Combining the expertise of Indiana’s high tech universities with a highly skilled workforce, our region is ready to grow defense and defense support-related industries. Our region is currently home to several global manufacturing, supply-chain and high-tech companies, all ready to support defense-related industry.

In 2017, nearly $3 billion was awarded in DOD contracts in the State of Indiana, with $55 million awarded to companies in Bartholomew, Jennings and Johnson counties.

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Prime DOD Contractors

Bartholomew, Jennings and Johnson counties are home to many Prime DOD contractors. Learn more about the companies who are already doing business with DOD in our area.

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Tax Incentives

Indiana is ranked eighth in the nation for business tax climate.

By unleashing your economic potential, you will create a solid foundation for growth — and the Southern Indiana Defense Industry Network stands ready to connect you with the incentives to build and expand your business. Indiana’s pro-business, pro-growth philosophy offers companies job-creating tax cuts, and encourages emerging technology growth with tax incentives for research and development.

  • 3.3% Individual Income Tax

  • 7% Corporate Income Tax

  • 7% Sales Tax

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Opportunity Zones

Opportunity Zones are a new community investment tool established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 to encourage long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities nationwide. Opportunities for investment exist throughout the southeast Indiana area.

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Local Incentives

The local governing body where your business is located must grant tax abatements — and all the communities within the three counties of the Southern Indiana Defense Industry Network have all demonstrated a willingness to help companies grow through the use of tax abatement. Tax abatements are available for both manufacturing equipment (5 or 10 years) and for improvements to real estate (3, 6, or 10 years.)

Transportation of Goods

Reach Interstate 65 in minutes, and head north or south throughout Indiana and the southern United States.

Air, Rail and Water
You can reach your markets by using our excellent air, rail and water connections.
We are just minutes away from United Parcel Service’s (UPS) major hub located at the Louisville International Airport where you can deliver to UPS by midnight and have next day delivery in a majority of the metropolitan areas of the country.

Then just up the road (I-65), Federal Express (FedEx) has a major hub at the Indianapolis International Airport, or just to the east, DHL Airways, Inc. has a domestic hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Both hubs will also provide you with next day delivery.

Three rail carriers, CSXNorfolk Southern and Louisville & Indiana Railroad Company as well as several short lines provide rail service to many of our industrial sites. In addition, the Clark Maritime Center, located on the Ohio River, offers full port facilities connecting you to anywhere in the world via the Inland Waterway System.

Are you a private sector defense industry representative?

The Southern Indiana Defense Industry Network will help you connect to our unique assets in Southern Indiana.

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