Endress+Hauser, a Swiss-based manufacturer of measurement instrumentation and a provider of services and solutions for industrial project engineering, broke ground on a new commercial office and light industrial facility in Greenwood, Ind. In cooperation with Purdue’s Indiana Next Generation Manufacturing Competitiveness Center (IN-MaC), Endress+Hauser is including a Design and Innovation Studio for early education and workforce development in the new facility.
Approximately 2,500 square-feet will be dedicated to STEM, allowing K-8 educators to visit the company’s campus for field trips and extracurricular enrichment. In addition, the Design and Innovation Studio will house a smart classroom and maker space. IN-MaC and Endress+Hauser will provide students with access to Industry 4.0 technology and other cutting-edge innovations. High school students also will have the opportunity to use the studio’s 3D printing, robotics, Spheros, Little Bits, engineering and science modules and coding tools.
“Developing the future manufacturing workforce is one of the primary directives of IN-MaC,” said Nate Hartman, Dauch Family Professor of Advanced Manufacturing, director of the Digital Enterprise Center and co-director IN-MaC. “By partnering with Endress+Hauser, we are not only making a positive impact on their current workforce, but we are also exposing students to the exciting career possibilities in manufacturing in Indiana.”
The facility is expected to open in summer 2025.
In addition to working wtih IN-MaC, Endress+Hauser is one of Purdue Polytechnic’s industry partners. The company sponsored the new Industrial IoT (Internet of Things) Lab in Dudley Hall. Endress+Hauser has also sponsored senior capstone projects for engineering technology students.