Agriculture, Aquaculture & Food Processing

Muncie-Delaware County has the resources necessary to support growth in the food processing sector. The community has more than eight million gallons of excess water and sewer capacity with hundreds of acres of land zoned for development. Excellent access to highways, airports, rail, raw materials, skilled employees, and educational resources make our community a superior choice.

Meridian Foods, located 12 miles north of Muncie in Eaton, produces canned beans. 

Bell Aquaculture, located 10 miles north of Muncie in Albany, recently had a Tax Increment Finance district approved by the Delaware County Redevelopment Commission in anticipation of a $90 million expansion. Bell is a unique business as the nation's largest yellow perch farm and a state-of-the-art aquaculture facility.

Competitive Advantages

Muncie-Delaware County Indiana combines traditional production with progressive technology to create an attractive environment for manufacturers. The state’s central location and excellent transportation network – combined with a skilled and dedicated workforce – solidifies Indiana’s position as a worldwide manufacturing leader.

Competitive advantages for advanced food processing manufacturers include:

  • An industrial electricity rate that is one of the lowest in the United States

  • Millions of gallons of excess capacity in the existing water and sewer system

  • Fully-serviced sites with rail in the Industria Centre Industrial Park

  • Four-lane access to both Interstate 69 and Interstate 70

  • A recently zoned 800-acre site designed to attract new businesses in the agricultural industry – Ag BioVision Industrial Park – is ready for development

  • A low-cost, pro-business environment and a highly skilled, educated and capable workforce

  • Workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance rates that are among the lowest in the country

  • Strong collaborative ties between universities, businesses and public sector, which helps make us a cradle for innovative companies

  • A wide range of incentives and grants to qualified projects.

Did You Know?

On July 1, 2014 Bell Aquaculture LLC held the grand opening event for the Bell Farms™ Aqua Feed mill located in central Indiana USA. Over 300 fish farmers, government officials and industry experts attended the event held on site at Bell Farms™ in Albany, Indiana. Read more.
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Jay Julian
Chief Economic Development Officer, President/CEO
Jay is a native Hoosier, born and raised in Marion, IN. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Millikin University, Decatur, IL in 1979. Jay joined the Muncie Chamber of Commerce on July 1, 2009. Julian is the former Executive Director of Development Services with City of Marion, IN. Prior to this, he was the Planning Director for the City of Anderson, IN. Jay has received awards for IACT Economic Recovery, Historic Preservation Commission Award, and Indiana Black Expo Chairman’s Award.
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Traci Lutton
Vice President, Economic Development
In her role at the Economic Development Alliance, Ms. Lutton leverages economic development resources to sustain and enhance the economic growth, vitality and global competitiveness of Muncie-Delaware County as a superior business location. Lutton markets the community locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally to private investors, corporations, and site selectors through recruitment trips, website, tradeshows and other methods. Traci has knowledge and experience with a range of site selection and development services.
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Ashley Surpas
Economic Development Project Manager
Ashley Surpas, from Muncie, Indiana, came to the Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance in July of 2012 after graduating from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Political Science, a Master of Public Administration, and a Master of Executive Development for Public Service. Surpas volunteers with Project Leadership in Delaware County and serves on the Anderson-Muncie Public Transportation Coalition.
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Erin Williamson
Economic Development Coordinator
Erin Williamson joined the Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance in November 2020. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Ball State University. Erin was born and raised in Muncie and has a passion for community and local business. In her free time, she enjoys watching sports, being in nature, and spending time with loved ones.