Major Industries

The Radius region is home to many businesses. From NSA Crane to locally owned boutiques, these eight counties are full of diverse work opportunities. Four industries are responsible for most of the jobs in the region and we work closely to keep them growing and thriving. 

Advanced Manufacturing

Southern Indiana possesses a rich history of manufacturing progress, rooted and grounded in Midwestern values of people who embrace integrity, hard work and opportunity. For decades, manufacturing has represented a secure mainstay of the Southern Indiana economy, with a long proud history and a bright future as a center for specialized manufacturing. With its diversity of industry clusters, positive business climate, and incredible quality of life, this region possesses the assets to bolster the relocation success of manufacturing companies.

By The Numbers:

  • 19,317 regional workers are employed in the manufacturing industry
  • An average of 231 employees are added per year over the past three years.
  • The Radius region’s location quotient for Manufacturing Occupations is 2.63


The Radius Indiana region is home to Naval Support Activity Crane. NSA Crane is the third largest naval installation in the world and makes defense a huge economic driver for Southern Indiana. With more than 5,000 employees, Crane brings together over 3,000 STEM workers, 1,000 engineers and dozens of PhDs in a federal research lab setting. Radius Indiana serves as the voice for Crane outside the gates and assists with growing the private defense sector and connecting Crane with community, regional and state leadership. With direct access to Crane, defense industry companies can connect directly with decision makers.

Major Tenants Included at Crane:

Crane Army Ammunition Activity

Established October 1977, Crane Army Ammunition Activity maintains ordnance professionals and infrastructure in order to receive, store, ship, produce, renovate and demilitarize conventional ammunition, missiles and related components. Crane Army maintains up to one third of the DoD’s conventional ammunition inventory.

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division

NSWC Crane’s total focus is to support the Warfighter by leveraging its technical capabilities for the rapidly changing combat environment. NSWC Crane’s personnel and preeminent facilities set the standard for excellence in acquisition, engineering and sustainment.  NSWC Crane provides comprehensive support for complex military systems spanning design, development, deployment and sustainment in three focus areas:  Electronic Warfare, Strategic Missions and Expeditionary Warfare.

Defense Assets:

The Battery Innovation Center (BIC) is a collaborative initiative designed to incorporate leadership from renowned universities, government agencies, and commercial enterprises to focus on the rapid development, testing and commercialization of safe, reliable and lightweight energy storage systems for defense and commercial customers.

The BIC’s mission is to accelerate innovation in the field of battery technology by providing access to the entire spectrum of R&D to commercialization, including low volume production, in a single 40,000 square foot facility. Under one roof and with virtual connections to partners’ research and manufacturing facilities, the BIC will be capable of managing all aspects of the battery life cycle:

– Basic and applied research
– Elementary cell concept
– Cell research and development
– Cell manufacturing
– Electronic control
– Pack systems engineering, testing and certification
– Low volume manufacturing
– Field service and support

WestGate@Crane Technology Park is adjacent to NSWC Crane and partners with a variety of organizations and businesses such as local and state economic development corporations, NSWC-Crane Division, I-69 Innovation Corridor, Indiana Office of Defense Development, and WorkOne. Real estate and office space is available at WestGate@Crane Tech Park, as well as EastGate Technology & Business Center (Bedford, IN), offering ideal locations for businesses to grow and thrive.

Inside INdiana Business

Inside Indiana Business goes behind the gates of Naval Support Activity Crane, the third largest naval base in the world, with more than 5,000 employees.  Find the month-long series here:


Radius Indiana’s agricultural sector is a state leader in poultry production and grain processing. With abundant farmland and sites for commercial development our region has a well-established agriculture infrastructure that enables companies to set up operations and get products to market quickly.

Indiana’s top commodities include corn, soybeans, hogs, poultry and the state ranks as one of the top ten in the nation for agricultural production.



From rolling hills and walking trails to award-winning wineries and the world-class French Lick Resort and Casino, the Radius region is a destination of choice in Southern Indiana.  Our area continues to grow in the number of tourism attractions and visitors. We boast nationally ranked golf courses, a thriving artisan community, and the charm of historic small towns. Low cost of living, easy interstate access, and a friendly business climate in the eight counties of the Radius region have made tourism one of our region’s fastest-growing industries.



Data Update: Rockport Analytics has released the 2018 Rockport Report Data. The tourism economy continues to grow in the Radius Indiana region. Visitor spending in 2018 increased by $10.9 million from the previous year. Total visitor spending in 2019 had an economic impact of $157.4 million to the region.


Click here for the Tourism Spending press release

Click here to watch Radius President and CEO Jeff Quyle discuss tourism on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick