Connersvilles strong industrial history and its central location equidistant to three major metropolitan markets combine to create a regional employment and marketing base.
In the late 1800s, John McFarlan turned a section of his farm into a site where he attracted suppliers for his buggy works, creating the first industrial park in the nation. Connersville was not only recognized for craftsmanship and high quality products, but also for efficiency and productivity. That heritage continues into todays strong industrial manufacturing base.
What began as Rex Buggy Works in 1898 is today Visteon Automotive Systems. The company boasts a workforce nearly 3,500 strong and is the largest employer in five counties. After more than 100 years of continuous operation, the company continues to provide stability and leadership in east central Indiana.
Stant Manufacturing also celebrated 100 years of continuous operation in Connersville. From a bicycle shop to an innovator in quality and design, Stant produces automotive closure caps for distribution throughout the world. Stant Manufacturings nearly 400 employees continue the tradition of innovation and quality.
Many other machine shops and industrial manufacturing operations share similar stable and long term histories of 50+ years of success in Fayette County. They, along with regional service industries and suppliers, benefit from Connersvilles central location just one hour from three major metropolitan areas; Indianapolis, Dayton and Cincinnati.
Existing businesses find assistance in retention, reinvestment, growth and expansion from an active Fayette County Economic Development Group. New businesses will find assistance in locating to Connersville as state and local incentives are aggressively pursued. Airport Industrial Park offers on-site utilities and access for new construction, and spec buildings are also available. Additional sites are available in a designated Urban Enterprise Zone, and undeveloped larger tracts have been identified for development as well.
Entrepreneurs and new business start ups can receive assistance and support from the Small Business Development Center. The Chamber is always available for added support and as an advocate for business in the community.
In Fayette County, businesses have actively partnered with education to assure a well trained workforce today and for the future. Three major Indiana post secondary schools provide training opportunities for new and existing workforce. Indiana University East and Purdue Programs provide university level programs and certifications, while Ivy Tech State College provides 24-hour technical training opportunities, apprenticeship programs and college credit programs.
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