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Tricky transition: Pillows balance family, business as son preps to take over

July 5, 2014
Dan Human
Even before taking over, Eddie Pillow is making changes at the logistics and courier company his dad started in 1988.
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INDIANA 100: Mainstreet tops fastest-growing companies listRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
Nursing home developer Mainstreet is the fastest-growing private company in the Indianapolis area.
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MacAllister Machinery gearing up for new HQ on southeast side

May 14, 2014
Scott Olson
The Caterpillar dealer is seeking to expand with new corporate offices and sales and service facilities on more than 130 acres of land near the interchange of Interstates 465 and 74.
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Trustee takes over Deca Financial Services

March 19, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Fishers-based bill-collection firm Deca Financial Services LLC missed a March 17 deadline to come up with more than $11 million to avoid involuntary Chapter 11 reorganization sought by its creditors.
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Indiana missing out on IPO fever

January 25, 2014
Chris O'Malley
A new law might encourage more companies to go public.
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Training firm Adayana seeks bankruptcy protection

October 16, 2013
Jeff Newman, Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based training firm Adayana Inc. said it sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization this week after two years of unsuccessfully trying to restructure its debts out of court.
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Local auto services firm plans to add 20 jobs

September 4, 2013
Express Motor Vehicle Administration Corp., a provider of managed services for auto dealers, insurance companies, corporations and financial institutions, said it will create the jobs by 2015 as part of a $700,000 expansion.
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CEO leaves Defender Direct; founder retakes top spot

August 8, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Marcia Barnes, who took over as CEO of one of the state's largest private companies 15 months ago, has left the firm.
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Communications firm plans 100-plus area layoffs

April 1, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Fort Wayne-based communications firm Briljent LLC plans to lay off between 100 and 130 employees at its Indianapolis office after losing a large federal contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid.
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Fortune can't explain 'significant and unusual' stock swing

March 19, 2013
Jeff Newman
Fortune Industries Inc. shares on Monday jumped as much as 285 percent from Friday’s closing price. The New York Stock Exchange found the move and an intense spike in trading volume so odd that it asked the company for answers.
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Fortune Industries set to accept $13.3M buyout offer

February 21, 2013
Scott Olson
The proposed buyer is CEP Inc., a holding company led by Fortune Industries CEO Tena Mayberry and Chief Financial Officer Randy Butler, who first bid for the company last March.
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Downtown Arvey store reopens under new ownership

January 11, 2013
Scott Olson
Arvey Paper & Office Products at 1021 N. Pennsylvania St. began serving customers again in December after closing for six months. A former executive of Arvey's previous parent company bought the name and has reopened five stores nationwide.
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Fortune Industries abandons sale to skilled-nursing operator

January 11, 2013
Scott Olson
The professional employer organization has terminated its purchase agreement with Ide Management Group LLC of Greenfield and now plans to pursue a sale it had explored previously.
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Local elevator service firm bought by German company

January 8, 2013
The Indianapolis elevator repair and installation company has been acquired by ThyssenKrupp AG. Amco Elevator was founded in 1965 and had been locally owned until the purchase.
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Tax software upstart proves appeal to major companiesRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Chris O'Malley
AppealTrack's simplicity gains attention in growing market for firms managing property tax appeals.
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Data center N/Frame spending more on Carmel upgradeRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The company that hosts outsourced computer operations is dramatically boosting its investment in its local operation.
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Fortune profit ticks up despite lower revenue

November 15, 2012
Indianapolis-based Fortune Industries Inc.’s profit ticked up slightly in its fiscal first quarter but revenue fell due to the loss of two large clients, the company announced Wednesday.
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Florida payroll provider moving to Indianapolis, adding 59 jobs

October 26, 2012
Beyond Payroll LLC, which said it will add the jobs by 2106, is leasing 2,000 square feet of space in the downtown Stutz Building.
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Startup aims to help relieve business leaders' stressRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
No job is too small for Simply Helpful, which provides office-support services on a contract basis.
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Fortune Industries plans to exit PEO business

October 1, 2012
Scott Olson
In an unusual turn of events, the publicly traded professional employer organization is abandoning its plans to be taken private and instead hopes to become a skilled-nursing operator through a merger with a Greenfield-based company.
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Local services firm plans expansion, up to 100 jobs

September 18, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Business services firm First Advantage said Tuesday that it plans to move its operational headquarters from St. Petersburg, Fla., to its local offices in Fishers, creating up to 100 jobs in the process.
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Millcraft hoping to fill downtown paper-supply void

September 13, 2012
Scott Olson
Millcraft Paper Co. is set to move from the far east side to downtown Indianapolis on Sept. 24 in hopes of filling a void left a few months ago by the closing of Arvey Paper & Office Products.
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Nyhart makes first West Coast acquisition

September 7, 2012
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based Nyhart Actuary & Employee Benefits has established its first office on the West Coast with its latest acquisition.
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Fortune Industries founder, chairman dies

August 28, 2012
Carter M. Fortune, 70, died Saturday at his home in Destin, Fla., the company said. The Fortune Industries chairman had been in the process of selling the public company to management in a deal valued at $30.5 million.
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Web services firm plans downtown office, 300 jobs

August 22, 2012
San Francisco-based cloud-computing service provider Appirio Inc. said it will spend $2 million to open an office in downtown Indianapolis' Pan Am building, where it will employ 300 by 2015.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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