Conexus Indiana adds three new members to Board of Directors

2021-04-05T16:49:44-04:00November 16, 2020|

INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 16, 2020) Conexus Indiana today announced three new members to its Board of Directors. Teresa van Niekerk, vice president of Purchasing and Supplier Quality for Allison Transmission; Teresa Wade, founder and owner of CFA Staffing; and Tom Fuja, professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, are the newest appointees to the 19-member board. “Our Board is critical to the success of our organization and, with their leadership, we have  delivered on our mission to accelerate, promote and grow Indiana’s advanced manufacturing and logistics economy,” said J. Mark Howell, president and CEO for Conexus Indiana. “We continue to grow our board to ensure statewide representation of all industries and organizations that help us with our work, and we are fortunate for new voices and many legacy companies and organizations that have worked with us for several [...]

Conexus, Ivy Tech launch first commercial truck driving curriculum; benefits include student loan eligibility, credits toward a logistics degree and internships  

2021-04-05T16:49:44-04:00November 5, 2020|

INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 5, 2020) Conexus Indiana and Ivy Tech Community College launched today the nation’s first training program for commercial truck drivers that is covered by federal student loans and enhances a graduate’s employability in the increasingly growing trucking industry. The CDL+ curriculum will be offered beginning January 2021 at five Ivy Tech campuses and is currently enrolling students. An additional eight Ivy Tech locations will offer the course later this year. Developed by Conexus Indiana in partnership with the Indiana Motor Truck Association (IMTA), Venture Logistics and Ivy Tech, and with an initial grant from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD), the CDL+ program elevates the quality of training for new commercial truck drivers while eliminating the historic financial barriers to entry. This is the first CDL program that is eligible for federal student loans, which required both [...]

Second round of Manufacturing Readiness Grants awarded to 31 Indiana businesses

2021-04-05T16:49:44-04:00October 30, 2020|

INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 30, 2020) – The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), in partnership with Conexus Indiana, announced the second round of awards totaling approximately $3 million to 31 Indiana businesses in Manufacturing Readiness Grants, which Governor Eric J. Holcomb first announced in May. The grants are part of the Economic Activity Stabilization and Enhancement (EASE) program designed to stimulate manufacturing investments that will position Hoosier operations, and the sector overall, for future growth and prosperity. “It's truly incredible to see manufacturers across the state of Indiana rise to the unprecedented challenges of this year," said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger. "The response we continue to see from the Manufacturing Readiness Grant program is remarkable, and I'm am encouraged by the progress we've seen in getting these businesses back on track." The 31 manufacturers receiving grants represent 21 Indiana counties [...]

State, Conexus Indiana award 20 Manufacturing Readiness Grants to Indiana Businesses

2021-04-05T16:49:44-04:00August 20, 2020|

INDIANAPOLIS (August 20, 2020) – The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), in partnership with Conexus Indiana, announced awards totaling nearly $2 million to 20 Indiana businesses in Manufacturing Readiness Grants, which Governor Eric J. Holcomb first announced in May. The grants are part of the Economic Activity Stabilization and Enhancement (EASE) program designed to stimulate manufacturing investments that will position Hoosier operations, and the sector overall, for future growth and prosperity. “The response we received from Indiana businesses to the Manufacturing Readiness Grant program was incredible, as manufacturers across the state have been enduring the pandemic and are moving forward with positive momentum despite shared challenges,” said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger. “We couldn’t be more grateful to these companies for contributing to Indiana’s bright economic future.” The 20 manufacturers receiving grants represent 16 Indiana counties and cover a [...]

New Study: Indiana in early stages of advanced technology adoption; Budgets and roadmaps needed for widespread adoption

2021-04-05T16:49:44-04:00August 13, 2020|

INDIANAPOLIS – Conexus Indiana, in partnership with Indiana University Kelley School of Business Center for Excellence in Manufacturing, released a study today that shows Indiana advanced manufacturing and logistics companies are in various stages of adopting smart manufacturing technologies and identifies a path forward to help spur widespread technology adoption among Indiana manufacturers of all sizes. Without widespread adoption of advanced technologies, study authors say, Indiana risks falling behind increasingly tougher global competition. “Charting Indiana’s Path from Early Adoption to Widespread Application of Industry 4.0 Technologies,” available here, surveyed 380 Indiana advanced manufacturing and logistics companies from a wide cross-section of businesses across the state. Industry 4.0 is the move toward smart manufacturing where autonomous technologies, smart systems and data and machine learning promise to significantly improve manufacturing operations. Industry 4.0 technologies include Internet of Things (IoT), additive manufacturing, cloud [...]

