Next Event: State of Manufacturing 9/14/17


On September 14th, from 7:30-9:30am, at Indiana Landmarks; 1201 Central Ave., Indianapolis, IN; the ICR Educational Event Series will be highlighting the Advanced Manufacturing industry in Indiana, and its intersections with commercial construction. Advanced Manufacturing is the largest contributing industry to Indiana’s GDP, and as such also contributes a significant share of the commercial construction opportunities available. The ICR is bringing in leaders from some of Indiana’s most influential manufacturing firms to discuss their investment in Indiana, experiences in construction and renovation, how technological innovation and integration affects their environments, and common challenges in workforce attraction.

Featured Panelists:

Ron Grammas, Director, Project Engineering- Ingredion, Inc.

Ingredion is a Fortune 500 global ingredient solutions company with 2016 net sales of $5.7 billion. For nine of the past ten years they have been recognized as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE magazine, and as one of America’s Best Midsize Employers by Forbes in 2016 and 2017.

Ingredion employs approximately 11,000 employees around the world. Their customers operate in more than 100 countries and represent 60 diverse sectors, including food, beverage, paper and corrugating, brewing and other industries.

Sue Smith, Vice President for the Technology & Applied Sciences Division and Corporate Executive for Advanced Manufacturing – Ivy Tech Community College

An educated, empowered, and informed workforce is one of the greatest challenges facing modern businesses in Indiana. Nearly 50% of companies in Indiana reported having open positions for the past year or more. In Construction this workforce challenge is felt by nearly every employer, and advanced manufacturing is in a similar state. With technological innovation occurring faster than ever before, advanced manufacturers are consistently adjusting the needs of their workforce, and their interactions with higher education. As the largest community college in the country and the leading provider of associates degrees in the state of Indiana, Ivy Tech is working to position itself to build and educate the workforce needed by evolving 21st century industry.

Bill Arndt, Supervisor- Urschel Laboratories, Inc. 

Urschel was founded in Valparaiso, Indiana, U.S.A., by William E. Urschel with his invention of the Gooseberry Snipper, a machine that removed the stems and blossoms from the then popular berry, and was widely sold to Michigan canneries. The machine could do the work of 100 workers a day.

Since 1910, Urschel has been designing and manufacturing precision industrial cutting machinery. From the invention of the Gooseberry Snipper to the development of the Comitrol®, TranSlicer®, and DiversaCut® series of machines, the focus has always been on finding innovative and efficient ways to improve customer productivity.

Urschel has developed a worldwide reputation for excellence by working in partnership with customers over the years to meet the ever-changing challenges in the marketplace. Increases in productivity, new products, energy-saving machinery, and cleaner, more precise cuts, are just a few ways Urschel has – and continues – to rise to the demands of this dynamic industry.

Moderator: David Holt, Vice President of Operations and Business Development- Conexus Indiana

In his role with Conexus, Holt drives the logistics agenda and developed, recruited and led the formation of the Conexus Indiana Logistics Council, a forum of prominent logistics executives, throughout the state of Indiana, and six regional logistics council in Northwest, North Central, Northeast, Central, Southwest and Southeast Indiana.  Under his guidance and leadership, Holt developed Phase I: A Plan for Indiana’s Logistics Future and Delivering Indiana’s Logistics Future, two strategic plans ensuring that those things necessary for Indiana’s transportation network are in place to enhance the environment for companies to grow their business, create a more attractive business environment to locate in Indiana, and create high paying jobs for Hoosiers.  He also moderated Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s Blue Ribbon Panel for Transportation Infrastructure.

Please join us for this important discussion on September 14th, at Indiana Landmarks, 1201 Central Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46202, from 7:30am-9:30am.


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