’s start-up expenses.  Site infrastructure includes fiber broadband service.
  • The Cedar Valley Aquifer has a significant capacity to produce water far in excess of current withdrawal rates regardless of drought, or demand pumpage.
  • Iowa is a Right-To-Work State.
  • The five largest industries in the Advanced Manufacturing cluster account for nearly 80% of cluster employment.

Top 10 Manufacturing Industries

NAICS Code Manufacturing Industry Group Employment
333 Machinery Manufacturing 12,173
311 Food Manufacturing 10,518
334 Computer & Electronic Products Mfg. 9,338
332 Fabricated Metal Products Mfg. 6,405
337 Furniture & Related Product Mfg. 1,693
336 Transportation Equipment Mfg. 1,512
325 Chemical Manufacturing 1,716
323 Printing & Related Support Activities 1,547
339 Miscellaneous Manufacturing 1,033
331 Primary Metal Manufacturing 986













Source: Smart Solutions Group. Cedar Valley Region – Advanced Manufacturing Labor Market Profile – June 2015


Additional Information