Story from Business Facilities Magazine, posted May 15, 2018
When it comes to modern manufacturing, Indiana delivers. For more than a century, the crossroads of America has proven that if you can dream it, Indiana can make it. As the number two state in the nation in manufacturing job growth and third in overall U.S. production, Indiana knows a thing or two about advanced manufacturing.
Across the state, the sector remains strong and is getting stronger, say several regional economic development leaders. With 25 percent of Indiana’s economic output based in manufacturing, nowhere is that more evident than in the east, central and southern half of the state where manufacturing is the bread and butter of the local economy. From Muncie to Bedford to Evansville, Indiana thrives on a strong legacy of manufacturing in industries such as automotive, food processing, furniture, agribusiness and defense.
Regional strengths promote growth and opportunity, says Jeff Quyle, President and CEO of Radius Indiana, a regional economic development partnership representing eight counties in southwest central Indiana. “The assets are here,” he says. “The expertise of our labor force, our manufacturing heritage, it all contributes to attracting and retaining manufacturing. Combined with a lower cost of living and educational advancement for skilled positions—that’s an advantage.”