Auto Industry

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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Florida firm takes majority ownership in Remy

August 20, 2012
Dan Human
A Florida title insurer and mortgage service has increased its ownership of Pendleton-based manufacturer Remy International Inc. to 50.2 percent.
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Violations persist after fatality at Shelbyville glass factory

August 18, 2012
Dan Human
A Shelbyville glass factory has had almost two years to address safety violations resulting from a worker’s death, but the state says the plant still has a lot of the same problems. Pilkington North America faces $150,000 in fines after an Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection in March and April.
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Allison reports $413M quarterly profit, but lowers forecast

July 30, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Allison Transmission Inc. on Monday reported earnings of nearly $413 million in the second quarter after losing $17.2 million in the same period a year ago. The Indianapolis-based manufacturer cut its full-year sales-growth forecast.
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Elkhart factory to close by 2013, costing 210 jobs

July 26, 2012
Associated Press
Auto-parts maker Gunite Corp. plans to move its manufacturing operations to Rockford, Ill., phasing out Elkhart workers beginning in late September.
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Auto parts manufacturer plans 325 jobs in Anderson

July 24, 2012
Automobile parts supplier Greenville Technology Inc. plans to open a $21.4 million plant in Anderson, creating 325 jobs by 2016, economic development officials announced Tuesday morning.
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Honda investing $40M in Greensburg, adding 300 jobs

July 18, 2012
Honda Manufacturing of Indiana LLC, a division of Japan-based Honda Motor Co., said on Wednesday that it will invest $40 million in its Greensburg plant and hire 300 employees later this year as it ramps up production of its compact cars.
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Manufacturers help schools fill training voidRestricted Content

July 7, 2012
Dan Human
Manufacturers—bedeviled by an underskilled labor force—seek highly trained graduates. Career centers—struggling with funding cuts—seek support from companies so classes can keep operating.
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Carmakers report strong June sales after May slowdown

July 3, 2012
Associated Press
From mini cars to monster pickups, sales of vehicles charged higher in June and eased concerns that Americans would be turned off by slower hiring and other scary headlines.
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Anderson's former GM plants getting second look

June 26, 2012
Associated Press
Anderson officials said they are excited that companies have been showing interest in some of the industrial or commercial properties left by General Motors that need or are undergoing environmental cleanups.
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Indianapolis fastest-growing companies run the gamutRestricted Content

June 16, 2012
Marc D. Allan
This year's list of fastest-growing private companies in the Indianapolis area is a diverse lot, operating in industries ranging from human resources to office furnishings to construction to home health care and games.
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Columbus auto parts maker plans to add 50 jobs

June 12, 2012
NTN Driveshaft Inc. said it will add the jobs by 2013 as part of an $18 million expansion that will include purchasing additional equipment for its 1-million-square-foot facility.
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Chrysler investment paying off at Kokomo plant

June 8, 2012
Associated Press
On the cusp of realizing the end result of a historic, $1.3 billion investment in Kokomo's plants, Chrysler officials here and in Detroit, Mich., are riding high.
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Police car maker not giving up on Indiana plans

June 1, 2012
Associated Press
A company with plans for building high-tech police cars at an eastern Indiana factory has added a venture capitalist on board as it tries to raise millions of dollars to get off the ground.
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Cummins hires ex-Indianapolis mayoral candidate

May 16, 2012
Melina Kennedy has joined the diesel engine maker's corporate communications team and will be responsible for executive communications, research and speechwriting for CEO Tom Linebarger.
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Subaru to add 100 jobs as part of $75 million expansion

May 16, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Subaru already employs 3,600 at its Lafayette facility, with 600 workers added in the past three years. The expansion will ramp up production from nearly 171,000 cars a year to at least 180,000.
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Local automotive supplier in line for new city incentive

