Scott County’s Regional Manufacturing Alliance Featured in Southern Indiana Business Magazine

Scott County’s Regional Manufacturing Alliance is the cover story in the September/October issue of Southern Indiana Business Magazine.

The Regional Manufacturing Alliance (RMA) is a consortium of partner employers, Vincennes University, the Scott County Economic Development Corporation, and the Mid-America Science Park. The RMA was created to strengthen the position of regional manufacturers by working collaboratively to engage, advocate and educate. Thank you to Craig Mull, plant manager at Samtec Scottsburg and chair of the RMA, for working with Southern Indiana Business Magazine on the story.

Southern Indiana Business, September/October 2019
Southern Indiana Business Magazine, September/October 2019

Here’s an excerpt and link to the cover story…

Craig Mull has seen it as clear as a scratch on a chrome fender: Over the past two decades Indiana has lost an entire generation of skilled tradespeople.

The push to attend college after high school and earn a four-year degree, for years the preferred path to career success, has created a talent gap as wide as the Ohio River across a broad swath of industries. 

None more evident than in manufacturing, the lifeblood of the state’s economy, which is staring down an unstable future due to a dearth of unqualified workers.

“In the past 20 years the school systems and just society have decided that everybody’s got to go to college, everybody needs a degree,” said Mull, plant manager at Samtec’s Scottsburg facility. “You realize very quickly that you’ve lost a whole generation of kids that are coming out of high school…that don’t have any mechanical skills. There’s just a gap.”

Mull and the Scott County-based Regional Manufacturing Alliance, through the support of Indiana’s Next Level Jobs initiative, is attacking the issue at the root with advanced, tailor-made workplace training and aggressive outreach at area schools. At stake is nothing less than Indiana’s economic well-being. 

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