Dual-Credit Programs at MASPark Strengthen Scott County Workforce

The school year is nearing its end, meaning a select group of Austin and Scottsburg High School seniors will not only be graduating high school, but they will also be completing collegiate courses thanks to a dual-credit program offered by Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana. Students who were a part of the Advanced Manufacturing (ADMF 101 and 102) and Welding (WELD 108 and 206) classes were able to spend a portion of their school day at Mid-America Science Park for the last two semesters.

“Being able to teach Advanced Manufacturing at MASPark has been very beneficial,” said Kyle Mullins, Advanced Manufacturing instructor. “The setting exposes students to what it is like to work in a more industrial environment. It also brings light to the fact that this is an adult learning environment.”

Welding InstituteStudents from Scottsburg High School and Austin High School had the opportunity to gain six college credits as well as four certifications from the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council including Safety, Quality Practices Measurement, Manufacturing Processes and Production and Maintenance Awareness.

This additional training provides students with skill sets that most other graduates do not have and strengthens the quality of the Scott County workforce. The course subjects are specifically aligned to meet the talent needs of regional employers. According to Mullins, the students have taken the courses very seriously and are all excelling.

“Indiana is a manufacturing state and as manufacturing grows, so does our economy,” said Mullins. “These students are building technical skills necessary to make them competitive at a very early stage. I’m hopeful that many will stay in our community and make it a better place for everyone.”

The program, which was two semesters this year, will evolve into a four-semester program beginning in the fall. According to Mullins, this will allow students more time to have a greater amount of practical application.

For more information on training and workforce development opportunities at MASPark, please call (812) 752-9521 x1225 or visit maspark.org.

Governor Pence Honors Scottsburg Building & Loan Association

The Scottsburg Building and Loan Association was officially chartered on August 8, 1889, making it the oldest financial institution in Scott County. The Association was formed to meet the need of providing financing for the building of homes in the growing Scott County area.

Today, Governor Mike Pence will honor their outstanding contribution to the economic growth and prosperity of Indiana and Scott County with the Governor’s Century Award.

As reported by Inside Indiana Business, Gov. Pence shared the following remarks, “I’m honored to recognize these Hoosier-grown businesses that have created a strong and lasting impact not only on their communities but on the state of Indiana as a whole. As our state continues to attract new companies, these well-established businesses will set the tone for a Hoosier economy dedicated to hard work, constant improvement and strong community roots. Their longevity is yet another example that Indiana is a state that works.”

With new products, mergers, name changes and more in the financial industry over the past 125 years, Scottsburg Building and Loan maintains its focus on offering customers the latest in financial products and services. To learn more, visit sblaonline.com.

Now Hiring – Scott County College & Career Fair

Mayor Bill Graham will be hosting a College & Career Fair at the Mid-America Science Park in Scott County on May 14 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Registration is now open for employers who are interested in meeting and hiring talented job seekers from across the region. Several packages are available that offer a variety of opportunities for businesses:Now-Hiring-Scott-Co--Job-Fair-Logo

Platinum Package – $975
– Prime booth location in the Banquet Hall at MASPark
– Conference room to conduct interviews throughout the day
– 16×10-foot booth space with electricity
– Two tables, four chairs and four lunches will be provided
– Logo on all marketing pieces distributed during the event
– Full-page ad in event program
– Company will be featured on Facebook and website banner ads

Gold Package – $750
– Booth space in the Banquet Hall at MASPark
– Conference room to conduct interviews for half a day
– 8×10-foot booth space with electricity
– One table, two chairs and two lunches
– Half-page ad in event program
– Company will be featured on Facebook and website banner ads

Silver Package – $495
– 8×10-foot booth space with electricity
– Conference room to conduct interviews for half a day
– One table, two chairs and two lunches
– Quarter-page ad in event program
– Company will be featured on Facebook

Standard Registration – $75
– 8×10-foot booth space
– One table, two chairs and two lunches
– Company name listed in event program

Space is limited. To register, please contact Anita Walker by email or by calling (812) 752-7268. You can also register online.   

The Mid-America Science Park is located at 821 S. Lake Road South, Scottsburg, Ind., 47170. Now Hiring Scott County College & Career Fair sponsors include the City of Scottsburg, the Scott County Economic Development Corporation, Mid-America Science Park, Indiana Municipal Power Agency and Indiana National Guard.

Entry Welder Training Available this Summer at MASPark

Get trained to work in the welding industry. WorkINdiana allows you to earn an Indiana High School Equivalency Diploma and American Welding Society (AWS) certification at the same time to give you the boost you need to become an Entry Welder.

