Dream It. Do It. launches new campaign in Indiana

With a need for new workers in region growing, NAM's manufacturing program continues its expansion
By News Wires May 21, 2007

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels joined a coalition ofeet a growing demand for skilled employees.  

“Southeast Indiana is a role model for regions seeking to improve their global competitiveness by creating a skilled workforce,” said NAM President and CEO John Engler.

Dream It. Do It. helps young people identify and find fulfilling careers in manufacturing. There are more than 600 advanced manufacturing companies in Southeast Indiana, and they report a need for more CNC operators, engineers, technicians, machinists and general production workers.

“This program will help build on our recent successes with the Cummins expansion, the new Honda plant and dozens of other economic development projects in southeastern Indiana,” said Governor Mitch Daniels at Monday’s launch in Columbus.

“Thousands of advanced manufacturing jobs are — or soon will be — available in Southeast Indiana, and they need to be filled with a workforce that is regionally trained,” said John Burnett, chairman of Dream It. Do It. SE Indiana.

“Cummins made the decision to locate our new light duty diesel engine plant and invest $250 million in Columbus, largely because of the commitment by all stakeholders to support the Dream It. Do It campaign in Southeast Indiana,” said Joe Loughrey, president and chief operating officer of Cummins, Inc., and chairman of The Manufacturing Institute.

“Dream It. Do It. excites young people about careers in modern manufacturing and helps them prepare for the growing technical demands of the workplace. Our region will need an additional 2,800 skilled individuals when Cummins’ new plant and Honda’s new auto plant open here in 2008 — and the Dream It. Do It. campaign will help Southeast Indiana meet the increased demand for those skilled workers,” he said.

For more information, visit www.dreamit-doit.com and www.nam.org/institute .