Located "in the middle of everything," Illinois' supply chain is vast and quickly pivoting to meet the needs of the EV industry in Illinois, the Great Lakes region and beyond. Companies including Lion Electric, Rivian, Navistar, EVBox, Komatsu are all growing in Illinois.
We are already the 4th largest manufacturing state in the U.S.; more than 89,000 workers are in a primary or secondary business line for automotive. According to the Illinois Manufacturers Association, Transportation Equipment Manufacturing (which encompasses automotive and aerospace) grew by 48.6 percent between 2009 and 2019.
Illinois is among a handful of states that are driving nearly all U.S. electric car adoption on the way to our goal of 1 million EVs on the road by 2030.
The number of opportunities in Illinois to partner with universities, start-ups and blue-chip companies to expand your business’ reach can’t be overstated. The Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) provides subsidized matchmaking services to identify complementary suppliers.