Distribution & Logistics

Health care suppliers need to think long term, expert says

May 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Companies in the health care supply chain need to engage in more strategic, long-term preparation even as the industry faces uncertainties and upheaval, MIT expert tells local conference attendees.
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Finish Master profit slides

May 7, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Recession aftermath continued taking a toll on sales of paint for auto repairs.
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Wine distributor plans Greenwood warehouse

May 6, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Southern Wine & Spirits plans to spend about $4 million to open a warehouse in central Indiana with more than 50 workers.
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Celadon reports quarterly profit on higher revenue

April 27, 2010
The Indianapolis-based trucking company saw profit rise to $400,000 in its third quarter from a $2.1 million loss in the same period last year.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Trucking firm CEO leans into the pain

April 21, 2010
Mason King
Russell_WatchVideoCeladon CEO Stephen Russell faced a treacherous patch of highway when fuel prices spiked and the recession drove the trucking industry into an economic Death Valley. In IBJ's new video feature on leadership issues, Russell explains how advice from his dentist helped pave the way to recovery.
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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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  1. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  2. If you only knew....

  3. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

  4. The facts contained in your post make your position so much more credible than those based on sheer emotion. Thanks for enlightening us.

  5. Please consider a couple of economic realities: First, retail is more consolidated now than it was when malls like this were built. There used to be many department stores. Now, in essence, there is one--Macy's. Right off, you've eliminated the need for multiple anchor stores in malls. And in-line retailers have consolidated or folded or have stopped building new stores because so much of their business is now online. The Limited, for example, Next, malls are closing all over the country, even some of the former gems are now derelict.Times change. And finally, as the income level of any particular area declines, so do the retail offerings. Sad, but true.

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