Targeted Industry:  Advanced Manufacturing

A significant amount of Indiana’s workforce is linked to manufacturing.  There are more than 700,000 employees working in Indiana’s approximate 11,000 manufacturing plants.  There are a variety of reasons that Indiana’s economy is tied to manufacturing.  Here are a few of the reasons:
  • An estimated 2,711 new engineers graduate from Indiana’s universities each year.  There are 22 engineering schools in Indiana.  Purdue University, Rose Hulman Institute of Technology and Notre Dame University have nationally ranked engineering programs.
  • Indiana is a proven leader in advanced manufacturing.  The key advanced manufacturing industries are: motor vehicles, parts and transportation equipment, metals, machinery, plastics and rubber, chemicals, food products, furniture, computers and electronics.  Specifically in IMPA communities, there are strong clusters in furniture, motor vehicle supplies, parts and transportation equipment, metals and food products.
  • Indiana has a low cost, pro-business environment.  When compared with other states, Indiana’s cost of doing business is always very competitive.  This is true not only with taxes, but also with workers’ compensation rates, unemployment rates, and utility rates in the state. IMPA offers its Member communities some of the lowest wholesale electric power rates in the State of Indiana. 
  • Indiana has three campuses that qualify as major research universities.  These campuses are Purdue University – West Lafayette, Indiana University – Bloomington and Indiana University-Purdue University – Indianapolis.  These schools are drivers of innovation for advancing engineering, technology, medicine and intellectual property in the state.  They are a magnet for attracting talented and high-performing students as well as faculty, and provide excellent workforce and partnership opportunities for employers.
  • Indiana is a centralized location and has excellent infrastructure.  Seventy-five percent of the United States and Canadian populations live within one day’s drive time of the center of the state.  Many major metropolitan markets are within a half day’s drive, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City, Louisville, Nashville (TN), New York, Philadelphia, Richmond (VA), St. Louis, Toronto and Washington DC.
  • Indiana has a strong community college network in Ivy Tech.  Ivy Tech’s presence spans across the state, and the college works closely with local employers to make sure that they are getting the type of skills and training their workforce needs.  IMPA Members Anderson, Crawfordsville, Frankfort, Richmond, Lawrenceburg and Tell City all have an Ivy Tech presence in the municipality.  Click here for a full list of public education institutes in Indiana.
  • Airport access has helped IMPA members attract international companies to their service territories because executives are able to fly into the community easily.  Airports are located throughout the state of Indiana, many of which are in and around IMPA communities.  IMPA communities containing airports with public access include:
    1. Anderson Municipal Airport
    2. Crawfordsville Municipal Airport
    3. Frankfort Clinton County Airport
    4. Greenfield – Pope Field Airport
    5. Huntingburg Airport
    6. Lebanon Boone Co Airport
    7. Paoli Municipal Airport
    8. Peru Mississinewa Airport
    9. Peru Municipal Airport (largest runway in Indiana with Grissom ARB)
    10. Rensselaer – Jasper County Airport
    11. Richmond Municipal Airport
    12. Scottsburg Municipal Airport
    13. Tell City – Perry County Municipal Airport
    14. Washington-Daviess County Airport
    15. Winamac – Arens Field
  • Indiana has strong foreign investment in the state.  According to a 2008 Indiana Business Research Center (IBRC) Report, Indiana is one of three states in the US with more than 5.1% of Majority-Owned US Affiliate Employment as a percent of the total private employment in the state.  Click here to see the full IBRC report.  Indiana has assembly plants for all three major Japanese automakers:  Toyota, Honda and Subaru. 
Here is a breakdown of the manufacturing employment in Indiana as compared to the United States.
Sector Indiana US
Food 7.60% 12.60%
Beverages & Tobacco Product 0.80% 1.30%
Textile Products Mills 0.40% 2.00%
Apparel   1.00%
Leather & Allied Product 2.50% 3.30%
Wood Product 2.80% 3.20%
Paper 2.50% 3.30%
Printing & Related Support 3.70% 4.60%
Petroleum & Coal Products 0.80% 0.90%
Chemical 4.80% 6.60%
Plastics & Rubber 8.20% 6.10%
Nonmetallic Mineral Products 2.80% 3.30%
Primary Metal 9.20% 3.20%
Fabricated Metal 11.00% 11.70%
Machinery 7.50% 8.70%
Computer & Eletronic Products 3.60% 8.20%
Elec. Equip. App. & Components 2.60% 3.20%
Transportation Equipment 2.60% 3.20%
Furniture & Related Product 4.50% 3.30%
Miscellaneous 6.00% 5.30%

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