Authors of a recent study from the Indiana Business Research Center say the reports shows more investment in job training would go a long way.
Researchers hope their solution will reap big savings in fuel and production costs.
The trade agreement has support from most manufacturing business owners, as well as support from another of Indiana's industries: agriculture.
It's the largest investment the state has announced since late May.
Today's manufacturers are using lighter and less materials to make products cheaper and more efficient.
The state’s gross domestic product rose 3 percent – with manufacturing and agriculture driving most of that increase.
More than 300 workers will be impacted if the closure moves forward.
More companies are looking to unemployed veterans to fill manufacturing openings.
A thousand new employees are already at work at Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA), gearing up to start making new Outback and Impreza models later this year.
Ball State economist Michael Hicks prepares an annual report card. Only five other states got an 'A' grade in both categories.