Factories

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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Cummins Inc. plans to add 2,500 new jobs in U.S.

April 5, 2011
Associated Press
The Columbus-based engine manufacturer says it is hiring across the board to meet strong demand worldwide and in anticipation of an economic recovery.
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Indiana manufacturing sector clawing its way backRestricted Content

April 2, 2011
Scott Olson
Factories are adding jobs, but returning to pre-recession levels will be a long slog.
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Manufacturer crosses over from auto parts to caskets

April 2, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Gestamp Automocion makes metal components for the auto industry, employing 18,000 people worldwide. Now it is branching into the staid niche of casket manufacturing.
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CEO says transformation prepped Remy International for IPO

April 2, 2011
Greg Andrews
Remy’s transformation since 2007, when a $700 million debt load propelled it into bankruptcy court, could be fodder for business-school case studies of the 21st century.
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Ener1 picks CEO for Indianapolis-based battery unit

April 2, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Christopher Cowger joins Ener1 from California-based Advanced Micro Devices, where he was corporate vice president and general manager.
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As Japan shutdowns drag on, auto crisis worsens

March 27, 2011
Associated Press
In the weeks ahead, car buyers will have difficulty finding the model they want in certain colors, thousands of auto plant workers will likely be told to stay home, and companies such as Toyota, Honda and others will lose billions of dollars in revenue.
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Sluggish demand for electric car forces layoffs at Ener1

March 25, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Battery maker Ener1 has laid off about 3 percent of its 770 employees worldwide, partly because of lower-than-expected demand from the Think electric car being assembled in Elkhart. It had about 380 workers in central Indiana.
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