Auto Industry

Greensburg factory to invest $28M, add 250 workers

July 8, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Workers will be hired as global firm Valeo buys new equipment for its 400,000-square-foot engine cooling factory to start new product lines for Honda, Nissan, Chrysler and Ford.
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Telemon unit acquires automotive manufacturer

July 2, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Westbrook Mfg., founded in 1977, makes electro-mechanical assemblies and wiring harnesses for the automotive industry at its manufacturing plant in Fresnillo, Mexico. The company has about 400 workers.
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Auto supplier expected to bring about 250 jobs to Indiana

June 24, 2014
Associated Press
An auto supplier has signed a lease to move into a new 150,000-square-foot building in Jeffersonville this summer, officials said.
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INDIANA 100: Manufacturing employment lags recovery of sectorRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
Sam Stall
Emphasis on efficiency, technology is softening job demand.
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GM continues down recall road, now citing Camaros

June 13, 2014
Associated Press
The automaker is recalling nearly 512,000 Chevrolet Camaro muscle cars from 2010 to 2014 because a driver's knee can bump the key and knock the switch out of the "run" position.
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GM ignition-defect recall delay investigated by Indiana

June 11, 2014
Bloomberg News
General Motors Co.’s delayed decision to recall almost 2.6 million cars for ignition-switch defects is being investigated by Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, a spokeswoman for his office said.
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State excels in manufacturing and logistics, but issues loom

June 11, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Manufacturing Logistics Hicks watch videoIndiana's sectors are among the strongest in the nation, according to a recent report. But challenges remain in work force education, the cost of worker benefits, and the pace of innovation.
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Heads roll at GM after investigation of defective switch

June 5, 2014
Associated Press
The automaker says 15 employees—many of them senior legal and engineering executives—have been forced out of the company for failing to disclose the defect linked to 13 deaths.
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Subaru starts building new SUV model in Lafayette

June 3, 2014
Associated Press
Factory workers gathered Monday to celebrate the first day of production on the 2015 model, which is among three Subaru vehicles built at the 3,600-worker plant.
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Auto parts maker adding jobs at Muncie factory

May 30, 2014
Associated Press
Magna Powertrain plans to spend more than $15 million on new equipment for a Muncie factory where it expects to add as many as 50 workers in the coming year.
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Government fines GM maximum $35M in safety case

May 16, 2014
Associated Press
It's the maximum penalty that the government can impose and the first time an automaker has been fined that much. But the amount is less than a day's revenue for the automaker.
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Factory for refurbishing buses to close doors

May 14, 2014
Associated Press
Many of the 160 workers for ABC Companies in Nappanee will have a shot at jobs in a nearby plant for building double-decker buses.
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Chrysler hires 204 workers for new plant

May 13, 2014
Associated Press
At full capacity, the Tipton plant will be able to ship about 800,000 transmissions annually to assembly plants in Toledo, Ohio, and Sterling Heights, Mich., as well as Italy, Turkey, Brazil and China.
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UPDATE: Toyota to quit Camry production in Lafayette

May 9, 2014
Bloomberg News
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., the maker of Subaru cars, will stop making Camry cars in the U.S. for its largest shareholder, Toyota Motor Corp., in the second half of 2016. About 100,000 Camrys are made annually at the Indiana plant.
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Remy sees quarterly rise in profit, revenue

May 1, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Pendleton-based manufacturer Remy International Inc. saw profit rise to $9.5 million in the first quarter, up from $1.8 million in the same period of 2013.
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Pickups, small SUVs lead April auto sales rebound

May 1, 2014
Associated Press
U.S. car buyers came out of hibernation in April to spend on pickup trucks and SUVs, fueling an auto sales rebound that analysts expect to last the rest of the year.
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Jasper engine firm to hire 235 for new plant

April 30, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Jasper Engine & Transmission Exchange expects to buy, renovate and equip a 220,000-square-foot facility near its headquarters in the southwest Indiana city.
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Japanese manufacturer plans 220 jobs in Mooresville

April 29, 2014
 IBJ Staff
A subsidiary of TOA Industries Co. Ltd. plans to spend $72.1 million to construct and equip an additional 360,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space at its existing facility in Morgan County.
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Subaru awaiting Toyota's decision about output in Indiana

April 17, 2014
Bloomberg News
Subaru, which added more U.S. market share than any international carmaker last year, is pushing ahead with U.S. expansion plans as it awaits a Toyota's decision on whether it will keep building Camrys at Subaru's Indiana plant.
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Chrysler set to celebrate Indiana factory's opening

April 16, 2014
Associated Press
Chrysler expects to have up to 850 workers at the Tipton factory, with a goal of it producing 400,000 transmissions by year's end.
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Body shops sue insurers, allege push to drive down pricesRestricted Content

April 12, 2014
Chris O'Malley
In a federal lawsuit, 14 Indiana auto-body shops accuse State Farm and competitors of extracting “unreasonable and onerous” concessions on vehicle repair costs.
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Toyota, GM recalls push U.S. to near-record pace

April 10, 2014
Associated Press
So far this year, automakers have recalled about 9 million vehicles in the U.S. If that pace continues, the nation would break the record of 30.8 million recalled vehicles set in 2004.
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'Architecturally significant' Cummins HQ likely won't scrape downtown skyline

March 26, 2014
Scott Olson
The engine maker's planned global distribution headquarters downtown will seem modest compared to a 28-story apartment complex slated for across Market Street, but the firm has a strong history of promoting breath-taking architecture.
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U.S. agrees to $1.2B settlement with Toyota

March 19, 2014
Associated Press
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said it is the largest financial penalty of its kind ever imposed on an auto company.
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Cummins recalling 25,013 engines over possible fire risk

March 3, 2014
Associated Press
The engines can be found in a variety of commercial vehicles including school and transit buses as well as fire trucks.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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