Huntington County, located southwest of Fort Wayne on I-69 and the 4-lane U.S. 24 corridor, is in the heart of Northeast Indiana. Cities and towns in Huntington County include Huntington, Roanoke, Warren and Markle. Huntington County has a diverse economy in manufacturing and agriculture with access to interstate development sites on I-69. Major employers in Huntington County include Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Our Sunday Visitor, Novae Corp., Onward Manufacturing Company and more. Beyond the distinct target industries, Huntington County is home to the City of Huntington and five charming towns surrounding it.
As the commercial center and county seat of Huntington County, the City of Huntington is a mid-sized Midwestern city founded on the beautiful banks of the Wabash and Little rivers. From the historic streets that sprung forth from the rise of canals to the railroads that traverse the county, Huntington features a variety of transportation systems. The city was catapulted into the limelight in the ’80s when Huntington local Dan Quayle was elected vice president. Huntington has a historic charm that is evident in its growing downtown and beautiful neighborhoods. Huntington is also the home to Two EE’s Winery. A small business started by husband-and-wife entrepreneurs, the winery hosts exciting events including weddings, a 5K race, wine nights and even yoga. Huntington University, located in the heart of the county, is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations, including thriving programs in film, animation, exercise science and social work. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington University among the best colleges in the Midwest, and Forbes.com has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution to its “Best in the Midwest” list. The City of Huntington offers a unique combination of advantages, such as easy access to infrastructure, connection to major highways— I-69 and U.S.-24—traversing Norfolk Southern rail lines, as well as a developed air-service network for cargo and private aviation.
The Town of Roanoke, is centrally located on U.S. 24 halfway between Huntington and Fort Wayne, our region’s largest city. Roanoke is five minutes from I-69 at the southwest junction of the I-469 bypass around Fort Wayne and 15 minutes from Fort Wayne International Airport. Regularly, people travel from around the world to visit Roanoke’s businesses. Joseph Decuis has become one of Indiana’s most highly awarded restaurants and has consistently earned the “Best of Award of Excellence” by Wine Spectator, AAA’s Four Diamond Award and has been voted Indiana’s No. 1 restaurant as well as one of the Top 50 in the United States by Open Table diners. Roanoke is one of the fastest-growing areas of Huntington County, in part because of its close proximity to both Huntington and Fort Wayne. Roanoke radiates the feeling of hometown friendliness and a neighborly concern for providing a safe and pleasant place to live. From farm-to-fork to traditional Midwestern manufacturing, Huntington County has it all.
The Town of Warren developed on the banks of the Salamonie River in the southeastern section of Huntington County. Served by two exits off I-69, Warren proudly announces that it is “three miles on your way.” Exit 273, off I-69, is the last remaining undeveloped interchange between Indianapolis and Fort Wayne. The town’s growth was heavily influenced by the history of Indiana’s petroleum industry. The historic Trenton Oil Field is just south of the community. Warren hosts the museum collection in honor of the USS Salamonie (AO-26), a Cimarron Class fleet oiler. The small and friendly town of Warren features quality of life assets, including Heritage Pointe, Pulse Opera House, Knight Civic Center, the USS Salamonie Museum and the Salamonie Valley Museum.
Markle is located at Exit 286 off I-69 at U.S. 224 in eastern Huntington County. It is home to a variety of manufacturing companies, including Salamonie Mills, Novae Corp., Wayne Metals, ALH Building Systems and Dayton Freight. The Markle Industrial Park at Exit 286 off I-69 offers prime manufacturing sites right on the interstate. Agribusiness continues to constitute a sizable portion of the economy in Huntington County, with soybeans, corn and wheat as the principal crops.