Bettendorf Economy

The Bettendorf economic picture is one of transformation. As manufacturing jobs specialize or head overseas, service industry jobs rise to take their place. Although small businesses make up the backbone of any local economy, a few employers stand out as major contributors to the economic livelihood of Bettendorf.

Major Employers in Bettendorf

Rock Island Arsenal

The Rock Island Arsenal manufacturing complex is a major employer in Bettendorf, as well as the Quad Cities as a whole. Over 6,000 workers perform essential duties at the Arsenal. The activity of the Arsenal is estimated to support an additional 12,000 jobs in the Illinois-Iowa area, and adds over a billion dollars in wages and other economic benefits to the area.


The Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA) operates over 30 factories worldwide, including a flat-rolled products site in Davenport, IA. Locally, the area around the 130-acre plant is known as Riverdale, and lies east of Bettendorf. Established in 1948, the ALCOA plant is responsible for producing flat rolled aluminum sheet used in aerospace products, building and construction materials and automotive construction.

Bettendorf Community Schools

Over 600 people work for the Bettendorf Community School District serving the needs of over 4,500 enrolled students. Each year, the Bettendorf Community Schools operate on a $40 million budget, much of which goes for salaries and benefits, and eventually trickles into the local economy.

Genesis Health System

Genesis Health System is one of two major health care companies in the Quad Cities. More than 5,000 Quad Cities residents are employed at one of the Genesis campuses in Bettendorf, Davenport, De Witt and other locations.

Mid American Energy

Mid American Energy is a global electricity and gas utility holdings company which employs over 1,200 workers in its Quad Cities operation.

Sivyer Steel

Sivyer Steel is the Bettendorf branch of the Meterra Company of manufacturing sites and foundries. The Bettendorf location employs over 300 workers making casting using a variety of industry techniques.