Advancing High-Tech Manufacturing in Northeast Indiana 

March 21st, 2022

A Leader the Future of Manufacturing

The world has seen a rapid increase in the use of technology to find efficient and reliable solutions to produce goods–and some of the most innovative techniques are taking place here in Northeast  Indiana. From Fort Wayne to Warsaw, Northeast Indiana is where state-of-the-art technology meets our thriving medical device, vehicle, and manufacturing industries.

Northeast Indiana’s advanced materials-related employment has grown by 6% in the last five years, and the momentum doesn’t stop there. From aerospace to medical devices and recycling, our community of pioneers, builders and creators are continually innovating to build the future of manufacturing in Northeast Indiana.  

Meet the Companies Making Their Mark on High-Tech Manufacturing  

Awarded two contracts from the U.S. Department of Defense, L3 Harris added a 45,000-square-foot  expansion to their Fort Wayne manufacturing plant. The company will use the state-of-the-art facility to develop a prototype that tracks and intercepts data from hypersonic and ballistic missiles and satellite prototypes. To meet the nation’s evolving threats and keep up with the latest technology, L3 Harris has invested $50 million in its Fort Wayne missile programs.  

Their Fort Wayne manufacturing plant is situated about 225 miles from six of the top 15  engineering schools in the nation. As the company looks to hire more highly trained workers in the coming years, L3 Harris is perfectly situated with access to a solid talent base in the Midwest. 

Churubusco-based manufacturer, C&A Tool is known for creating high-precision, high-tech parts that service not only Indiana’s booming medical device industry but also the global aerospace and industrial markets. C&A Tool founder Dick Conrow started the company in his garage in 1969. Now, the company employs roughly 650 people and encompasses more than 750,000 total square feet of manufacturing space. From 3D printing to laser technology, their recent acquisition by the Japanese company,  MinebeaMitsumi Inc., is expected to further bolster Northeast Indiana and Whitley County’s high-tech manufacturing presence.  

Companies like Brightmark are making it their mission to build a more sustainable type of manufacturing. Their plastics renewal facility in Ashley is one of the first of its kind to recycle materials and turn them into usable commercial-scale items. Their recycled plastic produces anywhere from 39- 139 percent less greenhouse gases than those made with new materials. The Ashley facility will divert  100,000 tons of plastic waste each year from landfills and incinerators and is expected to offset 6M  metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 and brings a $138.3M investment in Steuben County. 

Northeast Indiana’s strong history of innovation makes the region more than ready to host high-tech manufacturing companies with an eye towards the future. Learn about these companies and others building the future of high-tech innovation in Northeast Indiana here.  

Build the Future of High-Tech Manufacturing in Northeast Indiana 

Are you a manufacturer looking to relocate to the region? With 8,500 manufacturing facilities and the highest concentration of manufacturing jobs in the nation, the state of Indiana is constantly investing in the latest technologies to advance the future of manufacturing. Our business development team is here to help your business innovate in Northeast Indiana so reach out today to connect about why business is better in Northeast Indiana.

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