Four Indiana student-run businesses awarded at Conexus Indiana Case Competition

2024-02-29T13:27:01-05:00February 27, 2024|

INDIANAPOLIS – Students from four Indiana high schools were named winners in the 2024 Conexus Indiana Student Industries Case Competition. Teams of student leaders from Eastbrook High School, Mitchell High School, Perry Central High School and White River Valley High School will receive cash prizes to support their School-based Enterprise (SBE), an in-school entrepreneurial advanced manufacturing and logistics business that is managed and operated by students. “The Case Competition, which is open to schools operating SBEs throughout the state, gives high schoolers a platform to showcase their practical decision-making and problem-solving skills,” said Kyle Marshall, senior director of talent programs at Conexus Indiana. “The competition also gives them an opportunity to present to and interact with a panel of industry leaders in Indiana – an opportunity they otherwise might not have while in high school.” Competing schools were divided into [...]

Conexus Indiana opens nominations for Rising 30 Class of 2024, honoring budding talent in advanced manufacturing and logistics

2023-10-27T15:34:46-04:00October 25, 2023|

INDIANAPOLIS - Conexus Indiana has opened nominations for its next cohort of Rising 30 honorees. The program, now entering its fourth year, honors 30 advanced manufacturing and logistics (AML) professionals under the age of 30 who are distinguishing themselves as industry leaders of the future. As part of its mission to make Indiana a global leader in advanced manufacturing and logistics, Conexus Indiana launched Rising 30 in 2020 to celebrate Indiana's next generation of change-makers who are instrumental in the industries' continued evolution. The program is also designed to create pathways for Hoosiers to succeed in Indiana’s largest industry sectors, which employs approximately 700,000 individuals and accounts for one-third of the state’s gross domestic product. “Right now, an entire generation of advanced manufacturing and logistics professionals is working as early-career engineers at mid-sized OEMs, entrepreneurs at start-ups, schedulers at logistics [...]

New art exhibit shines light on Indiana’s advanced manufacturing industry through the lens of Indiana photographer

2023-10-06T14:48:38-04:00October 5, 2023|

INDIANAPOLIS – The Hoosiers and the technologies behind Indiana’s advanced manufacturing industry take center stage in a new art exhibit, featuring images captured by Indianapolis photographer Michael Durr. “The Art of Modern Manufacturing: Views through a different lens” opens on Friday, October 6 and runs through Friday, October 27. The exhibit, which is free to the public, is accompanied by an audio tour with commentary from Durr, writer Sandra Cline and Conexus Indiana Director of Innovation and Digital Transformation Ryan Henderson. Durr, in partnership with Conexus Indiana, traveled statewide to capture nearly 80,000 images to document how Indiana manufacturers and Hoosier workers are using smart manufacturing technologies – such as cobots, additive manufacturing and advanced robotics – to increase productivity and competitiveness. Sixteen of his photos are on display in The AMP at the 16 Tech Innovation District. Durr’s work [...]

New workforce report forecasts job growth in Indiana’s advanced manufacturing sectors

2023-09-18T01:25:55-04:00September 5, 2023|

New workforce report: automotive, biopharmaceutical and semiconductor manufacturing careers among growth forecasts for Indiana INDIANAPOLIS – As the State of Indiana continues to strategically build an economic ecosystem ripe for advanced industry growth, new research led by Conexus Indiana and Lightcast forecasts employment growth of 5% to 10% in several priority advanced manufacturing sectors. The transportation equipment, chemical, and computer and electronic product manufacturing subsectors could add over 13,000 jobs to Indiana’s economy by 2026. Conexus Indiana and Lightcast, a global leader in labor market analytics, today released “2023 Benchmarking Indiana’s Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics Report: Identifying Opportunities for Workforce Development and Transformation,” which analyzes job growth data in select advanced manufacturing and logistics industries. The report focuses on several high priority industry sectors that align with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation’s (IEDC) 5E vision, which includes a focus on the [...]

Conexus Indiana honors Gov. Eric Holcomb with 2023 Andre B. Lacy Vanguard Award for his commitment to Indiana’s advanced manufacturing and logistics industries

2023-05-22T08:15:20-04:00May 22, 2023|

INDIANAPOLIS (May 22, 2023) Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has been named the 2023 Andre B. Lacy Vanguard Award recipient, joining an exclusive group of Hoosiers recognized for extraordinary leadership and impact in the advanced manufacturing and logistics industries. Under his leadership, the state has seen steady growth in advanced manufacturing and logistics; in 2022 alone, the state worked with over 130 advanced manufacturing and logistics companies to commit to add 15,800 new jobs and invest $11.9 billion in Indiana. Conexus Indiana presents the Vanguard Award each year to a Hoosier leader who champions the advanced manufacturing and logistics industries. The award is named in honor of philanthropist and business leader Andre B. Lacy who left a large footprint on Indiana as a third-generation leader of his family business, Lacy Diversified Industries Ltd. (LDI). He passed away in November 2017. Previous [...]

