Monday, August 26, 2013

Donnelly Visits Purdue Defense Lab

On his Serving Those Who Serve tour of the state, Senator Joe Donnelly stopped in West Lafayette today to visit Purdue's Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories, where student engineers and researchers develop defense systems. Donnelly said, "I would hope that everybody who says that no (federal) funds are wisely spent, that there’s no need for any government to be involved in anything, would take a look at what we’re doing here at Purdue." Purdue has received nearly 700 defense- and security-related awards, totaling $244 million since 2008. Defense is a growing element in the state's economy; the number of defense contractors in Indiana has grown from 400 in 2001 to more than 1,100 in 2010, according to Indiana Business Research Center. Read more from the Journal and Courier about Sen. Donnelly's visit here.