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Rose-Hulman Organizes Discussion on Rebuilding Manufacturing in Shelby County, Shelbyville

April 26, 2012

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is partnering with Shelby County and Shelbyville community leaders in important economic development discussions examining "The Rebirth of Small Town Manufacturing through Innovation" on Thursday evening, April 26.

The town hall session, at the Intelliplex Conference Center, 2154 Intelliplex Drive in Shelbyville, has been organized by Rose-Hulman's Department of Engineering Management and its Continuing and Professional Studies Program. It will start with a networking event from 6-6:30 p.m. for leaders from local and state government, higher education, workforce development and industry. The panel discussion is planned from 6:30-8 p.m.

Tom Mason potrait   Shelby-Chris King   Shelby-Elizabeth Kozman
Tom Mason   Chris King    Elizabeth Kozman

A major focus of the session will be an examination of those steps leaders can take to grow manufacturing in their community during the 21st century, according to Tom Mason, Ph.D., emeritus professor of engineering management and economics at Rose-Hulman.

"Shelbyville is initiating bold measures to improve its future. Manufacturing is now engaged in a new industrial revolution, and Shelbyville and Shelby County want to ensure they take full advantage of these exciting opportunities," stated Mason, an entrepreneurship consultant, former Entrepreneur/Educator in Residence for the Indiana Venture Center and recipient of TechPoint's Mira Award for Education Contributions to Indiana Technology by an Individual.

Other topics to be discussed by Shelby County and Shelbyville officials include the roles of innovation, entrepreneurship, Rose-Hulman alumni, education and economic development in encouraging manufacturing growth and job creation; and how the area can leverage relationships to accomplish these community development goals.

Shelby-Sue Ellspermann   Shelby-Stu Kaplan   Shelby-Lisa Laughner      
Sue Ellspermann    Stu Kaplan    Lisa Laughner  

"We want to develop a positive economic development partnership between Shelby County, Shelbyville and Rose-Hulman that benefits each other," said Chris King, a 2002 Rose-Hulman civil engineering alumnus, executive vice president of Runnebohm Construction Company Inc. and past-president of the Shelby County Development Corporation. "This partnership will create a continuum for local students from their early education through their college years, encouraging them to return to grow businesses that make their hometown community grow and prosper for future generations."

Joining Mason and King in these discussions will be Sue Ellspermann, Ph.D., District 74 Indiana state representative; Elizabeth Kozman, a 2002 Rose-Hulman mechanical engineering alumnus and associate director of strategic and commercial development for Biostorage Technologies Inc.; Stu Kaplan, president and owner of Makuta Technics Inc. in Shelbyville's Intelliplex Park; and Lisa Laughner, director at CONEXUS Indiana.