Zooming in further on industry in West Chicago helps identify important subindustries and industry clusters, or groups of businesses located close to one another that are connected by type of business or product, suppliers, and so on. You might already know that most jobs in West Chicago are in the manufacturing industry. But did you know that within manufacturing, printing has the greatest number of businesses, and manufacturing of paper products the greatest number of employees?
Construction is also big business in West Chicago: there are more construction businesses in West Chicago than any other kind of business, including businesses that work in residential building construction and in building equipment contracting.
The strongest industry cluster in DuPage County is marketing, education, and information technology. The most prominent clusters in West Chicago are…
- Metalworking technology
- Seed and plant distribution (Ball Horticultural, with 1,650 employees and many subsidiaries, is the biggest company in West Chicago!)
- Advanced manufacturing
- Logistics and wholesale