North Central Indiana is proud of its agricultural heritage, and our region continues to be a major producer, with millions of acres in corn, soybeans, and other crops -as well as production of hogs, cattle, dairy products, and poultry. That longtime focus has made us a natural location for the full range of agribusiness activity, from seed production, to crop chemicals and fertilizers, seed oil refining, and manufacturing for implements and farm equipment. Local workers have a deep understanding of agriculture.
Our region has plenty of open land to offer, along with extensive fresh water supplies, state-of-the-art sewer systems, and low-cost utilities (including high-speed fiber). Bringing raw materials in and shipping products out is made much easier by two Interstate-quality divided highways, the Hoosier Heartland Highway and U.S. 31, providing rapid access to Indiana’s many Interstate highways and lake and river ports. We also have plenty of rail capacity, with multiple Norfolk Southern and CSX lines, as well as multiple regional and short line carriers. There’s also the Grissom Aeroplex (KGUS) and its 12,500-foot runway, along with fast access to air cargo facilities in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, and Cincinnati.
Another attractive point for agribusiness is the low cost of land throughout our region. Combined with Indiana’s right-to-work status, low business taxes and workers comp premiums, it makes North Central Indiana a productive choice for the industry that efficiently keeps the world fed.