Patrick J. Kiely
President & CEO
To the Editor:
As president and CEO of the Indiana Manufacturers Association, I want to express our appreciation for the pro-manufacturing legislation supported by your state senator, Susan Glick (R-LaGrange), during this most recent session of the Indiana General Assembly. Specifically, Senator Glick served as primary sponsor of House Enrolled Act 1170-2013, Training 2000 Program.
House Enrolled Act 1170-2013, which was signed into law by Governor Pence on April 15, expands the eligibility criteria for businesses to receive Training 2000 funds. The funds are administered by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) and provide reimbursements for a qualified business’s training costs.
Indiana has the highest share of manufacturing as a percentage of private industry Gross State Product in the U.S. (29.7 percent), and the highest percentage of the workforce employed in manufacturing (16.4 percent). Additionally, Indiana manufacturers generate over $74.2 billion in economic output annually – far and away the most of any other industry in the state – and employ over 490,000 Hoosiers at an average annual compensation of $70,400 – nearly $29,000 higher than other non-farm employers in the state. Therefore, legislation that benefits Hoosier manufacturers, such as the increase in access to training funds sponsored by Senator Glick, improves the overall Indiana economy.
We commend Senator Glick for her support of pro-manufacturing legislation.