Automakers

Subaru plant ushered in new eraRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana's $86M incentive package to establish the Subaru plant in Lafayette was initially controversial.
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CAFE standards not as effective as gasoline taxRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Mike Hicks
The Obama administration recently reversed a Bush-era policy that prevented states from imposing some of their own environmental policies with respect to corporate average fuel efficiency, or CAFE, standards.
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IRL may delay engine switchRestricted Content

February 9, 2009

The Indy Racing League is considering delaying adoption of its new engine formula by a year—to 2012—so teams can afford to make the switch.

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Big Three woes leave big void in IndianapolisRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Automakers' Indianapolis manufacturing plants once employed 11,000, but closings and cutbacks zap good jobs, tax base.
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Big Three automakers stay aliveRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Kathleen McLaughlin
The weakest of the Detroit Three, Chrysler LLC and General Motors Corp., said they would run out of cash in 2009, potentially eliminating tens of thousands of jobs in Indiana alone.
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UAW in tough spot as automakers seek concessionsRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Mike Hicks
A federal bailout for automakers Chrysler and General Motors won't fix their problems. I think a bankruptcy of these companies is nearly inevitable. It might also spell the demise of the UAW.
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Indian truck maker Mahindra making inroads at local dealersRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis Ford dealers John Pearson and Ray Skillman will be among the 300 domestic dealers of Mahindra trucks and SUVs when the company makes its U.S. passenger car debut as early as next summer.
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Indiana should brace for auto falloutRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
The Big Three and the United Auto Workers do not appear to be serious about making the concessions and changes that are necessary to make them a viable entity for the long haul.
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Auto industry requires unparalleled effortRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Morton Marcus
While America's auto industry is being transformed to become efficient and environmentally conscious, put laid off auto employees to work educating students.
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Economy-minded Honda bucks auto-industry slumpRestricted Content

October 13, 2008
Anthony Schoettle

Fueled by its line of gas-sipping economy cars, Honda is expanding in Indiana as car manufacturers almost everywhere else are shrinking. And the 2,000 jobs the Japanese automaker is promising in Greensburg by 2010 could be just the beginning.

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Lawmaker wants car owners to be aware of data recordersRestricted Content

January 28, 2008
Chris O'Malley
The "event data recorder," a so-called black box car makers have installed in their cars over the last decade and a half as part of air-bag systems, can be a double-edged sword for motorists. Yet they likely don't even know it's spying from under their seat or dashboard.
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Bank exec forms electric-vehicle bizRestricted Content

June 18, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
Banker Steve Tolen is attempting to resuscitate the electric car. Tolen believes conditions are ripe for an upstart automaker to launch a safe battery-powered vehicle capable of rapid acceleration, highway speeds and over 100 miles of distance between charges.
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Auto-job slide acceleratingRestricted Content

March 19, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana's automotive manufacturing employment for the last decade peaked at 142,000 in 1999. Since then, the sector has shed 20,300 jobs-a staggering one-seventh of its total. Another 5,220 are slated to be cut soon. And there's no end in sight.
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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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