At the center of Indiana’s Technology Corridor, Tippecanoe County thrives in education, industry, and agriculture fueling a healthy business environment.
The county is home to Purdue University and its extensive research centers, as well as substantial research from the Indiana University School of Medicine. A focus on practical applications of research, makes Tippecanoe County a hotbed for innovative companies that brings new ideas to the marketplace. That’s especially true in life sciences and bioscience, where companies research, develop and market products and services that treat cancer, heal burn injuries, and bring other discoveries to market. Purdue Research Park, the largest institutionally operated technology incubator program in the nation and designed to support young companies, is home to more than 160 companies and their 3,200 employees — with room to grow!
Long known for advanced manufacturing, incorporating the newest technologies and processes, Lafayette is home to Alcoa, Caterpillar, Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc., Nanshan America, Wabash National and Oerlikon Fairfield Drive Systems among dozens more. Success has led to expanding local operations. For example, Subaru is now producing vehicles for other manufacturers, and Alcoa is building a new plant to make lithium aluminum products.
Fertile soil and Purdue’s future-focused College of Agriculture make Tippecanoe County a center for agricultural processing and production. Home to leading soybean and corn processors, the county also makes its mark in livestock and aquaculture.
Energy plays a key role in Tippecanoe County’s economic strength. Purdue’s energy research fuels efficiency in the nation’s energy producers. For example, Purdue research led to changes in turbine blade designs that improved efficiency while mitigating risks to wildlife and Caterpillar’s engines, standard for a wide range of vehicles, generate electricity from landfill gas.
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