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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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Navistar recalling workers at Indianapolis plant

April 20, 2011
Associated Press
Navistar has recalled 120 workers who were laid off when Indianapolis Casting Corp. stopped production at the facility in late 2010 and plans to recall 30 more of those workers by June.
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Toyota extends North American production cuts

April 19, 2011
Associated Press
Toyota Motor Corp. has extended production cuts at its North American factories into early June as it struggles to deal with parts shortages caused by the earthquake that hit Japan.
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Battery maker drops Indianapolis president

April 15, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Battery maker Ener1 Inc. has fired Chief Operating Officer Rick Stanley, who was also president of the company's Indianapolis-based operation, EnerDel Inc.
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Toyota in Indiana to work through production slowdowns

April 8, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Toyota Motor Corp. announced Friday that its Indiana plant in Princeton will operate on a reduced production schedule in the coming weeks, but employees will not lose work because of it.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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