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Brian Burton, Indiana Manufacturers Association president to speak in Hammond

Brian Burton, executive director of the Indiana Manufacturing Association, will address the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce.

Brian Burton, president and CEO of the Indiana Manufacturers Association, will be giving a talk in Hammond later this summer.

The Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce of Hammond and East Chicago will host Burton, who presides over the Indianapolis-based trade association that represents and lobbies for Indiana's large manufacturing sector.

The talk will take place during the chamber's general membership luncheon at 12 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Dynasty Banquet Center, 4125 Calumet Avenue in Hammond. Networking and lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. 

Burton has 26 years of legislative experience, including 19 years at the Indiana Manufacturers Association, which he became president of in 2015. He's known for pushing for a business-friendly climate and lobbying the Indiana General Assembly and Congress on issues such as labor, energy and economic development.

He frequently speaks at business events throughout the state. This includes the state's manufacturing industry, which employs more than 516,900 workers at an average salary of $73,765 a year while cranking out about $100 billion in economic output, accounting for nearly 30 percent of Indiana's total gross state product, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics.

Tickets to Burton's talk at Dynasty Banquets are $25.

Anyone interested must RSVP by calling the Lakeshore Chamber office at 219-931-100 by Aug. 23.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.