Manufacturing Leaders Challenge Indiana Elected Officials to Visit a Manufacturing Facility in Honor of Manufacturing Day

Sep 21, 2017

NDIANAPOLIS – Brian Burton, President and CEO of the Indiana Manufacturers Association (IMA), along with executives from major Indiana-based manufacturers, met to outline the importance of manufacturing to Indiana, and to encourage members of the Indiana General Assembly to participate in local Manufacturing Day activities in their areas.

“Indiana is the most manufacturing-intensive state in the U.S., with 30% of our economic output generating from manufacturing. It is critical that our elected representatives understand there is no better way to learn about the importance of manufacturing than by actually visiting a local manufacturing facility,” Mr. Burton stated. “It is our hope that these interactions will lead to greater understanding about our industry, and will result in 2018 being a more manufacturing-focused legislative session. Workforce continues to be our largest barrier to manufacturing growth and expansion in Indiana. We need more done to make our workforce system truly employer driven.”

Joe Raver, President and CEO of Hillenbrand, stated, “It’s critically important that all of us – business, education, and government – work together to attract, develop, and retain a workforce that supports our ability to compete and thrive on a global basis. We need a coordinated effort in order to effectively develop our system and future workforce.”

Other major manufacturers joining with the IMA included: Aero Industries; Amatrol, Inc.; AT&T; Batesville Casket Company; Dart Controls, Inc.; Duke Energy; Ford Meter Box; Fort Wayne Metals Research Products; Grote Industries; Kimball Electronics; and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana.

Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Manufacturing Day occurs on the first Friday in October – this year Manufacturing Day is October 6, 2017. The IMA encourages elected officials who wish to take part in this challenge to visit for more information on facility tours in their area.


For more information, please contact:

Stephanie Wells of the Indiana Manufacturers Association
317-506-7921 or

Tory Flynn of Hillenbrand
812-931-5024 or

About the Indiana Manufacturers Association

Formed in 1901, the Indiana Manufacturers Association is the second oldest manufacturers association in the country and the only trade association in Indiana that exclusively focuses on manufacturing. The Indiana Manufacturers Association, representing more than 1,400 companies, is dedicated to advocating for a business climate that creates, protects, and promotes quality manufacturing jobs in Indiana. The staff of the Indiana Manufacturers Association has more than 140 years of combined governmental affairs experience and is recognized as experts in many areas including tax, environment, labor relations, human resources, and healthcare. For more information, visit

Indiana Manufacturers Association
101 West Washington St., Suite 1050 East
Indianapolis, IN 46282
Phone: 317­-632­-2474 ● Fax: 317­-231­-2320