Volume 1 - Issue 2 - 11-2013

An Inside View: Thyssen Krupp Presta

Featured Employer


What kind of car do you or your parents drive? Would it surprise you that the steering columns used by many major automotive manufacturers such as the Ford Mustang were manufactured in the Industrial Park in Terre Haute, Indiana?

This month our featured company is ThyssenKrupp Presta. At the Terre Haute plant, ThyssenKrupp manufactures steering columns in a state of the art facility.


You can visit the Thyssen Krupp website at: http://www.thyssenkrupp.com/

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Interview with Employees from Thyssen Krupp Presta




Education Through Experiential Learning

Manufacturing Day a Huge Success

On Friday, October 4th, the Wabash Valley participated in National Manufacturing Day.

Mayor Duke Bennett presented a proclamation declaring Friday, October 4, 2013 Manufacturing Day in Terre Haute, Indiana. This special event was held at Marion Manufacturing, located at 1126 West National Avenue, West Terre Haute, IN 47885.

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Manufacturing Day is an annual event that occurs nationwide on the first Friday of October. It has been designed to expand knowledge about and improve general public perception of manufacturing careers and manufacturing’s value to the U.S. Economy.

In the Wabash Valley, manufacturing employs 17% of all workers. Careers in Manufacturing offer wages 36% above the region’s average wage rate. In fact, manufacturing’s mid-skill technicians, with two years or less of post-secondary education, earn higher lifetime earnings than many college graduates. Manufacturing has a multiplier effect on the U.S. economy in which every dollar in final sales of manufacturing goods adds $1.48 in economic output from other sectors of the economy.

In addition to the proclamation ceremony, the day also marked the launch of the monthly N.E.A.T. Newsletter. This is an electronic newsletter that will introduce the public to local manufacturers and highlight career opportunities available in our area.

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Did You Know?


  • In 2012, the average wage for a Machinery Maintenance Worker in Indiana was $19.75 per hour.
  • In 2012, the national average wage for Machinery Maintenance Workers was $19.53 per hour.
  • You can attend Industrial Maintenance programs at Indiana State, Ivy Tech and Vincennes University

Find Your Career


Machinist and tool and die makers set up and operate a variety of computer-controlled or mechanically-controlled machine tools to produce precision metal parts, instruments, and tools. Employees at Tri-Aerospace, featured in this issue, typically operate CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) machines to create their products. They may also fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools. Machinists apply knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures.

Education: There are many different ways to become a skilled machinist. In high school, students should take math courses, especially trigonometry and geometry. They should also take courses in blueprint reading, metalworking, and drafting if available.

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