Missing out on assembly plants has huge ramifications—especially in Indiana, where 17.7 percent of the workforce, the greatest percentage in the nation, is employed in manufacturing.
The state has landed big parts and subassembly operations such as the Chrysler transmission plant in Tipton in recent years. And automakers and their suppliers constantly upgrade and sometimes expand existing plants.
But investment elsewhere in new assembly plants and their seeds of the future puts the growth out of reach of Hoosiers of all walks of life.
New operations create huge ripple effects—as many as nine additional jobs in sectors ranging from contractors to parts suppliers to trucking for every assembly job, according to the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Lawyers, accountants, bankers and other professionals also serve the plants and the constellations of parts-makers and related businesses that pop up around them. View full infographic.