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Annual Manufacturing Reports Provide Important Data for Future Growth Initiatives

Posted 7:06 PM by
The 2014 Manufacturing and Logistics National Report recently issued by Conexus Indiana and Ball State University's Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) leaves no doubt that Indiana has moved well beyond the Great Recession. Manufacturing and logistics are thriving in Indiana. The Report Card complements Katz, Sapper & Miller's annual Indiana Manufacturing Survey. 
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EPA Rule "Reigns" on Manufacturing

Posted 7:49 PM by
U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy recently introduced a sweeping initiative to curb national power plant emissions by nearly a third by 2030. The announcement is meant to be the centerpiece of President Obama’s plans to tackle climate change, and it is characterized as “ambitious but achievable.” However, passionate debate has erupted in response to the 645-page proposal, which is set to be finalized next year.
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Investors are “Hopped Up” on Craft Beer

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Hoosiers can’t seem to get enough craft beer these days. With popularity increasing, breweries are popping up all over the state and are topping the tech and manufacturing markets in terms of growing capital. With craft beer sales growing 20% in 2013 ($14.3 billion), breweries and distilleries have drawn considerable attention across the nation.
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Annual Grading of Indiana’s Manufacturing Health

Posted 7:21 PM by
The Indianapolis Business Journal and Conexus Indiana recently hosted The State of Manufacturing and Logistics: High Tech Is Here … Is Indiana Ready? At the event, Dr. Michael J. Hicks of Ball State University unveiled the annual Manufacturing and Logistics National Report, which grades the health of manufacturing across the country by evaluating the following categories in each state.
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Manufacturers Impacted by Stolen Software

Posted 6:14 PM by
If you are like me, then you assume that software piracy only affects software development companies and the software industry. You don't associate it with manufacturing, much less think about it negatively impacting the manufacturing industry as a whole. I was therefore surprised when I saw a recent study completed by Harvard Business School (HBS) and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) which discussed the impact that stolen software has on U.S. manufacturing.
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Weather “Storms” the Bottom Line for Manufacturing

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Let’s face it. Fifty-two inches into the snowiest winter in Indianapolis history, challenges extend beyond avoiding deep potholes or figuring out who can watch the kids on yet another snow day. These extreme conditions have thrown a kink into the first quarter of operations for U.S. manufacturers.
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Report Details Effects of Personal Property Tax Law Changes

Posted 1:00 PM by
As Governor Pence and members of the Indiana State legislature continue to tackle the issue of personal property taxes, the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute recently released a report detailing both major and insignificant impacts of the tax. Specifically, the report claims that taxes on equipment have little effect on decisions for businesses to relocate to other states.
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Onshoring or Nearshoring?

Posted 3:12 PM by
Over the past few years, bringing manufacturing back to the United States - or onshoring - has been a hot topic in the manufacturing industry. With increasing wages, currency costs and transportation costs, many companies that previously offshored their manufacturing processes to China (and other low-cost countries) have had to reevaluate that decision.
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Manufacturing Leads the Way for Indiana

Posted 2:49 PM by
The Indiana Manufacturers Association's (IMA) Legislative Briefing, held January 15, 2014, highlighted the success of the manufacturing industry in Indiana. Currently, manufacturing is leading the state in several  categories including: direct employment, gross state product, wages and benefits.
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Hubs: A Guide to the Future of U.S. Manufacturing

Posted 3:57 PM by
Washington’s newly touted “Hub” initiative seeks to rejuvenate American manufacturing and restore lost jobs to an industry which has experienced significant losses in recent years. President Obama first called on Congress in his 2013 State of the Union to create a network of manufacturing hubs across the nation. And he once again called for them in yesterday's address.
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