Speakers at an IBJ breakfast on manufacturing and logistics said the public and private sectors must do more to get students thinking about manufacturing as a career and encouraging them to pursue the training they need to succeed in the field.
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.
An 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.
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.
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.