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Being Bold. Businesses Making Big Impact Through Bold, Innovation.  An Interview with Ajay Patel, President- Verdure Sciences

Being Bold. Businesses Making Big Impact Through Bold, Innovation. An Interview with Ajay Patel, President- Verdure Sciences

Introduction to Verdure

Verdure Sciences® is a supplier of plant-based ingredients with an emphasis on intrinsic synergies and clinically backed tangible health applications.

Many botanical extracts are known for their long history as a traditional remedy in their country of origin. As globalization, agricultural practices, and environmental factors continue to change, consumers prefer to buy products that have proven safety, efficacy, and clinical substantiation. Verdure was founded on the demand to answer these needs. By investing in the research of various botanicals and maintaining rigorous quality control expectations for growing, harvesting, and manufacturing, this market need has translated into Verdure’s strength and differentiation.


Q: Describe how your business embraces a bold mindset. How does this translate to impact in your industry? How does this translate to impact on the local economy?

A: We’ve created breakthroughs in advancing natural plant-based therapeutic delivery forms via a global footprint by aligning with the top brands within the industry. In doing so we’ve contributed to the consumer confidence in natural dietary supplement products especially with supply chain management including traceability, quality, and purity coupled with scientific rigor by aligning ourselves with highly reputable organizations and universities in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. As for the local economy it has given us an opportunity to invest in a brand new campus which we opened last week, commitment to hiring additional high paying jobs, and exploring avenues to set up the future supply chain for North American grown botanicals, including Maple.

Our facility is conducive for bringing in customers and health care professionals for training and symposiums from around the world, which obviously impacts other Noblesville business in a positive manner.

Q: What does being bold mean internally, as an element of your company culture?

A: It begins with expectations we set for each individual within the organization, that the sky is the limit for growth, striving for perfection is in our DNA, addressing competition and threats as a  positive challenge, not to get too comfortable as we cannot continue to be innovative nor excel, and be accepting of change to truly embrace the global marketplace.

Q: Will you share how your innovation-mindset attracts talent in today’s workforce? Touch on how important talent attraction is for your business.

A: Our business is very unique for not only Noblesville and Indiana but the Midwest region in general. The Natural Products Industry is rapidly growing while always under evolving regulation. In particular, Supply Chain, Quality management, and R&D are key areas for innovation as well as continuous improvements. Hence, finding the right talent and fit for not only the specific Industry but also the key areas of the business is critical. Having the likes of Purdue, IU, and other institutions is definitely a great asset; however, other that are more familiar with the industry offers a large pool of talent, and it imperative to have not only a great workplace but growing communities with great living, healthcare, education, and entertainment options for employees.

Q: As a Noblesville business, share a few examples of how the local landscape supports your culture, growth, and ability to be bold.

A: Having been in Hamilton County for the last 21 years, Verdure moved from Carmel to Noblesville 15 yrs ago for the opportunity to be part of the growth, where the companies presence is valued and align in common goals for the positive impact on the community. When we began looking to build our headquarters we looked at multiple locations primarily throughout Hamilton and Marion County, and ended up staying with Noblesville because they believed in our vision, to provide a corporate facility that enables us to provide a great working environment that values wellness and health of both the workers and those our work touches both internally and externally.

Our seven-acre campus provides a natural wetland that embraces native plantings, walking trail, greenhouse, and wellness facility where employees can engage in multiple wellness activities from yoga, gardening, or enjoys the proximity to the soon to be complete midland trail!

Learn more about the City of Noblesville’s Stay Here Grow Here initiative.

Being Bold. Businesses Making Big Impact Through Bold, Innovation.  An Interview with Matt Rogers, Director of Marketing- BlueSky Technology Partners

Being Bold. Businesses Making Big Impact Through Bold, Innovation. An Interview with Matt Rogers, Director of Marketing- BlueSky Technology Partners

Introduction to BlueSky

BlueSky is an e-commerce consultancy helping companies build and drive their digital business. We leverage our 3 unique business units, that can work together or singular, to support clients in all phases of their digital journey.  Our BlueSky Technology business unit specializes in helping clients with digital transformation strategies and technology including selection, implementation and system integration. Our BlueSky Digital business unit specializes in digital marketing and creative design solutions to drive traffic, optimize user experiences and convert transactions or KPI’s.  Lastly, our BlueSky Staffing business unit provides talent acquisition solutions to source top talent to help our client’s build their teams.

