The Ball family from Buffalo, New York, arrived to the area during the 1880s establishing Ball Corporation for production of its Mason jars. The family foundation then formed Ball Memorial Hospital and Ball Teachers College. Ball Corporation has since re-located yet many of the family assets remain.
Cultural studies funded by the Lynds during the 1920s and 1930s with Muncie as the subject. Labeled “Middletown U.S.A.” as a by-product of those projects, an actual Middletown, Indiana, is located 15 miles southwest.
Prospering in the manufacturing sector through the middle to late 1900s, General-Motors, BorgWarner, Delco-Remy, among many complimentary operations, thrived there until the U.S. auto industry decline of the latter 20th century. Stagnant growth entering the new millenium showed signs of recovery by 2008 as several new and upcoming industries such as alternative energy, began to emerge in and around Muncie.
Muncie, Indiana is the hometown of recently publicized NFL veteran Dave Duerson, who took his own life with his final request being that his brain be donated to science for the research of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a controversial affliction which he sought as an NFL Players Association Representative to bring to the spotlight.
Another municipality named Muncie within the United States is the village of Muncie, Illinois.