Welding InstituteWHY: An Indiana High School Equivalency Diploma alone may not be enough for your career. Employers are looking to hire people with experience AND training. You could earn up to $36,860 per year working as an Entry Welder!

WHERE: Ivy Tech Welding Institute at the Mid-America Science Park, 821 S. Lake Road South, Scottsburg, Indiana 47170.

WHEN: Mondays and Wednesdays, May 4 – July 8, 2015. 6:00 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. 80 Hours, 10 Weeks.

HOW: Contact your Adult Education Instructor, Transition Specialist, or call 812-981-3777.

MORE INFORMATION: Please click the image below to view the program flyer.

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Meet Kris Brown, Ivy Tech Welding Institute Instructor

The word is spreading in southeast Indiana: Kris Brown, Ivy Tech Community College Columbus instructor of the Welding Institute at the Mid-America Science Park (MASPark), produces graduates who are immediately hired as first-class welders. Officials of Jeffboat, in Jeffersonville, and Global Mechanical, in New Albany, have indicated that if graduates of the welding institute simply write “MASPark” at the top of their work application, they will go to the head of the line.

Kris Brown, Ivy Tech Welding Institute Instructor

Kris Brown, Ivy Tech Welding Institute Instructor

Dr. Tom Sobat, Interim Dean of the Schools of Technology, Applied Sciences, and Engineering Technology, confirmed the effectiveness of Kris’s teaching, “Kris is a first-class welder and a fine instructor. He is the consummate professional whose skills are commensurate with his credentials. He is a kind-hearted man with a genuine desire to help others and who puts the needs of his students before his own. It is fortunate for Ivy Tech and Scottsburg that Kris has found a home with us in the Columbus/Southeast region.”

Kris has many years of experience as a welder. He learned welding at Central Nine Career Center in Greenwood, Indiana. He worked as a welder at Penway, a leading manufacturer of ASME code pressure vessels in Edinburgh, for seven years; at Toyota Motor Corporation, a Japanese automotive manufacturer located in Columbus, for five years; and at Keith Kunz Motor Sports, a race car builder in Columbus, for seven years.

He began teaching welding as an adjunct instructor in 2010 and took the lead in the Welding Institute in January 2014.  The Institute is a 40-week program that includes hands-on activities and instruction that focuses on technology, with math, reading and writing exercises embedded in class projects. After completing the program, individuals earn a Technical Certificate in Industrial Technology and are prepared to test for certifications that are valued by employers. The Institute is designed to accelerate individuals to a career; however, credits can be applied toward an Ivy Tech Associate of Applied Science degree. The training is provided in the new state-of-the-art welding lab at the Mid-America Science Park in Scottsburg.

Kris Brown with students at the Ivy Tech Welding Institute in Scott County.

Kris Brown with students at the Ivy Tech Welding Institute in Scott County.

Kris commented, “I love teaching. When I leave, I feel as if I have accomplished something. I feel like I have helped a family out, and that’s a wonderful feeling. I love teaching, itself, and helping others is the best reward. Ivy Tech has helped me – I couldn’t be more proud to teach for the college.”

This article was provided by Ivy Tech Community College Columbus. 


Professional Women’s Group Gains Momentum in Southern Indiana

The Professional Women’s Network of Scott County and Southern Indiana (PWNSCSI) held another successful event at the Mid-America Science Park last Tuesday, Feb. 24. Despite being delayed a week from its original date due to inclement weather, 220 women attended the luncheon themed “A Camp Fire Chat.”

Ginny Tackett, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as Townsend Leadership Program Director, spoke to the group on the topic of “Balancing Life.” She stressed the importance of prioritizing responsibilities and not trying to fit in too much every day.

“We have to learn to say ‘no’ more often and delegate the things that drain our energy,” said Tackett.

Ginny Tackett, Townsend Leadership Program Director, spoke to the group on the topic of “Balancing Life.”

Ginny Tackett, Townsend Leadership Program Director, spoke to the group on the topic of “Balancing Life.”

According to Diana Hahn, PWNSCI Executive Director and Administrative Director at Greater Scott County Chamber of Commerce, Tackett’s topic couldn’t have been more fitting.

“I’ve spoken to so many top professional women in our community that say they feel like they are drowning,” said Hahn. “In trying to keep a business alive while also being a mother and running a household, it’s nearly impossible for these women to find any time to care for themselves. Ginny helped us all see areas where we can grow personally in order to find that time.”

The luncheon also provided the women an opportunity to network and get to know one another, which is a main goal of the organization according to Hahn.

