Food Processing in the middle of the heartland. A business case for success.

“Where are you?” is not only a question of your geographic location, but where you are in the growth of your business. Wayne County, Indiana is home to 10 food processing companies and we give your business amazing opportunities to expand, excel and succeed.


Indiana’s Nationally Renowned

Agricultural Sector

Indiana’s Nationally Renowned

Agricultural Sector

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  • Over 4 billion pounds of milk produced annually in Indiana
  • 4 million pounds of milk exported per day from Indiana
  • Ranks 14th in the nation in milk production
  • Indiana has 21 processing plants and just under 900 dairy farms

You will be in a great location

  • Strategic Midwest location benefiting your customers
  • 80 percent of the U.S. market located within one day’s drive
  • Immediate access to Interstate 70 and several major highways
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Intermodal Transportation

  1. Indianapolis International Airport

  2. Richmond Municipal Airport

  3. Connersville Mettle Field

  4. Dayton International Airport

  5. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport

  6. Fort Wayne International Airport

  7. Port Columbus International Airport

  8. Senate Avenue Intermodal Terminal

  9. Gest Street Intermodal Terminal

  10. Port of Greater Cincinnati

  11. Ports of Indiana - Jeffersonville

  12. Ports of Indiana - Mount Vernon

  13. Ports of Indiana - Burns Harbor



You will be part of a robust food processing community

  • Pet Food
  • Specialty Animal Feed
  • Speciality Beer & Wine

  • Milk & Dairy Products
  • Ready-to-eat proteins

You will have an excellent labor pool

  • Available workforce knowledgeable in food processing
  • Indiana is a right-to-work state
  • Four institutions of higher education in Wayne County


Low cost of doing business

  • Reduced corporate and personal income taxes
  • Affordable, business-friendly utilities

Ample utility capacity

  • Excess water supply available to meet any demand. Water fed from three sources and is treated and provided by Indiana American Water Company
  • Excess sewer capacity through municipal utility with up to 9 MGD currently available to be treated with a flexible pretreatment ordinance
  • Ample electric capacity available through municipal electric provider 
  • Ample gas capacity and pressure available through Vectren Energy Delivery
  • Fiber optic available on site

You will find available sites and buildings

  • Rail access and less than two and a half miles from Interstate 70

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  1. Osborn International: Manufacturer and distributor of brushes and buffs.
  2. New Holland Agriculture: Sales and service of farm implements.
  3. XPO Logistics: Regional motor carrier servicing 25 Midwestern and Northeastern states.
  4. Safety Zone: Sales and distribution of safety products to U.S. markets.
  5. TBK America, Inc: Manufactures pumps and engine components for U.S. vehicle manufacturers
  1. Abbott Nutrition Manufacturing: Manufactures plastic containers for Abbott’s food and nutritional products
  2. Tiedemann-Bevs Industries: Manufactures and supplies embroideries and interior fabrics to the casket industry.
  3. Vandor Corporation: Vacuumforming, injection molding and custom die cutting.
  4. Blue Buffalo: Pet food processor.


You will experience a diverse quality of place

Proximity to larger cities allow big city amenities close to home.

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Ranked at the top


Ranked Top 5 – 2016 Awards of Excellence in Advanced Manufacturing by Expansion Solutions Magazine

Ranked Top 100 – 2016 Governor’s Cup Top 100 Micropolitans by Site Selection Magazine

All American City (2 time award recipient)

Stellar Community – Richmond is one of several communities in Indiana to be designated a Stellar Community. This designation will result in $20 million in public-private investment in many quality of life initiatives.

Richmond honored as Playful City USA (three-time honoree) – one of over 250 cities nationwide to earn the national recognition honoring cities for making communities more playful

EDC of Wayne County president Valerie Shaffer recognized as one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers by Consultant Connect

Richmond was ranked #1 on Kiplinger’s Top 10 Cheapest Small Towns in America


11th in United States for Cost of Doing Business — CNBC, 2019

1st in the United States for Regulatory Environment – Forbes, 2015

Top 10 in the nation for overall Business Tax Climate – Tax Foundation, 2021

2nd in Area Development’s 2015 Top States for Doing Business, Availability of Skilled Labor

1st in number of pass-through highways 

Indiana leads the nation for total share of manufacturing employment 

Corporate Income Tax Rate decreasing to 4.9% by July 2021

AAA Credit Rating – one of only a handful of states to earn top bond rating from all three rating agencies

Why you should be here

  • Access to raw materials
  • Favorable labor costs
  • Easy access to major markets
  • Major interstates and highways easily accessible
  • Ample utility capacities including excess water and sewer at competitive rates 
  • State certified shovel ready sites available, some with rail potential
  • Flexible state and local incentives

  • Favorable tax environment
  • Workforce training programs tailored to your company’s needs through Ivy Tech Community College
  • Wayne County is an ACT Certified Work Ready Community
  • Indiana is a right-to-work state
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Contact me for more information

EDC of Wayne County, IN

Valerie Shaffer, President


phone: 765.983.4769

International: 011-1-765-983-4769