When it comes to manufacturing, Indiana is hot. The state was recently ranked number 6 in the U.S. for manufacturing and logistics in a study by Ball State University. It is home to the now famous “green” Subaru plant you may have seen touted in TV ads recently – the one that has totally eliminated landfill waste. And in Purdue University it has one of the most impressive engines of manufacturing innovation in the country.
I was at Purdue in May to attend its annual Advanced Manufacturing Summit, which brings together manufacturers, academics and representatives from both the state and national government for an exchange of ideas. At that time, I interviewed some of the best business minds in the country about a variety of topics that influence a manufacturing company’s ability to compete: personnel issues, new business models, supply chain management, selling overseas, technology, the need for engineering expertise and more.
Those interviews are about to become available right here at AllBusiness. The first to be posted features Dr. Brad Alge, Associate Professor of Management at Purdue, talking about the need to avoid organizational “silos” that isolate people and business functions as a company begins to grow. More video content from Dr. Alge will be available soon.
Over the next couple of months, we’ll roll out a lot more material, including interviews with:
Dr. Kenneth Kahn, Director of the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship at Purdue, on new business models for small manufacturers
Dr. James McGlothlin, Associate Professor of Industrial Hygiene at Purdue, on the hidden value of improving workforce quality of life.
Dr. Leroy Schwarz, Professor at the Krannert Graduate School of Management at Purdue, on the benefits and pitfalls of information sharing with supply chain partners.
Dr. John Sullivan, Director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing at Purdue, on what it takes to compete in today’s global economy.
Dr. Dave McKinnis, Director of the Technical Assistance Program at Purdue, on success strategies for small manufacturers
If you’re in the manufacturing business, this is video worth watching – for a number of reasons. To begin with, these are smart men who have spent thousands of hours observing what goes on in hundreds of factories. They are not ivory tower guys. In fact, the majority of them have been personally responsible for helping troubled businesses become success stories. And, most important of all, they really care about the future of American manufacturing.
We’ve edited their ideas into bite-sized chunks about two minutes long, so you don’t have to commit a lot of time. They are always availabl, as close as the nearest computer.
Take a look. I guarantee you’ll be both informed and inspired.