Johnson County, Indiana and the Southern Indianapolis region comprise a diverse industrial community. The companies here range from two to more than 1,200 employees. Industries include the latest in high-tech and innovation-based manufacturing and services that export their products to customers around the world.
Aspire is part of the Southern Indiana Defense Network, an economic development initiative with the Camp Atterbury-Muscatatuck Center for Complex Operations (CAMCCO).
This alliance provides regional support for projects related to cyber-defense, unmanned systems, and robotics.
The Camp Atterbury complex, which includes southern Johnson County, is used by military troops, diplomats and military contractors for special training.
In addition, 280 square miles of government-restricted airspace extending from Johnson County to the Ohio River facilitates the development, testing, and training of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles).
Many logistics companies have found the Johnson County, Indiana and Southern Indianapolis region to be the perfect fit for their facilities. We are located in the center of the "Crossroads of America."
Interstate 65 runs north and south through our region, with many businesses and industrial parks located on interchanges in Indianapolis, Greenwood, Whiteland/New Whiteland, Franklin, and Edinburgh. State Road 37 on the west side will become part of the Interstate 69 extension project, both connecting to Interstates 465 and 74.
Louisville & Indiana Railroad also operates through the eastern side of the county and offers spurs that connect to their routes.
In addition, our region features the Indy South Greenwood Airport and a quick trip to the Indianapolis International Airport, which houses the FedEx Indianapolis Hub (FedEx's 2nd largest) and other air cargo centers.
// ADVANCED MANUFACTURING
Johnson County and the Southern Indianapolis region are on the cutting edge of production. Many advanced manufacturers have found our area to be the perfect fit for their facilities.
Indiana is leading the nation in manufacturing job growth and is home to the second-largest automotive industry in the nation. Also, we are the only U.S. location to have auto assembly plants such as Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, Subaru Automotive of Indiana, and Toyota Manufacturing of Indiana inside a single state.
Our local companies such as NSK Corporation and KYB Americas Corporation create key components for those plants and logistics plays an important role in delivering product on time. In addition, we boast a pipeline for talent from our highly educated workforce and strong connections with engineering and manufacturing training programs at the local community colleges and universities.
// HEALTH + LIFE SCIENCES
The Central Indiana region which includes Johnson County has a sizable life science sector and a related network of supporting vendors - such as B2 Life Sciences in Franklin, Indiana.
Indianapolis is the proud corporate headquarters and founding location for Eli Lilly and Company, a global pharma/biotech leader. Nearby Bloomington is the home of the Cook Group, a leading global medical manufacturer.
Indiana has a $50 billion life science sector and ranks 11th in the United States for life sciences employment, according to Indy Partnership. The BioCrossroads life sciences initiative has raised more than $330 million in dedicated venture capital during the past decade for many start-up and young life science companies who claim Central Indiana as home.
// INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
Our region has a strong global presence with a diverse group of international companies - including Swiss-based Endress+Hauser in Greenwood, Indiana and Japanese automotive parts manufacturers KYB Americas and NSK Precision America in Franklin, Indiana.
Aspire is a proud member of the Japan American Society of Indiana and the American Chinese Society of Indiana. We also work closely with Inzone to provide aid to our businesses with foreign trade issues for companies in 41 counties in Central Indiana.
Franklin, Indiana, has been a sister city of Kuji City, Japan, for more than 50 years. Franklin was one of the first American cities to respond to the March 2011 earthquake in Kuji City by sending emergency aid.