Johnson County

Tour highlights alternative energy in central Indiana

September 26, 2009
 IBJ Staff
An event stretching from Noblesville to Bargersville might be the best opportunity ever to check out wind- and solar-energy projects in one afternoon.

Greenwood merger would create one of state's largest cities

September 19, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The new city would count more than 80,000 residents. In terms of population, it would zoom past Fishers and Carmel to rank sixth or seventh in the state.

Phoenix Group expands, may add 200 jobs

August 18, 2009
Scott Olson
The Phoenix Group, a Greenwood-based supply-chain services company, said yesterday that it has added 15 employees within the past month and plans to hire about 200 more workers by the end of 2010.

Area home sales, prices still falling

August 11, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Home-sale agreements in the nine-county Indianapolis area dropped 3.1 percent in July over the same month a year ago, according to a report released yesterday by F.C. Tucker Co.

Barter network Tradebank opens branch in Indianapolis

August 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The barter network Tradebank has opened a franchise in Indianapolis with two veterans from Louisville.

New Franklin College office to help not-for-profits recruit volunteers

August 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Franklin College has a new office that helps Johnson County not-for-profits develop Web sites and recruit volunteers. The Nonprofit Resource Center was sparked in part by the lack of volunteer coordination during the summer floods of 2008.

Candle company cooks up products with a 'green' twistRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Kim Puckett
After working in retail management for four years, Rich and Jodi Scheve decided to take business into their own hands—and their own garage. Passing on business plans for Subway and South Bend Chocolate Co. franchises, the couple skirted heavy franchise fees and started Twisted Wick Candle Co.

Franklin College sues like-named competitor over marketing push

July 6, 2009
J.K. Wall
Franklin College filed a lawsuit today alleging trademark infringement against Ohio-based Franklin University, which will open a campus in Castleton this fall. The liberal arts college south of Indianapolis said the newcomer's marketing blitz has been too close to Franklin College’s own branding.


Newcomer Franklin University could create marketing mix-up for Franklin CollegeRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
J.K. Wall
Ohio-based Franklin University's move into the Indianapolis market sets up the potential for significant name confusion with Franklin College, the liberal arts school 30 minutes south of Indianapolis.

Franklin ban snuffs out smokingRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Tavern owners in Franklin will mothball their ashtrays next month following the passage of a smoking ban May 4. City councilors voted 6-1 to make the ban one of the most restrictive in the state.

New hotel tax in Johnson County would fund horse park, tourism bureauRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Johnson County officials this month approved a 7-percent tax on hotel-room stays.

DINING: Hal's Fabulous Bar & Grille food is only OK

November 24, 2008
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The menu at Hal's Fabulous Bar & Grille, is ambitious, but doesn't deliver consistently tasty items. Best bet is the lemon pepper chicken with penne.

Greenwood's largest employer to launch $69M expansionRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Endress + Hauser Inc., one of Greenwood's biggest employers, is planning a major expansion that will bring 234 jobs to Johnson County.

Advantis Medical Inc. finds niche making orthopedic supplies

March 14, 2005
Ed Callahan
Advantis Medical Inc. manufactures custom trays and cases for orthopedic surgical devices. That core product line brought Advantis some $5.2 million in revenue in 2004, double the amount of the previous year, said Advantis President Jim Spencer.
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  1. Kent's done a good job of putting together some good guests, intelligence and irreverence without the inane chatter of the other two shows. JMV is unlistenable, mostly because he doesn't do his homework and depends on non-sports stuff to keep HIM interested. Query and Shultz is a bit better, but lack of prep in their show certainly is evident. Sterling obviously workes harder than the other shows. We shall see if there is any way for a third signal with very little successful recent history to make it. I always say you have to give a show two years to grow into what it will become...

  2. Lafayette Square, Washington Square should be turned into office parks with office buildings, conversion, no access to the public at all. They should not be shopping malls and should be under tight security and used for professional offices instead of havens for crime. Their only useage is to do this or tear them down and replace them with high rise office parks with secured parking lots so that the crime in the areas is not allowed in. These are prime properties, but must be reused for other uses, professional office conversions with no loitering and no shopping makes sense, otherwise they have become hangouts long ago for gangs, groups of people who have no intent of spending money, and are only there for trouble and possibly crime, shoplifting, etc. I worked summers at SuperX Drugs in Lafayette Square in the 1970s and even then the shrinkage from shoplifting was 10-15 percent. No sense having shopping malls in these areas, they earn no revenue, attract crime, and are a blight on the city. All malls that are not of use should be repurposed or torn down by the city, condemned. One possibility would be to repourpose them as inside college campuses or as community centers, but then again, if the community is high crime, why bother.

  3. Straight No Chaser

  4. Seems the biggest use of TIF is for pet projects that improve Quality Of Life, allegedly, but they ignore other QOL issues that are of a more important and urgent nature. Keep it transparent and try not to get in ready, fire, Aim! mode. You do realize that business the Mayor said might be interested is probably going to want TIF too?

  5. Gary, I'm in complete agreement. The private entity should be required to pay IPL, and, if City parking meters are involved, the parking meter company. I was just pointing out how the poorly-structured parking meter deal affected the car share deal.