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GM to idle Fort Wayne plant for nine weeks

December 24, 2011
Bloomberg News
General Motors Co., preparing to introduce new pickups in 2013, has scheduled 21 weeks without production at three U.S. full-size truck plants next year to update the factories for building the new models.
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Turkey processor to hire up to 600 for new Vincennes plant

December 22, 2011
Huntingburg-based Farbest Foods Inc. said it will invest $69 million to build a 220,000-square-foot facility.
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Honda reworking Civic in plan to boost sales

December 21, 2011
Bloomberg News
Honda Motor Co. is sprucing up its Indiana-made Civic sedan, which received poor ratings, after less than a year on the market as part of a plan to boost U.S. sales by 24 percent in 2012 for its namesake brand.
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Rolls-Royce tax-incentives deal set for hearing

December 5, 2011
Cory Schouten
A plan to offer a 10-year tax abatement worth $23 million for Rolls-Royce Corp. to redevelop two plants on the west side and move thousands of office workers into downtown's Faris campus is scheduled for an initial hearing Wednesday.
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East-side Reebok plant flourishes despite NFL contract lossRestricted Content

December 3, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The Reebok-Adidas plant on Indianapolis' east side, faced with losing an estimated 60 percent of its business when its National Football League contract expires early next year, has done what no one would expect: Add employees.
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Kokomo upshifting with Chrysler investmentRestricted Content

December 3, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
City north of Indianapolis feels the power of $1.3 billion upgrade of equipment in automaker's transmission plants.
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Black Friday boosts car sales to best rate since ‘Clunkers’

November 30, 2011
Bloomberg News
U.S. consumers, who set records for retail purchases during Thanksgiving weekend, helped boost U.S. auto sales in November to what is likely to be their fastest pace in more than two years.
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International Paper extending layoff of 87 workers

November 28, 2011
Employees at the company's Sherwood Packaging plant in Indianapolis expected to return to work in January but now won't return until "well into the second quarter."
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Allison reaches production milestoneRestricted Content

November 26, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Manufacturer churns out 5,000th system for hybrid buses, a transmission used round the world.
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Packaging company plans to add 63 jobs in Lawrenceburg

November 18, 2011
Toronto-based IntraPac said it will move operations from New Jersey to the southeastern Indiana town and build an 80,000-square-foot plant that should open in February.
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Military contractor cutting 200 jobs in Fort Wayne

November 17, 2011
Associated Press
Military contractor ITT Exelis is cutting about 200 jobs from its operations in Fort Wayne. The move comes as the company is winding down work on a multiyear contract to make sophisticated radios for use by combat troops.
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Beer-dispenser maker looks to move production to city

November 14, 2011
Washington-based GrinOn Industries LLC is seeking property-tax abatements for creating 40 jobs and investing $2.5 million to equip a facility on Indianapolis' northwest side.
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Rise of pouch packaging to lift new Lebanon plantRestricted Content

November 12, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Toronto-based Skjodt-Barrett Contract Packaging opened its first U.S. plant in Lebanon to meet demand from major consumer brands for baby food and fruit snacks in flexible pouches.
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Allison Transmission profits surge on global salesRestricted Content

November 12, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The manufacturer was more profitable in the first nine months of this year than all of last year.
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Allison Transmission still chasing initial public offering

November 10, 2011
Allison Transmission Inc. hasn't given up on going public, despite nearly eight months passing since its initial filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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EnerDel parent dismantles executive team

November 9, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Ener1 Inc., the struggling parent company of Indianapolis-based advanced-battery maker EnerDel, continued its tumultuous year by naming a new CEO, president and chief financial officer.
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Remy International reports lower third-quarter profit

November 8, 2011
The Pendleton-based company filed plans in March to raise up to $100 million through an initial public offering.
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Auto supplier plans to add 100 jobs in Logansport

November 8, 2011
Federal-Mogul Corp. said it will add the jobs next year as part of a $2.7 million expansion to purchase new machinery and equipment for its 170,000-square-foot manufacturing plant and 15,000-square-foot technical center.
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Electronics manufacturer sees increasing demandRestricted Content

November 5, 2011
 IBJ Staff
A 65-year-old Indianapolis firm, Carson Manufacturing Co., is expanding its capabilities in printed circuit boards.
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Cummins plans to build giant engine in Seymour

November 2, 2011
Associated Press
Work on the new engine is expected to start next year and build to full production in 2015. About 200 engineering and production jobs are expected to be added over that time.
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Honda to cut U.S., Canada production by half

October 31, 2011
Associated Press
Parts shortages from three months of catastrophic flooding in Thailand have forced Honda to cut U.S. and Canadian factory production by 50 percent for the second time this year. Honda, which employs 2,000 in Greensburg, said it will not lay off any workers.
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Confident automakers adding factory workers

October 28, 2011
Bloomberg News
Plants in Indiana and other states are slowly expanding as car companies foresee improved sales due to pent-up demand, population growth and an aging vehicle fleet.
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NASDAQ set to remove EnerDel parent from exchange

October 26, 2011
 IBJ Staff
New York-based Ener1 said in a filing Tuesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it would be suspended from the NASDAQ exchange starting Thursday due to non-compliance with filing requirements.
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California startup says it will create 1,200 local jobs

October 25, 2011
Cory Schouten
A California startup company that hopes to manufacture trucks outfitted with giant video screens expects to hire 1,200 employees to staff a new 125,000-square-foot production facility near 86th Street and Georgetown Road.
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Cummins Inc. profit soars on huge growth in sales

October 25, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Cummins Inc. reported a 60-percent increase in third-quarter profit as revenue soared 36 percent over the same quarter a year ago.
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