Factories

Massive unused Tipton plant goes back on the market

July 11, 2012
Scott Olson
The never-occupied 781,500-square-foot facility is on the market for $39.5 million, a steep discount from the original cost of roughly $100 million. The plant was built to manufacture auto transmissions. A plan to make solar panels at the site also collapsed.
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Carmakers report strong June sales after May slowdown

July 3, 2012
Associated Press
From mini cars to monster pickups, sales of vehicles charged higher in June and eased concerns that Americans would be turned off by slower hiring and other scary headlines.
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Anderson's former GM plants getting second look

June 26, 2012
Associated Press
Anderson officials said they are excited that companies have been showing interest in some of the industrial or commercial properties left by General Motors that need or are undergoing environmental cleanups.
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Baby food maker adding 150 jobs in Lebanon

June 21, 2012
Skjodt-Barrett Contract Packaging said it plans to add the jobs by the end of September, about a year earlier than expected, due to increased demand for its products. The company has 100 employees.
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Sprayer maker plans Mooresville expansion

June 21, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Mooresville-based Equipment Technologies, which makes self-propelled sprayers for agriculture, says it plans to hire 56 new people by 2015 as part of an expansion.
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State manufacturing heading for slowdown, expert says

June 19, 2012
Scott Olson
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                           videoAn economist at Ball State University warned of another recession at Conexus Indiana's annual state of manufacturing and logistics report Tuesday morning. Both sectors, however, contribute strongly to the state's economy and earned "A" grades in the latest report.
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Columbus auto parts maker plans to add 50 jobs

June 12, 2012
NTN Driveshaft Inc. said it will add the jobs by 2013 as part of an $18 million expansion that will include purchasing additional equipment for its 1-million-square-foot facility.
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Plastics company nears reopening of central Indiana plant

June 11, 2012
Associated Press
Officials expect a plastic packaging manufacturer to start production this summer at a former central Indiana auto-parts factory that closed six years ago.
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Manufacturing employment coming back, but without the wages of yesteryearRestricted Content

June 9, 2012
Dan Human
Recovery in manufacturing—one of Indiana’s best-paying employment sectors—has been a much celebrated change after years of decline. But many of those jobs are returning with lower wages as employers keep up with growing global competition.
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Chrysler investment paying off at Kokomo plant

June 8, 2012
Associated Press
On the cusp of realizing the end result of a historic, $1.3 billion investment in Kokomo's plants, Chrysler officials here and in Detroit, Mich., are riding high.
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EnerDel hires first post-bankruptcy chief executive

June 4, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
David Roberts, the company's intellectual property lawyer since January 2011, is the new CEO. Richard Quirin, who was chief financial officer at IMMI, a seatbelt maker based in Westfield, is the new CFO.
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Local company part of $470 million paper mill deal

June 4, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis-based holding company Schwarz Partners LP has formed a joint venture with The Kraft Group LLC to buy two major paper mills from industry giant International Paper Co. The mills are part of a three-mill sale worth $470 million.
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Police car maker not giving up on Indiana plans

June 1, 2012
Associated Press
A company with plans for building high-tech police cars at an eastern Indiana factory has added a venture capitalist on board as it tries to raise millions of dollars to get off the ground.
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State's chilly recycling climate means higher costs for container makersRestricted Content

May 19, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Some manufacturers favor legislation that would encourage consumers to return their empties.
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University Loft adding jobs as it recovers from credit crunch, probeRestricted Content

May 12, 2012
Hayleigh Colombo
Nearly two years after federal agents raided furniture maker University Loft Co.’s Hancock County plant, the once-fast-growing firm is seeing business bounce back.
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Hostess says jobs of 856 Indiana workers in danger

May 9, 2012
Scott Olson
The Irving, Tex.-based company said the job cuts could occur in July if it does not find a buyer or emerge from bankruptcy. About 340 workers would be affected at five Indianapolis plants.
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Seymour packaging plant with 111 workers to close

May 3, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Exopack LLC plans to close its Seymour facility and terminate 111 employees by July 1, the company said Wednesday in a notice to the state.
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Old Richmond bus plant eyed as manufacturing hub

April 24, 2012
Associated Press
A Richmond businessman has big plans for the former Carpenter bus plant and property that sits along Interstate 70 on Richmond's far northwest side.
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Indiana auto-parts maker plans to add 120 jobs

April 23, 2012
ThyssenKrupp Presta Terre Haute LLC plans to spend $22 million to add three assembly lines and expand its manufacturing facility in Vigo County by nearly 70,000 square feet.
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Rolls Royce locks in work on key military programRestricted Content

April 14, 2012
The British engine maker received a $151 million contract to continue making engines for the V-22 Osprey.
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Developer envisions $20M farming operation to replace plant

April 4, 2012
Cory Schouten
A local entrepreneur is laying the groundwork for a $20 million transformation of a soon-to-close automotive plant into a sustainable farming operation that would raise fish and hydroponic vegetables.
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Manufacturers prowling for skilled workersRestricted Content

March 31, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Factories laid off droves of workers during the recession but now struggle to find tech-savvy employees during the recovery.
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N.K. Hurst's unsexy beans fill bottom shelf, bottom lineRestricted Content

March 24, 2012
Sam Stall
N.K. Hurst Co. Inc. sells roughly 20 million packages of dried beans and bean soup mixes a year, from the West McCarty Street packaging plant it has operated since 1938. It has only about 50 employees, but its products are ubiquitous in the grocery industry.
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Manufacturer expanding northeast-Indiana operations

March 23, 2012
Associated Press
Busche Enterprise Division Inc. said it will spend about $17 million to buy, expand and equip a factory near its headquarters in the Noble County town of Albion, adding up to 120 workers by 2015.
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Delaware County regroups after green factories fizzle

March 20, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A central Indiana county is pulling back its financial support for a pair of green-energy companies who so far haven't delivered on plans for factories with hundreds of workers.
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  1. Of what value is selling alcoholic beverages to State Fair patrons when there are many families with children attending. Is this the message we want to give children attending and participating in the Fair, another venue with alooholic consumption onsite. Is this to promote beer and wine production in the state which are great for the breweries and wineries, but where does this end up 10-15 years from now, lots more drinkers for the alcoholic contents. If these drinks are so important, why not remove the alcohol content and the flavor and drink itself similar to soft drinks would be the novelty, not the alcoholic content and its affects on the drinker. There is no social or material benefit from drinking alcoholic beverages, mostly people want to get slightly or highly drunk.

  2. I did;nt know anyone in Indiana could count- WHY did they NOT SAY just HOW this would be enforced? Because it WON;T! NOW- with that said- BIG BROTHER is ALIVE in this Article-why take any comment if it won't appease YOU PEOPLE- that's NOT American- with EVERYTHING you indicated is NOT said-I can see WHY it say's o Comments- YOU are COMMIES- BIG BROTHER and most likely- voted for Obama!

  3. In Europe there are schools for hairdressing but you don't get a license afterwards but you are required to assist in turkey and Italy its 7 years in japan it's 10 years England 2 so these people who assist know how to do hair their not just anybody and if your an owner and you hire someone with no experience then ur an idiot I've known stylist from different countries with no license but they are professional clean and safe they have no license but they have experience a license doesn't mean anything look at all the bad hairdressers in the world that have fried peoples hair okay but they have a license doesn't make them a professional at their job I think they should get rid of it because stateboard robs stylist and owners and they fine you for the dumbest f***ing things oh ur license isn't displayed 100$ oh ur wearing open toe shoes fine, oh there's ONE HAIR IN UR BRUSH that's a fine it's like really? So I think they need to go or ease up on their regulations because their too strict

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