Funds help establish La Porte County SkillUp Network
A $677,000 grant will help boost efforts to prepare a pipeline of manufacturing workers, based on the education and training required to meet the needs of La Porte County employers.

Founder of Edge Factor makes his way to region
Jeremy Bout is executive producer and host of Edge Factor, who merges creative expertise and digital technology in helping create awareness and inspire the next generation of advanced manufacturers.

Through Skill Up, LaPorte County will be using eduFACTOR, a membership­ based, online suite of multimedia resources for educators and business leaders.

Indiana Office of Work-Based Learning & Apprenticeships to visit on October 17th  
Darrel Zeck, Executive Director of the Office of Work-Based Learning & Apprenticeships will visit Northwest Indiana on Wednesday, October 17th. Zeck will provide an overview of the office, human capital issues facing employers, and high level solutions from the state involving adult and youth populations.

Employers will be able to attend one of two presentations. A morning presentation will take place in Porter County from 9:30-10:40am and afternoon session is schedule in Lake County from 2:30-3:30pm. Exact locations will be available soon. Space will be limited and registrations will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

For further information, contact Barb Grimsgard at the Center of Workforce Innovations at 219-462-2940 or email

Watch your in-box for registration details!
Are you ready for Manufacturing Day on October 5th?

 How do you plan to participate this October to increase awareness about manufacturing and/or your company and the jobs that make up your workforce?  

Last year 83 Northwest Indiana employers participated in some way either on Manufacturing Day or throughout the month of October, whether it was hosting a tour, speaking to a high school class or participating on panel discussions. Over 3,300 students participated in activities throughout the region, allowing them the opportunity to learn about manufacturing, the jobs within the industry, and hear about the many manufacturing employers in our region.

To learn more on how you can be engaged this October, contact Sandra Alvarez at 219-462-2940, ext. 33 or at

Visit the MFG DAY page for more information and post your event!
New plant to create up to 582 new jobs by 2021

Wynright Corporation, a susidiary of Daifuku North American expanding manufacturing capabilities with a $26 million, 320,400 square foot facility in Hobart.

For more information on the Manufacturing Consortium contact Sandra Alvarez at
219-462-2940, ext. 33, or
For more information on this newsletter contact Barbara Grimsgard at
219-462-2940, ext. 28, or