Distribution & Logistics

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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Fishers warehouse to close, costing 248 jobs

February 10, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
New York-based Sony DADC Americas will start shutting down its Fishers distribution facility in May and lay off all 248 workers by September, the company said Friday morning.
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Warehouse company expands in Franklin

February 9, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
A refrigerated warehouse company plans to expand its facility in Franklin, investing $26 million and creating as many as 50 jobs by 2014.
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Scopelitis Garvin Light Hanson & Feary opens Dallas officeRestricted Content

February 9, 2012
 IBJ Staff
It is the ninth office for Scopelitis, which serves the trucking, transportation and logistics industries.
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Greenwood entices e-commerce company to stay

February 8, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Greenwood Redevelopment Commission on Tuesday evening approved an incentives agreement with One Click Ventures LLC, which plans to hire 109 people over the next five years.
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Local trucking company shut down for safety violations

February 8, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based trucking firm U & D Service Inc. was ordered to cease operations by federal authorities after being declared an “imminent hazard” to public safety.
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Distribution plan keeps provisions plentiful despite crowds

February 3, 2012
Cory Schouten
Downtown's Super Bowl revelry still is going strong thanks in large part to a special distribution strategy that includes extra routes, earlier deliveries and an ample supply of food and booze to replenish local establishments. (with video)
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Brightpoint posts record revenue for 2011

February 1, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis-based provider of logistics services to the wireless-phone industry said it earned $48.8 million on revenue of $5.24 billion last year.
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Celadon sees jump in quarterly profit, revenue

January 25, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based trucking firm Celadon Group Inc. earned $5.4 million in its latest quarter compared with $2.9 million in the same period in 2010.
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Pet specialty retailer plans 135 jobs in Indiana

January 24, 2012
Pet Supplies Plus said it will add the positions by relocating its warehousing operations from Michigan to Seymour, 60 miles south of Indianapolis.
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Indiana deals ranged upward of $800 millionRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
Mergers and acquisitions in 2011 ranged from WellPoint's acquisition of CareMore to a trucking company merger.
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Indianapolis-area mergers and acquisitions in 2011Restricted Content

January 21, 2012
A number of acquisitions last year disclosed no sale price. In the Indianapolis area, those deals ranged from MacAllister Machinery's purchase of a Caterpillar dealership in Michigan to Herff Jones' acquisition of a Memphis, Tenn.-headquartered maker of cheerleading uniforms.
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Cargolux adding third weekly European cargo flight

January 13, 2012
Chris O'Malley
International flights for Roche Diagnostics from Indianapolis International Airport expand city's export capacity, bolster airport's cargo ambitions.
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Indiana reaches online sales tax deal with Amazon.com

January 9, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Amazon.com will begin collecting Indiana's 7-percent sales tax from customers in 2014 under an agreement with the state announced Monday.
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Great-grandson of LDI's founder prepares to take reinsRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
In a world that likes to see businesses grow by leaps and bounds, LDI Ltd. is a tortoise. The family-owned holding company typically hangs onto firms in its portfolio for 15 years or more. It might take more than two years to zero in on an acquisition target. And it’s putting its next CEO, J.A. Lacy, through a year-long apprenticeship.
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City signs off on Celadon tax abatements

January 4, 2012
The abatements will help the company build a $3.4 million, 36,000-square-foot office building at its far-east-side headquarters. Celadon also plans to add 100 jobs.
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