On October 19, 2016, manufacturers, business leaders, and policymakers from across the state met in Indianapolis to honour those companies that have made outstanding contributions to the development of a healthy, dynamic environment in Indiana, and to the state’s overall economic well-being. “Oerlikon Fairfield is excited to be among the select group of companies acknowledged at this first-of-its-kind event, and honoured to have been selected as an inductee into the newly created Indiana Manufacturers Hall of Fame”, said Mr. David Evans, President and CEO of Drive Systems Americas.

According to Indiana Manufacturers Association (IMA) President Brian Burton, “Manufacturing is one of the main drivers of Indiana’s economy, representing 30% of Indiana’s gross domestic product. Oerlikon Fairfield is a perfect example of a company that has not only demonstrated its long-term dedication to Indiana manufacturing, but also through its continued support of the IMA, with its overarching goal to protect, support, and grow manufacturing. We are pleased to induct Oerlikon Fairfield into our Indiana Manufacturers Hall of Fame in this inaugural year.”

“We are very proud and honored to be part of this select number of companies to enter the hall of fame. This award was made possible by the commitment and passion of the entire staff of the company, said Mr. Lou Gilbert, Director of Sales.

The Hall of Fame Luncheon was keynoted by former Indiana Governor and current Purdue University President Mitch Daniels. In addition, Katz, Sapper & Miller LLP, along with IU professors Dr. Mark Frohlich and Dr. Steve Jones, presented The 2016 Manufacturing Survey results. The results show that although manufacturing performance remains stable and the business climate is exemplary in the Hoosier state, regulatory burdens and a shortage of skilled workers continue to be a major concern for Hoosier manufacturers.

About Oerlikon’s Drive Systems Segment

Oerlikon’s Drive Systems Segment, a part of the Swiss-based Oerlikon Group (SIX: OERL), is a leading supplier of high-precision gear, drive and shifting solutions. Under the market-leading brands of Oerlikon Graziano and Oerlikon Fairfield, the Segment provides high-tech drive products and systems for a wide range of applications, from sports cars, hybrid and electric vehicles to machinery and equipment for the agriculture, construction, mobility (on-/off-highway, city buses), energy and mining sectors. Known for its excellent manufacturing, engineering and innovative expertise, the Segment has the know-how and capabilities to lead the full deployment of a development program from conceptual and simulation phases to mass production of complete mechatronic driveline systems as well as single gearing components. In 2015, the Segment generated sales of CHF 648 million and has a team of 4800 employees, operating its own production facilities in China, India, EMEAR and the Americas and serving customers worldwide

About Oerlikon Fairfield

Fairfield Manufacturing (Oerlikon Fairfield brand) was founded by an early industrialist to manufacture differential gears for the emerging automotive industry. With over 90 years of experience and expertise, the company’s major competencies include design, development and manufacturing of custom gears, drive assemblies and planetary drives. The Torque Hub® brand of drives is known throughout the world as highly reliable, well-engineered solutions for the most demanding of application.

About the Indiana Manufacturers Association

Formed in 1901, the Indiana Manufacturers Association (IMA) is the second oldest manufacturers association in the country and the only trade association in Indiana that exclusively focuses on manufacturing. The IMA is dedicated to advocating for a business climate that creates, protects and promotes quality manufacturing jobs in Indiana. Indiana is one of the top manufacturing states in America in wealth and jobs created, sustained and supported. More than 50 percent of all employment in Indiana has some connection to manufacturing.


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