Various reports from the visit of John Engler, president of the National Association of Manufacturers, to Indiana last week. He visited the Honda plant in Greensburg, addressed the Japan Society of Indiana, and taped a segment on Inside Indiana Business.
The Greensburg Daily News, “Manufacturing Leader Tours The Future At Honda,” reports Engler’s comments emphasizing workforce development:
Engler felt Honda was a case study for manufacturers in America and shows how job growth can be easily spurred with a little investment. For NAM, education has become key. With initiatives, like EcO15 in Indiana, students are learning skills to make successful lives for themselves.
“Even in a recession, you still have people retire,” Engler said.
Offering young people the training to fill those positions immediately will allow them to grow and build a life and career. Through that training, they can work and earn money as they pursue a degree to advance to the next rung of the career ladder. That, he noted, could be seen at HMIN. The workforce came from a manufacturing background and with a little training are able to excel in a complicated assembly facility such as HMIN. With education at the forefront for hundreds of thousands of hard-working Hoosiers and the state’s continued support of manufacturing, Engler felt Indiana would continue to be the leader in the industry.
“We think Indiana is poised to be big leaders in this,” Engler said. “You look at the leadership here and the investment attracting industry to the state, I think Indiana is doing very well. There’s been a laser lite focus on business in this state and the right policies are in place.”
EcO15 refers to Economic Opportunity by 2015, an education, training and economic development initiative.
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