Northwest Business Magazine
Stenstrom Construction Group, in Rockford, transformed an abandoned factory in downtown Rockford into the UW Health Sports Factory, which now serves as a hub for sports tournaments and other gatherings. The work cost about $24.4 million. (Rockford Park District /Jesse Fox photo)
The Secret Behind Rockford’s Building Boom

As public and private organizations pour more than $2 billion of capital investments into the region, area construction firms are riding a long-awaited wave of prosperity. But is it too soon to declare this a “new normal”?

Next Rockford: My Unsuccessful Breakup with Rockford

What happens when a young professional learns to embrace their hometown, rather than flee it for the big city? Rebecca Nunes, of Next Rockford, explains why it’s essential to engage young people in the life of our region.

Manufacturing Powerhouses: Proud to be Powering the Region

What other sector can say it drives our region like manufacturing, which powers our local economy, our jobs scene, and products found around the world? Take a look at some of these firms that are leading their industries.

Rockford officials joined members of the Goellner family, owners of Advanced Machine & Engineering Co., in Rockford, for a December groundbreaking on a 300,000-square-foot, $3.5 million expansion. (Rockford Are a Economic Development Council  photo)
Local Manufacturing & Business Briefs

Discover some of the latest product launches and innovations happening within our region’s manufacturing companies.

Transform Rockford: A New Mindset in Economic Development

It’s long been a paradigm of economic development that growing businesses want certain economic concessions. But what if there were other incentives that could draw in new employers and improve our workforce?