Distribution & Logistics

Car parts maker expands in Hancock County

July 19, 2013
Mason King
A 250,000-square-foot distribution center that sat empty since the recession has finally nailed down a tenant—a Canadian firm relocating operations from nearby Knightstown.
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Trucking firms brace for impact of new driver-rest rules

July 19, 2013
Bloomberg News
New U.S. safety regulations requiring truckers to work shorter shifts may cut productivity, worsen a driver shortage and boost freight costs for the $8.4 trillion in goods hauled each year by American big rigs.
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Most of Indiana's largest public companies enjoyed strong 2012Restricted Content

June 15, 2013
Angie's List turned a profit for the first time in nearly two decades.
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Report: People problems persist in manufacturing, logistics

June 14, 2013
Dan Human
Indiana's manufacturing and logistics sectors are undoubtedly strong, but work-force quality issues continue to nag the state, according to an industry report card released Friday morning.
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BrightPoint operations move HQ amid parent's reorganization

May 31, 2013
Dan Human
Ingram Micro has reorganized all of its divisions and laid off 120 people worldwide, according to an SEC filing. Firm officials have declined to comment on employment for the former BrightPoint operations in central Indiana.
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FedEx seeks to build $34M distribution hub at Ameriplex

May 31, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
FedEx is looking to nearly double the size of its SmartPost distribution operations on the city's southwest side by building a bigger hub at the Ameriplex Indianapolis business park.
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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.
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Celadon acquires Canadian trucking company

May 23, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Hyndman Transport Limited, based in Wroxeter, Ontario, operates about 175 tractors and brought in roughly $48 million in revenue in 2012.
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Freight rail service expected to save time to Indy

April 28, 2013
Associated Press
Economic development officials hope a new rail service linking Indianapolis to West Coast ports in Canada will save central Indiana businesses time and money by bypassing a bottleneck in Chicago rail yards.
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Online sales tax push dies in Indiana Legislature

April 26, 2013
Associated Press
An effort to require Amazon.com and some other online-only retailers to start collecting Indiana's 7-percent sales tax this summer has fallen short in the Legislature.
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Celadon's profit, revenue slide in latest quarter

April 25, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Celadon CEO Paul Will noted that the latest quarter had two fewer business days than the previous year's period and was hampered by heavy winter storms.
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Online sales-tax proposal hits Senate roadblock

April 18, 2013
Associated Press
Republican state senators have blocked a vote on a bill that would force Amazon.com and some other online-only retailers to start collecting Indiana's 7-percent sales tax this summer.
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Celadon says new driver-training facility to create 500 jobs

March 26, 2013
Jeff Newman
The Indianapolis-based trucking firm first announced plans for the driver-education center in January, but has since expanded the project and employment projections while seeking state incentives.
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Printing firm to bring 360 jobs to Jeffersonville

March 26, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Ohio-based Standard Printing says it will invest nearly $10 million to lease and renovate a 335,000-square-foot facility.
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Celadon, state plan major jobs announcement

March 25, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based trucking carrier Celadon Group Inc. and the state are set to make an announcement Tuesday morning "regarding hundreds of new jobs." A source familiar with the deal said the announcement involves a previously announced driver education center.
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Kenley drops out as sponsor of mass-transit bill

March 19, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Already skeptical of a mass-transit plan for the Indianapolis metro area, influential Sen. Luke Kenley said he decided it was inappropriate to be listed as a sponsor without giving the bill his unqualified support.
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Plainfield distribution facility with 137 workers closing

March 12, 2013
Pitney Bowes said 137 employees will lose their jobs when it ceases operations at a distribution center in Hendricks County in May.
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Ohio logistics company adding 25 Indy jobs

February 27, 2013
 IBJ Staff
An Ohio-based trucking logistics company plans to expand its operations in Indianapolis and add up to 25 jobs this year, primarily in sales.
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Postal Service plans to eliminate Saturday delivery

