LaGrange County is located on the Michigan border and 30 minutes from the Ohio border, serving as a link between the major markets in Chicago, Indianapolis, and Detroit. The I-80/90 Toll Road traverses LaGrange County and has an exit that intersects Indiana State Road 9. Served by two major ports, the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor and the Port of Toledo-Seaport, LaGrange County is within a two-hour drive of both on the I-80/90 Interstate highway. Additionally, Fort Wayne International Airport and South Bend Regional Airport are less than an hour’s drive away.
Core industries in LaGrange County include financial services, woodworking, tourism, agriculture, food processing and recreational-vehicle manufacturing, to name a few. Major employers in the county include Forest River, K-Z RV, Crossroads RV and Nishikawa Cooper LLC.
LaGrange is a place where you’re welcomed with a smile and Hoosier hospitality at its finest. Embracing the laid-back rural life, LaGrange County’s character is reflected in the whitewashed houses, beautiful gardens and laundry drying in the breeze. Built in the 1870s, the Lagrange County Courthouse in LaGrange is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The town offers many countywide celebrations, including the LaGrange County 4-H fair in late summer, and corn school, an October street fair that has been celebrating the autumn harvest for over 90 years.
A global tourist spot, Shipshewana allows visitors and residents alike to get to know the strong Amish and Mennonite cultures that make LaGrange County such a great place to live and work. The tourism and travel industry contributes nearly $137.2 million to the LaGrange County economy. Welcoming over 1 million visitors per year to its various attractions, Shipshewana is also a large producer of handcrafted Amish furniture.