Manufacturers

U.S. durable goods orders show record surge

August 26, 2014
Associated Press
Business orders for long-lasting manufactured goods shot up by the largest amount on record in July. But most of the strength came from demand for commercial aircraft. Outside of transportation, orders dipped.
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U.S. factory output rises for 6th straight month

August 15, 2014
Associated Press
The Federal Reserve reports that manufacturing production rose 1 percent in July compared to the prior month. Over the past 12 months, manufacturing has risen 4.9 percent.
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Mattress maker plans 300 jobs in Plainfield

August 14, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Mattress maker Tempur Sealy International Inc. plans to open a manufacturing and distribution facility in Plainfield, creating up to 300 jobs by the end of 2015, the Lexington, Kentucky-based company announced Thursday afternoon.
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Vera Bradley to cut manufacturing at Indiana plant

August 13, 2014
Associated Press
Vera Bradley plans to phase out a shift that about 150 people work at its New Haven plant in an effort to reduce manufacturing capacity and save on domestic costs.
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Lagging on jobs, earplug maker agrees to cancel tax breaks

August 11, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Aearo Technologies didn't fulfill its job-creation promises under a 2007 tax abatement agreement with the city of Indianapolis, but it did spend nearly $16 million on buildings and equipment.
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Calumet Specialty takes loss after refinery slowdown

August 7, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP suffered a bigger-than-expected second-quarter loss, partly due to a 30-day slowdown for maintenance at its refinery in Shreveport, Louisiana.
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U.S. manufacturing expands for 14th straight month

August 1, 2014
Associated Press
The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, reported Friday that its manufacturing index rose to its highest level since April 2011.
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Profit, revenue up for Cummins in latest quarter

July 28, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Cummins Inc. said Monday that second-quarter profit jumped 7.7 percent on strong sales in North America. The results exceeded analyst expectations.
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Indiana Limestone Co. digs out of deep hole

July 26, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
In February, Indiana Limestone Co. filed for bankruptcy. But two months later, Chicago-based Wynnchurch Capital Ltd. bought the quarry company out of bankruptcy. ILC is now digging out and looking at a brighter horizon.
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Homegrown Krazy Klothes defies overseas-made clothing trend

July 26, 2014
Sam Stall
Owner Dan Murphy's more-than-two-decades-old, Indianapolis-based company is something of an anachronism—a small-scale domestic clothing manufacturer doing business in a field dominated by Asian-based titans.
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Allison profit upshifts on North American demand

July 24, 2014
 IBJ Staff
In its second quarter, the Indianapolis-based manufacturer of transmissions and propulsion systems rode accelerating sales for rugged-duty, student transport, and hydraulic fracturing equipment.
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Drone startup off to flying startRestricted Content

July 19, 2014
Dan Human
Two friends and drone enthusiasts in 2012 hatched the idea, as a side gig, to build flying devices small enough to fit in a briefcase. But the idea shifted to a full-scale manufacturing operation that will launch in mid-August and is projected to produce up to $10 million in revenue next year.
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Tower maker gets OK for factory, plans to hire 600

July 16, 2014
Associated Press
Nello Corp., a South Bend firm that manufactures steel towers, plans to sink about $60 million into the project.
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Telemon unit acquires automotive manufacturer

July 2, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Westbrook Mfg., founded in 1977, makes electro-mechanical assemblies and wiring harnesses for the automotive industry at its manufacturing plant in Fresnillo, Mexico. The company has about 400 workers.
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Medical device maker to hire 112 in Plainfield

July 1, 2014
Mason King
Global firm Covidien LP plans to consolidate U.S. operations for servicing its medical devices in central Indiana, renovating its existing 70,000-square-foot facility in the process.
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Breweries turn to outside investors to underwrite growth

June 28, 2014
Dan Human
Six breweries and two distilleries in Indiana have sought outside investments since January 2013, a few of them multiple times, federal records show. That’s up from just one brewery in both 2009 and 2010.
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Cummins building new southern Indiana tech center

June 17, 2014
Associated Press
Engineers from several locations will be based at the $70 million center about 50 miles south of Indianapolis, and more than 600 people could be working there when it is completed next year.
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FDA prepping long-awaited plan to reduce salt

June 17, 2014
Associated Press
Food companies and restaurants could soon face government pressure to make their foods less salty for health reasons.
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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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ConAgra expanding Indiana popcorn facility

June 11, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
ConAgra Foods says it will spend nearly $9 million to expand its popcorn production operations in northwestern Indiana, where it expects to add up to 80 workers in the coming year.
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State excels in manufacturing and logistics, but issues loom

June 11, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Manufacturing Logistics Hicks watch videoIndiana's sectors are among the strongest in the nation, according to a recent report. But challenges remain in work force education, the cost of worker benefits, and the pace of innovation.
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Faucet maker Delta changes presidents

June 11, 2014
Dan Human
Carmel-based Delta Faucet Co. has a new president after a pair of promotions by parent company Masco Corp., the companies announced.
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Calumet acquires $25M stake in Louisiana plant

June 10, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP plans to spend $25 million acquiring a 22-percent stake in a gas-to-liquids plant in Louisiana.
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Subaru starts building new SUV model in Lafayette

June 3, 2014
Associated Press
Factory workers gathered Monday to celebrate the first day of production on the 2015 model, which is among three Subaru vehicles built at the 3,600-worker plant.
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Auto parts maker adding jobs at Muncie factory

May 30, 2014
Associated Press
Magna Powertrain plans to spend more than $15 million on new equipment for a Muncie factory where it expects to add as many as 50 workers in the coming year.
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