in a thriving Central Indiana city
Located in the heart of Johnson County and just 20 minutes south of Indianapolis, Franklin, Indiana provides the perfect mix of location, favorable tax rate and prepared workforce for our companies.
Strong leadership and support from the community have made Franklin - with a population of roughly 25,000 - home to companies such as: Berry Global, KYB Americas Corporation, NSK Corporation, Pridgeon & Clay, Aisin, Energizer Batteries and Johnson Memorial Health.
Franklin also is located near Camp Atterbury, a major training facility for the United States Army, the Indiana National Guard, and other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. Suppliers and contractors from Franklin have contracts with the military.
Franklin's City Government and the Franklin Development Corporation help new businesses with incentives and other resources.
Franklin's economic base is diverse - from nine Japanese manufacturing companies to more than 500 women-owned businesses
why companies select Franklin, Indiana
Several economic incentives are allowed to be considered to assist companies with either locating to Franklin or expanding their existing businesses. These economic incentives include economic development revenue bonds, tax increment financing (TIF), lease/purchase agreements, and tax abatements. When considering a request for any economic incentives, the Franklin Economic Development Commission and City Council will consult the criteria outlined for tax abatement requests according to Indiana Code and all requirements of Indiana law. Learn More
Businesses are a big deal here. We value the 12,000 jobs created by our employers, and we celebrate their achievements. Our companies also are deeply involved in our nonprofits such as United Way and Leadership Johnson County. Franklin, Indiana also is the County Seat of Johnson County, Indiana - one of the fastest-growing and exciting communities of the Indianapolis metropolitan area. That makes us the home to the historic Johnson County Courthouse and Johnson County Government offices.
Franklin is a highly walkable city and is considered a safe community. Our downtown boasts traditional main street shops, coffeehouses and restaurants and event centers. Our new amphitheater will host great outdoor events. Our parks, libraries and trails are considered some of the finest in Central Indiana.
Franklin also is located next to Interstate 65 and is connected to Interstates 465 and 69. For air and rail service, we also have close access to the Indianapolis International Airport, the Indy South Airport (Greenwood) and the Columbus City Airport; and the Louisville Indiana Railroad runs through the city with access ports.
Leading Sectors in Franklin, Indiana
Franklin is home to nine Japanese companies and others that supply major automotive companies. It is home to KYB Americas and NSK Corporation.
Johnson Memorial Health's providers and hospital, are based here. Optum Health, WindRose Health Network also offer primary and specialty care.
Because Indianapolis is home to Eli Lilly and four major hospitals, companies like B2S Life Sciences have located their operations here.
The automotive industry has provided companies such as Industrial Controls and Automation to be the hub for their robotics technology.
Though a growing suburban area, the rural Franklin and Johnson County agribusiness industry raises more than $76 million of products annually.
From large stores such as Meijer, Walmart and Lowe's to small downtown shops, retail is the city's fourth-largest employment sector.
Anchored by the Johnson County Courthouse, legal firms have found the city a convenient place to have access to the local judiciary and government.
93 percent of the adults are high school graduates and more than 24 percent have a bachelor's degree. This sector also is the fourth-highest employer.
The city sits on Interstate 65 and U.S 31 highways and on the Indiana-Louisville Railroad line. That is why it has become a major distribution hub.
doing business in Franklin, Indiana
Learn what the city is doing to improve economic opportunities and the quality of life in Franklin.
Find loan programs for business and residential through the Franklin Development Corporation.