Distribution & Logistics

Former ATA campus set to find new use as classroom

July 16, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Ivy Tech Community College will begin offering accounting, business, criminal justice and information technology classes at the former airline campus on the northern edge of Indianapolis International Airport.
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BrightPoint settles two suits against rival Brightstar

July 13, 2012
Scott Olson
Both lawsuits involved former BrightPoint executives hired by Brightstar who had access to the local firm’s innermost workings and strategies. The suits, filed in Marion Superior Court, were dismissed Wednesday.
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BrightPoint's $840M sale ends wild ride for CEO LaikinRestricted Content

July 7, 2012
Greg Andrews
Bob Laikin started BrightPoint in 1989, when cellular phones were clunky and brick-like and were mostly for the wealthy.
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Ahoy! Cargo traffic up at state's portsRestricted Content

June 30, 2012
Large increases in maritime shipments interpreted as good sign for Indiana economy.
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Indianapolis fastest-growing companies run the gamutRestricted Content

June 16, 2012
Marc D. Allan
This year's list of fastest-growing private companies in the Indianapolis area is a diverse lot, operating in industries ranging from human resources to office furnishings to construction to home health care and games.
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Local logistics provider FitzMark plans to add 30 jobs

June 14, 2012
Indianapolis-based FitzMark Inc. said it will fill the customer service and purchasing positions by the end of the year. The company was founded in 2007 and has grown to $25 million in annual revenue.
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UPS plans $10 million upgrade on northwest side

June 5, 2012
 IBJ Staff
United Parcel Service Inc. is planning a $10 million modernization project for a regional transportation hub in Indianapolis and is seeking tax incentives to help make it happen. The project would help the company retain 750 local jobs.
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Mexican big rigs shun border, imperiling trucking deal

May 24, 2012
Bloomberg News
A cross-border trucking pact that ended a 17-year trade dispute between the U.S. and Mexico last year may unravel unless more Mexican big rigs start crossing the border. Failure of the program could have an impact on trucking firms like Indianapolis-based Celadon Group Inc.
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New warehouse ends drought of spec industrial development

May 17, 2012
J.K. Wall
Construction on the 794,608-square-foot warehouse will begin in the next two weeks in the AmeriPlex Business Park, officials of Atlanta-based developer Industrial Developments International said. They hope to complete construction in December.
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Celadon Group names new chief financial officer

April 30, 2012
Associated Press
Celadon Group Inc. announced Monday that it has named Eric Meek as executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer, effective immediately, as part of a succession-planning process.
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BrightPoint stock sinks on lower earnings report

April 27, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
BrightPoint Inc. stock fell as much as 12 percent early Friday morning following disappointing first-quarter earnings that prompted the company to lower its 2012 financial forecast.
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Celadon reports higher quarterly profit, revenue

April 24, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Celadon Group Inc. saw higher revenue and profit in its latest fiscal quarter, the Indianapolis-based trucking firm announced Tuesday night.
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Growing distributor to expand into Greenwood

April 24, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
A distribution company that specializes in handling food for retailers has outgrown its Plainfield space and plans to take up another 400,000 square feet in Greenwood. Prime Distribution estimates it would add 35 employees by 2016.
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Airport wants more nonstop flights

April 20, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Its focus will include trying to attract flights from Indianapolis International to San Francisco, San Diego and Seattle.
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Manufacturer plans distribution center in Plainfield

April 17, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Wisconsin-based Regal Beloit Corp. has hired Browning/Duke Realty to build a 376,000-square-foot distribution center in Plainfield, the company announced Tuesday.
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Amazon plans another Indiana warehouse, 1,000 jobs

March 27, 2012
The online retailer said it will open a new warehouse in Jeffersonville and create up to 1,050 jobs by 2015 as part of a $150 million investment. The distribution facility would be the company's fifth in Indiana.
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Entrepreneurs see early success with new liqueurRestricted Content

March 24, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Blue MF is a vodka-and-rum-based liqueur concocted by three Indiana University fraternity brothers turned entrepreneurs. Their firm, Indianapolis-based More Fun Liqueur, launched its signature drink in October and now is seeking investors to help fund expansion.
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Despite high jobless rate, trucking firms fight driver shortage

March 21, 2012
Bloomberg News
Trucking companies, including Indianapolis-based Celadon Group Inc., are struggling to find qualified drivers even as the U.S. unemployment rate remains at the highest level in almost 30 years.
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FTC asks critics of Express Scripts-Medco deal for ideas

March 10, 2012
Bloomberg News
Two pharmacy groups opposing Express Scripts Inc.’s proposed acquisition of Medco Health Solutions Inc. said they were asked by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to suggest ways to revise the $29.1 billion deal so it wouldn’t harm competition.
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BrightPoint making local employment cutbacks

March 2, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
BrightPoint Inc. has laid off an undisclosed number of its local employees and decided not to fill another 120 open positions, the Indianapolis-based company acknowledged Thursday.
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EEOC charges Celadon with discrimination

March 1, 2012
Scott Olson
The agency claims the Indianapolis trucking firm subjected job applicants to medical exams and failed to hire qualified driving candidates because of disabilities. Celadon CEO Steve Russell denies wrongdoing.
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KAR Auction reports higher earnings, profit

February 27, 2012
Carmel-based  KAR Auction Services  Inc. on Monday said it doubled its profit in the fourth quarter compared to the same quarter of the previous year.
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Brightpoint shares slide after it lowers forecast on loss of customer

February 22, 2012
Shares of the wireless-device logistics provider fell more than 8 percent Wednesday morning after the company lowered its annual earnings guidance in response to the loss of a major customer.
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Nuts-and-bolts distributor's sale leaves suppliers empty-handed

February 18, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The purchaser, The Whitesell Group of Companies, bought the assets but not the liabilities, including $5 million owed to various unsecured creditors.
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Wheaton acquiring residential mover BekinsRestricted Content

February 11, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Wheaton World Wide Moving is buying the nation’s oldest and one of its largest household movers, Bekins Van Lines. The deal is expected to bring 38 jobs to Wheaton’s northeast-side headquarters.
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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