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Manufacturing Businesses Considered Essential

Gov. Pritzker has announced a Stay at Home Order for the entire state of Illinois effective Saturday, March 21 at 5:00 pm and for the remainder of the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation, which currently extends through April 7, 2020.

The RAEDC has been working closely with local and state elected officials to ensure manufacturing is deemed an essential business.

The latest Executive Order from Gov. Pritzker has included what is considered essential business types.

Manufacture, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industries. Manufacturing companies, distributors, and supply chain companies producing and supplying essential products and services in and for industries such as pharmaceutical, technology, biotechnology, healthcare, chemicals and sanitization, waste pickup and disposal, agriculture, food and beverage, transportation, energy, steel and steel products, petroleum and fuel, mining, construction, national defense, communications, as well as products used by other Essential Businesses and Operations.

The complete Executive Order can be read at

Continue to take all necessary precautions; including washing your hands, maintaining 6 ft distance from others, and when possible stay home.

For additional information related to establishing manufacturing protocols visit: Manufacturing Operational Protocols: COVID-19 .

For daily updates members of the public can text COVID19 to 78015.


Nathan Bryant
President & CEO
The role of the  Rockford Area Economic Development Council  (RAEDC) is to collaborate with regional stakeholders to cultivate opportunities for primary job growth that increase the economic well-being of our region. The RAEDC markets the region to attract new capital investment, while assisting existing business with resources for sustainable growth. The RAEDC works closely with many partners to improve the competitiveness of the region by taking what it learns from the region's employers and engaging the community in the daily work of economic development. As the economic development organization for the region, the RAEDC also serves as the area's data collection agency on all new capital investment, retained and created quality jobs, and renovated commercial/industrial space.