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.

Top Facts about the Vehicle Industry in Northeast Indiana

  1. As the first state in the Great Lakes region to establish right-to-work laws, Indiana prohibits agreements between labor unions and employers that make membership or payment of union dues or fees a condition of employment. 
  2. The region’s largest automotive manufacturer, General Motors, invested more than $24 million to support increased production in 2019. In the last decade, GM has invested more than $23 billion in Northeast Indiana. (Click here to see what GM has to say about doing business in Northeast Indiana)
  3. Indiana ranks No. 2 in the country in automotive production, according to Emsi.
  4. There are 1.3 million cars and trucks produced in Indiana annually.

Vehicle Industry Talent

  1. There are more than 200,000 graduates from Tier 1 and Tier 2 universities within 200 miles of the region.
  2. The FWCS Career Academy serves Northeast Indiana, including 17 high schools, with a broad array of career and technical programs.
  3. Over 28,000 people are employed in the vehicles industry in Northeast Indiana.
  4. Northeast Indiana expects to create 26,000 new jobs in manufacturing and the skilled trades in the next decade thanks to the $1.3 million Skill UP Indiana! grant.

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Vehicles - Major Employers

Source: Development Counsellors International (DCI), 2021

Vehicles - Employment and Wages

Source: Emsi 2021

Driving a Competitive Workforce 

There’s something magnetic about a go-getter and a no-quitter, and you’ll find that grit here. Every opportunity to exercise our deep-rooted determination is welcomed, and it’s why our business landscape is so fruitful. This is a good place for business, especially if you’re in the automotive business. Let us show you why:

  • Average labor costs for automotive workers in the area fall below the industry national average. 
  • The vehicle employment base in the Fort Wayne area is diverse. There is a major original equipment manufacturer (OEM) automotive assembly plant; many tier I, II and III component suppliers; and manufacturers of truck components, recreational vehicles and trailers.

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