Pictured: (Front row, L to R) Jennifer Spicer, Diana Hahn, Ginny Tackett, Shelley Lakins, Lori Baxter. (Back row, L to R) Anita Walker, Susanna Bard, Suzy Paul, Nancy Riley.

Pictured: (Front row, L to R) Jennifer Spicer, Diana Hahn, Ginny Tackett, Shelley Lakins, Lori Baxter. (Back row, L to R) Anita Walker, Susanna Bard, Suzy Paul, Nancy Riley.

“Professional women need a group that will understand them,” said Hahn. “This organization is here to connect women with one another who face the same sort of issues.”

Hahn originally had the idea to begin a professional women’s group a couple of years ago, but it didn’t gain the momentum it needed. That has not been the case over the last few months, though, as women began seeking Hahn out to begin the organization and offering their help.

Members of the Advisory Board include the following:

  • Nancy Riley, Scott County United Way
  • Shelley Lakins, Scott County State Bank
  • Lori Baxter, New Washington State Bank
  • Jennifer Spicer, Bloomington Trail General Store
  • Suzy Paul, Lincoln Hills Agency
  • Susanna Bard, MultiColor

The group has also brought on Anita Walker, deputy director of the Scott County Economic Development Corporation, as a consultant.

PWNSCSI has adopted the tagline, “Taking the Journey Together” in hopes of providing professional women with a network of other professional women while also serving as an informational resource.

The group is currently striving to become a 501c6 by the end of the year and member driven by 2016.

“Eventually, we hope to be a collective voice in the community that can speak out on behalf of women,” said Hahn.

For more information on PWNSCSI, or to find out how to get involved, email PWNSCSI@gmail.com. Find them on Facebook here.


Samtec, Inc. Breaks Ground on New Facility in Scottsburg

SCOTTSBURG, Ind.— Samtec, Inc., headquartered in New Albany, held a groundbreaking ceremony today for the company’s new 70,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Scottsburg, Ind. Samtec will open the manufacturing facility this fall bringing approximately 300 jobs to Scottsburg.

Samtec, Inc. groundbreaking ceremony in Scottsburg.

Samtec, Inc. groundbreaking ceremony in Scottsburg.

Seeking to streamline manufacturing operations in Southern Indiana, Samtec chose to relocate its Salem and Crothersville facilities to Scottsburg’s Certified Technology Park District adjacent to the Mid-America Science Park (MASPark) near Interstate 65. The company plans to leverage advanced manufacturing training opportunities and meeting space at MASPark.

“We’re fortunate to have the opportunity to open a new facility next to the Mid-America Science Park,” said Ed Messer, Operations Manager for Samtec. “The workforce training capabilities and global communications amenities are phenomenal. As we continue to grow and offer our customers the best in quality and service, partners like MASPark are essential.”

Samtec is a privately-held, $613 million global manufacturer of a broad line of electronic interconnect solutions. The company was founded in 1976 and employs approximately 4,000 people worldwide.  For more information about Samtec and opportunities currently available, see http://www.samtec.com/about-us/careers.aspx.

Rendering of Samtec's new facility in Scottsburg.

Rendering of Samtec’s new facility in Scottsburg.

“Samtec’s spirit of service and innovation, and focus on hiring the best talent, fits perfectly with our vision for the future of this community,” said Mayor Bill Graham, City of Scottsburg. “They care about their people and the communities they live in, and so do we.”

Scottsburg’s Certified Technology Park District was designated in 2004 as part of the City of Scottsburg’s long-term vision for creating high-paying job opportunities in Scott County. The Samtec consolidation is the result of a collaborative effort by the Scottsburg City Council, the Scottsburg Redevelopment Commission, the Scott County Economic Development Corporation and the Mid-America Science Park. A Grover Stacey Company will own the new property, and Koetter Construction will build the facility.


About Samtec, Inc.

Samtec, Inc. is the service leader in the electronic interconnect industry. The company is headquartered in New Albany, Ind., and employs approximately 4,000 people worldwide. Samtec has offices in 18 countries including seven manufacturing locations. Most Samtec products fall into one of following solution blocks:  High Speed (Signal Integrity) Board-to-Board, High Speed Cables, Future-Proof/Active Optics, IC-to-Board/Ultra Micro, Flexible Stacking and Micro/Rugged components and cable assemblies. For more information, please visit samtec.com.

