A state-sponsored entrepreneurial initiative is touting a $33.2 million economic impact in Northwest Indiana.
HAMMOND | Manufacturers can pay factory workers pennies a day in Vietnam, China and other countries, and U.S. companies have often found it tough to compete with such rock-bottom labor costs.
People mingle during an open house at Tri-State Automation in Hammond.
Tri-State Automation manager Carlos Weekes shows his son Carlos Weekes Jr., 12, how an automated welding machine works at the plant's open house in Hammond.
A blackjack-dealing Yaskawa Motoman robot deals hands during an open house at Tri-State Automation in Hammond.
Pipe guides are painted during an open house at Tri-State Automation in Hammond.
A robotic welder welds a trailer deck at Tri-State Industries in Hammond.
A robotic welder welds a trailer deck at Tri-State Industries in Hammond. Manufacturers across the country hope to get people to see the industry for what it is today: a still-vibrant and increasingly high-tech field in need of more skilled workers.
Machinist Doug Redmond works on a welding fixture for a hand truck at Tri-State Industries in Hammond. A survey of Indiana manufacturers found they are now more likely to invest in facilities, equipment and employees.
A machinist works on a welding fixture for a hand truck at Tri-State Industries in Hammond. The Digital Lab for Manufacturing in Chicago is expected to have a major impact on the regional economy, by helping make manufacturers more efficient and better able to respond to market demand.
HAMMOND | Top manufacturing officials toured Purdue University Calumet on Tuesday to learn how the school is training next-generation workers for increasingly high-tech factory jobs and what students are doing to improve the bottom line of local companies.
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