Business & Industry
The City of Freeport and the surrounding area are home for a highly diverse group of businesses, agriculture and industries. Tucked in the upper northwest corner of Illinois near Wisconsin and Iowa, the Freeport area has a stable population and workforce. Many different products originate in the Freeport area: high-tech sensors, snack foods, rebuilt engines, ready- mix concrete, plastic molded model railroad switch stands, cultured marble, cheese, metal working machinery, molded plastics, automation equipment and vending machines are a few examples.
Agriculture contributes strongly to the area's economy. Stephenson County is the largest dairy-producing county in Illinois. More than 1,400 farms in Stephenson County raise beef and dairy cattle and produce corn, soybean, hay, oats and other cash crops.
The local economy is supported by a variety of banks and financial institutions, ranging from local, independent organizations to larger, national institutions. Attorneys, accountants, insurance agents, financial consultants, merchants and all types of service professionals such as plumbers, contractors, electricians and painters work in Freeport.
The City of Freeport operates its own water utility and wastewater treatment plant. Natural gas is provided from NI Gas; ComEd generates electricity; telephone services come from Verizon, and Insight provides cable television service. Many internet service providers have local telephone numbers.