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Advanced Manufacturing

With convenient transportation access to major interstates, railroads and airports and close proximity to other major metropolitan cities, Greater Des Moines (DSM) is a sweet spot for advanced manufacturing businesses. DSM business advantages in this field include a lower-than-average cost of doing business, an ample fleet of national and regional trucking companies, no property taxes on inventories, machinery or equipment and a reliable, well-educated workforce.

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DSM employs 46,924 trained production workers. From agriculture and biotechnology to automotive and information technology, advanced manufacturing is the region's largest industry.

Major Advanced Manufacturing Companies 

DSM's major manufacturers include: Sales tax graphic

  • 3M
  • B&G Foods, Inc.
  • Anderson Erickson Dairy Co.
  • Bridgestone/Firestone
  • ColorFX
  • Dee Zee, Inc.
  • EFCO Corporation
  • Emerson/Fisher Division
  • John Deere 
  • Lennox
  • Pella Corporation
  • Pine Ridge Farms
  • Quality Manufacturing Corp.
  • The Wittern Group
  • Titan Tire Corporation
  • TPI Composites Inc.
  • Tyson Foods, Inc.
  • UTC Aerospace Systems
  • Vermeer Corporation
  • Weiler, Inc.
  • Windsor Windows & Doors