Q: How your business embraces a bold mindset? How does this translate to impact in your industry and on the local economy?

A: Being bold is the price of doing business in our industry because our clients want unique thought leadership and solutions to separate themselves from the competition. Bold for us means each solution or service we deliver for our clients is tailored to their situation which requires our teams to think outside the box. Couple these services with our ability to deliver around the clock support from 3 different geographic locations (Noblesville, Toronto Canada, and Hyderabad India) separates us from the competition.

A lot of our success is due to the strength of our people and what they bring to the table. Our growth has led to hiring talent outside of Indiana and relocating those new hires and their families to Central Indiana, mostly Hamilton County residents to be closer to our headquarters in Noblesville.  Plus we’re hiring locally as well so we believe our impact locally is two-fold– retaining local talent while relocating talented professionals from elsewhere to Indiana.

Q: What does being bold mean internally, as an element of your company culture?

A: In short, our industry niche (eCommerce consulting) is in constantly evolving with new products, processes, and routes to market for clients. This dynamic attribute of our industry corresponds to aggressive customer needs and a fast-moving environment.  As a result, our capabilities are continuously evolving which affords career growth and new competency adoption for our associates. Our associates thrive under these conditions and put forth great efforts to stay competitive. Management embraces this and strives to provide an inviting work/office environment that enhances natural interactive points for work efficiency, collaboration, and fun.

Q: Please share how your innovation-mindset attracts talent in today’s workforce. How important is talent attraction for your business?

A: For BlueSky, our products or deliverables are all based on the intellectual capacities and experience level of our associates within their given role. We’ve built a brand that equates to high-quality innovative solutions, but that really has everything to do with the professionals that are executing those projects and providing the end-deliverables to our clients.  Thus talent attraction is the most important aspect to what makes BlueSky successful.

Q: As a Noblesville business, share a few examples of how the local landscape supports your culture, growth, and ability to be bold.

A: BlueSky has been located in Noblesville since opening our first offices here in 2008.  Since then we’ve outgrown 2 buildings and have at one point operated out of 3 unique locations within Noblesville. To get everyone back under one roof and have a great place to work we moved into our current headquarters in downtown Noblesville in July of 2017. From the first office to our current location we’ve been welcomed with open arms by the City of Noblesville, the Economic Development team within the City and the citizens of the city.  We feel that we’ve been embraced as “one of theirs” so to speak and that is an awesome feeling for our associates and owners. When you combine our new HQ and the future growth potential that Noblesville is forecasting, we see the local landscape changing in a very good way in downtown Noblesville.

Federal Hill Commons is adjacent to BlueSky to the east and that has been a fantastic amenity with summer concerts, the Farmers Market, food truck Friday’s, the playground, the ice skating rink and the green space it offers to our associates and their families when they’re visiting.  With the new restaurants and other multi-use developments on the horizon, the downtown landscape will serve as a true asset to the City and to BlueSky well into the future. It already has for BlueSky’s talent acquisition and client acquisition. Our building, the office environment, and location all show well to recruits and prospective clients.  We’ve had prospects and clients in from coast to coast and they’ve all been downright positively impressed with the image and amenities of Noblesville.

Learn more about the City of Noblesville’s Stay Here Grow Here initiative.

BorgWarner: People Creating Solutions and Products That Change the World.

BorgWarner: People Creating Solutions and Products That Change the World.

BorgWarner amplifies how bold business impacts our landscape at the local and global pulse.  The company commits to creating solutions and products with the application of science and technologies, to support and promote a clean, energy-efficient world.  

“We’re constantly pursuing what is next,” says Dan Stewart, Director of Global Operations Engineering.  “Our proven track record has made us a propulsion system leader for combustion, hybrid and electric vehicles. We uncover strong trends and use smart science and technology to address a future based on varying regulations, consumer demands and automaker requirements.”

