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Senate panel refuses to fund GE engine made by Rolls-Royce

September 14, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The decision holds potential bad news for Indianapolis engine maker Rolls-Royce, which produces the engines. Rolls-Royce is the region's second-largest manufacturer, behind Eli Lilly and Co., with about 4,300 local employees.
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Caterpillar seeks tax abatement for Franklin plant

September 13, 2010
Caterpillar Reman Powertrain is requesting the tax break to offset costs related to a $13.6 million investment the company says will help retain 338 factory jobs.
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Greencastle auto supplier cutting 202 employees

September 13, 2010
International Automotive Components Group said the layoffs will occur in two stages—on Nov. 10 and again on Dec. 13. Expiring contracts are responsible for the cuts, said a company spokesman, who added that the employees could be recalled.
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Fort Wayne hoping to keep some Navistar jobs

September 9, 2010
Associated Press
Fort Wayne officials say they aren't giving up hope that Navistar International Corp. will keep some jobs in the city despite the company's decision to consolidate operations in suburban Chicago.
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Auto parts workers hope vote will save jobs

September 8, 2010
Associated Press
Continental Structural Plastics said last month it would close an Ohio plant, and spend about $9 million on upgrades to a factory in Indiana where it will have up to 350 workers by 2012.
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EnerDel parent lines up more financing

September 3, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The parent company of lithium-ion battery maker EnerDel Inc. has raised another $65 million to help finance operations and ramp up its manufacturing operations in the Indianapolis area.
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Would-be buyer urging GM workers to vote on pay cuts

August 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A businessman seeking to buy General Motors Co.'s Indianapolis metal-stamping plant met with workers Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium to urge them to accept pay cuts allowing the sale.
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Remy rides home new contract from electric motorcycle maker

August 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff
MotoCzysz sees the Remy motor as part of an electric motorcycle-based drive system—tailored to automobiles. The companies collaborated on the winning electric bike at Isle of Man race.
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Visteon ordered to reinstate health care to retirees

August 17, 2010
Bloomberg News
The mandate from a U.S. bankruptcy judge will supply retroactive benefits to more than 6,000 Visteon Corp. retirees who lost insurance coverage after the Michigan-based auto-parts maker filed for bankruptcy in 2009, including 2,100 workers in Indiana.
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Prospective GM plant buyer pleads case in advertisement

August 17, 2010
JD Norman Industries advertisement tells employees that its proposal to buy the plant would guarantee their GM transfer rights without having to close the facility.
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Economic development officials stunned by GM plant no-vote

August 16, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana Commerce Secretary Mitch Roob said he was completely surprised by local General Motors workers' refusal to vote on a proposed contract by JD Norman Industries, a decision that appears to set up the plant for certain closure.
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UAW halts vote on giveback deal at Indy GM plant

August 15, 2010
Associated Press
UAW Local 23 bargaining chairman Gregory Clark says members won't vote on the proposed contract, which would cut base wages from $29 per hour to $15.50.
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GM plant offer sets off union power struggle

August 12, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The UAW in Detroit said Local 23 will vote Monday on Illinois-based JD Norman's proposal to buy an Indianapolis stamping plant where more than 600 work, but a local rep says workers don't want to negotiate.
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Auto parts plant leaving Ohio for Indiana, may employ 350

August 11, 2010
Associated Press
Continental Structural Plastics expects to spend at least $9.1 million on upgrades to the Huntington factory and perhaps have 350 workers working there by 2012.
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Local manufacturer Deflecto lives to see 50

August 7, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Customers intervened to keep inventor of bicycle reflectors, dryer vents from going out of business.
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Slumping chocolate firm hopes to recapture early momentumRestricted Content

August 7, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Endangered Species Chocolate, which saw growth spike from 2005 through 2007, lost 20 percent of its revenue in 2009. Sales dropped from $14 million in 2008 to $11 million last year. New Curt Vander Meer has plans to bring the company back to its former glory, one chocolate bar at a time.
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Kokomo GM plant 'assessing' business operations

July 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
GM spokesman Kevin Nadrowski says officials at the Kokomo Integrated Circuit Fab plant met with 375 workers Wednesday to say they're "assessing the business model at the plant based on recent business developments."
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Frankfort manufacturer to build plant in Tennessee

July 28, 2010
Associated Press
NHK Seating of America's plant in Murfreesboro is expected to employ up to 224 workers when all phases of production are operating in 2015.
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Auto plant's 300 jobs draw 3,000 applicants

July 21, 2010
Associated Press
The response to openings at a Chrysler transmission plant in Kokomo reflects the large number of people out of work, a union official said.
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Angola manufacturers plan nearly 180 new jobs

July 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Fuel Systems of Angola and Steffy Wood Products say they will invest a total of $4.8 million on their production facilities in northeast Indiana, creating 178 jobs by 2013.
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Cummins to expand Seymour plant, add 200 jobs

July 9, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Cummins said it will invest $100 million in the Seymour plant as it rolls out a new, larger-displacement engine.
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Canadian chip maker locating U.S. HQ in Fort Wayne

July 8, 2010
Saratoga Potato Chips plans to create 175 jobs in the northeastern Indiana city by 2013 and will begin hiring later this year.
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Solar firm investing $500M in unused Getrag plant; 850 jobs planned

July 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A Colorado-based Abound Solar will get federal help taking over the empty Getrag plant on U.S. 31 near Kokomo, creating as many as 850 jobs in the next three years and establishing what it says will be the largest such facility in the United States.
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Local union boss on GM talks: 'They're forcing this upon us'

July 1, 2010
J.K. Wall
Negotiations for wage cuts meant to grease the sale of a General Motors stamping plant slated for closure will proceed over public protest of 650 local union workers.
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UPDATE: Stamping plant suitor gets time to negotiate

June 30, 2010
J.K. Wall
There’s more time for Illinois-based JD Norman Industries to hammer out a deal to buy a General Motors stamping plant in Indianapolis, potentially saving hundreds of local jobs.
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