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At the beginning of this year, WBAA held a public forum in Frankfort asking residents what amenities they wanted to see in town, and also asking this question: is there a single signature feature around which an identity could be built?

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we ask Chris McBarnes whether he might be able to turn recent difficulties with recycling into an opportunity as the waste disposal industry tries to re-evaluate its future. In a manufacturing-heavy city such as Frankfort, it might make sense.

An Indiana economist says the United Automobile Workers strike against General Motors comes at a pivotal moment for the union. 

The 2019 Manufacturing Scorecard puts Indiana among the top five states for manufacturing and logistics. Indiana continues to show success in areas including global reach and tax climate where other states are struggling.

Senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) made a campaign stop in Elkhart Wednesday. She used the RV Hall of Fame as the backdrop for pushing a jobs policy she released earlier in the week.

Inside Purdue University's new Manufacturing Design Laboratory, robots fabricate pieces, then hand them off to one another for testing – all without humans touching the parts. (Samantha Horton/IPB News)
Samantha Horton

Numbers released this week showed widespread declines in manufacturing productivity across the country last year.

A new study shows Indiana workers should worry less about being replaced by a robot and more about their job being sent to another country.

Indiana’s unemployment rate went down in December, the second consecutive month it’s fallen.

The rate fell to 3.4 percent last month. That represents a drop of half of a percent since October.

Helping that drop in December: the private sector added 6,000 jobs, led by the manufacturing industry.

Holcomb Heads To India On Trade Mission

Oct 27, 2017

Gov. Eric Holcomb left for a week-long trade mission to India Friday. The country has deep ties to the Hoosier information technology and manufacturing sectors, and thousands of Indian students attend college here.

Holcomb will meet India-based executives for Hoosier companies like Cummins, which is also a major employer of skilled Indian workers on visas.

Indiana’s ports move millions of tons each year of the stuff that’s made and used at Midwest factories, including steel, grains and coal. The three ports – one on Lake Michigan and two on the Ohio River – connect Indiana to the national and global economies, and each has to find its own ways to keep up with change.

For the first part of a three-part series, we visited the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor to see how it’s secured its place in the steel industry.

Indiana manufacturers hope the 2018 legislative session will hone in on workforce and education reforms to help fill jobs.

The state’s top business sector wants lawmakers to realign $1 billion in existing workforce spending and create incentives to attract new workers.

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