Thursday, August 6, 2009

Indiana Manufacturer Upgrades Engineering In Down Economy

 As many traditional Indiana manufacturers make the transition to an Advanced Manufacturing business model, business leaders are committing to talent acquisition strategies which put the value of key people on par with state-of-the-art technology.  To compete in the global economy, Indiana Advanced Manufacturers like Roehm Marine / Signature Seating in Fort Wayne are realizing that acquiring and retaining top talent is the key to growth, even when the economy is down.

"Our numbers are down.  But, we can't afford not to fill this position," says Rob Roehm, Founder and CEO of Roehm Marine.  Roehm has taken a 28 year old company and invested in technology in engineering and manufacturing, adding a the latest in CADCAM technology (a Topsolid and Letica integrated solution), the latest CNC technology, and a semi automated assembly line for larger product runs.  Roehm made the decision to hire a retained recruiting firm to attract and retain an Engineering Manager who will help the company continue its product development leadership position in its current markets while exploring growth opportunities in strategically related areas.  Even as his industry contracts with reduced orders, Roehm says that he sees several new opportunities developing in the near term which he will be able to pursue with the newly added technical talent. 

Recently, Roehm and his senior management team met with Purdue University's Technical Assistance Program (TAP) consultants who evaluated Roehm Marine and helped develop a strategic plan for growth.  Purdue says that it's TAP has reached out to help over 600 Indiana companies in 80 counties over the past two years.  Many times a traditional manufacturer's investment in positioning an established company for global competition includes a talent acquisition strategy or utilization of an executive recruiting firm to identify and help select key members of the leadership team.

For more information visit Indiana High Tech Talent.

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