Conexus Indiana launches Supplier INsight initiative, connecting Hoosier manufacturers and other businesses with in-state suppli

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Conexus launches Indiana Supplier INsight initiative, connecting Hoosier manufacturers and other businesses with in-state suppliers
Interactive database sponsored by Indiana Economic Development Corporation
encourages Hoosiers doing business with Hoosiers

(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.,  March 3, 2010)  The Conexus Indiana advanced manufacturing and logistics initiative announced today it has launched Indiana Supplier INsight, a web-based community linking Indiana firms with suppliers within the state.  Sponsored by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), Indiana Supplier INsight will create new opportunities for companies of all sizes, while streamlining supply chains and encouraging Hoosiers doing business with Hoosiers.

Indiana Supplier INsight will provide tangible benefits to manufacturers and other businesses, as the geographic proximity of suppliers means streamlined operations, reductions in transportation costs, more manageable oversight and other advantages.  Access to these potential customers creates a wealth of new business opportunities for Indiana companies. 

“Indiana Supplier INsight opens the door for Hoosier businesses,” said Steve Dwyer, President & CEO of Conexus Indiana.  “Manufacturers look at suppliers all over the country, often unaware of qualified firms right here in their own backyard. This initiative shines a light on these companies and helps them forge new relationships.”

While Conexus Indiana is focused on the manufacturing and logistics sectors, Supplier INsight is a tool for making connections  between Indiana firms of all industries, including professional service providers.  It is a free service provided by Conexus and the IEDC.

Indiana Supplier INsight is a web-based ‘matchmaking’ system developed on a software platform by Supplier Gateway, a national firm that provides supply chain networking services to clients including Chrysler, Home Depot, Boeing, and Raytheon, among others.  The platform stores information on registered businesses.  Users can access the platform online to search for Indiana suppliers, using categories like capability, location, industry classification and women- or minority-owned certifications.

“Indiana has attracted record levels of investment in advanced manufacturing over the last several years,” said Mitch Roob, Secretary of Commerce and chief executive officer of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.  “These firms don’t just create new jobs and investment within the walls of their own facilities, but also for their suppliers.  By keeping these dollars in the state, we’re multiplying our efforts to grow Indiana’s economy.”

Other public sector partners including the Indiana Secretary of State’s Office and Indiana Department of Administration, are also working to promote Indiana Supplier INsight.

“As I travel to each of our 92 counties every year, I see the need for initiatives like this one,” said Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita.  “Indiana Supplier INsight will be a great catalyst to help up-and-coming companies promote themselves, while helping our manufacturers – the backbone of Indiana’s economy – find qualified partners.”

Companies interested in taking part in Indiana Supplier INsight can contact Lisa Laughner, Program Director at Conexus Indiana, at llaughner@conexusindiana.com, or visit https://app.suppliergateway.com/conexus to sign up online.  More than 3,800 Indiana companies have already registered during the initiative’s test phase.

Launched by the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, Conexus Indiana is the state’s advanced manufacturing and logistics initiative, dedicated to making Indiana a global leader in high-growth, high-tech industries.  Conexus is focused on strategic priorities like workforce development, creating new industry partnerships and marketing our competitive advantages. 

For more information about Conexus Indiana, please visit http://www.conexusindiana.com.