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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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Wabash National adding 200 jobs at Indiana plant

March 18, 2011
Associated Press
Trailer manufacturer Wabash National Corp. is adding 200 new jobs at its north-central Indiana plant to support a new contract to build bulk storage fluid tankers for another Indiana company.
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Forklift accident kills worker at Indianapolis plant

March 16, 2011
Associated Press
Indianapolis fire officials say a forklift operator was killed at Royal Food Products Inc. when a floor collapsed beneath the machine at the food manufacturing plant.
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Subaru, Toyota curb output at Indiana plants

March 15, 2011
Associated Press
Two Japanese automakers are scaling back production at North American plants as they assess their ability to get parts from Japan after that country's devastating earthquake and tsunami.
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Rolls-Royce moving 2,500 workers downtown

March 15, 2011
Scott Olson
The British-based company will move the office workers later this year to a downtown Indianapolis office building on South Meridian Street formerly occupied by Eli Lilly and Co.
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Hurco turns first quarterly profit in two years

March 10, 2011
The Indianapolis-based machine tool maker reported profit of $1.5 million on revenue of $39.7 million in its fiscal first quarter.
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Northstar Aerospace closing Anderson plant; 48 jobs lost

March 9, 2011
Workers will be let go in three stages beginning May 1, and the plant is expected to permanently close by June 24.
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Renewable energy 'coordinator' eyes GM plant

March 8, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
D'Arcinoff Group, which calls itself a manufacturing coordinator, has its eye on the soon-to-close General Motors stamping plant west of downtown Indianapolis.
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Indiana-made electric cars recalled for 3rd time

March 2, 2011
Associated Press
Think North America has filed documents with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recalling 23 of its City electric cars produced late last year.
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Plastics firm plans expansion, 54 new jobs

March 2, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Fortville-based Genesis Plastics Welding plans to invest over $3.3 million to expand its existing production facility east of Indianapolis, adding as many as 54 new employees by 2014.
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IPO could help ease Allison Transmission's debt

February 28, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Allison Transmission Inc.'s enormous debt load is probably one factor driving the company to consider a public offering, an investment analyst said Monday morning.
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City seeks replacement for GM plant

February 24, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indianapolis will spend $115,000 on a study to explore redevelopment opportunities for the 102-acre GM Stamping Plant property west of downtown that will close this summer.
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Casket maker plans $16.5M investment, 300 jobs

February 23, 2011
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based Genesis Casket Co., launched just last year, expects to produce 30,000 caskets in its first full year of operation. The company plans to fill the first 150 jobs by the time the plant opens this summer.
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Countertop maker to close Shelbyville plant

February 21, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Iowa-based VT Industries will close its countertop manufacturing plant in Shelbyville and move the work to a new facility in Maryland, the company said Friday.
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UPDATE: House votes to kill pricey jet fighter engine

February 16, 2011
Associated Press
The decision on military budget cuts could have a big impact on the Indianapolis operations of Rolls-Royce Corp., the city’s second-largest manufacturer behind Eli Lilly and Co.
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Sony moving 150 jobs to Terre Haute plant

January 26, 2011
Associated Press
A plant closing in New Jersey will result in 150 jobs moving to Sony DADC's factory in Terre Haute.
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Cummins sells exhaust business to Global Tube

January 25, 2011
Associated Press
Cummins Inc. will sell its exhaust business, which includes several plants in Wisconsin, to Global Tube, a portfolio company of the Chicago-based private equity firm Wind Point Partners.
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Michigan City snack-food baker adding up to 100 jobs

January 21, 2011
Hearthside Food Solutions says it will invest $3.8 million to expand its operations and hire new workers. The company bakes snack foods for such brands as Keebler, Nabisco and Kraft.
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Ambulance manufacturing plant in northern Indiana closing

January 17, 2011
Medtec Ambulance Corp. has notified state officials it will close its plant in Goshen on March 31 as part of a reorganization that will move operations to Bradenton, Fla., costing 150 workers their jobs.
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Humvee maker cutting 300 jobs at Indiana factory

January 17, 2011
Associated Press
AM General plans to lay off 300 workers from the Mishawaka factory that makes Humvees for the military.
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Kokomo plant closure affects 75 workers

January 10, 2011
Kansas City-based Milbank Manufacturing Co. said it will close its Howard County plant sometime between March 8 and March 22. Milbank makes electric meter sockets.
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First vehicles roll out of Indiana electric-car plant

December 16, 2010
Associated Press
Fifteen cars rolled out of Think North America's Elkhart plant on Wednesday, bound for Indianapolis. The cars will be used primarily by the state Department of Natural Resources.
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Abound Solar completes financing for Tipton plant

December 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Company closes on a $400 million federal loan to help it take over the empty Getrag plant on U.S. 31 near Kokomo, where it wants to hire as many as 1,000 workers. The plant was acquired for $25 million.
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Chrysler to invest another $85M in Kokomo plant

December 14, 2010
Associated Press
Chrysler Group LLC said Tuesday it plans to invest an additional $85 million in its Kokomo transmission plant. The money is in addition to the recently announced $1.2 billion investment in other facilities in the north-central Indiana city.
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  1. Those of you yelling to deport them all should at least understand that the law allows minors (if not from a bordering country) to argue for asylum. If you don't like the law, you can petition Congress to change it. But you can't blindly scream that they all need to be deported now, unless you want your government to just decide which laws to follow and which to ignore.

  2. 52,000 children in a country with a population of nearly 300 million is decimal dust or a nano-amount of people that can be easily absorbed. In addition, the flow of children from central American countries is decreasing. BL - the country can easily absorb these children while at the same time trying to discourage more children from coming. There is tension between economic concerns and the values of Judeo-Christian believers. But, I cannot see how the economic argument can stand up against the values of the believers, which most people in this country espouse (but perhaps don't practice). The Governor, who is an alleged religious man and a family man, seems to favor the economic argument; I do not see how his position is tenable under the circumstances. Yes, this is a complicated situation made worse by politics but....these are helpless children without parents and many want to simply "ship" them back to who knows where. Where are our Hoosier hearts? I thought the term Hoosier was synonymous with hospitable.

  3. Illegal aliens. Not undocumented workers (too young anyway). I note that this article never uses the word illegal and calls them immigrants. Being married to a naturalized citizen, these people are criminals and need to be deported as soon as humanly possible. The border needs to be closed NOW.

  4. Send them back NOW.

  5. deport now

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