NormHeikens

Enterprise/Opinion Editor

Heikens writes about economic news, and edits in-depth and investigative coverage at IBJ as well as the opinion and editorial pages and the Focus and Forefront sections. He’s in his second tour of duty at IBJ, having reported on the economy at The Indianapolis Star from 1998 to 2006. A native of Iowa, he graduated from Southern Illinois University with a major in journalism, and was a reporter in Illinois and taught English in Japan. He lives near Franklin with his wife, son and hooligan dogs, and enjoys hiking.

Phone:
(317) 472-5304

Recent Articles

INDIANA 100: Vertellus still envisions putting self on the market

June 21, 2014
A recession and rising international competition kept Indianapolis-based Vertellus Specialties Inc. from soaring as quickly as its owners planned, but the company’s chief says the chemical maker—a leading manufacturer of Deet insect repellent—still will be put up for sale.
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Remodelings might await boomers wanting to stay in their homes

June 14, 2014
Many homes will be difficult for aging boomers to navigate without changing doors, bathrooms, hallways and kitchens.
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Researchers delve into brain function

June 14, 2014
Early results of studies show exercise, training help keep mind active later in life.
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Investment manager sees good growth prospects for 2014

January 4, 2014
Tom Pence predicts change for U.S. manufacturing.
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IU economists: Sluggish growth to continue into 2014

November 6, 2013
Thank the government for a subpar outlook, Indiana University economists said prior to kicking off their annual forecast road show Wednesday morning in Indianapolis.
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Strategist: Get ready for steady economic growth

October 30, 2013
Forecast 2014 Watch
                           video iconBusinesses will begin using their profits and horded cash to reinvest in themselves in 2014, helping push economic growth back to a more comfortable 2.5 percent, according to John Augustine, chief market strategist for Fifth Third Bank.
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Gene Glick was a soldier, a builder and a philanthropic giant

October 5, 2013
Gene Biccard Glick, who died at home following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, built affordable housing sprawling across 10 states—a business empire that paved the way for tens of millions of dollars in donations to causes ranging from medicine to recreation.
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Boomers face downsizing dilemma in Indianapolis

September 28, 2013
Changing tastes, economic uncertainty could crimp sale prices for boomers wanting to move into smaller quarters.
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