Increase in Events at Mid-America Science Park Boosts Scott County Economy

The Mid-America Science Park (MASPark) in Scott County is bustling with activity, and each month seems to be busier than the last. From training sessions to business meetings to large-scale events, MASPark has welcomed thousands of visitors from across the country to Scottsburg, making a name for itself as one of the top venues in Indiana. As MASPark builds the event side of its business, repeat customers are becoming the norm.

“Offering quality service to every person who walks into MASPark is one of our top priorities,” said Executive Director Joe Pearson, Ed.D. “Visitors are coming back to Scott County because we exceed their expectations, and they feel welcome here. The increase we’re experiencing in traffic benefits local hotels, shops and restaurants, too.”

The National FFA Annual Convention & Expo will return to MASPark this October.

The National FFA Annual Convention & Expo will return to MASPark this October. This will be the third year that the FFA has come to Scottsburg for their annual event.

While MASPark attracts visitors from outside Scottsburg, it’s also an integral part of the local community. Scott County residents and employers alike take advantage of having a first-class venue nearby. For employers, the training and meeting spaces offer great value because they save time and travel costs. Scott County residents treasure the memories made with family, friends and neighbors during community celebrations, weddings, birthday parties and more.

“It’s rare for a community the size of Scottsburg to be home to a regional hub like MASPark,” said Mayor Bill Graham, “It’s a catalyst for economic development, workforce training, education and quality of life. MASPark has a positive impact on our community like nothing else can, and it represents a bright future for the next generation.”

A number of spaces and amenities are available at MASPark including: (Click here for a virtual tour.)

  • The 120-seat Presentation Hall is an attractive space equipped with state-of-the-art technology, theater-style seating and a large built-in screen for presentations.
  • The Banquet Hall can hold up to 300 people and accommodate a variety of layouts. The newly remodeled space features a 9-by-12-foot projection screen, a built-in stage with podium and a high-quality sound system.
  • MASPark has four executive conference rooms that can accommodate groups ranging from 10 to 48 individuals depending on the client’s desired layout.
  • Two secure rooms compliant with defense protocols are available to clients whose projects involve sensitive information.
  • MASPark’s beautiful outdoor courtyard is equipped with a fire pit and colorful seasonal landscaping. It offers the perfect setting for a group discussion or visiting with friends.

For more information, please visit the Mid-America Science Park online at MASPark.org.

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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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.

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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.

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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