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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. I still don't understand how the FBI had any right whatsoever to investigate this elderly collector. Before the Antiquities Act it was completely legal to buy, trade or collect Native American artifacts. I used to see arrow heads, axes, bowls, corn grinders at antique shops and flea markets for sale and I bought them myself. But that was in the late 60's and early 70's. And I now know that people used to steal items from sites and sell them. I understand that is illegal. But we used to find arrow heads and even a corn grinder in our back yard when I was a child. And I still have those items today in my small collection.

  2. I lived in California and they had many of the things noted in the proposed suggestions from the "Blue Ribbon Panel". California is near financial collapse now. Let's not turn the great state of Indiana into a third world dump like California.

  3. The temporary closure of BR Avenue will get a lot of attention. But, one thing reported by the IndyStar really stands out to me, and is extraordinarily depressing: “Police also have agreed to crack down on noise violations, traffic violations and public intoxication.” In other words, the police have generously agreed to do their jobs (temporarily, at least), instead of just standing around waiting for someone to call 911. When is someone in this department going to get off their fat arse (looking at you, Chief), get their minds out of 1975-era policing and into 2014, and have his department engage in pro-active work instead of sitting around waiting for someone to be shot? Why in the hell does it take 7 people getting shot in one night in one of the city’s biggest tourist destinations, to convince the police (reluctantly, it would appear) that they actually need to do their f’n jobs? When is the Chief going to realize that there’s a huge, direct, proven correlation between enforcing the law (yes, all laws, especially those affecting quality of life) and preventing larger crimes from occurring? Is it racial BS? Is that what this extraordinary reluctance is all about? Is the department and the city terrified that if they do their jobs, they might offend someone? Whom, exactly? Will the victims of violence, murder, assault, rape, robbery, and theft be offended? Will the citizens who have to tolerate their deteriorating quality of life be offended? Will the businesses who see their customers flee be offended? Or, is it simple ignorance (maybe the Chief hasn’t heard about NYC’s success in fighting crime - it’s only the biggest g*&#am city in the country, after all)? Either way, Chief, if you don’t want to do your job, then step down. Let someone who actually wants the job take it.

  4. I thought Indiana had all the funding it needed for everything. That's why the state lottery and casino gambling were allowed, as the new tax revenue would take care of everything the state wanted to do.The recommendations sound like they came from California. Better think about that. What is the financial condition of that state?

  5. I was a fan of WIBC in the morning, Steve was the only WIBC host that I listened too, he gave the news with so much flare that I enjoyed listening to him on my way to work. Katz is no Steve. Sadly, I will not be listening to WIBC anymore.

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