Factories

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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Honda undeterred by tepid Civic sales, reviewsRestricted Content

October 22, 2011
Through September of this year, Civic sales were 167,384, down 15.5 percent from the 198,272 sold by the same point last year.
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RV supplier plans expansion in northern Indiana

October 18, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Drew Industries Inc. announced Tuesday that two of its subsidiaries would increase manufacturing in Goshen and Middlebury, potentially adding more than 300 workers in the coming months.
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Allison cuts ribbon on assembly plant in HungaryRestricted Content

October 15, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The 150-employee operation will ship products to international customers.
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Manufacturer to beef up Frankfort operations, adding 160 jobs

October 13, 2011
 IBJ Staff
LEP Special Fasteners Inc. will relocate parts of its management, sales and distribution functions from Elgin, Ill., and expand its current manufacturing plant in Frankfort by 250,000 square feet.
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Navistar cutting about 130 jobs in Fort Wayne

October 6, 2011
Associated Press
Navistar International Corp. is planning to lay off about 130 workers from its Fort Wayne operations by the end of the year as it continues consolidation to a new headquarters in suburban Chicago.
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GAO finds cost estimates for F136 engine outdated

September 22, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Some members of Congress hope to revive work on the alternate engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which Rolls-Royce in Indianapolis worked on for nine years before the project was halted in April.
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Otis Elevator expected to close plant with 200 workers

September 20, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Bloomington city officials say it appears an Otis Elevator Co. plant with about 200 workers will be closing next year after the company opens a new plant in South Carolina.
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Wind-turbine company moving into Evansville plant

September 13, 2011
Associated Press
A company that makes wind-turbine blades says it will start its first U.S. facility at a former refrigerator plant in Evansville that Whirlpool Corp. closed last year. The business said it could employ up to 400 workers in the area by 2014.
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Abound Solar undeterred by rivals' bankruptcies

September 10, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Abound officials are quick to reassure that the company is on track with its original business plan, which calls for adding a huge amount of manufacturing capacity in Tipton in 2012 or 2013 and hiring 900 to 1,200 people.
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Air tool manufacturer plans Indiana expansion

August 30, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Sullair Corp., which makes air compressors and other air tools, says it will expand its headquarters in northern Indiana and expects to add up to 113 jobs in the next few years.
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Experts say options abound for former GM stamping plantRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Cory Schouten
The 2-million-square-foot GM Indianapolis Metal Center, closed this year, sprawls over more than 100 acres on the west bank of the White River and enjoys some of the best views of the downtown skyline.
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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