Thirty young professionals named to Conexus Indiana Rising 30

2021-05-04T10:14:04-04:00April 30, 2021|

INDIANAPOLIS (April 30, 2021) Conexus Indiana announced the 30 young professionals who have been named to the inaugural Rising 30 cohort. From CEOs, to engineers, educators and innovators, Rising 30 honorees represent Indiana’s top talent under the age of 30 who will drive Indiana’s advanced manufacturing and logistics industries successfully into the future. The Rising 30 program is part of Conexus Indiana’s mission to strengthen Indiana’s advanced manufacturing and logistics industry and create pathways for Hoosiers to succeed in Indiana’s largest industry sector. “The advanced manufacturing and logistics industries are vital to Indiana's economic prosperity, employing 1 out of every 5 Hoosiers and accounting for more than 30 percent of Indiana’s economic output,” said Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb. “Conexus Indiana is a vital partner in our work to grow Indiana’s largest industry sector and provide Hoosiers with rewarding career opportunities. [...]

J. Mark Howell to step down from Conexus Indiana in June 2021

2021-04-05T16:49:43-04:00March 17, 2021|

J. Mark Howell, president and CEO, Conexus Indiana INDIANAPOLIS (March 17, 2021) The Conexus Indiana Board of Directors announced today that J. Mark Howell, president and CEO of Conexus Indiana, has decided to step down from the organization effective June 2021. “The work that Mark has accomplished in the past three years as president and CEO of Conexus Indiana is nothing short of remarkable,” said Dennis Oklak, chairman of the Conexus Indiana Board of Directors. “Mark came to Conexus and quickly created a strategic plan for the organization, which has served as an effective roadmap for Conexus Indiana’s current work and that will sustain the organization’s efforts for years to come.” Howell joined Conexus Indiana in January 2018 with a focus on preparing Indiana’s  advanced manufacturing and logistics industries for Industry 4.0, defined by the use of advanced [...]

Conexus Indiana releases State of Logistics report; data fortify Indiana’s ‘Crossroads of America’ leadership position

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

INDIANAPOLIS (March 3, 2021) Conexus Indiana today released a comprehensive report of Indiana’s logistics industry, providing a deep assessment of the state’s geographic, public policy, innovation and regional assets that make Indiana a global logistics leader. The Conexus Indiana Logistics Council, comprising statewide logistics and supply chain executives, developed the report in partnership with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and with content contributions from the Department of Workforce Development, Commission for Higher Education, Department of Transportation and the Governor’s office. “This report underscores that Indiana not only understands logistics but is perfectly positioned to continue to build this incredibly important industry sector,” said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger. “Indiana reduces regulatory burdens and provides stability and access to markets and 21st century talent, making our state attractive to companies around the world.” More than $650 billion in goods move [...]

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 [...]

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