Over half of the population of Clinton County resides within the Frankfort city limits. Inside those city limits are the Frankfort Industrial Park and Montgomery Aviation. The Frankfort Industrial Park offers space for developing companies and industry; it also has ideal proximity to the city, road arteries and to the railroads.
Since 1985, Frankfort’s Main Street businesses have taken many steps to restore the historical luster of the city while also making new improvements to the streets. The city also participates in the Main Street Program, which is a nationally recognized program with the focus of enhancing the downtown area through a four-point approach – organization, economic restructuring, promotion, and design.
Frankfort Industrial Park
The Frankfort Industrial Park was created back in the 1950’s when a group of residents pooled resources together to purchase land and recruit the first industry to the industrial park. The F.I.P continues to grow with 23 industries calling Frankfort home, ranging from the world’s largest salty food production facility for Frito Lay to Lake Erie Products, Inc having its national headquarters in the Industrial Park. The park is much diversified with food processing, automotive, and consumer goods being a small example of the manufacturing sectors represented. The Frankfort Industrial Park is one the largest contiguous parks in central Indiana with over 1,000 acres already developed and an additional 1,000 plus acres ready to be developed. Rail access is available with spur sites off the Norfolk Southern and CSX lines. State Road 28 runs through the industrial park that has been recently upgraded to four lanes all the way to Interstate 65. In addition, Montgomery Aviation which owns the local airport recently expanded its runway to 5000 feet to facilitate corporate jets to fly directly into their factory’s community.
The Frankfort Industrial Park is looking to expand to the west as water and waste water lines that have recently been extended to Jefferson Indiana providing an additional 10 million gallons of water. There is also deep discussion of plans to extend that infrastructure to Interstate 65.
The Purdue Cooperative Extension office is helping ensure the county’s workforce remains qualified to meet the needs of local businesses. The Learning Network of Clinton County program offers workforce training with the assistance of a mobile computer lab. The lab is taken to interested businesses. Employees become students of programs that are designed to meet the employer’s needs.
Leading the way for industrial and economic development in Frankfort and Clinton County since 1954 has been Clinton County Chamber of Commerce. Doing business in Clinton County is made easier by a network of people who strive to pave the way for continued economic stability and growth.