This kind of success and expansion would have been almost impossible to envision just a few years ago during the depths of the recession, plant spokesman Darren Copeland says.
U of I Flash Index rose slightly in July to 106.2.
In the St. Louis area, manufacturing made a strong showing in some sectors, especially in automotive and furniture.
The Mid-America Business Conditions index hit 53.2 in January, up from 49.5 in December and 48.0 in November.
70% of St. Louis entrepreneurs will be hiring in 2012.
Will tout new report out Monday from commission of state business leaders.