Making Worldwide Products

Manufacturing has been a steady industry and integral part of the central Illinois economy. Notably, Illinois is the 4th largest manufacturing state in the nation. In Springfield, BUNN is an instantly recognizable brand of coffee makers whose production and headquarters are a cornerstone in the area. 

Logistics assets in Springfield and Sangamon County provide unparalleled access to markets worldwide. An 8-hour drive can access more than 90 million people.

  • 33,925 production workers within 60-mile drive time
  • 42,002 transportation and material movers within 60-mile drive time
  • Average manufacturing salaries are nearly 25 percent lower than the national average
  • Average transportation and warehousing salaries are 18 percent below the national average
  • Two major interstate highways - I-55 and I-72
  • Five Class I commercial railroads
    • Union Pacific
    • Norfolk Southern
    • Canadian National
    • Kansas City Southern
    • Burlington Northern Santa-Fe
  • Two FEATURED RAIL SITES - one site has dual rail capability
  • Midwest Inland port nearby - 30 miles



 Food & Beverage

Springfield & Sangamon County Food & Beverage:

Central Illinois Food & Beverage:


 Lincoln Land Community College

  • Certified Production Technician (CPT)
  • Industrial Technologies
  • Maintenance Technology
  • Mechatronics
  • CDL license with Hazmat endorsement
  • MSSC certifications in Logistics and Warehouse Distribution
  • Welding
  • Airframe and Power plant Aviation Mechanics
  • Aviation Airframe Technician
  • Aviation Powerplant Technician
  • Aviation Management

 Richland Community College

  • Drafting & Design Engineering
  • Engineering Technology
    • Bio Process Operator
    • CNC
    • Electrical Systems
    • Facilities Maintenance
    • Fluid Power systems
    • Instrumentation Systems Specialty
    • Machine Repair Specialty
    • Manufacturing Engineering
    • Mechanical Systems Specialty
    • Sequestration Specialty
    • Wind Energy Specialty
    • Welding Technology

Richland Community College is located in Decatur, just a short 30 minute drive from Springfield.


The University of Illinois graduates more engineers each year than MIT, Stanford & Cal Tech combined.