The third largest city in Indiana, Evansville is still underestimated by many. Although it houses the benefits of a small-town community, its many industries compete in larger markets on a national level. In fact, the River City is home to the headquarters of several major regional and international businesses.
One of Evansville’s oldest businesses, Old National Bank has been headquartered in Evansville since its founding along the Ohio River in 1834. Old National grew from its start throughout economic crashes and world wars, eventually expanding to its current size of more than 100 locations in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
With Evansville’s Azzip obsession, it’s no surprise the company was founded in the city. Started on Feb. 5, 2014 by Purdue University alum Brad Niemeier, Azzip Pizza continues to be a dynamic regional business. Since opening, Azzip has won several awards and expanded to include 10 locations in Evansville, Newburgh, Indianapolis, Terre Haute, Bloomington, and Lafayette, Indiana as well as Bowling Green and Owensboro, Kentucky.
You know the brand, but maybe not its history. Shoe Carnival, Inc. was founded in 1978 with its headquarters right here in the Tri-State. It’s one of the largest American-owned family footwear retailers. The company has stores located in 35 states and as far away as Puerto Rico.
It can be easy for Evansville residents to think of Berry as a local company because of its small start and ties to the community. In reality, Berry Global is an international corporation with plants and offices in 290 locations globally. Founded in 1967, the plastics company began as a modest Evansville organization focused on injection molding. In 2017, they changed their name from Berry Plastics to Berry Global to better reflect the business and its reach — a point expanded on by their acquisition by RPC Group a few years later.