Manufacturers

Whirlpool to close Indiana center, move work to Michigan

August 6, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Whirlpool Corp. announced Monday it plans to shut down the last of its operations in a southern Indiana city, a plant that employed more than 1,500 workers a few years ago.
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Gilchrist & Soames moves HQ, plans to add 40 workers

August 1, 2012
The maker of luxury soaps and other hotel toiletries has moved its headquarters from Indianapolis to a bigger facility in Plainfield, where it plans to add 40 employees within six months.
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Calumet Specialty turns big profit in second quarter

August 1, 2012
The Indianapolis-based company said Wednesday morning that profit soared to $65.7 million compared with a loss of $7.7 million in the second quarter of 2011.
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Cummins tops expectations despite lower profit, sales

July 31, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Engine manufacturer Cummins Inc. on Tuesday reported lower profit and revenue in the second quarter, but the results exceeded Wall Street expectations.
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Allison reports $413M quarterly profit, but lowers forecast

July 30, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Allison Transmission Inc. on Monday reported earnings of nearly $413 million in the second quarter after losing $17.2 million in the same period a year ago. The Indianapolis-based manufacturer cut its full-year sales-growth forecast.
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Elkhart factory to close by 2013, costing 210 jobs

July 26, 2012
Associated Press
Auto-parts maker Gunite Corp. plans to move its manufacturing operations to Rockford, Ill., phasing out Elkhart workers beginning in late September.
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Auto parts manufacturer plans 325 jobs in Anderson

July 24, 2012
Automobile parts supplier Greenville Technology Inc. plans to open a $21.4 million plant in Anderson, creating 325 jobs by 2016, economic development officials announced Tuesday morning.
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Chrysler seeks $2.5M utility deposit from Duke Energy Indiana

July 13, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The automaker is asking the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to look into its dispute with Duke Energy—and order the utility to return a deposit it required to keep the power on at Chrysler's Kokomo plants.
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Manufacturer growing Shelby County plant

July 13, 2012
 IBJ Staff
California-based manufacturer DrillingWorld plans to expand its operations in Shelbyville, adding as many as 30 jobs by 2015.
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Rolls-Royce wins $183M Army contract

July 9, 2012
Dan Human
The British manufacturer, which produces aircraft engines in Indianapolis, has scored a $183 million contract to service engines for the U.S. Army’s OH-58D Kiowa Warrior scout helicopters, the company announced Monday morning.
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Manufacturers help schools fill training voidRestricted Content

July 7, 2012
Dan Human
Manufacturers—bedeviled by an underskilled labor force—seek highly trained graduates. Career centers—struggling with funding cuts—seek support from companies so classes can keep operating.
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Bus seat maker to start production in Indiana

July 3, 2012
Associated Press
A German company that makes passenger seats for buses and trains plans to start its first U.S. manufacturing facility in northern Indiana, creating up to 62 jobs.
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Abound Solar set to close doors, file for bankruptcy

June 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Abound Solar Inc., a Colorado-based solar manufacturer that once hoped to hire 1,200 people in Indiana by the end of 2013, will close its doors and file for bankruptcy.
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Acid spill contained at local chemical company

June 27, 2012
Associated Press
Fire department officials say up to 1,000 gallons of sulfuric acid leaked from a storage tank at a chemical business near downtown Indianapolis.
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Anderson's former GM plants getting second look

June 26, 2012
Associated Press
Anderson officials said they are excited that companies have been showing interest in some of the industrial or commercial properties left by General Motors that need or are undergoing environmental cleanups.
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Haynes plans $23.5M expansion, 40 more jobs in Kokomo

June 26, 2012
Associated Press
Kokomo-based Haynes International Inc. plans a $23.5 million project to increase production at a central Indiana factory where it makes specialty metal plates and sheets for the aerospace and other industries.
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Baby food maker adding 150 jobs in Lebanon

June 21, 2012
Skjodt-Barrett Contract Packaging said it plans to add the jobs by the end of September, about a year earlier than expected, due to increased demand for its products. The company has 100 employees.
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Sprayer maker plans Mooresville expansion

June 21, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Mooresville-based Equipment Technologies, which makes self-propelled sprayers for agriculture, says it plans to hire 56 new people by 2015 as part of an expansion.
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State manufacturing heading for slowdown, expert says

June 19, 2012
Scott Olson
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                           videoAn economist at Ball State University warned of another recession at Conexus Indiana's annual state of manufacturing and logistics report Tuesday morning. Both sectors, however, contribute strongly to the state's economy and earned "A" grades in the latest report.
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Herff Jones closing yearbook plant with 130 workers

June 19, 2012
Associated Press
Herff Jones Inc. of Indianapolis has decided to close a yearbook manufacturing plant that employs 130 people in Matthews, N.C., by the end of the year.
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Columbus auto parts maker plans to add 50 jobs

June 12, 2012
NTN Driveshaft Inc. said it will add the jobs by 2013 as part of an $18 million expansion that will include purchasing additional equipment for its 1-million-square-foot facility.
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Orthopedic startups attracting big moneyRestricted Content

June 9, 2012
J.K. Wall
The Warsaw area is well-known as the home of gigantic orthopedic implant companies and their suppliers. But now a handful of startups have been able to raise nearly $25 million in equity investments despite the recession—putting a bit more fuel into a fairly stagnant entrepreneurial sector.
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Manufacturing employment coming back, but without the wages of yesteryearRestricted Content

June 9, 2012
Dan Human
Recovery in manufacturing—one of Indiana’s best-paying employment sectors—has been a much celebrated change after years of decline. But many of those jobs are returning with lower wages as employers keep up with growing global competition.
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Hurco's quarterly profit leaps on higher sales

June 8, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based manufacturer Hurco Cos. Inc. on Friday reported a 26-percent rise in profit in the second quarter on growing revenue.
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Chrysler investment paying off at Kokomo plant

June 8, 2012
Associated Press
On the cusp of realizing the end result of a historic, $1.3 billion investment in Kokomo's plants, Chrysler officials here and in Detroit, Mich., are riding high.
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