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Rebranding of bird-food retail chain ups emphasis on core product

December 21, 2013
Sam Stall
Wild Birds Unlimited recently unveiled a new marketing program encompassing everything from revamped store design to new staff training to a rebalancing of the product line. The idea was to place less emphasis on gift items and more on the store’s core product—birdseed.
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DINING: Carmel adds Mex to Main Street mix

December 21, 2013
Lou Harry
Review of Agave Bar & Grill. Fourth in a month-long series of new-in-2013 restaurants that we hadn’t previously reviewed.
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City Center expansion plans could cost $100M

December 17, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Developer Pedcor Cos. unveiled conceptual designs for six more buildings at Carmel City Center that could cost as much as $100 million to build over the next four to five years.
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Unintentional entrepreneur parlayed consumer-electronics savvy into PR firm

December 14, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Arland Communications, run by former Thomson Consumer Electronics spokesman Dave Arland, is the only area firm focused entirely on the $200 billion-plus annual consumer electronics market.
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Security firm's job-creation plans draw state incentives

December 11, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Allegion PLC's plans to add employees at its North American headquarters in Carmel could earn the global security firm as much as $2 million in tax credits from the Indiana Economic Development Corp.
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Peyton Manning wears ankle brace designed by local entrepreneur

November 30, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Rick Peters, founder of Carmel-based Ultra Athlete LLC—a small manufacturing firm with a reputation for state-of-the-art ankle braces—sent his latest brace to the Denver Broncos head trainer on a whim, and saw Manning wearing it three days later.
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Apple buyout in ChaCha's future?

November 30, 2013
Dan Human
Apple has applied for a patent that sounds pretty familiar to the folks at Carmel-based ChaCha Search Inc. Enough so that ChaCha founder Scott Jones has suggested that his business is well-suited for an acquisition by one of the largest companies in the world.
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Spinoff of Allegion nets Carmel a publicly traded giant

November 30, 2013
Dan Human
Carmel has gained a publicly traded company large enough to knock retail legend J.C. Penney off the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.
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Carmel complex's new owner plans major upgrade

November 27, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Zeller Realty Group has acquired the 300,000-square-foot Meridian Plaza right on Carmel's front door step, and is gearing up for a $4 million revamp.
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Future murky for Carmel's 2-story development rule

November 16, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
City leaders are embroiled in a debate over the future of Range Line Road, through the heart of Carmel's redeveloped downtown. Special density zoning rules are intended to create a consistent look and keep residents from bearing the brunt of the city’s significant infrastructure investment. The question is whether it’s working.
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Growing central Indiana suburbs mull class status

November 16, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
When Fishers becomes Hamilton County’s newest city in 2015, it also will be the first of Indianapolis’ northern suburbs to achieve “second-class” status. Others—including suburban standouts Carmel and Noblesville—qualify for an upgrade because of their growth but have not made the leap. Yet.
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Redevelopment commission for Carmel in turmoilRestricted Content

November 2, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The city's big-spending redevelopment commission, which helped fund some of Carmel's most ambitious projects, now is facing a tight budget, a staff exodus and brow-raising audit.
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Carmel firm's bird feeders perched in 2,700 Walmarts

October 26, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Sisters Jan Long and Chris Mowery had little more than an idea in 1995 when they trekked to Kmart’s corporate headquarters to pitch a product they thought had potential: a recyclable bird feeder their father had designed to promote his plastics business. They left with their first big contract.
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Meridian Mark buildings in Carmel expected to hit market

October 22, 2013
Scott Olson
The two eight-story, granite-clad buildings are highly visible along the North Meridian Street corridor, which has become attractive to investors as the market's vacancy rate continues to fall.
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IU Health now says 935 jobs affected by reductions

October 2, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana University Health now says it will cut more than 900 jobs in a reorganization. That's at least 100 more than announced nearly three weeks ago.
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West Clay commercial building set for sheriff’s sale

September 18, 2013
Scott Olson
The 24,400-square-foot building was owned by CFS Inc., a Carmel company accused by the Indiana Secretary of State's securities division of misappropriating the funds of elderly clients who bought ownership interests in rental properties.
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Health firm plans move to Carmel, adding 675 jobs

August 30, 2013
 IBJ Staff
American Specialty Health, a California-based provider of wellness programs, plans to lease about 90,000 square feet of office space in Carmel and open its new headquarters next June.
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Flaherty making big pitch on Range Line Road project in Carmel

August 10, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Flaherty & Collins Properties is floating two redevelopment ideas for a seven-acre parcel on the edge of Carmel’s tony downtown, but both require public support that casts uncertainty over the project.
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Carmel council axes funding for redevelopment commission boss

August 6, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Carmel City Council members exerted their influence over redevelopment commission expenses Monday, denying a $60,000 contract extension for longtime Executive Director Les Olds despite Mayor Jim Brainard’s pleas to keep him on the job.
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Delta Faucet builds innovation machine in CarmelRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Dan Human
One of Indiana’s most innovative companies in the past decade doesn’t make surgical instruments or drugs or engines. It makes water faucets and toilets. Delta Faucet Co. has secured 589 patents in the past 20 years.
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Regulators: JPMorgan owes $410M for price manipulation

July 30, 2013
Associated Press
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said the bank used improper bidding strategies to squeeze excessive payments from two power grid operators, including the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, which is based in Carmel.
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Local firms team up to buy North Meridian office building

July 30, 2013
Scott Olson
REI Real Estate Services LLC and Perennial Investments say that together they'll invest about $1 million in hopes of getting the office building at 550 Congressional Blvd. fully leased.
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Software firm finds beer business is a frothy marketRestricted Content

July 27, 2013
Dan Human
Carmel-based Blue Horseshoe Solutions develops software that manages supplies, warehousing, deliveries, worker productivity and other logistical complexities connected with any number of goods-producing businesses, but about 25 percent of its business falls within the beverage category.
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Buffett joins opening ceremony for Geico center

July 22, 2013
Associated Press
Billionaire investor Warren Buffett took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the center in Carmel. Geico announced plans for the service center in March, saying it could have up to 1,200 workers in the next few years.
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Will residential boom end commercial bust in West Clay?

July 20, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Residential construction is booming in The Village of West Clay, the already-sprawling Carmel development designed to mimic small-town life at the turn of the (last) century. But not everything has gone according to Brenwick Development’s ambitious plans. Two commercial nodes remain largely undeveloped, and one property owner’s legal woes led to several high-profile vacancies that have yet to be filled.
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