Gov. Mike Pence tours Germany

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Gov. Mike Pence seemed to be looking for ideas about education as much as economic development deals on his recent trip to Germany.

The governor’s itinerary included tours of vocational education and training programs, as well as meetings with German manufacturing executives and government officials.

The trip to Germany was funded by private donations to the Indiana Economic Development Foundation. The governor, first lady Karen Pence, Commerce Secretary Victor Smith, four other state employees and a two-person security detail traveled April 12-18.

Pence’s first stop after landing at Ramstein Air Base was Aachen, where he met with a company that might invest in Indiana and the general managers of Zentis GMbH & Co., a dairy and bakery industry supplier that has a plant in Plymouth. Pence was scheduled to tour Zentis’ vocational training program.

In Hanover, Pence visited Jager Group, which has a joint venture operation in LaPorte. Pence was scheduled to learn more about the German system of dual education during his April 16 tour of production facilities. Jaeger-Unitek Sealing Solutions announced plans to expand its LaPorte plant during the governor’s visit.

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