Indium’s ‘Special’ Display

Indium Corp. recently participated in the Special Olympics Airlift, which provides transportation to over 1,500 athletes from all over the country to the 2006 U.S. National Games in Iowa. Indium donated its corporate jet to ensure that athletes were delivered safely to and from the games.

That’s great, some will surely say, but why hype it on the Web site of Circuits Assembly? A valid question, one that has an equally valid answer. Because it is my belief that companies are competitors not just in the business world but also in less obvious pursuits such as citizenship and stewardship.

I like hearing of displays of corporate generosity. I think that the good press given to efforts like those championed by Greg Evans and the folks at Indium will in turn inspire or otherwise motivate others to do likewise. So I will continue to shine the spotlight on those companies that chose to share their good fortune with others. Bravo, Indium!

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Mike Buetow is president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association ( He previously was editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He spent 21 years as vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversaw all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 30 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow