Boone County

Tiny Lebanon firm prevails in multimillion-dollar patent caseRestricted Content

June 22, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
In the past 18 months, Larry Durkos—who invented a machine that attaches metal bed box springs and coils to wood frames—has scored two stunning victories over Leggett & Platt Inc., a Missouri-based box-spring conglomerate.

FedEx confirms plans for $40M Zionsville center

May 29, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The company plans to open the 300,000-square-foot center in August 2014 with about 200 workers, although most will be transferring from an existing Indianapolis FedEx facility.

Pittman pitches $90M mixed-use project for Zionsville

May 22, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
One of the highest-profile tracts of undeveloped land in Zionsville could be transformed into a commercial and residential hub if Pittman Partners' 62-acre project gets the town’s blessing.

Manufacturer planning expansion, 100 jobs in Boone County

May 13, 2013
 IBJ Staff
CNH Parts & Service, the product-support division of international manufacturing giant CNH Global NV, plans a $13.3 million expansion in Lebanon.

Meijer might finally be coming to AnsonRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
Construction paperwork indicates the store will be almost 200,000 square feet and employ 100 people.

Escape artist Bill Shirk can't escape the allure of broadcastingRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Escape artist Bill Shirk has retired his straitjacket, but remains active in radio broadcasting. His firm, Hoosier Broadcasting, in recent years bought a handful of radio stations on the Hawaiian islands and Shirk owns and is investing more money in a Boone County radio station.

Lawmaker seeks relief for fed-up water customers

April 11, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
As citizens of Zionsville, residents of the Royal Run subdivision have had little recourse against the Whitestown-owned water utility that charges them 78 percent more than its customers to the north.

Boone County development group names new leaderRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
Bryan Brackemyre, who has been interim executive director of the Boone County Economic Development Corp. since his predecessor left for a position in state government early this year, got the full-time job effective April 1.

Investor places first bet on Zionsville's Main Street

March 12, 2013
Tom Harton
Eric Bretzman, an engineer for Chip Ganassi Racing, closed March 1 on the purchase of 40 S. Main and negotiated a new long-term lease with il Villagio, an Italian restaurant that has operated in the 4,000-square-foot building for 10 years.

Mayors organize to tackle regional issuesRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The leaders of 18 central Indiana cities and towns have formed a group that intends to address regional concerns, starting with a proposed $1.3 billion, 10-year mass transit plan.

Hamilton County airport closer to extending its runwayRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
Federal, state grants will fund study of project intended to serve growing corporate clientele.

Local chain takes vacant Clearwater restaurant spotRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Zionsville-based Oobatz! will open in building formerly occupied by Uno Chicago Grill.

Zionsville, school district make $5.7M land deal with Dow

November 14, 2012
Scott Olson
Zionsville Community Schools and the town of Zionsville are teaming up to purchase and develop a prime piece of real estate owned by Dow Chemical Co.

FacadeTek eliminating 72 jobs in Whitestown

November 6, 2012
Glass fabricator FacadeTek Inc. has notified state officials that it will eliminate 72 jobs at its Whitestown facility in January.

Wal-Mart again attempting to build in Zionsville

September 20, 2012
Scott Olson
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has filed new plans to build a store along Michigan Road in Zionsville, six years after the town rebuffed its original proposal that drew the ire of local residents and merchants.

FedEx Ground eyeing Zionsville for distribution center

August 30, 2012
 IBJ Staff
FedEx would bring a distribution complex to Zionsville under a tax increment financing deal hammered out with town redevelopment commission members on Wednesday.

Firm gives college kids the opportunity to run a painting businessRestricted Content

July 28, 2012
Ellen Kobe
Student Development Co. helps college students run Textbook Painting businesses, to learn the ins and outs of entrepreneurship. Thirty students in seven states are participating this summer, including 10 student entrepreneurs in Indiana.

Baby food maker adding 150 jobs in Lebanon

June 21, 2012
Skjodt-Barrett Contract Packaging said it plans to add the jobs by the end of September, about a year earlier than expected, due to increased demand for its products. The company has 100 employees.

Massive Anson project showing residential, retail progressRestricted Content

May 19, 2012
Cory Schouten
Duke Realty Corp. has retrenched at its massive Anson development in Whitestown—focusing on the most promising sections, rearranging some of its site plans, and letting land-purchase contracts expire on about 300 acres where development prospects are likely several years away.

Zionsville voters approve tax bump for school system

May 8, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Zionsville voters passed a referendum Tuesday night that will hike local property taxes to provide additional school funding. Meanwhile, Johnson County taxpayers voted no Tuesday on a referendum to decide whether to help finance a $30 million library project.

Zionsville voters face lone area school-funding referendum

May 7, 2012
Scott Olson
Zionsville's school district is asking taxpayers to address a $2.5 million budget shortfall. Meanwhile, in Johnson County, voters will consider whether to help finance a $30 million project that includes the construction of a 70,000-square-foot library.

Zionsville might pass on full-day kindergarten fundsRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
J.K. Wall
Superintendent Scott Robison informally recommended in March that the school system take a pass on the new funding because it still does not fully cover the costs required to expand its kindergarten program from half days to full days.

Tax caps zap schools in Zionsville; Lebanon district awash in cashRestricted Content

March 31, 2012
J.K. Wall
Changes made five years ago in state property-tax laws have strangled the school district in wealthy Zionsville, while schools in neighboring blue-collar Lebanon are in solid financial shape.

Former worker files federal suit against ASI

February 17, 2012
Scott Olson
An ex-employee of manufacturer ASI Limited in Whitestown is suing the company for allegedly failing to give workers a required 60-day notice that the plant was closing. The lawsuit seeks class-action status on behalf of roughly 200 terminated workers.

Boone County officials ‘surprised’ by ASI closing

January 5, 2012
Scott Olson
ASI Limited informed an estimated 250 employees by letter that the company was no longer profitable. The manufacturer's high-profile projects include Lucas Oil Stadium and the JW Marriott hotel.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............