Auto Industry

Electric car company filing for bankruptcy

June 22, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Think Global, which has a factory in Elkhart and uses batteries made in the Indianapolis area, plans to liquidate its assets, according to supplier Ener1 Inc. Ener1 expects to lose $32 million in the process.
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GM to invest $49M in Indiana plant, affecting 91 jobs

June 8, 2011
Associated Press
General Motors Co. is investing $49 million in its Bedford plant, a move that will help to create or keep 91 jobs.
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Chrysler faces fines over Kokomo plant death

June 8, 2011
Associated Press
State regulators have issued $200,000 in fines against Chrysler for safety violations found during the investigation of a worker's death at a central Indiana factory.
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RV industry supplier plans Indiana expansion

June 6, 2011
Associated Press
A recreational vehicle component manufacturer is considering a move into a vacant factory in northern Indiana where it could hire 180 workers in the next few years.
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Electric vehicles gain traction in regionRestricted Content

June 4, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis has one of the highest concentrations of plug-in electric vehicle drivers in the nation, an industry official says.
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Bidders at Mecum auction revved up spendingRestricted Content

June 4, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Marengo, Ill.-based Mecum Auctions Inc. recorded vehicle sales in Indianapolis of more than $47 million, versus $41.7 million in 2010.
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Government to lose $14B of auto bailout funds

June 1, 2011
Associated Press
The Obama administration said Wednesday that the government will lose about $14 billion in taxpayer funds from the bailout of the U.S. auto industry, a third of the loss officials had initially estimated.
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Honda set to bump up production, except in Indiana

May 27, 2011
Associated Press
Honda's North American factories will return to near-normal production at most plants in August, the company said Thursday. However, full production of the Honda Civic, which is built at plants in Indiana and Ontario, might not resume until the end of the year.
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GM winding down operations at local metal-stamping plantRestricted Content

May 21, 2011
More than half of hourly employees have already retired or accepted transfers to other GM facilities.
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Ener1 stock takes beating after Think write-down

May 21, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The battery maker has been hurt by slow sales of electric car manufactured in Elkhart.
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Honda to cut production of new Civic, other models

May 2, 2011
Associated Press
Honda Motor Co. warned U.S. dealers Monday that it will run short of popular models such as the Civic compact later this summer because of parts shortages caused by Japan's earthquake.
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Allison Transmission prepares to enter nascent hybrid marketRestricted Content

April 30, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The industry is waiting for the magic combination of high fuel prices and government-backed incentives to turn potential into profit.
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Think hopes to boost sales through Indiana rebate

April 27, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Electric car maker Think hopes to kick-start sluggish sales through a rebate program available only to Indiana residents.
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Navistar recalling workers at Indianapolis plant

April 20, 2011
Associated Press
Navistar has recalled 120 workers who were laid off when Indianapolis Casting Corp. stopped production at the facility in late 2010 and plans to recall 30 more of those workers by June.
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Toyota extends North American production cuts

April 19, 2011
Associated Press
Toyota Motor Corp. has extended production cuts at its North American factories into early June as it struggles to deal with parts shortages caused by the earthquake that hit Japan.
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Steel Dynamics' quarterly profit jumps 63 percent

April 19, 2011
Associated Press
Steel Dynamics earned $105.9 million, compared with $65 million in the year-ago quarter. Revenue rose 30 percent, to $2 billion. Analysts were looking for $1.91 billion.
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Battery maker drops Indianapolis president

April 15, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Battery maker Ener1 Inc. has fired Chief Operating Officer Rick Stanley, who was also president of the company's Indianapolis-based operation, EnerDel Inc.
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Cummins spurs launch of mechanical engineering programRestricted Content

April 9, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
This fall, Indiana University-Purdue University at Columbus will roll out its first four-year mechanical engineering program.
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Toyota in Indiana to work through production slowdowns

April 8, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Toyota Motor Corp. announced Friday that its Indiana plant in Princeton will operate on a reduced production schedule in the coming weeks, but employees will not lose work because of it.
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Cummins Inc. plans to add 2,500 new jobs in U.S.

April 5, 2011
Associated Press
The Columbus-based engine manufacturer says it is hiring across the board to meet strong demand worldwide and in anticipation of an economic recovery.
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Manufacturer crosses over from auto parts to caskets

April 2, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Gestamp Automocion makes metal components for the auto industry, employing 18,000 people worldwide. Now it is branching into the staid niche of casket manufacturing.
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CEO says transformation prepped Remy International for IPO

April 2, 2011
Greg Andrews
Remy’s transformation since 2007, when a $700 million debt load propelled it into bankruptcy court, could be fodder for business-school case studies of the 21st century.
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Trucking industry upswing may draw investors to Allison IPO

April 2, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Allison Transmission is not a household name like Google or General Motors, but it won’t lack an audience for its planned $750 million initial public offering.
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Remy International files plans for public offering

March 28, 2011
Associated Press
Pendleton-based manufacturer Remy International Inc., the former General Motors Co. unit that exited bankruptcy in 2007, has filed plans to raise up to $100 million through an initial public stock offering.
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As Japan shutdowns drag on, auto crisis worsens

March 27, 2011
Associated Press
In the weeks ahead, car buyers will have difficulty finding the model they want in certain colors, thousands of auto plant workers will likely be told to stay home, and companies such as Toyota, Honda and others will lose billions of dollars in revenue.
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