Major Employers by Industry
Leading the Charge and Growing the Community
A number of great U.S. and international companies have chosen Greater Lafayette to establish their roots, make new investments, and employ the region’s talented workforce.
Sector: Pharmaceutical; Employs 6553
Evonik produces active ingredients and intermediates for pharmaceutical manufacturing involving cancer drugs and animal health products. The Lafayette facility is known for its advanced particle engineering expertise which ensures successful HPAPI formulations as well as large fermentation capacity.
Endocyte develops receptor-targeted therapeutics, or “smart-drugs,” that take out bad cells without causing collateral damage. These therapeutics are a precision alternative to non-targeted cancer drugs that can destroy healthy cells. Swiss pharma giant Novartis acquired Endocyte in late 2018, but the company’s offices and labs remain in the Purdue Research Park of West Lafayette.
Sector: Truck Trailer; Employs: 3200
Wabash National Corporation is the leading producer of trailers in North America, which ranks them as the second largest in the world. Wabash National specializes in platform trailers, refrigerated vans, frac tanks, intermodal equipment, portable storage, and much more.
Sector: Construction Machinery & Equipment; Employs 1,800
Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives. The Lafayette facility continues to lead globally in the production of diesel engines.
Worwag Coatings, LLC has developed and produced high-quality coatings for a wide variety of industrial and commercial applications. These coatings include liquid and powder coatings as well as painted films for vehicle exteriors and interiors, car bodies, commercial vehicles, automotive components, and much more.
FLIR Systems, Inc designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and distributes technologies that enhance perception and awareness. The company, which is located in the Purdue Research Park, brings innovative sensing solutions into daily life through thermal imaging, visible-light imaging, video analytics, measurement, diagnostic, and advanced threat detection systems.
GE Aviation is a global leader in jet engines and aircraft systems. The Lafayette facility assembles the new LEAP engine of the CFM International, a 50/50 joint company of GE and Snecma of France. The LEAP engine provides power to the Airbus A320neo, Boeing 737 MAX, and COMAC C919 for airlines worldwide.
Saab is manufacturing a large portion of the fuselage for the T-7A Red Hawk, a new military jet trainer aircraft for the United States Air Force. Once it reaches full capacity in 2027, Saab will employ over 300 management, administration, and manufacturing personnel. The new flagship facility in West Lafayette utilizes advanced manufacturing techniques and leverages research and development in support of Saab’s broad product portfolio.
Butler Aerospace and Defense provides a wide range of innovative business models and delivery solutions to meet the human capital needs of the 21st century. Serving a wide variety of aerospace, defense, and federal customers, Butler has extensive experience managing engineering and other support programs that span the space, rotary wing, fixed wing, land vehicle, and staffing segments.
Sector: Automotive; Employs: 5,600
Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. (SIA) manufacturers the Subaru Outback, Legacy, Impreza, and Ascent. SIA is the company’s only auto assembly plant in the United States. SIA is known for their environmental stewardship as their manufacturing facility is zero-landfill and sits on hundreds of acres of preserved wildlife habitat.
Sector: Automotive, Mechanical
LiquidSpring conceived the idea and development of the liquid spring strut over 20 years ago to fulfill the need of providing a more reliable and better-performing suspension system for off-highway mining trucks. Continued innovative efforts have resulted in technological breakthroughs for many other applications to also service on-highway systems.
Sector: Steering Systems & Equipment; Employs: 600
ZF Commercial Steering is the headquarters for the commercial steering division of ZF Friedrichshafen AG. The company is a hub of new passenger technology, transmission, commercial steering, and up-and-coming autonomous driving technologies.