Indiana businesses encouraged to apply for Manufacturing Readiness Grants

2021-04-05T16:49:44-04:00June 30, 2020|

INDIANAPOLIS, June 30, 2020 – Applications for the Manufacturing Readiness Grant program, which Governor Eric J. Holcomb and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) first announced in May, are now open to Indiana manufacturers across the state. The Manufacturing Readiness Grants, administered by the IEDC in partnership with Conexus Indiana, are part of the $10 million Economic Activity Stabilization and Enhancement (EASE) program designed to stimulate manufacturing investments that will position Hoosier operations, and the sector overall, for future growth and prosperity. Through the program, $4 million is now available to Indiana companies in the form of matching grants, encouraging operational investments for: Companies committing to modernizing their operations by integrating smart technologies and processes in order to improve capacity and efficiencies, and Companies investing in health care manufacturing technology to support critical COVID-19 response efforts. Indiana startups, small businesses, entrepreneurs [...]

Conexus Indiana partners with IN-MaC and 180 Skills to offer online manufacturing and logistics courses to high school students

2021-04-05T16:49:44-04:00April 21, 2020|

INDIANAPOLIS (April 21, 2020) Conexus Indiana today announced it is partnering with 180 Skills, an online provider of manufacturing, logistics and employability skills training, to offer 1,500 Indiana high school students access to 180 Skills’ online library as they continue their learning at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Purdue University’s IN-MaC (Indiana Next Generation Manufacturing Competitiveness Center) is also a partner in the effort and is sharing the resource with additional audiences throughout the state. The partnership will allow students and educators access to the complete 180 Skills library, developed with manufacturers and educators, and including 700 courses focused on aerospace, automotive and commercial manufacturing. The library will be leveraged by students and educators in multiple Conexus programs, including Hire Tech, a manufacturing and logistics curriculum created by Conexus and offered in high schools across the state; Catapult Indiana, an [...]

Conexus Indiana adds to Board of Directors

2021-04-05T16:49:44-04:00February 12, 2020|

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 12, 2020) Conexus Indiana today announced two new members to its Board of Directors. Luke Bosso, senior vice president and chief of staff, Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) and Darin Moody, senior vice president, global API and dry product manufacturing and continuous improvement at Eli Lilly and Company are the newest appointees to the now 19-member board. The Board is comprised of statewide leaders who guide Conexus Indiana in its mission to accelerate, promote and grow Indiana’s advanced manufacturing and logistics economy. “It is critical to our organizational effectiveness for our Board to be a true representation of the industries we represent, from geographic and subsector diversity to organization type and individual experience,” said J. Mark Howell, president and CEO for Conexus Indiana. “With the additions of Luke and Darin, Conexus gains tremendous and varied leadership from the [...]

The Indiana Manufacturers Association and Conexus Indiana to Collaborate on Workforce Development Initiatives

2021-04-05T16:49:44-04:00December 3, 2019|

INDIANAPOLIS (December 3, 2019) The Indiana Manufacturers Association (IMA) and Conexus Indiana today announced they will collaborate on talent development initiatives that will train current and emerging workers across Indiana for careers in advanced manufacturing. IMA’s Indiana Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (INFAME) program and Conexus Indiana’s Catapult Indiana program both offer tangible skills and career development opportunities to Hoosiers looking to enter the manufacturing industry. This partnership will coordinate efforts to expand the programs and offer them to communities across the state. INFAME is a partnership of regional manufacturers whose purpose is to implement dual-track, apprenticeship-style training to create a pipeline of highly skilled workers through the Advanced Manufacturing Technician program. Catapult Indiana is a quick, industry-led training program that equips unemployed and underemployed Hoosiers with skills to join the in-demand advanced manufacturing field. “INFAME is a global-best college [...]

Logistics innovator Cathy Langham receives Andre B. Lacy Vanguard Award

2021-04-05T16:49:44-04:00May 28, 2019|

Cathy Langham, president and CEO, Langham Logistics INDIANAPOLIS (May 28, 2019) Conexus Indiana today announced Cathy Langham, president and chief executive officer of Langham Logistics, is the recipient of the second annual Andre B. Lacy Vanguard award. The award, named after local philanthropist and business leader Andre B. Lacy, honors Hoosier leaders who champion the advanced manufacturing and logistics industries, model civic and philanthropic leadership, and demonstrate visionary perspective that challenges the status quo. “Conexus Indiana is honored to bestow the Andre B. Lacy Vanguard award on such a dedicated visionary as Cathy Langham,” said J. Mark Howell, president and CEO of Conexus Indiana. “Cathy has been a pioneer in leveraging advanced technologies to propel not only Langham Logistics but the broader logistics industry. She exemplifies the type of leader we look for, the type that our friend [...]

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