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Advanced Manufacturing Report: Indiana at the Top

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A new report says that Indiana has the largest share of advanced manufacturing employment in the United States.

The report, Advanced Manufacturing in the United States: The Shift Toward Diversified Industries and an Educated Workforce, was published by the Ball State University Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) and Conexus Indiana, a state-wide advanced manufacturing and logistics initiative.

According to the report, 53 percent of Indiana’s overall manufacturing jobs are in what is considered advanced manufacturing.

According to the CBER director, Michael Hicks, there was a correlation between 2010 and 2013 of the growth in the number of Hoosier adults with associate degrees or higher and the growth in the advanced manufacturing sector in the state.

“Advanced manufacturing is getting more technical and more people are going from the shop floor into CAD design rooms and that sort of thing,” Hicks reported according to Inside INdiana Business. “I think the study really points toward a stronger STEM education at the two-year technical community college level and maybe more college graduates in engineering and science.” He added that transitioning students into employees is an urgent matter since advanced manufacturing has likely provided the large share of overall manufacturing growth in Indiana for the past ten years.

View the full report here: