Distribution & Logistics

Airport cargo-traffic rise could be sign of improving economy

April 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Retailers restocking lean inventories and more online purchases could be driving cargo uptick.
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Logistics study revisits old concerns

March 30, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The two-year study by the Conexus Indiana Logistics Council Executive Committee involved 36 logistics executives statewide.
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Local beverage entrepreneur retrenches with new venture

March 25, 2010
Scott Olson
J. Smoke Wallin launches Pelican Brands LLP to help booze companies market and distribute their products after his attempts to acquire underperforming brands fizzled due to the credit crunch.
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Trucking firms shift gears to weather long downturnRestricted Content

March 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Logistics companies have found the last few years an unparalleled challenge. If it wasn't higher fuel prices, it was softening business in key sectors, such as the automotive industry. Fewer goods to move created overcapacity and softened rates.
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Conexus says infrastructure important to Great Lakes and Ohio River commerce is at risk

March 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Many of the locks controlling the key passageways date back 80 years and are failing.
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Blue Bell ice cream coming to Indianapolis

March 19, 2010
Scott Olson
Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries will begin selling its ice cream in nine metropolitan Meijer stores beginning April 5. Distribution will be assisted by the building of a 12,000-square-foot facility on the northwest side.
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National Wine inks merger deal with Dallas wholesaler

March 17, 2010
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based beverage distributor plans to merge with Republic National Distributing Co. to fend off out-of-state heavyweight.
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FedEx closely watching key legislation

March 12, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Congress may determine long-term fate of FedEx's Indianapolis cargo hub, where about 4,500 work.
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Logistics firm s2f investing $10.8M in Plainfield facility

March 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Startup logistics firm s2f worldwide LLC will invest $10.8 million to set up its headquarters and distribution center in Plainfield, creating 250 jobs by 2013, state economic development officials said early Monday.
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Medline opens Plainfield distribution center

March 5, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Illinois-based medical supplies maker Medline Industries Inc. has opened a distribution center in Plainfield, hiring 50 workers.
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Fort Wayne equipment distributor adding 150 jobs

February 24, 2010
Heritage Food Service Equipment Inc. will begin hiring in March, as a $1.5 million upgrade to its 125,000-square-foot facility is completed.
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Celadon sees trouble ahead for trucking fleets

February 6, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis trucking firm is not among the weaklings and, if anything, will benefit from additional fleet failures to the extent it diminishes industry capacity.
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Logistics firm closing in Plainfield, leaving 126 jobless

February 4, 2010
NAL Worldwide, which provides third-party logistics and supply-chain services, plans to close its Plainfield location March 31.
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Pitney Bowes moving 30 jobs to Indianapolis area

January 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Company plans to close operations in Miamisburg, costing the southwest Ohio city 75 jobs.
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Celadon reports lower profit, higher revenue

January 25, 2010
Indianapolis trucking firm Celadon Group Inc. saw revenue rise to $127.2 million in its fiscal second quarter, although profit fell to $1 million.
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Minority-owned logistics firm lands high-profile investors

January 23, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Wireless phone distributor Brightpoint Inc. is among the backers of a new logistics company that says it might employ 250 by 2012.
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Pickens' natural-gas plan may prove boon to truck builders

January 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
Converting the U.S. trucking industry to natural gas will benefit manufacturers including Columbus-based Cummins Inc., T. Boone Pickens says.
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Grocery distributor buys convenience store supplier

January 21, 2010
An Indianapolis-based grocery wholesaler has purchased the assets of a convenience store supplier in Danville, enabling it to expand its number of customers to 800 in five states.
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Conexus gets $3.45 million from Lilly Endowment

January 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Lilly Endowment Inc. is continuing to support the state's advanced-manufacturing initiative, giving Conexus Indiana a grant to help connect potential workers with the necessary training.
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Freight Masters files bankruptcy after losing business from Chrysler, BoeingRestricted Content

December 19, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The minority-owned logistics firm is also involved in a legal battle with a Washington state firm over the loss of its Boeing business.
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Plainfield's MD Logistics sued by Bristol-Myers over lost insulinRestricted Content

December 12, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Two semi-trailers of the medication were stolen in 2007 from a back lot at Daum Trucking, which isn't named in the lawsuit. Bristol-Myers charges MD Logistics with negligence in the $10.7 million suit.
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Builder looks to cold storage for steady work in a weak economyRestricted Content

December 5, 2009
Brock Benefiel
Cold storage might become a hot business for a building contractor.
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Alcohol distributor fights decision allowing big competitor into Indiana

November 28, 2009
J.K. Wall
National Wine & Spirits Inc. suffered a staggering reversal of fortune when the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission ruled Nov. 5 that Southern Wine & Spirits of America Inc. could distribute here.
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Debt-shedding efforts start to pay off for BrightpointRestricted Content

November 21, 2009
Greg Andrews
The wireless phone wholesaler had survived two prior recessions and recognized the spoils in tough times go to companies with the strongest balance sheets.
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Celadon profit, revenue slides; shares to be listed on NYSE

October 28, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based trucking company Celadon Group Inc. on Wednesday reported lower revenue and profit during its most recent fiscal quarter, and also announced plans to list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange instead of the NASDAQ starting Nov. 10.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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