The Top 10 Biggest Movers from the 2021 IW U.S. 500

July 30, 2021
The manufacturers who improved the most in our yearly rankings.

The 2021 IW 500 is a stellar showcase of the best and biggest manufacturers in the country. Our list of the manufacturers with the highest revenue in the U.S. consistently features giants of manufacturing performance like Apple, Exxon Mobil, and Microsoft. Several of those companies have rested comfortably towards the top of our list for years.

This slideshow is not about the biggest companies. Instead, it focuses on some of the list’s smaller manufacturers who nevertheless made the largest improvements in our ranking of manufacturers between now and last year’s IW 500, including several who placed in the top 500 for the first time.

Some of the companies on the list, including #3, benefited from acute demand connected to the COVID-19 pandemic. Others made company-wide transformations with clear implications for their long-term performance. Regardless, every company on this list is a company to watch.

About the Author

Ryan Secard | Associate Editor


Focus: Workforce and labor issues; machining and foundry management

Associate Editor Ryan Secard covers topics relevant to the manufacturing workforce, including recruitment, safety, labor organizations, and the skills gap. Ryan has written IndustryWeek's Salary Survey annually since 2021 and has coordinated its Talent Advisory Board since September 2023.

Ryan got started at IndustryWeek in August 2019 as an editorial intern and was hired as a news editor in 2020 before his 2023 promotion to associate editor, talent. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the College of Wooster.

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