Learn more about Wells County by contacting Chad Kline, economic development director of Wells County Economic Development.Email Wells County
Wells County, just south of Fort Wayne, is home to a strong manufacturing, food-processing transportation, and logistics industrial base. Major employers in the county include Peyton’s Northern Distribution Center, Bluffton Regional Medical Center, American Axle & Manufacturing, WEG Commercial Motors and Pretzels Inc.
Community Assets & Accolades
- Bluffton was nicknamed “The Parlor City” over a century ago because its paved streets made the city “as clean as your parlor.”
- Parlor City Plaza was unveiled in downtown Bluffton after a $1.2 million private-public investment in the project.
- Bluffton was named Indiana’s first “Gigabit” city.
- Wells County is home to Ouabache State Park—the site of a newly-refurbished 1930’s fire tower and a Bison preserve.
Wells County is home to a strong manufacturing, food-processing, transportation, and logistics industrial base.
For more than 40 years, Bluffton has enjoyed the distinction of being the “Parlor City” of Indiana, thanks to its reputation as a beautiful and well-kept city. Bluffton celebrated another honor when it was named Indiana’s first “Gigabit City,” thanks to its universally available internet speeds up to one hundred times faster than a typical residential broadband connection. The term “Gigabit City” had its genesis in Google’s efforts in Kansas City to provide universal access to ultra-high-speed broadband. Bluffton was also listed as No. 1 on NerdWallet’s Best Places to Start a Business in Indiana.
Ossian has a longstanding history of values and of being a friendly, caring community. Just 15 miles from the City of Fort Wayne, Ossian offers a small-town atmosphere with big-city amenities close by. Located in the northern part of Wells County, Ossian is centrally located between major trade areas of the Midwest. The Ossian Industrial Park, located adjacent to State Highway 1, is approximately four miles south of I-469 and nine miles south of Fort Wayne International Airport. Major employers include TI Automotive and Rethceif Packaging. The town’s industrial park is home to engineering and manufacturing companies producing materials such as tool and die, plastic gas tanks and bath fixtures. Ossian is also surrounded by agriculture, an important piece of Indiana’s economy. The Town of Ossian is named an “Indiana Main Street Community” by the state. The designation encourages the revitalization and restoration of downtown areas in Indiana cities and towns and provides technical assistance and educational opportunities.
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