February 6, 2013
Associated Press
The U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to deliver packages six days a week under a plan aimed at saving about $2 billion annually, the financially struggling agency says.
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U.S. Postal Service hiring 400 workers in Indiana

January 24, 2013
Associated Press
The U.S. Postal Service says it's hiring 400 new employees across Indiana, including in Indianapolis, but job-seekers have to apply online by Sunday night.
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Celadon reports higher quarterly profit, revenue

January 24, 2013
The Indianapolis-based trucking company said profit increased to $7.4 million in the fourth quarter due to higher freight revenue and lower operating expenses.
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New Celadon CEO sharpening managementRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
Chris O'Malley
New Celadon Group CEO Paul Will wants to increase productivity at the trucking firm, not just through more sophisticated customer-relationship and tracking software, but also by improving the acumen of the company’s nearly 4,000 employees.
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Celadon receives incentives for $5.2M driving training center

January 16, 2013
The Indianapolis-based trucking carrier plans to build a $5.25 million driver-training center and add 182 jobs as part of its latest expansion at its east-side corporate campus.
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Railroad company expanding Indianapolis terminal

January 16, 2013
Indiana Rail Road Co. will construct an intermodel terminal to give Indiana companies an all-rail option for products moving to and from Asia in containers.
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BrightPoint executive Howell stepping down

January 7, 2013
Dan Human
A longtime high-ranking executive for BrightPoint Inc. in Indianapolis will resign effective Jan. 18, three months after California-based Ingram Micro Inc. acquired the company.
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  1. Apologies for the wall of text. I promise I had this nicely formatted in paragraphs in Notepad before pasting here.

  2. I believe that is incorrect Sir, the people's tax-dollars are NOT paying for the companies investment. Without the tax-break the company would be paying an ADDITIONAL $11.1 million in taxes ON TOP of their $22.5 Million investment (Building + IT), for a total of $33.6M or a 50% tax rate. Also, the article does not specify what the total taxes were BEFORE the break. Usually such a corporate tax-break is a 'discount' not a 100% wavier of tax obligations. For sake of example lets say the original taxes added up to $30M over 10 years. $12.5M, New Building $10.0M, IT infrastructure $30.0M, Total Taxes (Example Number) == $52.5M ININ's Cost - $1.8M /10 years, Tax Break (Building) - $0.75M /10 years, Tax Break (IT Infrastructure) - $8.6M /2 years, Tax Breaks (against Hiring Commitment: 430 new jobs /2 years) == 11.5M Possible tax breaks. ININ TOTAL COST: $41M Even if you assume a 100% break, change the '30.0M' to '11.5M' and you can see the Company will be paying a minimum of $22.5, out-of-pocket for their capital-investment - NOT the tax-payers. Also note, much of this money is being spent locally in Indiana and it is creating 430 jobs in your city. I admit I'm a little unclear which tax-breaks are allocated to exactly which expenses. Clearly this is all oversimplified but I think we have both made our points! :) Sorry for the long post.

  3. Clearly, there is a lack of a basic understanding of economics. It is not up to the company to decide what to pay its workers. If companies were able to decide how much to pay their workers then why wouldn't they pay everyone minimum wage? Why choose to pay $10 or $14 when they could pay $7? The answer is that companies DO NOT decide how much to pay workers. It is the market that dictates what a worker is worth and how much they should get paid. If Lowe's chooses to pay a call center worker $7 an hour it will not be able to hire anyone for the job, because all those people will work for someone else paying the market rate of $10-$14 an hour. This forces Lowes to pay its workers that much. Not because it wants to pay them that much out of the goodness of their heart, but because it has to pay them that much in order to stay competitive and attract good workers.

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  5. It is sad to see these races not have a full attendance. The Indy Car races are so much more exciting than Nascar. It seems to me the commenters here are still a little upset with Tony George from a move he made 20 years ago. It was his decision to make, not yours. He lost his position over it. But I believe the problem in all pro sports is the escalating price of admission. In todays economy, people have to pay much more for food and gas. The average fan cannot attend many events anymore. It's gotten priced out of most peoples budgets.

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