Defense and Aerospace Industry

Best in Defense

Welcome to Northeast Indiana, where high-quality talent and industry leaders join forces to ensure the safety and advancement of the nation. Northeast Indiana’s defense and aerospace industry includes some of the world’s largest contractors, and accounts for more than 10,800 jobs in the region, with a 14% increase in employment in the transportation manufacturing sector between 2016 and 2019. Ranked sixth in the nation for aerospace manufacturing attractiveness by PWC, the state of Indiana has the highest concentration of manufacturing jobs in the nation and the lowest electricity costs among the states competing for defense contracts.

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Distribution + E-Commerce

Midwest Hub

Northeast Indiana is a known force in the distribution and e-commerce industry – accounting for more than 14,000 jobs in the region. More than 630 transportation and logistics companies are located across its 11 counties. The state of Indiana was named the third top state for infrastructure by CNBC, with Northeast Indiana providing access to three aquatic ports, seven U.S. highways, more than 20 state roads, four rail services and Fort Wayne International Airport, which handles 22 million pounds of cargo annually. Plus, locating in Northeast Indiana puts businesses within reach of 80% of the U.S. population in a one-day drive.

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Food + Agriculture

Where Businesses Grow

In Northeast Indiana, 78% of the total land area is made up of rich farmland, making it a prime location for food and agriculture companies like Miller Poultry, Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream and Kraft Heinz. The food and agriculture industry accounts for more than 14,000 regional jobs (8% above the national average), represents nearly the entire food-delivery chain and contributes $31.2 billion to the state’s annual gross domestic product (GDP). Northeast Indiana alone produces $2 billion in farm products annually. Indiana is one of the top five states in the nation for corn, soybean and ice cream production, and boasts a total value of $10 billion for crops and livestock sold.

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Indiana is consistently ranked as a top state in the nation by for its affordable cost of doing business.

Medical Device

The Orthopedic Capital of the World ®

Coined the Orthopedic Capital of the World ®, Northeast Indiana represents 50% of the global orthopedic market for total joint replacements. The cutting-edge medical device industry makes up more than 22,000 jobs in Northeast Indiana, 125% above the national average, and produces $19 billion in revenue. Innovation runs deep in Northeast Indiana, with two of the nation’s largest orthopedic suppliers founded in Warsaw–DePuy Synthes, the first orthopedic manufacturing business in the world and orthopedic arm of Johnson & Johnson, and Zimmer Biomet, a global leader in musculoskeletal healthcare headquartered in Warsaw with locations in more than 25 countries.

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Specialty Insurance

Specialty Insurance Magnet of the U.S.

Northeast Indiana is where a ripe business environment primed for opportunity in the specialty insurance industry meets top talent. As the industry continues to expand, specialty insurance employers of varying product lines flock to Northeast Indiana to find success. Nearly 4,000 people are employed in our insurance industry, and the average wage is just under $90,000. Fifty-three percent of jobs in Indiana’s insurance and finance industry can be attributed to the insurance field specifically (compared to the national average of 39%). Major specialty insurance employers call Northeast Indiana home for good reason: Indiana touts a modest state corporate income tax rate of 4.9%, a state premium tax of 1.3%, and consistently produces and attracts a high-performing talent pipeline.

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The Heart of Automotive Innovation

Northeast Indiana has been at the forefront of vehicle manufacturing for more than a century – a testament to the region’s ample resources, steady technical-talent pipeline and friendly business climate. Indiana is the No. 2 state in the U.S. for automotive production and produces 1.3 million trucks and cars each year, with a total manufacturing output of approximately $102 billion. More than 28,000 people work in Northeast Indiana’s vehicle industry and are expected to add another 26,000 new manufacturing and skilled trades jobs in the coming decade. The automotive manufacturing infrastructure in Northeast Indiana is unbeatable with 21 Tier 1 suppliers offering diverse product lines. Household names that have found success in the region include General Motors (which invested more than $23 billion in Northeast Indiana over the past decade) in Allen County, and Dana Corp., the global leader in drivetrain and e-propulsion systems.

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