Special Report

Top Selling Products From Each State

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Idaho
> Largest export: Diodes and transistors
> 2019 Diodes and transistors export value: $255.1 million
> Diodes and transistors as share of total state 2019 exports: 7.4%

Idaho exported more than $255 billion in diodes and transistors in 2019. Diodes and transistors — which are semiconductors used in electronic devices — accounted for 7.4% of all exports from the state in 2019. Semiconductor makers in the state include ON Semiconductor, a company that employs some 630 people in the Pocatello area, and American Semiconductor, Inc., a Boise-based company with a client list that includes the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and NASA.

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Illinois
> Largest export: Phones
> 2019 Phones export value: $2.6 billion
> Phones as share of total state 2019 exports: 4.4%

Telephone sets, including wireless and cell phones, are the top export product category in Illinois. The state shipped $2.6 million in phones abroad in 2019. Petroleum oil is the state’s second largest export. Illinois is home to several oil refineries, including some operated by ExxonMobil, Marathon, and Phillips 66. The state exported nearly $1.9 billion worth of refined oil in 2019.

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Indiana
> Largest export: Medication
> 2019 Medication export value: $3.2 billion
> Medication as share of total state 2019 exports: 8.2%

Indiana exported $3.2 billion worth of medication in 2019, the most of any product category. The state is home to the headquarters of Eli Lilly, which was founded in Indianapolis in 1876 and is today one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world by revenue.

Automobile manufacturing has also been a central part of Indiana’s economy for more than 100 years. In 1909, Indiana was producing more cars than any state other than Michigan, and today, the state is home to several major automobile plants, including General Motors in Fort Wayne; Honda in Greensburg; Subaru in Lafayette; Toyota in Princeton; and AM General in Mishawaka. In 2019, Indiana exported $3.2 billion worth of automobile parts, the second most of any product category.

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Iowa
> Largest export: Tractors
> 2019 Tractors export value: $875.4 million
> Tractors as share of total state 2019 exports: 6.6%

Iowa was home to the first tractor manufacturing plant in the world, and today the state has the largest tractor export value of any state. In 2019, Iowa exported $875.4 million worth of tractors, accounting for 6.6% of all exports from the state.

The state also exports a large volume of other products related to the agriculture sector. In 2019 Iowa exported $848.1 million worth of pork and $758.8 million worth of corn — the second and third leading exports from the state.

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Kansas
> Largest export: Aircraft and parts
> 2019 Aircraft and parts export value: $2.3 billion
> Aircraft and parts as share of total state 2019 exports: 19.6%

Kansas exported $2.3 billion worth of airplanes and airplane parts in 2019, accounting for about one-fifth of all exports from the state. Aircraft manufacturing has long held an important role in the Kansas economy. Wichita was the center of aviation innovation in the 1920s and 1930s, with many of the nation’s earliest aircraft pioneers founding enterprises there that would ultimately lead to some of today’s industry giants.

Still a dominant force in the Kansas economy, the aerospace product and parts manufacturing industry employs approximately 41,500 workers throughout the state. Major aircraft manufacturers in the state include Airbus, Boeing, and Bombardier Aerospace, among many others.

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