Applications for the Manufacturing Readiness Grant program, which was launched to stimulate private sector investments to modernize Indiana’s manufacturing sector, have re-opened to Indiana manufacturers across the state. Administered by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) in partnership with Conexus Indiana, this program has been extended through June 2023 with matching grants available to help respond to the global COVID-19 pandemic and position Hoosier operations for future growth and prosperity.
“The response we received from Indiana businesses to the Manufacturing Readiness Grant program is proof Indiana companies want to modernize and set themselves up for a successful future,” said Governor Eric J. Holcomb. “With one in five Hoosiers working in the advanced manufacturing industry, this funding can truly go a long way to promote future innovation and provide more quality career opportunities for Hoosiers across the state.”
“With one in five Hoosiers working in the advanced manufacturing industry, this funding can truly go a long way to promote future innovation and provide more quality career opportunities for Hoosiers across the state.”Indiana governor Eric Holcomb
First launched in 2020, the Manufacturing Readiness Grants program has awarded $6.7 million in grants to 87 Hoosier companies in 38 counties. The funding has supported technology-based capital investments that are projected to be more than $50 million. Based on the strong response to the program, the Indiana General Assembly appropriated $20 million in the two-year state budget that runs through June 30, 2023.
An array of innovative technologies are being adopted by grant awardees such as the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and analytics, advanced modeling, additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence and cobots. These technologies are being implemented at dozens of small- and medium-sized manufacturers to increase production flexibility and responsiveness to customer demand, gain real-time visibility into equipment performance and operational efficiency and improve workflows that enhance health, safety and workforce productivity.
“While many Indiana manufacturers made digital transformation progress in 2020-2021 with investments in their first production 3D printer, autonomous mobile robot, cobot or other industry technology enabled by the grant, many more need to take steps to ensure their future and accelerate Indiana’s digital journey,” said Mitch Landess, vice president of innovation and digital transformation at Conexus Indiana. “These grants have given hundreds of companies the confidence to invest in smart manufacturing technologies. The expansion of the grants program will continue to hasten manufacturers’ adoption of industry 4.0 technologies and help our state lead in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”
Indiana companies are encouraged to review eligibility requirements and submit applications online.
Grants must be matched by the applicant on a minimum 1:1 basis. Grants undergo a rigorous peer review and recommendation process by a statewide committee of manufacturing professionals representing industry, academia, private equity and more.