In Miami County, innovative businesses and community leaders have joined forces to strengthen the area’s economy by using common-sense approaches to eliminate roadblocks to growth. For example, the county owns, sells, manages, and leases a large portion of its available land and buildings, streamlining all the steps involved in bringing a new company to our communities.
Accessibility to Markets: Miami County is where two of Indiana’s most important Interstate-quality roads meet. The new Hoosier Heartland Highway and U.S. 31 do more than give businesses faster access to the area. They also put the state’s entire transportation network and key markets such as Indianapolis, Detroit, St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Chicago a short drive away. Miami County is also home to a major Norfolk Southern mainline, providing high-speed service to local companies. That quick access to Indiana and the world makes Miami County a natural site for logistics and distribution providers, as well as advanced manufacturing companies.
THE SKY’S THE LIMIT
At the heart of Miami County, you’ll find the Grissom Aeroplex (KGUS), an Air Force Reserve base that’s been repurposed as a hub for innovative companies. The county-owned facility has a well-maintained 12,500-foot runway that can accommodate the biggest cargo aircraft, a control tower, 1.2 million square feet of ramp space, four massive hangars, and onsite fire protection. It’s ideal for large aircraft maintenance and repair providers, like Dean Baldwin Painting, which paints commercial aircraft up to B747-800, air cargo operations, and aircraft manufacturing companies that need all-weather access and room to grow.
A DIVERSE, HIGHLY SKILLED WORKFORCE
Our area’s history of manufacturing and agricultural production give you access to a strong workforce with the skills your company needs. Manufacturers will appreciate the many state-of-the-art machine shops that will keep your operations running efficiently. Food producers and agricultural businesses benefit from our area’s extensive corn, soybean, and hog production, as well as plenty of fresh water for processing.
CREATING TOMORROW’S SKILLED WORKERS
We keep our workforce’s skills strong thanks in large part to our Ivy Tech Community College campus. In addition to skill-focused classes and degree programs, employers can work with Ivy Tech to obtain training for the unique needs of their companies. Certifications for Production technicians and Advanced Manufacturing are also available. Career Ready classes such as Industrial Technology Certifications are being completed at the High School level to give graduates immediate credentialing recognized by the manufacturing industry.