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 [...]

Office of Career and Technical Education opens applications for Education Readiness Grants; Partners with Conexus Indiana and TechPoint

2023-01-12T10:43:34-05:00January 12, 2023|

(INDIANAPOLIS) - The Indiana Office of Career and Technical Education (OCTE), in partnership with Conexus Indiana and TechPoint, has opened applications for Education Readiness Grants, which provide funding for selected schools to implement high school CTE programs in high-demand career fields, specifically advanced manufacturing and information technology. The grant aims to strengthen partnerships between industry and local schools, while increasing student access to opportunities in these career fields. Schools seeking to implement or expand select programs of study in advanced manufacturing and information technology are eligible to apply. Applications are available here and open through February 15. Grant recipients must demonstrate a direct connection with local employers in advanced manufacturing or information technology with the goal of recruiting more students to CTE and graduating job-ready students with experience and credentials needed by local employers. Schools using Education Readiness Grants must [...]

New study: Cobots, cybersecurity, sensor technology and Internet of Things defining Indiana’s Factory of the Future  

2022-12-07T08:40:37-05:00December 8, 2022|

INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 8, 2022) – Conexus Indiana today announced results of its annual Industry 4.0 technology adoption survey that, for the first time, shows a continuous and measurable trend in the technologies that are defining Indiana’s Factory of the Future. Conducted in collaboration with Indiana University Kelley School of Business Center for Excellence in Manufacturing, the 2022 study analyzed responses from nearly 200 Indiana manufacturers. Key findings show that cobots, cybersecurity, sensor technology and Internet of Things (IoT) are the top four technologies manufacturers expect to adopt in the next five years, each more highly anticipated than in years past. The percentage of manufacturers reporting plans to adopt cobots and cybersecurity in the next five years has doubled from 2020 to 2022, followed closely by a 25% increase in those planning to adopt sensor technology and a 68% increase in [...]

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