North Central Indiana has a long tradition of taking innovative approaches to manufacture sophisticated equipment. For decades, we’ve supplied quality-conscious manufacturers in the aerospace industry, as well as in other industries such as automotive components. We’re proud of a skilled workforce that has an inherent commitment to hard work and a job well done.
Today, we’re even better positioned to serve the aerospace industry, thanks to the Grissom Aeroplex (KGUS), an Air Force Reserve base that’s been repurposed as a hub for aerospace companies. It’s a county-owned facility with a well-maintained
all-weather 12,500-foot runway that can accommodate the most wide-bodied commercial aircraft, a control tower, 1.2 million square feet of ramp space, four existing hangars, and 24/7 onsite fire protection. Additionally, there is 360 acres of Greenfield space for new construction adjacent to the runway. The Aeroplex provides the perfect site for large aircraft maintenance and repair providers like Dean Baldwin Painting, air cargo operations, and manufacturing companies.
Aerospace companies also benefit from our region’s strong commitment to education. Local K-12 schools are ensuring that students learn needed skills through programs such as Project Lead the Way. In addition, Ivy Tech Community College, Vincennes University, and Purdue University offer Airframe and Power Plant mechanic certifications as well as aviation degreed programs to include
engineering, aviation technology, and airport management.