On October 19, 2016, manufacturers, business leaders and policymakers from across Indiana met in Indianapolis to honor those companies that have made outstanding contributions to the development of a healthy, dynamic environment in the state and to the state's overall economic well-being. "Oerlikon Fairfield is excited to be among the select group of companies acknowledged at this first-of-its-kind event, and honoured to have been selected as an inductee into the newly created Indiana Manufacturers Hall of Fame," said David Evans, president and CEO of Drive Systems Americas.
According to Indiana Manufacturers Association (IMA) President Brian Burton, "Manufacturing is one of the main drivers of Indiana's economy, representing 30 percent of Indiana's gross domestic product. Oerlikon Fairfield is a perfect example of a company that has not only demonstrated its long-term dedication to Indiana manufacturing, but also through its continued support of the IMA, with its overarching goal to protect, support and grow manufacturing. We are pleased to induct Oerlikon Fairfield into our Indiana Manufacturers Hall of Fame in this inaugural year."
"We are very proud and honored to be part of this select number of companies to enter the hall of fame. This award was made possible by the commitment and passion of the entire staff of the company, said Lou Gilbert, director of sales.
The Hall of Fame Luncheon was keynoted by former Indiana Governor and current Purdue University President Mitch Daniels. In addition, Katz, Sapper & Miller LLP, along with IU professors Dr. Mark Frohlich and Dr. Steve Jones, presented The 2016 Manufacturing Survey results. The results show that although manufacturing performance remains stable and the business climate is exemplary in the Hoosier state, regulatory burdens and a shortage of skilled workers continue to be a major concern for Hoosier manufacturers.