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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GAO finds cost estimates for F136 engine outdated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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Honda returning to full production despite sales declines

August 22, 2011
Bloomberg News
Honda Motor Co.'s reputation for world-class manufacturing may belie a slipping emphasis on design just as the automaker's U.S. factories—including its expanding Civic plant in Indiana—are preparing to return to full production.
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Packaging manufacturer plans 90-person Greencastle plant

August 22, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The company will put the plant in an existing 250,000-square-foot industrial building.
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Defense contractor adding 60 jobs in Bloomington

August 19, 2011
Next Wave Systems LLC will add the jobs by 2014 as part of a $330,000 expansion at its Bloomington facility.
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Auto stampings plant plans to add 75 jobs in Muncie

August 18, 2011
Indiana Stampings LLC plans to add 75 jobs by 2013 as part of a $7.3 million expansion that includes leasing and equipping a 155,000-square-foot facility.
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Manufacturer plans 35 jobs in Franklin expansion

August 17, 2011
 IBJ Staff
An Arbor, Mich.-based manufacturer is planning a $10 million expansion to its plant south of Indianapolis that will add 35 more employees, it announced Wednesday.
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Westfield company wants to add 178 jobs in Jeffersonville

August 10, 2011
J.K. Wall
A subsidiary of Westfield-based Revere Industries LLC could add 178 jobs in Jeffersonville in southern Indiana if it wins approval of a property tax abatement.
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Rolls-Royce looks to expand test sites

August 8, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Rolls-Royce Group, one of the largest employers in Indianapolis, is studying sites in the United States and Germany for new engine test sites.
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Ingersoll-Rand to halt production of SecureKeyRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Elimination of product is part of settlement with rival manufacturer.
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Franklin Electric moving HQ, 220 jobs to Fort Wayne

August 4, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Franklin Electric Co. Inc. says it will move its corporate headquarters from Bluffton to a $25 million development in Fort Wayne by 2013. The company has 220 employees and expects to add 35 more by 2014.
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Navistar adding, eliminating factory jobs in Indiana

August 2, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Navistar International Corp. announced plans Tuesday to create up to 400 factory jobs in northern Indiana while eliminating 250 manufacturing positions in the eastern part of the state.
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Chinese firm aims to hire thousands at Indiana facilityRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
A Chinese entrepreneur intends to open his first U.S. tire-recycling facility in Indiana. Good Time Technology Development is considering vacant industrial sites in Connersville, Kokomo and Muncie.
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Northeastern Indiana auto parts maker laying off 175

July 29, 2011
Ficosa North America will sideline workers beginning in September as the company consolidates mirror production and prepares the plant to make other products.
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Indiana electric car company gets new owner

July 25, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Think North America, a company that has been making electric cars at a northern Indiana factory, has a new owner, giving local officials more confidence in its future.
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Navistar cutting 200 contractor jobs in Fort Wayne

July 19, 2011
Associated Press
Navistar International Corp. is laying off some 200 contract workers from its Fort Wayne operations as part of its consolidation to a new headquarters in suburban Chicago.
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Carrier counts on new environmental regulations to drive salesRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Carrier Corp.’s plan to invest $36.5 million in its Indianapolis plant hinges in part on how well consumers take to a new platform of high-efficiency furnaces.
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  1. I'm a CPA who works with a wide range of companies (through my firm K.B.Parrish & Co.); however, we work with quite a few car dealerships, so I'm fairly interested in Fatwin (mentioned in the article). Does anyone have much information on that, or a link to such information? Thanks.

  2. Historically high long-term unemployment, unprecedented labor market slack and the loss of human capital should not be accepted as "the economy at work [and] what is supposed to happen" and is certainly not raising wages in Indiana. See Chicago Fed Reserve: goo.gl/IJ4JhQ Also, here's our research on Work Sharing and our support testimony at yesterday's hearing: goo.gl/NhC9W4

  3. I am always curious why teachers don't believe in accountability. It's the only profession in the world that things they are better than everyone else. It's really a shame.

  4. It's not often in Indiana that people from both major political parties and from both labor and business groups come together to endorse a proposal. I really think this is going to help create a more flexible labor force, which is what businesses claim to need, while also reducing outright layoffs, and mitigating the impact of salary/wage reductions, both of which have been highlighted as important issues affecting Hoosier workers. Like many other public policies, I'm sure that this one will, over time, be tweaked and changed as needed to meet Indiana's needs. But when you have such broad agreement, why not give this a try?

  5. I could not agree more with Ben's statement. Every time I look at my unemployment insurance rate, "irritated" hardly describes my sentiment. We are talking about a surplus of funds, and possibly refunding that, why, so we can say we did it and get a notch in our political belt? This is real money, to real companies, large and small. The impact is felt across the board; in the spending of the company, the hiring (or lack thereof due to higher insurance costs), as well as in the personal spending of the owners of a smaller company.

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