Auto Industry

Chrysler plans $162 million plant, 850 jobs in Tipton

December 17, 2012
Dan Human
Tipton officials approved a 10-year tax abatement worth $2.5 million to help the company launch production in a nearly 800,000-square-foot plant at U.S. 31 and State Road 28, about 25 miles north of Carmel.
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Chrysler seeks tax incentives on Kokomo plant

December 14, 2012
Associated Press
Chrysler Group LLC is seeking tax incentives for its transmission plant in Kokomo at the same time it's asking Tipton County officials for similar incentives on a vacant plant.
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Honda unveils 2013 CivicRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Compact car made in Greensburg usually gets rave reviews from critics, but last year's model was slammed for poor handling and a 'cheap' interior.
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Subaru still considering Indiana plant expansion

December 5, 2012
Bloomberg News
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.’s Subaru unit is studying whether to expand its Indiana auto-assembly plant as the Toyota Motor Corp. affiliate seeks to boost U.S. output to curb currency losses and meet growing demand for its models.
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Indiana manufacturers struggling with fuel economy standardsRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Dan Human
Automakers and suppliers are pumping more money into research and development at a time many of their sales departments struggle with a slowing global economy.
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Auto parts supplier expanding Indiana operations

November 30, 2012
Associated Press
Tenneco Inc. plans on spending $18.5 million to expand its northeastern Indiana operations after winning a contract to supply emission-control parts to Chrysler. The manufacturer said it will hire an additional 100 workers.
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Honda gets a makeover, revamps Civic to fix flaws

November 29, 2012
Associated Press
Just 19 months after its Civic compact, which is manufactured in Greensburg, hit showrooms and was slammed by critics, Honda has revamped the car, giving it a sportier look and upgrading the interior.
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Allison Transmission workers approve labor contracts

November 29, 2012
Dan Human
More than 1,500 hourly workers in Indianapolis ratified new five-year contracts, the automotive supplier announced Thursday.
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Glass factory's safety under state's lens yet againRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
Dan Human
Union leaders say working conditions are improving at the Pilkington glass factory in Shelbyville, but an employee’s injury in October has led to another visit from state safety officials and possibly more fines.
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Allison Transmission, union reach tentative agreement

November 16, 2012
Dan Human
Members of United Auto Workers Local 933 must vote in favor of the five-year collective bargaining agreements before they would go into effect.
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Truck-parts supplier expanding in Plainfield, adding 82 jobs

November 13, 2012
Troy, Mich.-based Meritor Inc., a global supplier of commercial truck parts, said it will consolidate North American remanufacturing operations by moving production from Ontario, Canada, to its facility in Hendricks County.
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Suzuki files bankruptcy, leaving U.S. market

November 6, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The decision will affect two dealerships in the Indianapolis area: Bob Rohrman's Indy Suzuki and Used Car Superstore and the Ray Skillman Westside Auto Mall, both of which sell new Suzuki vehicles.
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Honda hopes 2013 Civic restores model's lusterRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Dan Human
The next model of the Honda Civic, due out by year-end, may need hefty changes to silence critics and ensure the company’s 2,000-employee Greensburg factory has strong demand for its signature vehicle for years to come.
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Court dismisses Volvo claims in dealership dispute

October 12, 2012
Jennifer Nelson / The Indiana Lawyer
A federal judge in Indianapolis has ruled in favor of Andy Mohr Truck Center in two lawsuits stemming from a broken business relationship between the dealer and Volvo Trucks North America.
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Toyota supplier plans 116 jobs in Hancock County

October 11, 2012
Japan-based Tsuda Industries Co. Ltd. plans to spend $56.2 million to build a facility at Mount Comfort Air Park East, which should create 116 jobs by 2016, the company said Thursday.
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Chrysler drives off with $2.5M refund from Duke Energy

October 5, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The automaker had claimed in a complaint to the state that Duke acted in "draconian" fashion by holding onto the seven-figure deposit for service at its Kokomo plant since 2009.
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Cummins shortens work week at Columbus factory

October 5, 2012
Associated Press
The engine maker says that slowing demand led to the decision to scale back hours for the 350 workers at its Columbus Fuel Systems Plant. The new four-day workweek will continue indefinitely.
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U.S. Department of Commerce recognizes Indianapolis exporterRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Hoosier Gasket Corp. received the Export Achievement Award for its recent success in Eastern Europe and China.
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Indiana auto-parts supplier set to add jobs

September 18, 2012
Associated Press
An auto-parts supplier in northeastern Indiana plans to expand its operations and create as many as 95 new jobs.
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Allison Transmission struggling to rev up investorsRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
Greg Andrews
After the stock in the manufacturer of commercial transmissions bottomed at $15.82 in June, some investors began sniffing a bargain.
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Cummins starts hiring freeze as sales slow

September 6, 2012
Associated Press
Engine maker Cummins Inc. says it has instituted a global hiring freeze for at least the rest of this year with an uncertain impact on announced expansions of Indiana operations.
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Carbon Motors still part of plan to revive Connersville plant

September 5, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The maker of high-tech police cars would occupy about a third of the plant if buyer of facility makes good on $4 million purchase offer.
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Strong Subaru sales might boost Indiana plant work

September 5, 2012
Associated Press
Subaru reported August sales up more than 35 percent from a year ago, joining other automakers in pushing U.S. sales to their highest level in three years. That could lead to increased production at its central Indiana factory.
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Toyota adding jobs this fall at Indiana factory

August 27, 2012
Associated Press
Toyota says it is hiring the first wave of new employees this fall for an expected 400-person addition to the work force at its southwestern Indiana factory.
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Toyota, Duke to test electric-vehicle technology in Indiana

August 22, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Toyota Motor Corp. will test and refine electric-vehicle-charging technology in the Indianapolis area under a partnership with Duke Energy Corp. announced Wednesday morning.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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