Lafayette

Pile of dirt standing in way of jet-engine plant

June 13, 2014
Associated Press
The dirt is left over from previous construction near the site at the Lafayette industrial park where GE Aviation intends to build a 225,000-square-foot plant.
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Subaru awaiting Toyota's decision about output in Indiana

April 17, 2014
Bloomberg News
Subaru, which added more U.S. market share than any international carmaker last year, is pushing ahead with U.S. expansion plans as it awaits a Toyota's decision on whether it will keep building Camrys at Subaru's Indiana plant.
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GE engine plant's future riding on new technologyRestricted Content

March 29, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Nothing less than the future profitability of commercial airlines rides on the jet engine that GE Aviation will assemble in Lafayette.
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Subaru continues Lafayette factory plans with far fewer jobs

February 27, 2014
Associated Press
Subaru is moving ahead with its plans for spending more than $400 million to expand and upgrade its Lafayette factory while significantly scaling back the expectations for new jobs.
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More lanes planned for I-65 near Lafayette

December 13, 2013
Associated Press
The state highway department is planning to widen an eight-mile section of Interstate 65 near Lafayette to three lanes in each direction.
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Denver company completes Chromcraft acquisition

November 11, 2013
Associated Press
Apparel maker Sport-Haley Holdings Inc. has closed its $3.45 million purchase of Indiana-based furniture maker Chromcraft Revington.
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Subaru considers ways to fix its supply problem

August 28, 2013
Bloomberg News
Subaru,  which employs about 3,600 people in Lafayette, is taking measured steps to expand its production capacity, but today it is worried about running out of cars.
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Subaru parent set to reevaluate strategy amid rapid growth

August 9, 2013
Bloomberg News
Executives at the company, which counts Toyota Motor Corp. as its biggest shareholder, will begin discussions this month through next year to determine the long-term direction of the Tokyo-based company.
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Massive job cuts in Indiana help Swiss firm turn profit

August 6, 2013
Bloomberg News
OC Oerlikon Corp. interim CEO Juerg Fedier said margins are improving in the Fairfield Drive Systems division in Lafayette after the Swiss manufacturer cut nearly 500 jobs in the second quarter.
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Subaru to invest $400M in Lafayette plant, hire 900

May 8, 2013
 IBJ Staff, Associated Press
The Japanese car maker already employs about 3,600 people at the plant and builds the Legacy and Outback cars and the Tribeca SUV. With the new investment, it will boost capacity by 100,000 cars and begin making the Impreza.
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Factory workers struggling to bounce backRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
Dan Human
Thousands of Indiana’s rank-and-file factory workers have seen their earnings lose ground to that of white-collar workers. The gap has grown even as manufacturers expect their assembly-line workers to have more skills and more advanced education.
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Subaru targets more growth at Indiana plant

January 15, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The maker of Subaru cars is targeting a 6-percent increase in global sales this year, spurred by the introduction of a new Forester SUV model. The company will use its plant in Lafayette to increase output.
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Japanese automakers help drive economyRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Dan Human
A deal struck 25 years ago brought Subaru-Isuzu to Indiana. Toyota followed in 1996, and Honda came in 2008. The three Japanese automakers now collectively employ 10,000 and support thousands more jobs at suppliers across the state.
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Subaru still considering Indiana plant expansion

December 5, 2012
Bloomberg News
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.’s Subaru unit is studying whether to expand its Indiana auto-assembly plant as the Toyota Motor Corp. affiliate seeks to boost U.S. output to curb currency losses and meet growing demand for its models.
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Caterpillar laying off 167 workers in Lafayette

August 3, 2012
Associated Press
Caterpillar Inc. says it's laying off nearly 170 workers at its Lafayette Large Engine Center in response to a drop in demand.
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Subaru to add 100 jobs as part of $75 million expansion

May 16, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Subaru already employs 3,600 at its Lafayette facility, with 600 workers added in the past three years. The expansion will ramp up production from nearly 171,000 cars a year to at least 180,000.
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Economy still tough, but a few Hoosier industries on upswingRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
J.K. Wall
Two years into the economic recovery, bright spots in the Indiana job market are still hard to find. The insurance industry is one of the few glimmers of light on Indiana’s horizon. Others include engine makers, nursing homes and temp agencies.
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Mike's unveils new design for new carwashes

July 5, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Two new carwash facilities in Anderson and West Lafayette will bring the Indianapolis-based chain to 39 stores.
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Lafayette Life leaving in June; 159 jobs affected

March 30, 2011
All 159 employees of the insurance company will either relocate to Cincinnati or lose their jobs, according to a spokeswoman for Lafayette Life's parent company. Lafayette Life was founded in 1905.
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Wabash National adding 200 jobs at Indiana plant

March 18, 2011
Associated Press
Trailer manufacturer Wabash National Corp. is adding 200 new jobs at its north-central Indiana plant to support a new contract to build bulk storage fluid tankers for another Indiana company.
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State auto jobs creeping up againRestricted Content

October 2, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Employment in Indiana’s auto industry has stabilized, and manufacturers even are hiring in small numbers. Hoosier automakers and parts suppliers added 10,000 workers this year through August, bringing total employment in the sector to 100,400.
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German company to buy Eli Lilly's Lafayette plantRestricted Content

October 17, 2009
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. will sell its manufacturing plant in Lafayette to a German company in its first major move toward reducing its work force by 5,500 employees and cutting its operating expenses by $1 billion.
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Subaru plant ushered in new eraRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana's $86M incentive package to establish the Subaru plant in Lafayette was initially controversial.
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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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