Conexus Indiana names 2023 Rising 30 class of young professionals

2023-05-18T14:57:39-04:00May 18, 2023|

INDIANAPOLIS (May 18, 2023) Conexus Indiana today announced the newest members of the Conexus Indiana Rising 30, an exclusive group of young professionals who are recognized for their early-in-career accomplishments in the advanced manufacturing and logistics industries. The Rising 30 program is in its third year and is part of Conexus Indiana’s mission to strengthen Indiana’s advanced manufacturing and logistics industries. Rising 30 honorees exemplify leadership and innovation in Indiana’s largest industry sector and are poised to become Indiana’s future industry leaders. “It is exciting to see such a rich pipeline of young professionals who already are contributing to Indiana’s largest economic engine,” said Scott Brand, executive vice president of Subaru of Indiana Automotive and chair of the Conexus Indiana Board. “As Indiana’s advanced manufacturing and logistics industries continue to modernize and embrace the next-generation workplace, we’re in good hands [...]

Carey Services, Conexus Indiana partner on manufacturing training for people with disabilities  

2023-05-03T11:23:59-04:00May 3, 2023|

MARION, Ind. (May 3, 2023) – Marion-based Carey Services has partnered with Conexus Indiana to provide job-training services to people with disabilities. Supported by a gift from the Don Wood Foundation, the partnership will bring to Marion and the surrounding communities the Catapult Indiana program, which prepares Hoosiers for careers in advanced manufacturing. A provider of programs for people with disabilities for nearly 70 years, Carey Services plans to begin offering Conexus Indiana’s Catapult Indiana programming this summer. The new offerings will enhance Carey Services’ existing community-based supported living, job-readiness training and other skill-building programs, while providing a specialized training resource to Grant County and surrounding communities to increase the potential for those pursuing career opportunities in advanced manufacturing. “This partnership is an awesome opportunity for people with disabilities in and around Grant County to learn advanced manufacturing skills that [...]

Conexus Student Industries launches to boost Indiana’s future advanced manufacturing and logistics workforce

2023-03-09T08:01:14-05:00March 8, 2023|

WATCH - Conexus Student Industries INDIANAPOLIS (March 8, 2023) – Conexus Indiana announced today the official launch of Conexus Student Industries, a statewide network of 15 high schools dedicated to developing advanced manufacturing and logistics talent through School-based Enterprises (SBEs). SBEs are student-run and -operated businesses that design, manufacture and commercialize products or services in a school setting. The Conexus Student Industries network connects students, teachers and industry leaders in creative ways to strengthen existing SBE programs and provide tools for new program development and program enhancement. “Conexus Indiana’s mission is to strengthen Indiana’s advanced manufacturing and logistics industries, and we do that, in part, by identifying and bolstering successful talent development programs,” said Brad Rhorer, COO and chief talent officer at Conexus Indiana. “School-based Enterprises are proven programs that inspire high school students to pursue careers in advanced manufacturing [...]

Conexus Indiana names Molly Dodge and Scott Whitlock to Board of Directors

2023-02-14T08:46:04-05:00February 14, 2023|

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 14, 2023) – Molly Dodge, senior vice president of Workforce and Careers at Ivy Tech Community College, and Scott Whitlock, founder and president/CEO at Flexware Innovation, have joined the board of Conexus Indiana, a statewide organization dedicated to strengthening Indiana’s advanced manufacturing and logistics industries. “Molly and Scott add to our board’s expertise in equipping Indiana for the Industry 4.0 marketplace and workforce,” said Conexus Indiana President and CEO Fred Cartwright. “As Indiana manufacturers continue to embrace smart manufacturing technologies, it is imperative that our board members reflect the entrepreneurial and future-focused nature of our work, and Molly and Scott definitely come to the table with that mindset.” In her role with the state’s largest public postsecondary institution, Molly Dodge works with campus leaders to ensure the college is successfully supplying Indiana’s workforce pipeline. Having joined Ivy Tech [...]

IEDC, in partnership with Conexus Indiana, invests nearly $23 million in Manufacturing Readiness Grants to Hoosier businesses in 2022

2023-02-02T12:31:57-05:00February 2, 2023|

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 2, 2023) – The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), in partnership with Conexus Indiana, announced today that 186 Manufacturing Readiness Grants totaling $22.7 million were awarded in 2022, supporting $352.7 million in technology-enabled capital investment among manufacturers. The innovative program, structured to allow Indiana based manufacturers to increase production efficiency, invested in 60 counties across Indiana in 2022. Launched in 2020, the Manufacturing Readiness Grants program was created to stimulate private sector investments to modernize Indiana’s manufacturing industry. Since then, a total of 384 awards totaling $39 million have been awarded to companies in 69 counties, prompting proposed projects with combined budgets of $484 million. “Indiana’s rich manufacturing history paired with these new investments will ensure that Indiana continues to lead as the world transitions into Industry 4.0,” said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Brad Chambers. The Manufacturing Readiness Grants program [...]

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