Manufacturing Strengths

  • 39% of Columbus, Indiana employment is within manufacturing, vs. 9% U.S. and 17% Indiana average (BLS 2018)
  • Columbus/Bartholomew County, Indiana, ranks in the TOP 2% of all U.S. counties for manufacturing employment concentration (BLS 2018)
  • Columbus is home to six U.S./North American Manufacturing R&D Centers
    1. Cummins Inc (CMI)
      • R&D and Tech Center for diesel engine, electric power-trains, & component technologies, plus world HQ and production
    2. Faurecia
      • U.S. R&D center for Emissions Controls Technologies, plus production
    3. Toyota Material Handling
      • North America R&D for forklifts & material handling equipment, plus production
    4. Dorel
      • North American Technical Center for Child Safety, plus production
    5. Enkei
      • U.S. R&D for Automotive Aluminum Wheels, plus production
    6. PMG Indiana
      • U.S. R&D Center for Sintered Powder Metal Automotive Applications, plus production
  • Columbus, Indiana is highly specialized in the following Advanced Manufacturing industries:
    • Machinery/Engine Manufacturing: 22.6 x U.S. Average Employment
    • Transportation/Automotive Equipment Manufacturing: 7.8 x U.S. Average Employment
    • Paper Product Manufacturing: 3.4 x U.S. Average Employment
    • Fabricated Metals Manufacturing: 3.3 x U.S. Average Employment
    • Plastics Product Manufacturing: 2.7 x U.S. Average Employment
    • Pharmaceutical Manufacturing: 2.8 x U.S. Average Employment

Sources for Avg Employment: 2019 Q3 Bureau of Labor Statistics & QCEW