The Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling (CR3)
Indium Corporation is an active member of The Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling (CR3). CR3 is an industry member-driven collaborative research center that brings together four of the world’s leading universities in materials engineering to investigate the latest advances in resource stewardship and natural resource sustainability.
As a member, Indium Corporation is able to apply advanced technologies and processes to its resource management and protection practices. In addition, research students benefit from exposure to practical industry trends, issues, and challenges.
Each year, Indium Corporation participates in events that helps make our communities unique. The purpose of these events ranges from spreading healthy habits, to awareness of important causes, and to help raise funds to support these organizations’ important missions.
Indium Corporation regularly participates in the Boilermaker, the second-largest 15-kilometer foot race in the world, and largest in North America. The Boilermaker hosts approximately 15,000 runners and over 30,000 spectators from around the world.
Indium Corporation is proud to support its volunteers and runners in this great community event. During the July 8, 2018 race, thirty-two Team Indium employees joined thousands of runners on the course.
America's Greatest Heart Run & Walk
Each year, Indium Corporation employees participate in an event designed to put the community’s legs to work and help fight against heart disease and stroke. The event, which includes a 30K run, 10-mile run, 50-mile run, 3-mile run, or 3-mile walk, raises about $1,000,000 a year to help fund the fight to save lives in the Mohawk Valley.
The Ride for Missing Children
The Ride for Missing Children is an annual event to create awareness for missing and exploited children and the need for child safety education. The funds raised by the riders pay for posters to help find children who are missing or abducted. Each year, hundreds of riders participate in this 110-mile ride that starts in Oneida, N.Y. and ends in New Hartford, N.Y. The riders visit six schools and meet hundreds of school children to teach them about safety and abduction prevention.
Women in STEM Panel
From engineering to manufacturing, Indium Corporation supports a diverse team of STEM professionals. To help inspire the next generation of women in STEM, five Indium Corporation volunteers participated in Mohawk Valley Community College’s panel “Women Thriving in STEM Professions: Stories from the Field.”
STEM Student Outreach
Indium Corporation participates in several community-based programs to support students exploring careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), marketing, operations, and more.
From brief exploratory visits, to job shadowing, to internships, we host students ranging from junior high school through university level in our facilities. We actively seek official educational programs in which to participate – so that we are able to serve our communities and our neighbors in cultivating tomorrow’s leaders.
In addition, the Indium Corporation hosts visits from teachers seeking to gain richer insight into their teaching of career options. These instructors benefit by seeing real-world practices, and options for their students. They are able to bring this knowledge into their classrooms. Indium Corporation gains by learning from these teachers. It’s a great community partnership.
Events include The Indium Corporation & Macartney Family Foundation’s support of the 2018 STEM Spring Camporee — a three-day event where local Scouts get hands-on training and unique learning opportunities across a broad range of STEM disciplines. By supporting community events like this, Indium Corporation showcases and allows them to participate in the potential of STEM careers.
Indium Corporation also presented area students with the STEM Exploration Showcase, hosted at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, where they were able to participate in exciting competitions, displays, and collaborations using technology and engineering skills.
BOCES P-TECH Program Design Challenge
Indium Corporation has partnered with Oneida-Herkimer-Madison (OHM) BOCES in Central New York to challenge students enrolled in their Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) program to solve a real-world technology problem. Students were asked to design a product packaging solution for one of Indium Corporation’s new products.
“We challenged the P-TECH students to develop a solution to an actual product packaging challenge that affects quality, cost reduction, and customer satisfaction,” said Jim McCoy, Indium Corporation Talent Acquisition Supervisor.
Indium Corporation engineers met with the P-TECH students to define the project, provided guidance and answered questions at specific intervals throughout the development process, and reviewed their final report and recommendations. P-TECH is a public-private partnership that helps prepare more than 12,000 New York students for high-skills jobs of the future in technology, manufacturing, healthcare and engineering.
OHM BOCES is one of 26 New York State P-TECH partnerships offering the innovative model to students in grades 9-12 across the state.
“Indium Corporation is committed to both local STEM education outreach and to delivering highly competitive and effective solutions,” said Rick Short, Indium Corporation’s Corporate Associate Vice President and Senior Director of Marketing Communications. “This project is exceptionally meaningful to the students’ education and to our business as it involves an authentic real-world challenge. This work offers students the chance to make a significant difference in an actual global business situation.”
National Manufacturing Day
Since 2013, Indium Corporation has celebrated National Manufacturing Day with dozens of other exhibitors at the Manufacturing Day Expo at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Marcy, N.Y.
“As Utica’s Technology Company®, we’re excited to be part of an event that is designed to inspire the next generation of manufacturing leaders,” said Rick Short, Indium Corporate Associate Vice President and Senior Director of Marketing Communications. “As a designer and manufacturer of sophisticated assembly materials, we work diligently to attract the best and the brightest talents.”
