Indiana Job Growth Strong In 2017

first_imgBy Makenna MaysTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS – Government officials, including Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger and Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, applauded Gov. Eric Holcomb’s agenda, which they said delivered job growth to the state.“I applaud the governor for bringing an aggressive and well-thought-out agenda to the table. The Senate continues to believe that workforce development is a critical issue for our state, and the governor’s agenda reflects that priority,” Long said in a statement after Holcomb released his 2018 agenda.Secretary of Commerce, Jim Schellinger, talking about Indiana’s 2017 job growthPhoto by Makenna Mays, TheStatehouseFile.comSchellinger, speaking Wednesday before the governor announced his agenda, said that job growth has been strong this year. So far, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation has secured 270 business and industry commitments to grow or locate in Indiana, creating 28,846 new positions at an average wage of $27.38.“We rank number three in the country for our infrastructure and this is before the governor implements his Next Level growth plan at which time we will leave all of America in our rearview mirror,” Schellinger said.However, there were some job losses. For example, Eli Lilly announced it was cutting 2,300 jobs by the end of the year and manufacturers Carrier and Rexnord have both trimmed employment.Current IEDC trends show:In the manufacturing field, 126 manufacturers have committed to growing in Indiana, together planning more than $5.2 billion in  investment which will create up to 10,259 jobs,In the technology field, the IEDC has secured 58 commitments for tech firms with plans to create 6,924 high-wage Hoosier jobs,In logistics, companies have committed to invest more than $343 million and create up to 2,848 jobs,In international investment, 34 foreign-based companies have committed to grow in Indiana and invest more than $1 billion in the state and create up to 5,230 new jobs, andIn small business, the Indiana Small Business Development Center has assisted in 222 new businesses and the creation of 687 new jobs just this year.Makenna Mays is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Push for Ice Tea

first_imgBritvic is to launch a £1m summer marketing campaign to push sales of its Lipton Ice Tea brand. The drink fits into the ’Cold Hot Drink’ category, which Britvic said is the fastest-growing sub-category, up 123% in volume (data: Nielsen Scantrack Total Coverage MAT 16.04.11).Jon Evans, head of seed brands at Britvic, said the soft drinks manufacturer is convinced that this category is on the up. He said that despite the fact Lipton is a brand that’s driving some of the growth in this category, there is a perception barrier, which stops consumers initially trying the drink. To try and conquer this, the main thrust of Britvic’s Lipton Ice Tea campaign is sampling, hence the ’Don’t knock it, until you’ve tried it’ strapline.From this month, Britvic has been sending out its Lipton Ice Tea team around the country, handing out one million samples to consumers. The second part of its direct-to-consumer activity will see Britvic set up ’knokkers’ games and sampling stations around nine of the UK’s largest city centres and parks. Each day the best Lipon Ice Tea ambassadors, found via sampling, will be awarded £250-worth of Red Letter Day vouchers.Britvic said the growth of ice tea has doubled in the past few years, with Lipton growing at 93% year-on-year. Lipton Ice Tea is available in a 500ml PET in lemon and peach flavourslast_img read more