Auto Industry

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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Maker of truck bodies plans to add up to 350 jobs in Goshen

March 6, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Supreme Industries said it will invest nearly $8 million to refurbish and equip facilities on its 100 acre-campus in Elkhart County.
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Greencastle plant key in Ford's environmental movementRestricted Content

March 3, 2012
Scott Olson
Supplier to begin producing door part made from kenaf, a plant similar to bamboo but related to cotton.
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Hybrid-vehicle hopeful Bright Automotive folding

February 29, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Bright Automotive Inc., an Anderson company that once hoped to become a major hybrid-vehicle player with hundreds of employees in central Indiana, has called it quits after failing to land a $450 million government loan.
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Covington manufacturer plans to add 68 jobs

February 28, 2012
Urbana, Ill.-based Flex-N-Gate Corp. plans to add positions by the end of the year as part of a $5.1 million expansion at its plant 75 miles west of Indianapolis.
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Durable goods orders suffer worst drop in three years

February 28, 2012
Associated Press
Businesses slashed spending on machinery and equipment in January after a tax break expired, pushing orders for long-lasting manufacturing goods down by the largest amount in three years.
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Auto town Kokomo on the mend, but bailout still divides

February 26, 2012
Associated Press
The U.S. auto industry and Kokomo have staged an amazing comeback. But the resurrection of U.S. automakers has done little to resolve a deep political divide over the bailout.
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Local manufacturer tapped for trade mission to Russia

February 9, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Hoosier Gasket Corp. hopes to land more business in Russia, where a growing middle class and new financing options are fueling the automotive market.
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Toyota plans to add 400 jobs in southwest Indiana

February 8, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday afternoon it would add 400 jobs in Princeton after consolidating production of its Highlander mid-size SUV.
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Cummins posts record results for quarter, 2011

February 2, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Columbus-based diesel engine maker Cummins Inc. reported record results for 2011, earning $1.85 billion on revenue of $18 billion.
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Toyota's Columbus plant named among magazine's top 10Restricted Content

January 21, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Industry Week will honor the Indiana factory and others from across the country at an April conference in Indianapolis.
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Southwest Indiana Toyota plant produces 3 millionth vehicle

January 18, 2012
Associated Press
Workers at a Toyota Motor Corp. plant in southwestern Indiana are celebrating the plant's production of its 3 millionth vehicle.
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Honda to build new Acura model in Indiana

January 10, 2012
Associated Press
Honda Motor Co. unveiled a trio of new vehicles Monday, including an entry-level car for the Acura brand that will be built in Greensburg.
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Northern Indiana RV maker to add up to 250 jobs

December 28, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The company plans to invest $3.9 million to buy land and construct a 93,000-square-foot facility adjacent to its existing 45-acre campus in the town of Topeka.
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GM to idle Fort Wayne plant for nine weeks

December 24, 2011
Bloomberg News
General Motors Co., preparing to introduce new pickups in 2013, has scheduled 21 weeks without production at three U.S. full-size truck plants next year to update the factories for building the new models.
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Honda reworking Civic in plan to boost sales

December 21, 2011
Bloomberg News
Honda Motor Co. is sprucing up its Indiana-made Civic sedan, which received poor ratings, after less than a year on the market as part of a plan to boost U.S. sales by 24 percent in 2012 for its namesake brand.
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Honda has high hopes for new Acura model made in Indiana

December 12, 2011
Bloomberg News
Honda Motor Co., seeking to revive its Acura luxury brand, is introducing a sedan intended for younger buyers unable to afford higher-end autos.
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Kokomo upshifting with Chrysler investmentRestricted Content

December 3, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
City north of Indianapolis feels the power of $1.3 billion upgrade of equipment in automaker's transmission plants.
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Black Friday boosts car sales to best rate since ‘Clunkers’

November 30, 2011
Bloomberg News
U.S. consumers, who set records for retail purchases during Thanksgiving weekend, helped boost U.S. auto sales in November to what is likely to be their fastest pace in more than two years.
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RV industry on slow road to recovery in 2011

November 29, 2011
Associated Press
The recession-dented RV industry pointed Tuesday to modest gains atop last year's turnaround performance as another sign that the sector is on a slow road to recovery.
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Honda's U.S. plants to resume normal output

November 28, 2011
Bloomberg News
Honda Motor Co. said six plants in the U.S. and Canada will reach normal production levels on Dec. 1 after having to adjust output this month because of floods in Thailand.
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Struggling Ener1 receives $4.5M from investor

November 23, 2011
The parent of Indianapolis-based advanced-battery maker EnerDel received the financing to continue operating while the company evaluates its options to reorganize debt.
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Allison Transmission still chasing initial public offering

November 10, 2011
Allison Transmission Inc. hasn't given up on going public, despite nearly eight months passing since its initial filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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NASCAR deal comes at good time for C&R RacingRestricted Content

November 5, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The company will lose $2 million next year in IndyCar-related business, but company founder Chris Paulsen has no fear.
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