If you answered yes, then a career in manufacturing might be for you.

Manufacturing is the process of adding value to raw materials by turning them into products. In DuPage County, the primary manufacturing industries are metals and food, but the world of high-tech manufacturing encompasses a wide-range of industries with employers eager to add more highly skilled workers to their team.

Manufacturing has undergone rapid modernization over the past 20 years to keep pace with the global economy. Incorporating cutting edge technologies and developing new products, manufacturing companies in DuPage County are constantly innovating. Behind these creative processes is a skilled workforce of “makers” carving out career paths for themselves in rewarding fields.

In-Demand Manufacturing Jobs

We identified 7 high-demand jobs with available training programs in manufacturing.


Meet manufacturers making products in DuPage:

Food Manufacturing


  • Jel Sert is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of freezer bars with top selling brands including Fla-Vor-Ice, Otter Pops, Pop-ice, Kool Pops and Wyler’s Authentic Italian Ices.
  • The company is the number one producer of powdered drink mixes in stick packs in North America, a leading manufacturer of ready-to-drink beverages and a top marketer of innovative dessert mixes with top selling brands including Wyler’s, Wyler’s Light, Nature’s Hand, Flavor Aid, SuperC, SuperC Kids, Royal, and My-T-Fine.

Metal Manufacturing


  • Fusion OEM assembles the machines that produce the air-filled “pillows” that protect all those items you order from Amazon, machines that place the plastic “six pack” rings on beer cans and the Carvey, a unit that small businesses, “makers” and students use to mill untold number of innovative products!