Hancock County

Lilly to pay dearly for Novartis animal health biz

April 22, 2014
J.K. Wall
Wall Street analysts raised their eyebrows at the hefty price Eli Lilly and Co. will pay to acquire Novartis Animal Health, when compared to the value of the biggest player in the field.
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Low-profile, high-volume graphics business growing in Fortville

April 8, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
PlaqueMaker.com plans to invest as much as $3 million to expand its Fortville operations, building and equipping a 42,000-square-foot facility and nearly doubling its staff by the end of 2018.
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Pence signs bill allowing counties to vote on transit expansion

March 26, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Officials in six central Indiana counties have the go-ahead to seek voter permission to fund a regional bus system.
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Home-sale agreements continue disappointing trend

March 17, 2014
Pending home sales in the nine-county area slid 22.8 percent in February compared with the year-ago period. That was only a slight improvement from the 31-percent fall recorded in January.
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Greenfield Mayor Pasco, 66, dies after cancer fight

December 10, 2013
Associated Press
Greenfield Mayor Dick Pasco, who had been suffering liver problems since soon before his 2011 election, had decided against further treatment, his family said.
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Lauth acquires new apartment property in Greenfield

December 3, 2013
Scott Olson
The local developer's purchase of the complex is part of a shift within the company to complement its traditional development business with acquired properties.
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Peyton Manning wears ankle brace designed by local entrepreneur

November 30, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Rick Peters, founder of Carmel-based Ultra Athlete LLC—a small manufacturing firm with a reputation for state-of-the-art ankle braces—sent his latest brace to the Denver Broncos head trainer on a whim, and saw Manning wearing it three days later.
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Greenfield chamber seeks funds to preserve historic building

July 23, 2013
Associated Press
Less than 50 years after Hancock County was established in 1828, the building that now houses the Greater Greenfield Chamber of Commerce went up on the corner of State and South streets.
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Car parts maker expands in Hancock County

July 19, 2013
Mason King
A 250,000-square-foot distribution center that sat empty since the recession has finally nailed down a tenant—a Canadian firm relocating operations from nearby Knightstown.
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Junkyard cleans up mess after IDEM finds violations

June 28, 2013
Dan Human
The state says a Hancock County salvage yard had made headway in fixing environmental violations found during a March inspection. The owner still faces an unrelated lawsuit from county officials.
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Homebuilders extend streak with 23-percent surge in permits

June 11, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Single-family building permits rose 23 percent in the nine-county Indianapolis area in May, the 11th straight month of year-over-year increases.
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Greenfield plant transforms waste into fertilizer

May 9, 2013
Associated Press
Spring gardeners, lawn manicurists and nursery folk of all varieties on the hunt for cheap fertilizer this planting season need look no farther than the Greenfield's wastewater treatment facility.
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Residents decry Fortville's big annexation plans as land grab

April 29, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Property owners southeast of Geist Reservoir are vowing to fight involuntary annexation of a 9-square-mile area by the town of Fortville, which would add $53.5 million to its property tax base.
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Meat distributor plans plant, 80 jobs in Hancock County

March 13, 2013
Chicago-based Peer Foods Group Inc., a meat producer and distributor, said Wednesday that it plans to create 80 jobs by 2014 as part of a $5.5 million expansion into Hancock County.
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Two neighboring utilities united by fiber in Hancock CountyRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Unusual merger of Hancock Telecom and Central Indiana Power is paving the way for network deployment in rural areas.
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Greenfield gun seller, others seeing run on guns

January 8, 2013
Associated Press
Gun enthusiasts are snapping up weapons faster than they can be replenished. And applications for gun permits spiked sharply toward the end of 2012.
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Mayors organize to tackle regional issuesRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The leaders of 18 central Indiana cities and towns have formed a group that intends to address regional concerns, starting with a proposed $1.3 billion, 10-year mass transit plan.
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Funding cuts may pull plug on school broadcasting

December 7, 2012
Associated Press
In August, Greenfield city officials decided to drastically slash funds for Greenfield-Central High School's broadcasting program. The future of the programs remains in a state of limbo for the 2013-14 school year and beyond.
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ExactTarget co-founder Baggott turns zeal to natural farmingRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Chris Baggott has spent the past year and a half raising cattle, pigs and chickens on pasture, rather than conventional feed grain, and without the use of hormones or antibiotics.
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Toyota supplier plans 116 jobs in Hancock County

October 11, 2012
Japan-based Tsuda Industries Co. Ltd. plans to spend $56.2 million to build a facility at Mount Comfort Air Park East, which should create 116 jobs by 2016, the company said Thursday.
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Local pilot turns aerobatics into satisfying 'jobby'Restricted Content

September 29, 2012
Ellen Kobe
Billy Werth's passion for flying has landed him two jobs that pay the bills--as commercial pilot with Chautauqua Airlines and a major in the Air Force Reserves at Grissom Air Reserve Base in Peru. His third job is just for fun. Since 2006, Werth has owned an acrobatic flying company called Grayout Aerosports.
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Irving Materials acquires northern Indiana competitor

July 5, 2012
Greenfield-based Irving Materials Inc.'s purchase of Rock Industries in Peru brings its total number of mining operations in Indiana to 18. Rock Industries operates quarries in Peru and Plymouth.
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Covance plans $150M expansion, 465 jobs in Greenfield

June 26, 2012
The New Jersey-based pharmaceutical research company is seeking state and local incentives as part of the expansion, which would include a new laboratory, set to be finished in 2016. Covance already employs 565 workers at the site.
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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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INSIDE DISH: Husband-wife team revive sushi joint's reputation

May 4, 2012
Mason King
Dish_Yokohama_WatchVideoScott and Debbie Bennett sank their savings into purchasing Greenwood's Yokohama, which had a past peppered with disappointed patrons.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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