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Chicago Region

Great Lakes Naval Station

The Chicago Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is located at the southernmost part of Lake Michigan and includes the Great Lakes Naval Base training facility. The lead partner in the region is the Chicago Metro Metal Consortium (CMMC). An EDA-designated “manufacturing community,” CMMC brings together metal manufacturers and relevant stakeholders to develop matchmaking events and facilitate information sharing that leads to new business opportunities for manufacturers in the region—many of which may be linked to broader defense supply chains.

Chicagoland's Defense Community Footprint Heading link

In addition to being home to defense manufacturing hubs, including the Chicago Metal Hub, the Chicago Region boasts an extensive defense footprint. This includes the Great Lakes Naval Station, Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center for veterans, and the U.S. Army Research Lab.

From 2013 to 2017, the Chicago Region boasted an annual average of:

  • 1,360 establishments with at least one DOD contract

  • $ 5.30 billions in DOD sales

  • 80 % of total State DOD spending

Relevant Reports Heading link

  • Chicago Region Summary (2016)
  • Chicago Region Community Profile (2016)
  • Chicago Region Defense Industry Profile (2018)

Partner: The Chicago Metro Metal Consortium (CMMC) Heading link

In addition to being home to defense manufacturing hubs, including the Chicago Metal Hub, the Chicago Region boasts an extensive defense footprint. This includes the Great Lakes Naval Station, Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center for veterans, and the U.S. Army Research Lab.

Chicago Metro Metal Consortium Partner Page