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Subaru still considering Indiana plant expansion

December 5, 2012
Bloomberg News
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.’s Subaru unit is studying whether to expand its Indiana auto-assembly plant as the Toyota Motor Corp. affiliate seeks to boost U.S. output to curb currency losses and meet growing demand for its models.
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Auto parts supplier expanding Indiana operations

November 30, 2012
Associated Press
Tenneco Inc. plans on spending $18.5 million to expand its northeastern Indiana operations after winning a contract to supply emission-control parts to Chrysler. The manufacturer said it will hire an additional 100 workers.
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Glass factory's safety under state's lens yet againRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
Dan Human
Union leaders say working conditions are improving at the Pilkington glass factory in Shelbyville, but an employee’s injury in October has led to another visit from state safety officials and possibly more fines.
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Hostess says liquidation decision expected Friday

November 15, 2012
Associated Press
Hostess Brands said it likely won't make an announcement until Friday morning on whether it will move to liquidate its business, after the company had set a Thursday deadline for striking employees to return to work.
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Hostess: Firm to liquidate unless workers return Thursday

November 14, 2012
Dan Human
The maker of Wonder bread and Twinkies said it doesn't have the financial resources to survive the ongoing strike by the bakers' union.
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Truck-parts supplier expanding in Plainfield, adding 82 jobs

November 13, 2012
Troy, Mich.-based Meritor Inc., a global supplier of commercial truck parts, said it will consolidate North American remanufacturing operations by moving production from Ontario, Canada, to its facility in Hendricks County.
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Hostess plant closings so far spare Indy, Columbus

November 13, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The maker of Wonder bread and Twinkies said it is permanently closing plants in Cincinnati, Seattle and St. Louis. The company has about 875 workers in Indiana, about half of them members of the striking bakers' union.
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Defense contractors play wait and see on budget cutsRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
Dan Human
Indiana’s largest military contractors are questioning their future operations as they await word on whether the U.S. Department of Defense will lose up to $1 trillion in funding in the next decade.
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Lilly to spend $140M on new insulin cartridge plant

November 1, 2012
J.K. Wall
About 100 workers will staff the new plant, which will be constructed by spring 2014 and ready for operations in 2015. But only “some” of that number will be new hires.
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Company plans to close 450-worker Indiana factory

October 25, 2012
Associated Press
Michigan-based Cequent Performance Products factory is planning to close a 450-worker factory in Goshen where it makes trailer hitches.
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Filtration manufacturer moving from Fishers to Anderson

October 23, 2012
Associated Press
Hy-Pro Filtration plans a $10.5 million construction project for its new facility and will move more than 100 employees from Fishers to Anderson next year.
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Cummins shares slide on job cuts, lower forecast

October 10, 2012
Bloomberg News
Shares in Cummins Inc. saw their biggest one-day drop in three months Wednesday after the Columbus-based engine maker lowered its forecasts for revenue and profit and said it expects to cut as many as 1,500 jobs by the end of the year.
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Cummins to cut as many as 1,500 jobs; Indiana impact unclear

October 9, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Responding to a sputtering global economy, Columbus-based Cummins Inc. said late Tuesday afternoon that it expects to cut 1,000 to 1,500 jobs by the end of 2012. The diesel engine manufacturer also cut its forecast for full-year revenue to about $17 billion from $18 billion.
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Chrysler drives off with $2.5M refund from Duke Energy

October 5, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The automaker had claimed in a complaint to the state that Duke acted in "draconian" fashion by holding onto the seven-figure deposit for service at its Kokomo plant since 2009.
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Cummins shortens work week at Columbus factory

October 5, 2012
Associated Press
The engine maker says that slowing demand led to the decision to scale back hours for the 350 workers at its Columbus Fuel Systems Plant. The new four-day workweek will continue indefinitely.
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Precision Cutoff closing Franklin metal-tube plant

October 4, 2012
Dan Human
The Franklin metal-tube factory with 39 employees plans to close early next year, less than five years the $2 million plant opened.
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U.S. Department of Commerce recognizes Indianapolis exporterRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Hoosier Gasket Corp. received the Export Achievement Award for its recent success in Eastern Europe and China.
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Whirlpool readies shutdown of 220-worker Evansville center

September 26, 2012
Associated Press
The company said it would try to relocate as many employees as possible to Michigan, though 30 percent are eligible for retirement in 2014.
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Rushville manufacturer to add up to 45 jobs in $26M expansion

September 11, 2012
J.K. Wall
Intat, a subsidiary of Japan-based Aisin Takaoka Co. Ltd., makes metal casting pieces for use in auto manufacturing. It employs about 230 people in Rushville, about 40 miles southeast of Indianapolis.
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Auto parts manufacturer plans plant, 47 jobs in Shelbyville

September 11, 2012
Faeza Alloyers USA, a metal alloys manufacturer and fabricator, said it will invest nearly $7.6 million to construct and equip a 36,000-square-foot facility in Shelbyville, its first in the United States for the Mexico-based company.
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Food manufacturer plans $28.5M project, 400 jobs in Indiana

September 10, 2012
Scott Olson
An Ohio-based food manufacturer announced Monday morning that it plans to spend $28.5 million to expand a vacant food plant in eastern Indiana, creating up to 400 jobs by 2016. The plant was formerly used by Really Cool Foods.
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Strong Subaru sales might boost Indiana plant work

September 5, 2012
Associated Press
Subaru reported August sales up more than 35 percent from a year ago, joining other automakers in pushing U.S. sales to their highest level in three years. That could lead to increased production at its central Indiana factory.
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Shelbyville factory in trouble again, faces record IOSHA fines

August 23, 2012
Dan Human
Pilkington North America faces $453,000 in proposed penalties after state inspectors detected 29 new safety violations at the plant, according to agency documents.
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Violations persist after fatality at Shelbyville glass factory

August 18, 2012
Dan Human
A Shelbyville glass factory has had almost two years to address safety violations resulting from a worker’s death, but the state says the plant still has a lot of the same problems. Pilkington North America faces $150,000 in fines after an Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection in March and April.
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Anderson seeking new Nestle production line

August 17, 2012
Associated Press
Leaders of a central Indiana city are trying to persuade Nestle to pick it for a new production line at an existing plant that could add about 100 jobs.
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