About the Mid-America Science Park

The Mid-America Science Park (MASPark) is one of the most comprehensive science parks in the country, consisting of three interconnected centers: Business Incubation & Acceleration Center, Training & Workforce Development Center and Worldwide Communications & Conference Center. MASPark is designed to offer entrepreneurs, military personnel, researchers, visitors and students access to office space and shared administrative services; customized labs and training facilities; conference and event space; advanced technology and communications systems; and first-class amenities. For more information, please visit maspark.org.

Scott County School District 2 Receives Works Council Grant

Gov. Mike Pence and the Indiana Regional Works Council announced this week that Scott County School District 2 is a 2015 Innovative Career and Technical Education (CTE) Curriculum Grant recipient. SCSD2 is one of eight school districts in the state selected in a second round of grant funding, provided by the Indiana General Assembly, that targets new learning opportunities at the regional level with collaborations between local business and education partners.

SCSD2 GrantSCSD2 developed the grant proposal in conjunction with the Region 10 Works Council and the Scott County Economic Development Corporation. The grants are designed to encourage innovative and collaborative career and technical training opportunities for Hoosier students in key sectors of Indiana’s state and regional economies. These sectors include agriculture, advanced manufacturing, energy, automotive, construction, precision machining, robotics and welding.

“The ability to get students on track to not only graduate, but also to be career ready when they graduate is a huge benefit to the students and our community,” said Dr. Marc Slaton, SCSD2 Superintendent. “We work closely with employers throughout the region to prepare our students for rewarding careers.”

The SCSD2 pilot program brings together advanced manufacturing and welding with work-based learning experiences, and incorporates a new Work Ethic Certification developed by local school superintendents with the support of more than 60 area employers. Students will have the unique opportunity to train with the latest in advanced manufacturing and welding equipment at the Mid-America Science Park. Key partners include Amatrol, Mid-America Science Park, Ivy Tech, the Mayor of Scottsburg and Prosser.

“Scott County School District 2 takes a progressive approach to education to ensure that their students have every opportunity for success,” said Mayor Bill Graham, City of Scottsburg. “This grant is a testament to their dedication and the support of a strong business community in Scottsburg.”

The goal of the grant program is to foster and scale the most innovative and effective CTE curriculum models. These models require a 3:1 ratio of grant funding to private investment match. The total available grant funding allocated to SCSD2 is $137,606 with $62,652 in private matching funds.

The SCSD2 program will start this fall with 52 enrolled students. They will earn certifications and dual credits, supplemented by job shadowing and a minimum 15-hour internship in both advanced manufacturing and welding programs.

The Indiana Works Councils bring together more than 160 educational, workforce and business and industry leaders to evaluate local landscapes for educational programming, business needs and potential skills gaps. The General Assembly created the Works Councils in 2013 at the request of Gov. Mike Pence to further technical training options and provide students with opportunities for success whether they want to go to college, learn a trade or start their career right out of high school.


Scott County School District 2 is one of the premier school systems in Southern Indiana, featuring some of the top rated schools in the state. SCSD2 schools offer opportunities for students to collaborate and excel academically in a tech-rich environment. Visit www.choosescott2.com to learn more.

The Region 10 Works Council includes Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Scott and Washington counties.

Ohio-Based Label Manufacturer Adds 150+ Jobs in Scott County

SCOTTSBURG, Ind. (Jan. 30, 2015) – Multi-Color Corporation (NASDAQ: LABL), a manufacturer of global label solutions, announced plans today to expand its operations here, creating up to 154 new jobs by 2020.

The Batavia, Ohio-based company will invest $13 million to equip and retool its 120,500 square-foot manufacturing plant in Scottsburg. With improvements to existing manufacturing lines scheduled through the end of 2017, the company plans to increase operating efficiency and expand production volume.

“Global brands around the world proudly display Hoosier-produced labels from Multi-Color,” said Governor Mike Pence. “Multi-Color’s decision to expand in Indiana reinforces our reputation that ours is a state that works. From our Hoosier workforce skilled in manufacturing to a central U.S. location never too far from a customer or supplier, Indiana helps companies like Multi-Color grow.”

Multi-Color Logo 2 white bckgrdMulti-Color, which currently has about 3,350 associates worldwide, including approximately 220 full-time Indiana employees, has already begun hiring for manufacturing, administrative and supervisory positions. Interested applicants may apply at www.mcclabel.com/careers_jobopp.html.

“Indiana and the city of Scottsburg have always been strategic partners of Multi-Color’s,” said Lesha Spahr, global vice president of human resources at Multi-Color. “Our continued investment in our Scottsburg facility is a result of our committed workforce, strong customer base and historical performance.”

