Industries resilient in tough economy

High inflation, rising energy costs and supply chain woes are tough obstacles, but companies in the Evansville-Henderson region consistently show they can keep workers on the job, economic development officials said.

In fact, many local companies still need more employees, not fewer. Unemployment is just over 2% in Southwest Indiana and just over 3% in Henderson County, Kentucky, and jobs are posted in manufacturing, health and life sciences, and other sectors.

Officials said items made in the region are in constant demand — from baby formula produced at Reckitt in Evansville, to Toyota vehicles assembled in Princeton, Indiana, to truck wheels churned out by Accuride in Henderson.

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They cited continuous need for energy, which this region produces in abundance, as well as plastics products made here. They said a fast-growing line at SABIC’s Mount Vernon plant is plastics for the medical field.

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