Celebrating Scott County Manufacturers

Friday, October 7, marks the fifth annual Manufacturing Day, a day to recognize the importance of manufacturing and the exciting work that takes place in plants across Scott County and the nation. While the official day falls in October, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate manufacturing year round.

Ninety percent of Americans believe that manufacturing is important to economic prosperity, and they’re right. Manufacturing supports 18.5 million U.S. jobs and represents 26 percent of all jobs within Scott County. In 2015, manufacturing jobs in Scott County increased 7 percent to a total of 1,951 jobs and an average wage of $49,243 per year.

reduced-scedc-factory-3Manufacturing also has a ripple effect across the local economy. Scott County manufacturers invested $14.5 million last year via expansions and new jobs. Every manufacturing job creates another 2.5 jobs in goods and services, and for every $1 invested in manufacturing, another $1.37 in additional value is created in other sectors. (Sources: MFGday.com and stats.Indiana.edu)

Despite the economic benefits, manufacturing companies continue to face a talent shortage. A 2015 Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte Skills Gap study confirmed that six out of 10 skilled production positions are going unfilled. The skills gap is projected to grow over the next decade, resulting in 2 million jobs going unfilled which will have a negative impact on innovation, growth and profitability. That’s why Scott County is committed to developing a skilled workforce to support local manufacturers.

The Scott County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) has worked to bring more training opportunities to Scott County so that workers have the skills to succeed in manufacturing. Local residents have access to a number of training programs at the Mid-America Science Park in Scottsburg. Our goal is to train as many people as possible through partnerships with Scott County School Districts 1 and 2, Crothersville Community Schools, Ivy Tech, Indiana University Southeast and the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council.

In addition to the economic benefits, manufacturing improves our everyday life. Morgan Foods is one of the largest soup production facilities in the U.S. If you drive a Honda or a Subaru, there’s a good chance Austin Tri-Hawk made the structural supports in your vehicle. Ilpea Industries, Inc. likely makes your household chores a little easier by supplying gaskets, tubes and seals to manufacturers like General Electric and Frigidaire. You may not see Tokusen’s products, but you certainly count on them to be high quality. The facility makes metal wire for automobile tires, engines, electrical appliances and industrial equipment.

These are the reasons we pause each October to thank our manufacturers. We hope that Manufacturing Day also inspires the next generation to pursue rewarding careers in the industry. Please join us in celebrating manufacturing in Scott County!

Robert Peacock
Executive Director, SCEDC

P.S. Check the SCEDC Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages in October for more interesting facts about local manufacturers.

Mayor Bill Graham recently hosted the Now Hiring Scott County College & Career Fair at the Mid-America Science Park. Nearly 50 employers participated to recruit for jobs that span a wide array of industries. Several Scott County residents attended and submitted resumes and applications for employment.

Schools and colleges were also available to discuss educational opportunities with local students. For those in need of career advice, experts offered seminars on interview skills, how to make the most of the career fair and tips for creating an impressive resume.

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Multi-Color Corporation plans to hire at least 30 positions in Scott County.

Platinum sponsors of the Now Hiring Scott County College & Career Fair included Multi-Color Corporation, Samtec and Morgan Foods.

According to Multi-Color Corporation’s regional human resources manager, Selena Dickerson, the company plans to hire at least 30 positions in Scott County. Those who missed the career fair can visit Multi-Color online and join their Talent Network to enhance their job search and application process.

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Craig Mull, plant manager for Samtec, is recruiting for full-time, third shift positions. “We are extremely excited about the applicants we’ve met today. The commitment from the community has been very positive and welcoming.” Job seekers are invited to apply to Samtec by visiting the Careers page on www.samtec.com.

Morgan Foods met with several job seekers to help ramp up for the company’s busy season in the fall. The company is recruiting for production, office, lab and support staff. Interested job seekers can drop their resumes off at the company’s security office.

In addition, Austin Tri-Hawk Automotive is hiring for all production shifts in preparation for their upcoming expansion. Tokusen has several positions open in operations and maintenance and invites applicants to stop by the main office to submit an application. APM is taking applications for floor operators and assembly workers.

Heidi Morris, corporate HR manager for ILPEA, said they are looking for engineers, production staff and maintenance workers with electrical skills. One success she noted was filling one of their summer engineering co-ops after speaking with a qualified student at the career fair.

Ashley Dowd, a junior at Scottsburg High School, also attended the career fair to explore opportunities for a summer job. She’s a volunteer firefighter now and is interested in paramedic and emergency medical training. “I spoke with Ivy Tech and learned more about their programs and application process,” she said.

There were also numerous volunteers onsite throughout the day to ensure that the event ran smoothly.

“We heard a lot of great feedback from employers and education providers about the quality of Scott County’s workforce,” said Mayor Bill Graham. “It was exciting to bring together almost 50 employers with a focus on hiring. The event was certainly proof that our local economy is strong, and there are numerous job opportunities available now.”

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