IN-MaC creates a stronger, more competitive manufacturing ecosystem for Indiana and the nation. IN-MaC does so by mobilizing its resources, expertise and network to strengthen the relationship between workforce education, technology adoption, and manufacturing research to elevate Indiana as the manufacturing destination of choice.
Manufacturing is an economic engine that drives innovation and prosperity while improving our quality of life with a wide range of useful products. The United States enjoyed a lead in manufacturing for over 100 years – a lead that has since eroded as others have taken advantage of lower-wage labor markets plus other factors to draw industry away from the heartland. It is imperative that Indiana reassert its leadership in manufacturing by leveraging our talents to leap-frog to the top of global competitiveness by mainstreaming new technologies and modern practices while cultivating a more competitive and capable workforce. Hosted by Purdue University and delivered in partnership with Ivy Tech Community College and Vincennes University, the Indiana Manufacturing Competitiveness Center (IN-MaC) aims to catalyze growth and reinvigorate the American dream for future generations. We do so by addressing challenges such as: shortage of trained workers capable of filling open positions; integration of modern technologies and practices throughout the value chain; and smart investments in research with near-term applications to strengthen our manufacturing ecosystem.
Areas of concentration include Education & Workforce Development (E&WD), Technology Adoption and Transfer (TA), and Research for Future Competitiveness (RFC).
Indiana Manufacturing Competitiveness Center (IN-MaC) will be hosting the first annual 2019 IN-MaC Micro-Grant Impact Summit on August 21, 2019, at the Indiana Manufacturing Institute. The summit will bring educators, industry professionals, and STEM-focused organizations together to discuss, brainstorm and share micro-grant best practices. The summit will also showcase micro-grant grantees, programs, and initiatives that were supported through the micro-grant funding. Participants will gain insights into STEM talent development at a regional, state and local level. In addition, networking opportunities will help attendees connect across a diverse network of professionals and educators. Participants will also learn more about the 2019-2020 IN-MaC Micro-Grant process.
As education and workforce development continue to be a priority in Indiana, IN-MaC strives to build ecosystems by leveraging and connecting partnerships within the state through initiatives like the IN-MaC Micro-Grant program.
- Trained 58 high school educators in an advanced manufacturing program who have touched more than
- Serviced 66 manufacturing sites across Indiana with a cumulative benefit of $21,250,000 from an investment
of $1.76M (12x benefit) and 98 jobs added or retained.
- Connected 67 students with manufacturers across Indiana through a new work-based learning intern and apprenticeship program.
- Supported membership in four Manufacturing USA Institutes resulting in 12 awards totaling $11,210,000
from a $2M investment (5.6x benefit).
- Invested in five industry consortia with 26 paying industry members that have received $750,000 in
gifts (5.1x benefit).
IN-MaC has launched a Digital Manufacturing Testbed that will:
- Conduct research to address digital connectivity barriers and overcome chronic challenges related to Industry 4.0
- Be a demonstration space for the “art of the possible” in a more interconnected enterprise, especially for small and medium sized companies
- Host next generation manufacturing seminars and courses to develop the manufacturing workforce
- Provide technical expertise and production capacity for Indiana startups to scale products locally
- Testbed Introduction