Factories

Northeastern Indiana auto parts maker laying off 175

July 29, 2011
Ficosa North America will sideline workers beginning in September as the company consolidates mirror production and prepares the plant to make other products.
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Indiana electric car company gets new owner

July 25, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Think North America, a company that has been making electric cars at a northern Indiana factory, has a new owner, giving local officials more confidence in its future.
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Navistar cutting 200 contractor jobs in Fort Wayne

July 19, 2011
Associated Press
Navistar International Corp. is laying off some 200 contract workers from its Fort Wayne operations as part of its consolidation to a new headquarters in suburban Chicago.
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Carrier counts on new environmental regulations to drive salesRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Carrier Corp.’s plan to invest $36.5 million in its Indianapolis plant hinges in part on how well consumers take to a new platform of high-efficiency furnaces.
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Solar panel maker says Indiana factory on track

July 8, 2011
Associated Press
A solar panel manufacturer says its plans remain on track to start production at an unfinished auto parts factory in central Indiana. Abound Solar, which projects it could eventually have up to 1,000 employees, said it may begin hiring some workers this year.
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Navistar seeks more tax breaks after old deal failed

July 6, 2011
Scott Olson
The company, which had planned to close its Brookville Road plant, now is set to create 250 new jobs by investing $19 million in new equipment. It previously received $18 million in tax breaks and repaid $5 million to the city.
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Carrier to invest $36.5M in local plant, create 276 jobs

July 6, 2011
Carrier Corp. has spent $32 million to upgrade equipment in Indianapolis and plans to invest another $36.5 million to start a second production line, creating 276 jobs at the plant. The company is seeking a tax abatement to help offset the costs.
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Elkhart mayor worried about car plant's future

June 24, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The bankruptcy filing of an electric car manufacturer has clouded the future of a northern Indiana factory that was touted as an economic boost for an area hit hard by job losses in the recreational vehicle industry.
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Crystal products maker plans expansion, 41 jobs

June 23, 2011
 IBJ Staff
St. Regis USA Inc., a manufacturer of hand-etched and hand-painted glass and crystal products, plans to expand its operations in Indianapolis, creating up to 41 new jobs by 2014, the company said Thursday.
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Electric car company filing for bankruptcy

June 22, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Think Global, which has a factory in Elkhart and uses batteries made in the Indianapolis area, plans to liquidate its assets, according to supplier Ener1 Inc. Ener1 expects to lose $32 million in the process.
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Mooresville farm equipment maker expanding operations

June 9, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Equipment Technologies, a manufacturer of agricultural spraying equipment, plans to invest nearly $6.4 million in an expansion of its Mooresville operations, more than doubling its work force by 2015.
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Chrysler faces fines over Kokomo plant death

June 8, 2011
Associated Press
State regulators have issued $200,000 in fines against Chrysler for safety violations found during the investigation of a worker's death at a central Indiana factory.
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RV industry supplier plans Indiana expansion

June 6, 2011
Associated Press
A recreational vehicle component manufacturer is considering a move into a vacant factory in northern Indiana where it could hire 180 workers in the next few years.
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Electric vehicles gain traction in regionRestricted Content

June 4, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis has one of the highest concentrations of plug-in electric vehicle drivers in the nation, an industry official says.
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Alexandria working on factory deal with defense contractor

June 1, 2011
Associated Press
Alexandria Mayor Jack Woods said plans are for Maryland-based Floatograph Technologies to buy the former U.S. Pipe facility from the city and then repair and remodel the factory. The plant could eventually have 100 workers.
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Honda set to bump up production, except in Indiana

May 27, 2011
Associated Press
Honda's North American factories will return to near-normal production at most plants in August, the company said Thursday. However, full production of the Honda Civic, which is built at plants in Indiana and Ontario, might not resume until the end of the year.
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GM winding down operations at local metal-stamping plantRestricted Content

May 21, 2011
More than half of hourly employees have already retired or accepted transfers to other GM facilities.
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Bar Keepers Friend parent lands new headquarters

May 12, 2011
Cory Schouten
SerVaas Laboratories Inc. has moved its headquarters to a 65,000-square-foot building on the northwest side after nearly 40 years in its old location.
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Sony plans Blu-ray disc boost at Indiana factory

May 12, 2011
Associated Press
Sony officials plan to spend $72 million on new and upgraded equipment at its western Indiana factory, with most of that going toward Blu-ray disc manufacturing.
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Toyota plants to raise production in June

May 11, 2011
Associated Press
Toyota Motor Corp. says North American production will rise to 70 percent of normal in June as the company begins to recover from parts shortages caused by the earthquake in Japan.
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Medical device manufacturer seeks abatement

May 5, 2011
Indianapolis-based Medivative Technologies plans to build a 9,000-square-foot addition to its east-side facility and spend $2.5 million to equip it. The expansion should create 15 jobs.
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House panel moves to revive alternate jet engine

May 4, 2011
Associated Press
A U.S. House panel on Wednesday took a step toward reviving the alternate engine for the next-generation F-35 fighter plane that the Indianapolis operations of Rolls-Royce Corp. had been working on until a month ago.
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Honda to cut production of new Civic, other models

May 2, 2011
Associated Press
Honda Motor Co. warned U.S. dealers Monday that it will run short of popular models such as the Civic compact later this summer because of parts shortages caused by Japan's earthquake.
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Allison Transmission prepares to enter nascent hybrid marketRestricted Content

April 30, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The industry is waiting for the magic combination of high fuel prices and government-backed incentives to turn potential into profit.
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Cummins' profit more than doubles in first quarter

April 26, 2011
The Columbus, Ind.-based engine maker reported first-quarter profit of $343 million amid continued strength in key international markets and a recovery in the North American truck market.
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