In addition to sponsoring the expo, Indium Corporation actively participates with students, teachers, and administrators throughout the year to encourage and enable students to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education and careers. This includes delivering presentations, hosting tours, and maintaining one of the area’s largest and most sought-after internship programs.
Employment Preparedness & Career Days
Indium Corporation believes that there is a lot of talent to be found in our local communities. By participating in annual career days that target students on the cusp of their high school careers, it’s possible to inspire students and help them navigate the possibilities of their future employment.
Indium Corporation volunteers annually meet with students at Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES’ 8th Grade Career Day, as well as The Genesis Group of the Mohawk Valley Region’s Career Day. Both events allow students to meet with local employers and learn about a variety of careers. Indium Corporation volunteers from different departments met with students and discussed their responsibilities and career opportunities available.
Indium Corporation’s Jim McCoy, Talent Acquisition Supervisor, also participated in a job fair workshop with SUNY Polytechnic Institute students to help them prepare for applying for job opportunities and meeting with potential employers. This is just one of the many ways that Indium Corporation helps the next generation of STEM professionals prepare for the job market.
Donating & Fundraising
Indium Corporation’s employees are giving, caring people ready to assist those in need. The company’s philanthropic endeavors include:
Macmillan Cancer Support
Every year, Indium Corporation’s UK Office participates in Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. People from all over the UK host their own Coffee Morning, with the cost of coffee donated to the organization. Indium Corporation’s September 28, 2018 event raised £90.45.
The ARC, Oneida-Lewis Chapter Holiday Gifts
Indium Corporation staff have sponsored families in need during the holiday season by buying presents from wish lists for the children and families the ARC Oneida-Lewis Chapter serves.
Domestic Violence Awareness
Indium Corporation employees helped raise awareness for the need for domestic violence prevention by donating money and wearing purple during domestic violence awareness month in October.
Go Red for Women Day
Employees participate in the American Heart Association’s annual Go Red for Women Day, which encourages participants to wear red and promotes awareness about heart disease being the No. 1 killer of women.
Hurricane Sandy Relief
Indium Corporation employees and families collected donations to be sent to those impacted by Superstorm Sandy after it rolled through the east coast of the United States in 2012. Part of New York City and New Jersey were hard-hit by the storm, leaving thousands of people without power and a place to live.
Indium Corporation employees are generous with their time, participating in organizations and events designed to support a cause or improve our communities.
United Way Day of Action
The United Way Day of Action is an opportunity for volunteers, donors and advocates who seek to change lives and communities to be part of the solutions that make a real difference in people’s lives. Indium Corporation volunteers regularly participate in the United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica’s annual day of service. Past events have included beautifying public property throughout the city.
Indium Corporation employees help support the American Red Cross’ critical mission by donating blood.
In 2016, the company earned American Red Cross Platinum Status by collected 136 units of blood from seven blood drive events throughout the year. To earn Platinum Status, an organization must host at least six blood drives per year, confirm drive dates six months in advance, and reach goal benchmarks – 90 percent of the overall goal, as well as red cell and type O blood collection goals.
“This honor demonstrates that ‘Indium People Care’ is more than a slogan – it’s what distinguishes us as an industry leader,” said Dawn Roller, Indium Corporation Associate Vice President of Human Resources. “Our Indium Corporation employees have exemplified the meaning of community service through their support of our community and neighbors.”
Each unit of blood collected takes the donor one hour to give and has the potential to save three lives.
“The Red Cross is extremely thankful to Indium Corporation and its employee sponsor Anne McKerrow for providing staff easy access to donation opportunities,” said Linda M. Belton, Account Manager for American Red Cross Biomedical Services. “And we are so incredibly appreciative of each donor who chose to give blood.”
Special Olympics World Games
The Indium Corporation supported the 2010 Special Olympics World Summer Games by donating the use of their corporate aircraft and crew for athlete transportation purposes. The Special Olympics World Summer Games were held in Ames, Iowa. As a member of the Cessna Citation Special Olympics Airlift, Indium Corporation donated the use of their aircraft and crew to transport Special Olympians to and from Iowa. Getting the 1,500 athletes to Iowa, from all across the USA, required a unique and rewarding effort - an effort that is known as THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS AIRLIFT. Flying this many athletes from across the continent into one city on one day (and back home again - in one day) requires an extremely-well coordinated effort, and a group of very gracious volunteers. The Cessna Corporation (makers of business jets) coordinated 235 volunteer Cessna Citations and got all the athletes to and from the games successfully.
According to Charles Valuckas, Indium Corporation's Flight Department Manager and Chief Pilot, "We were excited to be a part of this humanitarian event. It was strictly a donation on the part of Indium, intended to support this great cause."
The Indium aircraft has previously been tapped to transport organ transplant emergencies. It is normally used to support Indium Corporation business.
"Our flight department is extremely busy with Indium Corporation business applications. We happily made this exception in our scheduling to serve a very worthy cause," said Rick Short, Indium's Director of Corporate Communications.