People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.. ~George Orwell

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Made In America 2019

Indianapolis, IN (February 19, 2019) VRI -- MADE IN AMERICA 2019, the first-ever exposition and celebratory event solely focusing on U.S. manufacturing and products made in the USA, will take place at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, October 3-6, 2019. With more than 800 exhibitors and 10,000 attendees expected, this four-day event will bring together the largest-ever network of industrial professionals, keynote speakers and conscious consumers for one common goal: raising awareness for the economic, environmental and community impact of American manufacturing.

"American-made machines and products are the backbone of America's strength," said President and CEO Don Buckner, Sr. "We take great pride in our ability to deliver above and beyond with the goods we produce. While everyone has a part of their own industry's circle, we seldom find the opportunity to celebrate that unique craftsmanship in one place together."

For this monumental event, more than 450,000 square feet of the Indiana Convention Center has been reserved to showcase American-made machines and products by 800 U.S. manufacturers. While all exhibitors will share a commonality in their U.S.-based productions, the variety of represented product categories and industries will be incredibly vast, ranging from aerospace and automobiles to apparel and textiles. This event will truly be the most comprehensive representation of American manufacturing and production ever in its purest form.

The Made in America Kickoff Show will take place on Thursday, October 3, 2019. This night will include live performances by top-selling American billboard artists and keynote speakers. Friday, October 4, will feature the past, present and future of American manufacturing, with speeches by industry leaders and a celebration honoring U.S. military veterans who helped lay the foundation for American manufacturing. The closing evening event on Saturday, October 5, will be the first annual "Made in America Awards" to honor the American manufacturing tradition and to recognize the accomplishments of American production heroes, the heart and soul of homegrown manufacturing.

To learn more about exhibiting your American-made machines or products at this historic event or to join the movement to keep America on track to be the #1 manufacturer in the world, please visit

MADE IN AMERICA 2019 will be the rallying point of people, businesses and organizations from all areas of manufacturing to interact and share the latest innovations and advances in manufacturing, research, product innovation and service delivery. The inaugural event, taking place October 3-6, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, will bring together the largest-ever network of industrial professionals, offering a slate of cutting-edge educational sessions, keynote addresses and panel discussions featuring specialists from key segments of the manufacturing community.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Fifth Annual Military Veterans’ Legislative Day

Indianapolis, IN (February 12, 2019) VRI —Too many veterans who fought the nation’s battles return home to face new battles. Monday, hundreds of former service members and supporters came to the Statehouse to urge lawmakers to be allies in that fight.

“Our men and women have volunteered their time and they’ve been sent over multiple times now,” said Indiana Veterans of Foreign Wars State Commander Eric Billman. “The government, both at the state and national level, they need to take care of our veterans because we did our part, and now they have to do their part and making sure that the funding is there, the programs are there, and help is there if it’s needed.”

Judy Brown, an Army veteran from Columbus who served in the military from 1986 to '94 and again from 2007 to '12, including a tour of duty in Iraq, said veterans have four legislative priorities this year. They include:

• Remission of fees for disabled veterans’ children attending state schools;

• Property tax exemptions for veterans who are in the VA’s individual unemployability category and the spouses of service members killed in action. Veterans who are 100 percent disabled already received the exemption;

• Electronic gaming terminals in veterans’ service facilities; and

• Appropriating a percentage of lottery ticket revenue to fund state veterans’ programs.

“The best part I can take out of my service is what I’m doing right now,” Brown said. “I love veterans. I was helping them over there and I’m helping them now.”

Monday’s event was the Fifth Annual Military Veterans’ Legislative Day at the Statehouse. Pam Smith, an Army veteran from Indianapolis who served as a dental assistant in Vietnam from 1970 to 1972, has come each year wondering if help was going to be given to vets, whether it be to help them find a job or owning a home.

“I like to talk to legislators and find out what they’re going to do for us. I mean it seems like the government keeps taking away, taking away, taking away and leaving the veterans with nothing,” Smith said. “Some of these people went overseas to Vietnam and come back and can’t get anything.”

Jake Skillett, owner of VonBernd K9 Training Center in Brownsburg, wasn’t enlisted, but was in Iraq training dogs to detect bombs. He said he’d been around veterans for most of his life and could see the problems they face.

“As hard as it was for the Vietnam boys coming home, you can definitely see a huge change in that regards as far as the support,” he said. “As a whole, it’s getting better every day and the support is slowly but surely becoming recognized.”

Billman, the VFW state commander, said the government has to do its part to help veterans adjust when they return home.

“Men and women are put in situations that aren’t normal situations for the general public and they deal with them, but some people deal with them in different ways,” Billman said.

He said that while there are “several great bills” filed by lawmakers this session, he and others want to ensure those don’t get forgotten as the legislature deals with other issues.

“Unfortunately sometimes with the government, things can be buried which is what we are trying to avoid as well, so we can make sure our veterans are taking care of,” Billman said.

SOURCE: Hendricks County Flyer