Huntington’s heritage of location, workforce, and value contribute to local strengths in several economic clusters including, advanced manufacturing, agribusiness, distribution centers, food processing, metal and steel fabrication, mineral aggregates and petroleum refining and distribution.
The County was not, however, immune to the economic challenges which began sweeping the Nation late last year. CFM/Majestic one of the oldest manufacturing firms in the County fell victim to the downturn in the nation’s housing market. Meridian Automotive also idled their local facility and StrideRite Shoes announced the phase out of their local distribution center.
The County saw ten new industrial projects during 2008, earning it recognition by former Indiana Secretary of Commerce Nathan Feltman as one of Indiana’s best performing economic development efforts among County’s of its size.
Huntington County welcomed Cequent Towing Products and a new owner of the former CFM/Majestic building. Growth occurred at Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Midwest Industrial Metal Fabrication, Erie-Haven, Gerdau MacSteel, and 2009 so far has brought Great Lakes Tank & Trailer Company to the County. United Technologies Electronic Controls Division was recently recognized by Industry Week Magazine as one of the best ten plants in North America and Irving Materials Huntington Facility was honored for the eighth time by the Indiana Mineral Aggregates Association for a Gold-level Excellence in Mining Award.
The City of Huntington is celebrating the completion of a new YMCA facility and a $3 million expansion of the public library. The City continues to make improvements to its water supply by developing new wells, long before demand outpaces their existing capacity. Huntington is constructing new storm and sanitary sewer systems to address historic combined systems. And Huntington hopes to become a leader in the production of renewable energy by working with Nature’s Fuels Company on a project to utilize municipal waste to produce fuel and electricity.
Local communities are moving forward with several infrastructure projects. The Town of Markle is adding additional water capacity to its industrial park on I-69. The Town of Warren will complete its downtown streetscape project this year and is preparing infrastructure improvements for a project at local employer Heartland Aluminum. The Town of Roanoke continues to develop its comprehensive strategic plan, evaluating commercial and residential growth in a balancing act with transportation needs and wetlands resources and opportunities.
Huntington County has proven that our heritage of location, workforce, and value are leading the way to a bright future for Huntington County.