May 11, 2012
Scott Olson
A shorter-than-usual abatement plan during which no property taxes are paid for three years is expected to help Van's Electrical Systems invest $427,000 to purchase and rehab a vacant building on the city's west side.
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Russian investor gives Ener1 fresh startRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
A Russian timber tycoon who poured millions into a battery maker with Hoosier roots is the new owner of Ener1 Inc. Boris Zingarevich supplied $50 million for Ener1’s March 30 exit from bankruptcy and is moving its headquarters from New York to Indianapolis—already home to its core subsidiary, EnerDel.
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Local automobile dealers enjoy big month of sales

April 5, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
New car sales nationally rose about 13 percent last month as consumers replaced aging vehicles and took advantage of cheap financing. Sales were way up for many Indianapolis auto dealers.
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Investors still may clean up on some clean-tech betsRestricted Content

March 31, 2012
Greg Andrews
The spectacular flameouts of some startup firms underscores the risk of relying on infusions of federal money to keep a business viable.
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Honda looks to dealers to boost natural gas station network

March 7, 2012
Bloomberg News
Honda Motor Co. wants to double sales of its Indiana-made Civic Natural Gas sedans, but doing so requires more fuel stations. The car maker wants some of its dealers to install pumps to sell the fuel.
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  1. Hiking blocks to an office after fighting traffic is not logical. Having office buildings around the loop, 465 and in cities in surrounding counties is logical. In other words, counties around Indianapolis need office buildings like Keystone, Meridian, Michigan Road/College Park and then no need to go downtown. Financial, legal, professional businesses don't need the downtown when Carmel, Fishers, North Indy are building their own central office buildings close to the professionals. The more Hamilton, Boone county attract professionals, the less downtown is relevant. Highrises have no meaning if they don't have adequate parking for professionals and clients. Great for show, but not exactly downtown Chicago, no lakefront, no river to speak of, and no view from highrises of lake Michigan and the magnificent mile. Indianapolis has no view.

  2. "The car count, THE SERIES, THE RACING, THE RATINGS, THE ATTENDANCE< AND THE MANAGEMENT, EVERY season is sub-par." ______________ You're welcome!

  3. that it actually looked a lot like Sato v Franchitti @Houston. And judging from Dario's marble mouthed presentation providing "color", I'd say that he still suffers from his Dallara inflicted head injury._______Considering that the Formula E cars weren't going that quickly at that exact moment, that was impressive air time. But I guess we shouldn't be surprised, as Dallara is the only car builder that needs an FAA certification for their cars. But flying Dallaras aren't new. Just ask Dan Wheldon.

  4. Does anyone know how and where I can get involved and included?

  5. While the data supporting the success of educating our preschoolers is significant, the method of reaching this age group should be multi-faceted. Getting business involved in support of early childhood education is needed. But the ways for businesses to be involved are not just giving money to programs and services. Corporations and businesses educating their own workforce in the importance of sending a child to kindergarten prepared to learn is an alternative way that needs to be addressed. Helping parents prepare their children for school and be involved is a proven method for success. However, many parents are not sure how to help their children. The public is often led to think that preschool education happens only in schools, daycare, or learning centers but parents and other family members along with pediatricians, librarians, museums, etc. are valuable resources in educating our youngsters. When parents are informed through work lunch hour workshops in educating a young child, website exposure to exceptional teaching ideas that illustrate how to encourage learning for fun, media input, and directed community focus on early childhood that is when a difference will be seen. As a society we all need to look outside the normal paths of educating and reaching preschoolers. It is when methods of involving the most important adult in a child's life - a parent, that real success in educating our future workers will occur. The website www.ifnotyouwho.org is free and illustrates activities that are research-based, easy to follow and fun! Businesses should be encouraging their workers to tackle this issue and this website makes it easy for parents to be involved. The focus of preschool education should be to inspire all the adults in a preschooler's life to be aware of what they can do to prepare a child for their future life. Fortunately we now know best practices to prepare a child for a successful start to school. Is the business community ready to be involved in educating preschoolers when it becomes more than a donation but a challenge to their own workers?

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