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February 23, 2007

Indiana manufacturers to benefit from new Purdue hire

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
Jon Coy
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The Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center, administered by Purdue University's Technical Assistance Program, has hired an associate director to help meet increasing demand for its services.

Jon Coy will begin his new position Monday (Feb. 26). The center helps manufacturers implement lean manufacturing, quality systems, marketing and other initiatives to improve their operations. It is a partnership with the National Institute for Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the Indiana Economic Development Corp.

Center director Dave Snow said Coy will help the center expand its reach throughout Indiana.

"This is a key new position that was created to support the significant demand for our resources from companies that want to implement advanced manufacturing skills, processes and business practices," Snow said. "Jon will help the center serve the growing needs of manufacturers to produce higher quality products by the most efficient methods and to continually improve in order to remain competitive. His experience and capabilities will accelerate and the center's overall effectiveness."

The Technical Assistance Program and Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center continue to open new offices to meet manufacturers' growing needs. Offices recently opened in Merrillville, Anderson, Fort Wayne and Rising Sun. Offices also have been established in Kokomo and Indianapolis. New offices are planned for Jasper and at the Purdue Technology Center of Southern Indiana in New Albany.

Coy's office will be located at Intech Park, 6640 Intech Blvd., Indianapolis.

"I look forward to helping the center expand its services throughout Indiana by building on its outstanding reputation for excellence and customer service," Coy said. "My experiences with both a successful growth company and a large corporation will enable me to help the center achieve its mission to strengthen the Indiana economy and improve the quality of life for all Indiana citizens."

Coy brings 20 years of advanced manufacturing experience to his new position. He has served in senior management and engineering positions the past 10 years with Stanley Security Solutions of Noblesville, Ind. Previous employers include the General Motors Corp. Delco Remy Division in Anderson, Ind.

Coy graduated from Purdue with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering technology in 1984. He also is on schedule to earn a master's degree in technology from Purdue in May 2008.

Writer: Marydell Forbes, (765) 496-7704, mforbes@purdue.edu

Sources: Jon Coy, (800) 877-5182, jpcoy@purdue.edu

Dave Snow, (317) 275-6811, davesnow@purdue.edu

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