District Fact Sheets:


Iowa is home to plastics manufacturers and establishments engaged in plastics processing, marketing, support and captive activities that directly employ 13,370 people. Nationally, Iowa is ranked 23rd in plastics industry employment. It is also home to a number of plastics dependent industries that use plastics to make products or provide services. Plastics and dependent industries combined employ 466 thousand people in Iowa.

Plastics Industry Employment

Plastics Dependent Industries and Total Employment

Total Plastics Industry and Dependent Industries: 465,970 employees.


The plastics industry’s direct payroll in Iowa, including captive plastic products, is $645 million. Plastics dependent industries add another $20.1 billion to the state’s payroll.

Although some of the dependent payroll would exist without plastics, there would be less of it, because cost effective replacements for plastics are not available in many applications.


Together, plastics companies and the industries that depend on plastics contribute $5.2 billion in state and federal personal income taxes, and $2.5 billion in payroll (FICA) taxes.


Plastics industry shipments in Iowa totaled nearly $4 billion in 2016.

State Shipments

National Shipments