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Manufacturing Program Highlights Ind. Companies

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Clabber Girl employs more than 200 people in Terre Haute. Its parent company, Hulman & Co., dates back to 1850 in the city. Other Hulman & Co. products include Rex Coffee and OilFlex Oil Stabilizer.

Being known as an Indiana manufacturer could help attract business from other Hoosier firms, said Jim Jacso, director of sales and engineering at Glas-Col, an industrial manufacturer founded in 1939 in the Terre Haute apartment of Glen Morey, who was a research chemist for Commercial Solvents Corp.

Glas-Col, located at Seventh and Hulman streets, employs about 75 people. The company is a leading maker of laboratory products and industrial heating and mixing technology. It serves customers in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, industrial, semi-conductor and research and development industries, according to the company’s website.

According to the most recent data from the National Association of Manufacturers, Indiana is the top manufacturing state in the United States. Manufacturing accounts for more than 25 percent of the goods and services produced in Indiana, far more than the percentages in neighboring Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky. Oregon has the second-highest percentage at 20.5 percent. Indiana manufacturers produce chemicals, motor vehicle parts, fabricated metal products, food, beverage and tobacco products and plastics, among other goods.

In terms of employment, Indiana also leads the pack, according to the NAM. Fully 16 percent of Hoosier workers are employed in manufacturing, also the highest percentage in the nation.

The federal government launched the MEP program in the 1990s to help small-to-medium sized companies adopt new technologies. MEP centers, such as the one at Purdue, are funded by fees charged to client companies, which receive advice on diverse topics such as improved manufacturing techniques, energy efficiency and workforce development, Snow said. Federal payments to MEP centers that have operated for more than six years are capped at 33 percent of their budgets, according to a 2012 study by the Congressional Research Service.

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