Northeast Indiana's Defense Industry


Fort Wayne-area defense contractors bring in millions of dollars every year, employ thousands of specialized personnel, and develop products that change our nation. Including such giants as General Dynamics, Harris Corporation and USSI, the defense industry in Northeast Indiana is vitally important to the region.

Northeast Indiana defense contractors work across a variety of defense-related disciplines to produce innovative devices that serve our troops both on the ground and in the air. The defense industry in Northeast Indiana produces assets such as communication systems for use underwater, on the ground, in the air, and via satellite. Fort Wayne-area defense contractors also contribute to our nation's aerospace products and parts, battlefield software, armored vehicle components, logistics and research and development.
Employment & Wages
Occupation 2015 NEI Employment 2015 Avg. Hourly Wage 2015 National Avg. Hourly Earnings NEI/US
Team assemblers 15,860 $16.33 $14.78 110.5%
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers and weighers
3,849 $15.99 $18.46 86.6%
First-line supervisors of production and operating workers
3,790
$25.95 $28.39 91.4%
Machinists 3,309 $19.16 $19.97 95.9%
Welders, cutters, solderers and brazers
2,523 $17.04 $19.25 88.5%
Cutting, punching, press machine setters, operators, tenders of metal and plastic
2,415 $13.83 $15.59 88.7%
Electrical and Electronic Equipment
2,380 $13.53 $15.42 87.8%
Molding, coremaking, casting machine, operators, tenders of metal and plastic
2,314 $14.58 $14.71 99.1%
Computer controlled machine tool operators of metal and plastic
1,905 $15.99 $18.23 87.7%
Industrial engineers
1,547 $33.32 $40.92 81.4%

Source: EMSI 2015.3 Class of Worker, QCEW


Major Employers
Company Product Employment in FTE
B.A.E. Systems Platform Solution Aircraft Electronics 1,050
Raytheon Systems Co. Mission Solutions for Aerospace Industry 950
C&A Tool Engineering Inc.
Tool and Die
591
Harris Corp.
Satellite Imaging Systems
535
Ultra Electronics-USSI Sonobuoys 386
SKF Reelcraft Hose, Cord and Reels  210
Riverside Manufacturing Electrical Components 205
Stuart Manufacturing Electrical Components 138
Excellon Technologies
Cable Assemblies
80

Source: Community Research Institute at IPFW


 

Header Image Courtesy of BAE Systems and Boeing.

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