Economic Development

Indiana universities, manufacturers helping launch Digital LabRestricted Content

April 12, 2014
Sam Stall
Indiana manufacturers, universities and various state groups are abuzz about their involvement with the freshly minted, Chicago-based Digital Lab for Manufacturing—even if they’re not yet sure what their exact role will be.
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Cabinet maker plans to hire 262 workers

April 11, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Jasper-based MasterBrand Cabinets Inc. expects to boost the work force and capacity at its Ferdinand operations, which already employ 1,500.
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Ulta targets Greenwood for $51M distribution center, 537 jobs

April 10, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Beauty products maker Ulta Inc. plans to open a fulfillment and distribution center in Greenwood that will employ as many as 537 people by 2018, the Bolingbrook, Ill.-based company announced Thursday afternoon.
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State to work with Pew on economic development

April 9, 2014
Andi TenBarge, The Statehouse File
The Pew Charitable Trusts has named Indiana one of seven states to participate in its 18-month initiative to discover effective business practices for economic development and remaining transparent to the public.
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Indiana found most transparent in study of state data access

April 9, 2014
Bloomberg News
California, the U.S. state with the largest population and budget, offers the least website access to its government spending data, according to a new study. Indiana provided the most information.
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Low-profile, high-volume graphics business growing in Fortville

April 8, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
PlaqueMaker.com plans to invest as much as $3 million to expand its Fortville operations, building and equipping a 42,000-square-foot facility and nearly doubling its staff by the end of 2018.
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Abandoned Indiana factory site could lure Illinois company

April 2, 2014
Associated Press
Harvey, Ill.-based steel processor LB Steel is looking to move to the site and employ about 400 to 450 workers.
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Beck's plans $60M expansion, 100 more workers

April 2, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Indiana-based Beck’s, the country’s largest family-owned seed company, said the expansion will include research labs, greenhouses, office space, and seed-processing facilities and equipment.
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Casey's to build Indiana distribution center

April 1, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Casey’s General Stores Inc. said it plans to build a $30 million logistics center in Indiana that will have as many as 185 employees by 2019.
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Beck's Hybrids planning to expand headquarters operation

April 1, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The growing family-owned seed company had been working with Hamilton County officials on incentives. An economic development announcement with state officials is planned for Wednesday morning.
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Once-promising bioplastics maker fizzles out

April 1, 2014
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
A company that once planned to make Indiana home to the largest bioplastics manufacturing facility in the world is going out of business.
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GE Aviation promises long-term commitment to state

March 26, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
GE Aviation chose Indiana for its $100 million plant partly because of the potential for hiring talent from and working on advanced-manufacturing research with Purdue University. The state’s business-friendly environment also played a role.
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Governor signs tax-cut, economic development bills

March 25, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Tuesday morning signed into law a package of state business tax cuts approved by lawmakers earlier this month as well as several other business-related bills.
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GE Aviation poised to announce major Indiana plant

March 25, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Gov. Mike Pence and GE Aviation CEO David Joyce will be on hand Wednesday morning for the announcement at the Purdue University Airport.
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City considers whether to revoke 3M tax break

March 24, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Minneapolis-based 3M spent nearly $16 million in 2008 on local buildings and equipment for Aearo Technologies, but hasn’t hit hiring targets set out in a seven-year tax-abatement agreement.
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IEDC promotes exec to lead business development

March 21, 2014
 IBJ Staff
In the new role, Anderson  will work directly with chief executives in Indiana and around the world to help them expand their businesses or move them to the Hoosier State.
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City to consider $7.7M bond issue to assist Broad Ripple project

March 18, 2014
Scott Olson
Browning Investments Inc. says that it is seeking $5.7 million from the bond issue to help finance Canal Pointe, its controversial $30 million apartments-and-retail project.
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More hiring coming to Indiana?Restricted Content

March 15, 2014
At first blush, a poll that suggests 40 percent of Hoosier businesses plan to invest money into their business this year sounds promising.
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UPDATE: Mayor picks GM site for criminal justice complex

March 13, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard will recommend that a proposed criminal justice complex be located on the former GM stamping plant on the western side of downtown—not the airport property that ranked highest in a market study.
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City announces short list for creating justice complex

March 4, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis officials Tuesday named three development groups that will be invited to submit proposals to create a new criminal justice complex.
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Stonegate plans to add 400 workers in expansion

March 4, 2014
Chris O'Malley
The mortgage company plans to invest $6.2 million in new office space in Carmel, at the North Haven office park, helping it double its work force by 2017.
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Fourth quarter economic growth rate revised much lower

February 28, 2014
Associated Press
The U.S. economy grew at a 2.4-percent annual rate last quarter, sharply less than first thought, in part because consumers didn't spend as much as initially estimated. For all of 2013, the economy grew at a lackluster 1.9 percent.
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Tech startup plans 150 local jobs by 2018

February 27, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Gusto LLC, a tech startup founded by former ChaCha and Overstock.com executive Shawn Schwegman, said it will invest $975,000 to launch the company and its debut product.
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Food giant ConAgra plans huge center north of Indianapolis

February 25, 2014
 IBJ Staff
ConAgra Foods Inc. is expanding logistics operations in central Indiana by moving a distribution center in Lebanon to a new and bigger facility it plans to build in nearby Frankfort. The move is expected to create 76 jobs.
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Chamber recommends IPS explore selling real estate

February 24, 2014
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis Public Schools should immediately consider selling five of its buildings and work with IndyGo to transport students, according to a study by the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce.
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