Distribution & Logistics

Fastenal sponsorship deal draws NASCAR contractsRestricted Content

August 17, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Vending machines aren’t the only reason the Fastenal brand is resonating.
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Fastenal vending machines serve up a revolutionRestricted Content

August 17, 2013
Vending machines, warehouses bristling with technology slash costs.
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Vera Bradley to invest $26M in expansion, add 128 jobs

August 3, 2013
Associated Press
Handbag and luggage maker Vera Bradley Inc. plans to bolster its design and distribution centers near Fort Wayne.
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Celadon to pay $18.5M settlement over fatal crash

August 2, 2013
Jeff Newman
The Indianapolis-based trucking firm has agreed to pay $18.5 million to the families of two men who died in a multiple-vehicle accident involving a Celadon truck driver in northwest Indiana in February 2011.
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Amazon.com looks to fill 'hundreds' of jobs in Indiana

July 29, 2013
Associated Press
The company said it will add 5,000 full-time jobs at its U.S. distribution centers, including hundreds of jobs in Indiana. An unspecified number of those jobs are set to be added in Indianapolis.
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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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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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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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