Listed below are a few of the advantages that companies in these sub-sectors will find in Columbus & Bartholomew County, Indiana:

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

  • Part of the “Indiana Pharmaceutical Triangle” which enhances access to suppliers, customers, research partners & more
  • 10,000 local workers (in Bartholomew County) with matching occupation strengths
  • High number of local STEM graduates each year from our area schools, colleges and universities
  • Centrally located for major regional and national markets

Research & Development and Engineering Services

  • Highest concentration of mechanical engineers in U.S. and three times the U.S. average for any type of engineering talent offers employers the “cream of the crop” in engineering talent
  • Indiana is home to two of nation’s “Top 10” Engineering Schools – Rose Hulman & Purdue University – giving employers nearby recruitment access
  • Existing R&D Centers offer additional synergistic benefits

Aerospace Component Manufacturing

  • 80,000 production workers in region
  • 8.0 times US average concentration for Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
  • 171 companies employ 25,000 persons in Indiana within Aerospace Product Manufacturing industry
  • Nearby major players include Rolls Royce, GE Aviation, and more

Cyber Security

  • Founding Member Southern Indiana Defense Network focused on Unmanned Systems (UAV/UGV), Cyber & Electronic Warfare, Prototyping/Testing/Evaluation, Sensors & Robotics
  • Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Jennings County (approx. 30 miles from Columbus) offers intensive Cyber Security training, giving students the opportunity to learn with real-world simulations