State excels in manufacturing and logistics, but issues loom

June 11, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Manufacturing Logistics Hicks watch videoIndiana's sectors are among the strongest in the nation, according to a recent report. But challenges remain in work force education, the cost of worker benefits, and the pace of innovation.

Indiana universities, manufacturers helping launch Digital LabRestricted Content

April 12, 2014
Sam Stall
Indiana manufacturers, universities and various state groups are abuzz about their involvement with the freshly minted, Chicago-based Digital Lab for Manufacturing—even if they’re not yet sure what their exact role will be.

Report: People problems persist in manufacturing, logistics

June 14, 2013
Dan Human
Indiana's manufacturing and logistics sectors are undoubtedly strong, but work-force quality issues continue to nag the state, according to an industry report card released Friday morning.

UPS Foundation providing $50,000 for technology programRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Hire Technology manufacturing-logistics curriculum was developed by Conexus in partnership with Ivy Tech Community College.

State manufacturing heading for slowdown, expert says

June 19, 2012
Scott Olson
Hicks Report_watch
                           videoAn economist at Ball State University warned of another recession at Conexus Indiana's annual state of manufacturing and logistics report Tuesday morning. Both sectors, however, contribute strongly to the state's economy and earned "A" grades in the latest report.

Conexus: State growth will slow without more infrastructure investmentsRestricted Content

June 2, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Nearly all of the $3.8 billion the state received from leasing its toll road is spent or committed, and Conexus Indiana says roads and bridges are crumbling again. How does the group, which focuses on manufacturing and logistics, recommend paying for infrastructure improvements? In effect, by raising taxes.

IEDC, Conexus form aerospace, defense council

August 30, 2011
The Indiana Aerospace and Defense Council brings together industry leaders to begin creating a plan to grow the sector. IEDC and Conexus say Hoosier defense contractors have created 1,800 jobs in the past two years.

State manufacturing, logistics sectors score high marks

June 10, 2011
Scott Olson
The grades were part of an annual report released Friday morning by Conexus Indiana, an industry group that is part of Central Indiana Corporate Partnership. A 4.6-percent increase in employment the past year helped the state's manufacturing sector repeat its "A" grade.

Conexus says infrastructure important to Great Lakes and Ohio River commerce is at risk

March 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Many of the locks controlling the key passageways date back 80 years and are failing.

Conexus launches statewide online-procurement network

March 3, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana Supplier INsight offers free links between Hoosier providers and purchasers.

Conexus gets $3.45 million from Lilly Endowment

January 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Lilly Endowment Inc. is continuing to support the state's advanced-manufacturing initiative, giving Conexus Indiana a grant to help connect potential workers with the necessary training.

Top logistics execs draw road map for industryRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
Chris O'Malley
On the menu of Indiana's economic development initiatives, the logistics industry has had all the appeal of truck stop coffee. Meanwhile, the information technology and life sciences sectors—and recently clean tech—have had everyone salivating. Logistics, however, is cooking up a new strategy.

Pitching manufacturing careers a challenge amid slumpRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The message that Steve Dwyer, recently retired chief operating officer of Rolls-Royce North America, is taking to central Indiana educators is that they still need to train students for careers in manufacturing.

Conexus seeks new work forceRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
Steve Dwyer, retired chief operating officer of Rolls-Royce North America, is joining Conexus Indiana to lead a campaign to recruit students into training for skilled manufacturing and logistics work. The campaign is called "Dream It. Do It."

Logistics advocacy group Conexus gears up for statewide pitchRestricted Content

December 17, 2007
Chris O'Malley
Carol D'Amico, president and CEO of the newly formed industry advocacy group Conexus Indiana, is intent on boosting the visibility and growth of the logistics industry. Large though it is, it's also relatively ambiguous and sits in the shadow of the state's much-vaunted life sciences industry.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.