Indiana Leads the US Manufacturing Industry

by the Governing Body
September 15, 2016

For most US citizens, the decline of manufacturing in the US is epitomized by two places, namely Detroit’s abandoned car plants and the desolate steel mills of the City of Gary in Indiana. For tens of years now, the two places have been painful reminders of manufacturing’s demise, caused primarily by the unprecedented impact of globalization and outsourcing that swept the whole world.

In the past half decade though, a surprising thing has been brewing up in Indiana, down south away from the bleak mills of the City of Gary. There, in a vast array of cornfields, you’ll see that there are manufacturing factories for almost every imaginable industry. Indiana is now the country’s leader in manufacturing, and it did so because of the reasons in an infographic by Genesis Plastics Welding:


Manufacturers realized that Indiana has a willing and capable population of workers, so they set up shops across the state, establishing mostly small to medium scale factories. The educated and skillful Hoosiers, combined with advanced manufacturing technology, helped make the factories remain profitable and kept them from moving out of Indiana. It has even managed to lure companies out of other states, like Edsal Manufacturing and T&B Tube that were originally in Illinois. And so now, Indiana manufactures almost anything you may think of, from motor homes to biomedical devices.

Leading A Bright Future Ahead

Manufacturing was responsible for more than 12% of America’s GDP in 2015 — a staggering 2 trillion USD of output. In the same year, manufacturing also accounted for more than 30% of the GDP of Indiana, and it was the largest for the whole country. Furthermore, the state produced around 13,700 manufacturing jobs in the span of the recent twelve months, thus leading the US in terms of manufacturing job growth.

Such growth is actually surprising, because pundits purported during the recession that Indiana’s unemployment rate would increase due to the economic downturn. The predictions didn’t materialized mostly because of the actions of the state government of Indiana — such as tax and regulatory adjustments. And so the key takeaway is that, when business and government leaders work together, the entire community benefits.

Leading Vinyl Record Stores in Central Indiana

by the Governing Body
September 9, 2016

Vinyl records are not a passing fad anymore, with sales hitting an all time high in 28 years. Behind the numbers are the movers and shakers that include the leaders of record stores. Here, we feature two of such stores and the men and women at their helm.


Indy CD and Vinyl

806 Broad Ripple Ave.

As the name suggests, Indy CD & Vinyl sells brand new and preloved CDs and vinyl records. Considered as the biggest independent music store in Indiana, it houses the largest selection of vinyls in the state. They also sell record players (like those at Random Life Music), needles, accessories, etc. Furthermore, they buy vinyls from anyone while offering store credits for preloved CDs.

Founded by Rick Zeigler in 1993 in Salt Lake City, the brick and mortar store moved to Broad Ripple in 2001. In January 2014, Indy CD & Vinyl was bought from Zeigler by store manager Annie Skinner, together with her husband Andy Skinner and friend Eric Davis. The trio has since led the business in capitalizing on the recent resurgence of vinyl records and related products.

Neat Neat Neat Records and Music

1836 S. Calhoun St.

Like Indy CD & Vinyl, Neat Neat Neat Records and Music sells new and used CDs and vinyl records. It stocks new vinyls from record labels such as Dischord, Secretly Canadian, Daptone, Light In The Attic, Sub Pop, etc. It also sells record players and other audio equipment, and is even an authorized dealer of Pro-Ject Audio Systems, Ortofon, Music Hall, and more. But unlike Indy CD & Vinyl, it not only buys preloved vinyls and CDs, it also purchases carefully used audio equipment.

Neat Neat Neat Records and Music is owned by Morrison Agen, who was actually raised on the southern part of Michigan, at the outskirts of Chicago. He is known as a leader in the Pro Audio industry, and has actually built live sound systems and recording studios for hundreds of clients around the globe. Now, he is running for an Allen County Council at-large seat as a Democrat.