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Indiana Workforce Development praises area manufacturers

The Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development made a stop in Lafayette to discuss the future of manufacturing in the area.

Posted: May 25, 2018 6:10 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development made a stop in Lafayette to discuss the future of manufacturing in the area.


Commissioner Fred Payne and two other workforce leaders toured Subaru of Indiana. Payne said he's impressed with the training program SIA provides to young people interested in manufacturing as a career. He said factory work is not what it was 30 years ago.

Payne said employees in manufacturing need to know how to use their brain as well as their hands.

"Problem solving, root-case analysis and thing like general leadership training that the students are learning." Payne said. "Learing how to follow instructions and learning how to give instructions are the things are kindof the lifeblood of actually getting the jobs done,"

Payne said what makes Tippecanoe County's economy strong is the variety of jobs available.

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