BorgWarner’s 100,000 square-foot technical center in Noblesville opened in June. This state-of-the-art facility now combines operations from the company’s facilities in Anderson and Pendleton.  Features of the center include a high capacity lab allowing a greater volume of research and development to meet the needs of its growing demand in building and testing electrified products.

When asked why Borg Warner chose Noblesville, Stewart replied, “We really liked the site we had picked, partially due to easy off, easy on location next to the interstate.”  Stewart added, “The location alone gave us visibility to the public, customers and potential new employees.”

Prior to selecting Noblesville for their site, BorgWarner’s overall analysis showed younger employees were already buying homes or renting in Noblesville and nearby.  Naturally, the company’s leadership translated this location as an asset for recruiting new talent and maintaining a workforce. Stewart said, “The City of Noblesville worked really hard with the people involved and developed a very competitive and attractive incentive package that created a win/win among BorgWarner, Noblesville, and Hagerman.”

Inside BorgWarner’s Noblesville building, there is a clear and thoughtful design presence.  Embracing an open concept connects to the company’s vision of always improving and discovering how to change the world.  BorgWarner is a global leader in providing clean and efficient vehicle propulsion solutions. They maintain this position because doing, thinking, and being bold creates an invaluable impact.  The City of Noblesville is honored to have innovative, global-minded businesses within its landscape. Businesses like BorgWarner attract and provide a strong workforce and make the city even better by being here.

BorgWarner highlights:

  • Reported $9.8 Billion in Sales 2017
  • Employ 29K professionals worldwide; 300 employed at Noblesville location
  • Manage 66 office locations in 18 countries
  • Support Vehicle Markets Including; Light Vehicles, Medium Heavy Duty, Off-Highway, Aftermarket

Products and company information at BorgWarner.com

SMC’s Growth Brings Big Impact to Noblesville

SMC’s Growth Brings Big Impact to Noblesville

Staying Here and Growing Here Brings Big Impact to Noblesville

SMC is a global organization that promotes advanced automation through automated control technology.  With customers in every industrialized country in the U.S, SMC products support automation to contribute to labor savings in industry.  The company is based in Japan, with its North American, and now South American headquarters here in Noblesville.

With a mission of delivering first-class business solutions, SMC provides superior products and high quality customer service to the automotive, semiconductor, food/packaging, natural resource, life science and machine tool sectors of industry.  SMC has an environment that values talent in its workforce and embraces interaction with community. 

Staying Power In Noblesville

Noblesville offers a great landscape for expanding SMC’s footprint. The company’s leadership values the community’s expansive access to lifestyle amenities, quality and diverse housing, and strong collaboration between government, business, and schools.  Noblesville attracts skilled talent that serves as a competitive benefit for SMC’s workforce recruitment.  Physical location and an attractive cultural environment with arts, music, shopping and dining lend SMC a thriving community for its staff and also associates visiting from other parts of the country and world. 

Growth Continues

Since its relocation to Noblesville, SMC has continue to  aggressively grow in physical space and workforce.  With the company impressive 1.5 million square feet of space at Cumberland Road and 150th Street, this year SMC announced its $67 million expansion that will add 92 jobs within the next five years.  This expansion includes a 1 million-square-foot distribution center on the company’s existing 174-acre campus at 146th Street and Howe Road. 

“SMC continues to be a bold story in our city’s economic growth landscape,”  said Judi Johnson, Director, City of Noblesville Economic Development.  “Collaborating with SMC to support their growth needs and vision provides direct impact through workforce expansion.  Companies like SMC connect Noblesville to a global operation, and that attracts residents, other business, and a workforce of value.”

In March, the IBJ reported that SMC said it expects to spend nearly $50 million to build the expanded facility and another $18 million to add manufacturing, logistical and information technology equipment.  SMC’s project is forecasted to be completed in 2020 with the new jobs added by 2022. The average employee wage is projected at $26.54 per hour, or about $55,200 per year.

Since it’s move to Noblesville, SMC has doubled its employment and continues to support and contribute to the lifeblood of this community.