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The Indiana Economic Development Corporation announced three new initiatives to support Hoosier manufacturing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The $10 million program will focus on startup investment and technology modernization in the industry. 

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 21 additional confirmed deaths Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 1,871. The state announced more than 32,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 235,000 Hoosiers tested.

Michigan Manufacturers Begin Re-Opening Factories

May 11, 2020
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The State of Michigan is allowing some plants back online today, even as it orders residents to remain at home to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

 

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No cases of the new coronavirus have been confirmed in Indiana. But some businesses in the state are having to navigate potential parts shortages due to the virus’s impact in China.

Indiana is one of the top manufacturing states in the country, employing thousands of Hoosiers. The outbreak in China has slowed production of parts needed to assemble products including automobiles.

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Ivy Tech Community College announced a new apprenticeship program Wednesday that will place students in emerging career fields around internet-connected factory robots. It's being funded by a nearly $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Indiana has lost nearly 8,000 manufacturing jobs through November this year. And some economists say that’s a bad sign for the overall economy.

But state leaders say they’re not worried about those numbers.

Indiana hasn’t lost more manufacturing jobs than it added over a calendar year since 2009, the height of the recession. But it’s on track to do just that this year.

Still, Speaker of the House-elect Todd Huston (R-Fishers) says legislative leaders aren’t sounding the alarm.

Indiana Projected To Trail National Growth Rate Next Year

Nov 9, 2019
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana University economists are projecting that the state won't keep up with national economic growth over the coming year.

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The 2019 Indiana Manufacturing Survey shows companies are increasingly concerned there aren’t enough workers in the industry. This comes when national unemployment numbers are low – and Indiana’s are even lower.

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The 2019 Manufacturing Scorecard puts Indiana among the top five states for manufacturing and logistics. Indiana continues to show success in areas including global reach and tax climate where other states are struggling.

However, economists warn the state’s success could have a down side with the ongoing trade war. Ball State economist Michael Hicks says the state’s strengths in manufacturing make it vulnerable to a downturn going into and through 2020 due to tariffs.

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Numbers released this week showed widespread declines in manufacturing productivity across the country last year.

Company That Makes Stairs Expanding Operations In Goshen

Apr 1, 2019

GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — A company that makes custom stairs, railing systems and stair components is expanding its operations in northern Indiana.

The state of Indiana announced today that Viewrail plans to invest more than $12 million to double its footprint in the state. The company, which has about 135 workers in Goshen, plans to add up to 200 more jobs there by 2023.

Goshen-based Viewrail engineers, manufactures, packs and ships all of its products from its facilities in Goshen and sells them online.

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Northeast Indiana's congressional delegation and recreational vehicle business leaders gathered in Elkhart for the sixth annual RV Industry Power Breakfast today. 

The group celebrated record March sale numbers, as well as looked ahead to the future of RV manufacturing how to appeal to a broader consumer base.

U.S. Senators Todd Young and Joe Donnelly were in attendance, as well as U.S. Representatives Jim Banks and Jackie Walorski. U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was unable to attend as had been anticipated.