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Northeast Indiana is a community of hard workers who can count on one another. Our building blocks are the creativity and reliability of our businesses and industries. Dependability is in our DNA, and that creates a unique climate for your business’ growth. Our diverse industries are why our business landscape is so fruitful. This is good soil. 

Defense and Aerospace

For over a century, Northeast Indiana has been a pivotal player in the nation’s military R&D and production, as the region is home to divisions of some of the world’s largest defense and aerospace contractors. Our industry leaders at BAE Systems, Raytheon Technologies, Riverside Manufacturing and L3Harris Technologies bring in millions of dollars every year, employ thousands of specialized personnel and develop products that change our world. Northeast Indiana has a definite “it” factor—a strong workforce, first-rate academic base, robust business climate and excellent infrastructure, as well as enthusiastic support from industry groups, economic developers and political officials.

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Distribution and E-Commerce

Welcome to the Crossroads of America. Located in the heart of the Midwest, Northeast Indiana’s logistics companies provide services and goods to customers throughout the United States and parts of Canada. Our top-tier businesses, such as Sweetwater Sound, Amazon, Kroger, Walmart, FedEx and Family Dollar, all deliver goods to customers and stores from their Northeast Indiana–based distribution centers. Northeast Indiana and Fort Wayne's developed infrastructure can connect your business to the rest of the nation.

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Food and Agriculture

Northeast Indiana’s rapidly growing concentration of food and agriculture businesses represents nearly the entire food-delivery chain, giving companies located here—and those looking to move here—marked advantages. The industry is diverse and well-supported by an abundance of cost-effective, readily available natural resources. Food and agriculture manufacturers in Indiana have access to more than 80% of the U.S. population within a 24-hour drive time.

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Medical Device

Northeast Indiana’s medical device industry cluster represents 50% of the global orthopedic market for total joint replacements, earning Warsaw, Ind. the title of Orthopedic Capital of the World.® Our medical device value chain has a place for new, innovative businesses. Our industry leaders include Zimmer Biomet, DePuy Synthes, Fort Wayne Metals, Medtronic and more. 

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Specialty Insurance 

Northeast Indiana is a place where successful insurance companies thrive, fueled by diversified product lines. From the beginning, our region has been home to an expanding specialty insurance industry. Northeast Indiana is home to industry leaders such as Lincoln Financial Group, Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Co. and MedPro Group. Indiana’s positive regulatory environment serves as a magnet for attracting businesses and top insurance talent. 

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Northeast Indiana has a history of innovation and manufacturing in the automotive sector. We’ve produced some of the first cars—such as Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg—as well as some of the earliest trucks by International Harvester. Today, the Fort Wayne area continues to have a very high concentration of vehicle manufacturing making up 21% of the manufacturing employment in the region, compared to 13% for the nation.

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