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Midwest’s Manufacturing Mojo: Chemical MFG

The Midwest is where a typical 250-worker chemical manufacturer should locate if it is in an expansion mode, per LaborEQ. The Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, Indiana metropolitan statistical area has a slight advantage over the next three sites shown in the table below due to its lower cost of living and an impressive pipeline of new graduates to fill jobs in that industry.

MSA Labor Availability Pipeline of New Workers Payroll (M) Cost of Living
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN MSA 97% 132% $13.22 89.0
Cleveland-Elyria, OH MSA 100% 71% $13.54 95.8
Akron, OH MSA 99% 70% $13.17 92.2
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN MSA 98% 93% $13.88 91.9
Source: LaborEQ

Of course, chemists are important to this industry. An expanding plant may want to consider its location in the Indianapolis MSA based on where chemists currently live or work. From that perspective Marion County ranks first by far.

Chemists: Where They Work and Live
Marion County Work: 993 Live: 629
Hancock County Work: 44 Live: 49
Hamilton County Work: 38 Live: 49
Hendricks County Work: 20 Live: 75
Source: JobsEQ
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN MSA, Occupation Concentration by Place of Work for ChemistsIndianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN MSA, Occupation Concentration by Place of Work for Chemists

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