The Coalition is working hard to build a region where you’ll want to do business. Thanks to these efforts, Southwest Indiana’s current economy is focused on several industries: advanced manufacturing, logistics and distribution, health and life sciences, and plastics. We have the expertise to provide you with the information and guidance necessary to  relocate or expand your business as you plan new investments.

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Southwest Indiana has a long history in advanced manufacturing, specializing in auto assembly and related support, electronic part manufacturing, food processing and machinery manufacturing. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, one of the world’s most highly advanced auto assembly factories, is just one example of advanced manufacturers that call Southwest Indiana home.

In manufacturing, Indiana’s business…

  • Ranks #4 U.S. state in automotive strength by Business Facilities (2013)
  • Makes up more than 28% of state’s GDP, highest in nation
  • Generates $84.2 billion in economic output
  • Employs 491,200 people, the highest share of workforce in nation as of December 2013
  • Ranks #3 U.S. state for automotive parts employment


Other businesses use advanced manufacturing technology as a vital part of their operations, and we can’t wait to add your name to this list:

Health and
Life Sciences

Southwest Indiana has a strong health and life sciences focus, but focus does not mean lack of breadth. We cover it all: pharmaceuticals, clinical research, healthcare, infant nutrition and more. Statewide, this industry sector makes a $55 billion annual impact, includes almost 2,000 companies, $9.7 billion in exports and more than 55,000 employees. In 2013, Business Facilities ranked Indiana fourth in medical devices and tenth in biotechnology strength in the United States.

Mead Johnson Nutrition has its global operations center and research development facilities in Evansville and is home to one of three Mead Johnson Pediatric Nutrition Institutes, which also houses a pilot manufacturing area that tests processes during product development. AstraZeneca in partnership with Astra Zeneca has pharmaceutical manufacturing and research and development operations focused on diabetes protocol in Posey County. Covance Laboratories also has a clinic in Evansville that focuses on medical testing and clinical trials.

The area’s infrastructure also includes numerous hospitals; and, the Warrick Wellness Trail, a 1,400-acre medical corridor, serves more than 800,000 residents in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

Logistics and Distribution

Southwest Indiana’s centralized location (we aren’t called the “Crossroads of America” for nothing!) and its rich infrastructure provide strong benefits to logistics and distribution companies like yours. This infrastructure is the backbone of Indiana’s manufacturing industry, getting supplies to manufacturers and then distributing finished goods.

Mount Vernon is the one of three inland ports and is the eighth largest inland port in the country based on trip ton-miles. The port is located on the Ohio River and handles 3-5 million tons per year which is more cargo by water and rail than any other port in Indiana.

Indiana is the top state in America for pass-through interstates, and 75 percent of U.S. and Canadian populations live within a day’s drive from Southwest Indiana. Over 724 million tons of freight travel through Indiana annually. We have 1,169 interstate miles, 5,347 railway miles, and 400 navigable water miles; we have 325,000 workers in industry and logistics roles at area manufacturers; and we are 4th in the nation for infrastructure and  15th in the nation for foreign and domestic shipments.

Southwest Indiana has four rail lines, an east/west interstate, state highways connecting to major interstates, a commercial airport and multiple river ports. Its infrastructure can support any transportation mode you choose. See detailed transportation information and maps for more information. Companies such as GAF, Berry Plastics, TJ MAXX and Shoe Carnival are already taking advantage of our infrastructure for distribution. Warehouse Services, Inc. offers warehouse services to house your inventory; and distribution.


Southwest Indiana’s extensive and varied industry is globally recognized as a leader in plastics and plastics derivatives, and we’re recognized as the place where the modern U.S. plastics industry began. The region was once called ‘The Plastics Valley’.

We have companies who focus on design, compound manufacturing, and fabrication of final products for consumer goods, packaging and automotive sectors. Berry Plastics’s Blue Clover Studios produces multiple consumer products and has its research and development center here. SABIC Innovative Plastics business also has one of its six primary global sites in Southwest Indiana.

Our area’s plastics expertise and status as a logistics and distribution leader have you covered, conception to shipment.