Founded in 1916, Multi-Color produces labels for consumer products, helping companies around the world build their brands in the home and personal care, food and beverage, wine and shirt and specialty markets. With its 33 manufacturing locations across six continents, Multi-Color serves international brand owners across North, Central and South America, as well as Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and China.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Multi-Color Corporation up to $1,000,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $200,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The city of Scottsburg approved additional incentives at the request of the Scott County Economic Development Corporation.

“I am very excited that Multi-Color is expanding in Scottsburg and adding 154 new jobs in our community,” said Scottsburg Mayor William H. Graham. “Multi-Color is an excellent corporate citizen and employer. Their expansion positions them well in today’s worldwide economy.”

About Multi-Color
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A. based Multi-Color Corporation (MCC), established in 1916, is a leader in global label solutions supporting a number of the world’s most prominent brands including leading producers of home and personal care, wine and spirit, food and beverage and specialty consumer products. MCC serves international brand owners in North, Central and South America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and China with a comprehensive range of the latest label technologies in Pressure Sensitive, Cut and Stack, In-Mold, Shrink Sleeve and Heat Transfer. MCC employs over 3,350 associates across 33 operations globally and is a public company trading on the NASDAQ Global Select Market (company symbol: LABL).

About IEDC
Created in 2005 to replace the former Department of Commerce, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation is governed by a 12-member board chaired by Governor Mike Pence. Victor Smith serves as the Indiana Secretary of Commerce and Eric Doden is the president of the IEDC.

The IEDC oversees programs enacted by the General Assembly including tax credits, workforce training grants and public infrastructure assistance. All tax credits are performance-based. Therefore, companies must first invest in Indiana through job creation or capital investment before incentives are paid. A company who does not meet its full projections only receives a percentage of the incentives proportional to its actual investment. For more information about IEDC, visit www.iedc.in.gov.

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This press release is from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. 

Media Contacts:
Ron Vonderhaar (Multi-Color) – 513.688.2619 or ron.vonderhaar@mcclabel.com
Katelyn Hancock (IEDC) – 317.234.2294 or kahancock@iedc.in.gov

Scottsburg Site Receives Indiana’s First Gold Shovel Ready Designation

The City of Scottsburg and the Scott County Economic Development Corporation have received the first Gold site designation of the Indiana Shovel Ready Program. The Office of the Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann and the Office of Community and Rural Affairs awarded the Shovel Ready Gold designation to Scottsburg for the Smith Farm – South Main Industrial Park. Indiana Municipal Power Agency, Banning Engineering and Saegesser Engineering assisted Scottsburg in receiving the highest designation available. The Indiana Shovel Ready designation certifies sites that are ready for economic development. Certified Shovel Ready, Silver and Gold sites are featured on Indiana’s Site Selector Database and will be included in the Indiana Economic Development Corporation’s (IEDC) marketing materials. According to BusinessFacilities.com, certified shovel ready sites are in growing demand nationwide among companies and site selection consultants looking to build, expand and/or relocate. The Smith Farm – South Main Industrial Park site offers 155 acres of prime industrial development ground.

L to R: Jeff Banning (Banning Engineering), Matt Crouch (Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs), Robert Peacock (Scott County Economic Development Corporation), Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, Mayor Bill Graham (City of Scottsburg), Bill Saegesser (Saegesser Engineering).

L to R: Jeff Banning (Banning Engineering), Matt Crouch (Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs), Robert Peacock (Scott County Economic Development Corporation), Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, Mayor Bill Graham (City of Scottsburg), Bill Saegesser (Saegesser Engineering).

“We are honored to receive Indiana’s first Shovel Ready Gold site designation,” said Mayor Bill Graham, City of Scottsburg. “There are several efforts underway in Scott County to ensure that companies have the resources they need to establish operations quickly and succeed long-term, from shovel ready sites to a skilled workforce.” Indiana recognizes three tiers of readiness: Shovel Ready, Shovel Ready Silver and Shovel Ready Gold. The base level defines boundaries with a clear title, establishes a price, demonstrates executive level local government support, defines utility capacity and provides documentation such as Phase I environmental assessment, ALTA, topographical, property layout and plat maps.

Shovel Ready Silver builds upon those attributes by maintaining documentation that is less than one year old and having proper zoning and infrastructure built to the property. Shovel Ready Gold expands beyond Silver by being less than five miles from a two-lane highway and having seismic data, soil borings, a minimum of 20 acres and no environmental concerns.

“We work diligently to ensure we have the infrastructure in place to meet current and future demands of business and industry,” said Robert Peacock, executive director of the Scott County Economic Development Corporation. “We appreciate the State of Indiana recognizing our efforts to grow the local economy and create more jobs in Scott County.”