Vol. 6, August 2010 - Advanced Manufacturing


Advanced manufacturing: South Bend’s new breed of industry

These days, the conventional wisdom is that manufacturing no longer will play the important role that it used to in the U.S economy.

In some ways, South Bend illustrates this point.

Manufacturing icons like Studebaker, the Oliver Chilled Plow Co., Singer Sewing Co., Bendix, White Farm and O’Brien Paints all have faded into the City’s glorious manufacturing past.

But in their historical wake, a new breed of entrepreneurial manufacturers is plying their craft in this river city.

They are called “advanced manufacturing” firms. Read more…


The pulse of advanced manufacturing in South Bend

What is advanced manufacturing? Why is it thriving here in South Bend?

South Bend ON spoke with Pat McMahon, executive director of Project Future, the advocate for economic development in South Bend, Mishawaka and St. Joseph County, and with Phil D’Amico, director of business growth for the Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County and the City of South Bend, to discuss the state of advanced manufacturing in the City of South Bend. Read more...


Employees put Mack Tool & Engineering on top

South Bend’s Mack Tool & Engineering has built a strong reputation as world-class manufacturer of precision-tooled parts for the aerospace, medical instrument and orthopedic-implant industries.

But what is the true secret to Mack Tool’s success?

Its employees. Read more…


Steve Hartz, president and CEO of Value Tool and Engineering

By Phil D’Amico, director of business growth, the Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County

Recently I had the opportunity to catch up with Steve Hartz, president of Value Tool and Engineering and executive director of the Apprentice Academy, for a sit-down conversation. Value Tool is a fast-growing advanced manufacturing machine shop in the South Bend area. Read more...


South Bend: A business-friendly city

Find out how South Bend's business-friendly environment is attracting new businesses to the region by clicking here.


Art Beat 2010 to feature more than 500 artists

Art Beat, one of the downtown South Bend’s most celebrated public events, will bring more than 7,000 people and 500 individual and group artists to downtown South Bend from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 28.

Conducted on a Saturday for the second consecutive year, Art Beat features dancers, musicians, actors, poets and artists of all kinds. The event is free and open to the public. More info here ...

10th ND Shakespeare Festival honors play’s 400th anniversary

Shakespeare’s original fairy tale, Cymbeline, will be the mainstage performance for the 2010 Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, which runs from Aug. 17-29 on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. More info here…

6th Reggae/World Music fest at 4-H Fairgrounds

The 6th annual Reggae/World Music Festival, sponsored by the Pangani Foundation Inc., runs from 2 to 11 p.m. Aug. 14 at the fairgrounds. Tickets are $15 in advance at all Martin’s Super Markets and $20 the day of the event. (Children under 12 are free.) More info here ...

Amy Grant, TobyMac headline World Pulse Festival

An estimated 50,000 fans are expected to attend the 24th annual World Pulse Festival from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 14, featuring Christian artists like TobyMac and Amy Grant, on the grounds of the LeSEA Broadcasting Network, 61300 S. Ironwood Road. More info here…

Celebration of Latino culture returns

Fiesta Michiana 2010, a two-day celebration of Latino culture, will bring its collection of entertainment, food, arts and crafts from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 21-22 at the St. Joseph County 4-H Fairgrounds.

Sponsored by La Casa de Amistad, Fiesta Michiana will include special performances by Escamilla Entertainment with exhibitions of rope tricks and Mexican rodeo as well as Ballet Folklorico National, a dance group that has appeared before international leaders. Admission is $2 for adults; children 12 and under are free. More info here…

Center for History hosts fun-filled events

The Historic Oliver Gardens at the Center for History, 808 W. Washington St., will provide a beautiful setting for interesting events in August.

From 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6, saxophonist Danny Lerman takes the stage for a TGIF: Music in the Gardens event sponsored by the Center for History and WVPE Public Radio. Tickets are $5 or free for members.

From 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22, a celebration of Gospel music sounds, voices and dance from local congregations will highlight a Gospel in the Gardens event, hosted by WUBS-FM. Admission is free with the donation of one canned good. More info here...