Auto Industry

Subaru to invest $400M in Lafayette plant, hire 900

May 8, 2013
 IBJ Staff, Associated Press
The Japanese car maker already employs about 3,600 people at the plant and builds the Legacy and Outback cars and the Tribeca SUV. With the new investment, it will boost capacity by 100,000 cars and begin making the Impreza.
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Subaru planning major expansion in Indiana

May 7, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Subaru plans to expand its Lafayette factory and add hundreds of workers to build the Impreza small car there, a source briefed on the matter says.
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Grand Design RV plans 500 jobs in Elkhart County

April 18, 2013
Associated Press
Grand Design RV in Middlebury on Thursday said it plans to locate its headquarters and manufacturing operations in the Elkhart County town about 30 miles east of South Bend.
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Lafayette key to Subaru ending dealer shortages, exec says

April 18, 2013
Bloomberg News
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., the Japanese maker of Subaru cars, intends to end a shortage of its vehicles at U.S. dealerships soon by expanding capacity at its Lafayette plant.
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GM to invest $332M in factories, including Indiana plant

April 4, 2013
Associated Press
In Indiana, GM plans to spend $29.4 million for a metal castings plant in Bedford to make parts for small engines and for the new eight-speed and existing six-speed automatic transmissions.
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Carbon Motors pulls equipment from Indiana plant

March 31, 2013
Associated Press
A company that had hoped to open a high-tech police car plant employing as many as 1,500 workers in eastern Indiana has cleared out its plant amid the resignation of a key official.
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Chrysler, General Motors plants take divergent pathsRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Dan Human
In Kokomo, Chrysler plants rise with the resurgent automaker, while a GM plant across the highway hasn't been so fortunate.
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Toyota model made in Indiana getting sleek overhaul

March 27, 2013
Bloomberg News
Toyota Motor Corp. is revamping the Highlander SUV, turning the car-based crossover into a more wagon-like model as the automaker seeks to keep its U.S. sales rising for a third consecutive year.
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Honda shuffling management at Greensburg plantRestricted Content

March 9, 2013
The changeup is part of a transition throughout Honda North America Inc.'s operations.
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Auto parts supplier lays off 200 in northeastern Indiana

March 1, 2013
Contech Castings LLC has suspended certain operations at plants in Auburn and Pierceton and laid off more than 200 employees after losing a customer to a competitor.
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Chrysler confirms state investment of $374 million

February 28, 2013
Dan Human
Chrysler Group LLC plans to invest a total $374 million and add 1,250 jobs in Kokomo and Tipton, the company confirmed Thursday.
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Union workers at Goshen's Cequent plant take severance deal

February 23, 2013
Associated Press
The trailer-hitch manufacturer plans to close the 450-employee plant and move operations to Mexico. Union workers voted Friday to forego arbitration and accept a severance agreement that will pay the most senior employees $36,000.
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Allison Transmission cuts 2013 sales outlook

February 19, 2013
Dan Human
Allison Transmission Inc. predicted 2013 sales declines after it closed 2012 with an inflated $514.2 million annual profit and a massive slide in sales for a key market during the fourth quarter.
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Remy International reports $138M annual profit

February 19, 2013
Dan Human
A one-time tax benefit more than doubled Remy International Inc.’s annual profit to $138.6 million, the Pendleton-based manufacturer reported late Monday.
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Even salvage auto buyers now have an app to make purchases easierRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
Bids have been taken via smart-phone applications for more than a year. Now a unit of Carmel-based KAR Auction Services has introduced an app to make paying easier.
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Greensburg auto-parts plant plans expansion, 200-plus hires

February 12, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Automotive supplier Valeo expects to invest $15.5 million in new machinery for its Greensburg facility as part of its plans to expand operations in the plant and bring more than 200 workers onto the company payroll by 2014.
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Remy International CEO Weber stepping down

February 1, 2013
Dan Human
Remy International Inc. President and CEO John Weber will resign at the end of February after leading the company for seven years, the Pendleton-based automotive supplier announced Friday.
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GM moving 80 jobs from Castleton to Michigan

January 30, 2013
Associated Press
General Motors on Wednesday said it plans to move 80 jobs from Indianapolis to Pontiac, Mich., as part of a plan to expand its engine and transmission development headquarters.
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Fishers auto supplier moving to Anderson

January 16, 2013
Keihin North America Inc. plans to relocate between 130 and 175 management, engineering and development jobs to the Flagship Enterprise Center.
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Subaru targets more growth at Indiana plant

January 15, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The maker of Subaru cars is targeting a 6-percent increase in global sales this year, spurred by the introduction of a new Forester SUV model. The company will use its plant in Lafayette to increase output.
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Auto makers, including those in Indiana, enjoy big year

January 3, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Strong U.S. sales in December capped a remarkable year for the auto industry. U.S. sales of models manufactured in Indiana in 2012 by General Motors, Toyota, Honda and Subaru outpaced the national rate, rising 17 percent.
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Tipton manufacturer with 173 workers says its closing

January 3, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Steel Parts Manufacturing Inc. says it plans to close its plant in Tipton, ending employment for 173 workers. The company told the state the closure and layoffs will begin Feb. 28 and end by March 14.
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Report: Plug-in vehicles slow to spark interest in Indy

January 2, 2013
Dan Human
Plug-in electric vehicles, which are struggling to gain traction nationwide, have even less appeal in central Indiana than they do in most areas of the country, a new study says.
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Chrysler expansion fueled by optimistic sales outlookRestricted Content

December 22, 2012
Dan Human
Chrysler Group LLC is betting on huge sales gains to justify the more than $374 million it is considering investing in Kokomo and Tipton to make a new line of nine-speed transmissions.
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GM to buy back 200M shares as part of government exit

December 19, 2012
Associated Press
The Treasury plans to sell its remaining stake in General Motors over the next 15 months, allowing the automaker to shed the stigma of being partly owned by the U.S. government.
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  1. The east side does have potential...and I have always thought Washington Scare should become an outlet mall. Anyone remember how popular Eastgate was? Well, Indy has no outlet malls, we have to go to Edinburgh for the deep discounts and I don't understand why. Jim is right. We need a few good eastsiders interested in actually making some noise and trying to change the commerce, culture and stereotypes of the East side. Irvington is very progressive and making great strides, why can't the far east side ride on their coat tails to make some changes?

  2. Boston.com has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. http://www.boston.com/business/technology/innoeco/2010/07/interactions_banks_63_million.html The article includes a link back to that Inside Indiana Business press release I linked to earlier, snarkily noting, "Guess this 2006 plan to create 200-plus new jobs in Indiana didn't exactly work out."

  3. I live on the east side and I have read all your comments. a local paper just did an article on Washington square mall with just as many comments and concerns. I am not sure if they are still around, but there was an east side coalition with good intentions to do good things on the east side. And there is a facebook post that called my eastside indy with many old members of the eastside who voice concerns about the east side of the city. We need to come together and not just complain and moan, but come up with actual concrete solutions, because what Dal said is very very true- the eastside could be a goldmine in the right hands. But if anyone is going damn, and change things, it is us eastside residents

  4. Please go back re-read your economics text book and the fine print on the February 2014 CBO report. A minimum wage increase has never resulted in a net job loss...

  5. The GOP at the Statehouse is more interested in PR to keep their majority, than using it to get anything good actually done. The State continues its downward spiral.

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