Target Industries

The Village of Wheeling has a very diverse economic base and is home to approximately 850 businesses, with about 400 of them being classified as industrial. These businesses represent over 50 different industry sectors.

Some of the target industries based on the industries already in town, include:

  • Aerospace manufacturers
  • Aviation components manufacturers
  • Automotive component manufacturers
  • Defense products manufacturers
  • Medical device manufacturers
  • Metal manufacturers
    – sheet and roll metal suppliers
    – small metal parts design and stamping
  • CNC Machining and Milling
  • Food manufacturers and laboratories
  • Plastic injection molding
  • Adhesive products manufacturers
  • Abrasives and product finishing
  • Wholesale food product process and distribution Food product Packaging and assembly
  • Medical device packaging and assembly

Some are tier II and III manufacturers.

Wheeling is the center of commerce and industry in the northern suburbs. The Village has approximately 14 million square feet of industrial space, and continually leads nearby communities with its low vacancy rate in that category. Wheeling is also home to over 850 licensed businesses. Every year for the past decade, Wheeling’s unemployment rate has been lower than the Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area and State of Illinois rates per Illinois Department of Employment Security statistics. Employment growth continues to be the rule in the Wheeling marketplace.

Principal Employers Include:

  • Durable Packaging
  • Pamarco Global Graphics
  • Reynolds Consumer Products
  • Handi-Foil
  • Crothall
  • Accellent
  • Bob Chinn’s Crab House
  • Argon Medical Devices
  • Bowe Bell & Howell
  • Block & Company
  • Crescent Cardboard
  • Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel & Convention
  • Greek American Rehabilitation & Care
  • Engis Corporation
  • Richelieu Foods
  • Aargus Plastics
  • Keats Manufacturing Co.
  • Wieland Metals
  • Valspar

Like most airports across our nation, Chicago Executive Airport was once a modest grass strip created by early aviation enthusiasts when airplanes were a novelty and travel by air was an uncommon luxury. The airport was purchased in 1953 by George Priester, who expanded and developed the facility until 1986, when it was purchased by the neighboring communities of Wheeling and Prospect Heights.

In 2013, the Illinois Department of Transportation named Chicago Executive Airport the Reliever Airport of the Year.


The airport is a key building block and powerful economic engine for both communities, and for the surrounding area. Chicago Executive Airport produces direct and indirect economic benefits such as sales tax revenue and increased business activity for local industry and retail operations across a wide range of enterprises, including hotels and restaurants.

Chicago Executive Airport serves the general and business aviation sector and is the third-busiest airport in Chicagoland, after O’Hare and Midway. More than 200 aircraft are based on the field, with over 75,000 takeoffs and landings annually.

A US Customs Office is located onsite at Chicago Executive Airport.

The airport operates 24 hours a day year-round. The air traffic control tower is staffed by the Federal Aviation Administration and operates daily. The primary users of Chicago Executive Airport include private airplane owners, flight schools, businesses who maintain corporate aircraft at the airport, and major national and international corporations.

Located just north of Chicago, Chicago Executive Airport provides travelers with the convenience of being within easy reach of one of the most dynamic and vibrant cities in America. With easy access to Interstate 94, Chicago’s famous Magnificent Mile and bustling financial district are only minutes away and many Fortune 500 companies are closer yet.


The Wheeling community is also served by commuter and freight rail service, a skilled workforce, and near access to regional thoroughfares such as Rt. 83, Rt. 53/I-355, I-290, and I-94/I-294.

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