Leading Industries

Advanced Manufacturing

A Skilled Manufacturing Workforce

Our proximity to the West Coast markets creates a tremendous advantage for assembly and advanced manufacturing businesses. By way of a robust highway transportation network made up of three corridors, Southern Nevada provides reliable, low-cost accessibility to higher-cost markets like California — meaning steeper profits for Clark County businesses.

Any city known for tourism has this: a strong connection to the rest of the world. Harry Reid International Airport serves a dual purpose in this regard, ensuring market connection and facilitation so that goods produced by the manufacturing industry reach their regional, national and international markets.

Fast Facts


of the U.S. Population is Reachable within a 5-Hour Drive


Increase in Manufacturing Jobs between 2010 and 2020


increase in Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing between 2010-2019


Average Earnings for Manufacturing Profession





Major Employers

Manufacturing Talent

Skilled and Growing Workforce

A bevy of high school programs, universities and technical colleges are preparing the next generation of top manufacturing talent

The College of Southern Nevada (CSN)’s Division of Workforce & Economic Development (DWED) offers a strong manufacturing skills program designed to meet the needs of the manufacturing industry. In 2021, the program was expanded even further through a nearly $2 million grant from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development WINN fund.
Clark County’s manufacturing industry encompasses over a thousand establishments and has an average employment of over 20,000. The region has also seen growth in non-traditional occupations such as the 119% increase in employment in architectural and structural metal manufacturing between 2010 and 2019.

Seamless Access

Unparalleled Access to the Rest of the World

Businesses in the manufacturing industry have seamless access to a global marketplace from Harry Reid International Airport.

In partnership with the International Aviation Terminals of Vancouver, BC, Harry Reid handles all aircraft and types of cargo. The airport ranked highest among mega airports in the J.D. Power 2018 North American Airport Satisfaction Study and was nominated as the world’s leading FBO terminal in 2020.

More than 40 million customers pass through the airport annually and 600,000 pounds of cargo each day. Harry Reid offers nonstop flights to and from almost every major U.S. city in addition to international airports in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Extensive Market

Regional Reliability backed by Robust Infrastructure

Most manufacturers’ main reason for expanding is for a region’s talent, but these expectations are limiting.

When manufacturers come to Clark County, they don’t just get Vegas — they get an extensive market including Santa Ana, Los Angeles, San Diego and Phoenix, Arizona to name a few. This makes the Clark County region a fruitful and sought-after location for large assembly and manufacturing companies.

Interstate 15, U.S. 95 and U.S. 93 connect Clark County to the majority of the West Coast, bringing seamless access to new markets that they may have not even considered. More than 50 motor carriers, some of which are specialized, provide support services for Southern Nevada manufacturers.

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