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State economy finally gaining tractionRestricted Content

March 3, 2012
J.K. Wall
Leading indicators for Indiana's economy are looking up: Banks are increasing lending, real estate developers are pulling the trigger on long-shelved projects, manufacturers are expanding, and consumers are even buying big-ticket items, including automobiles.
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Allison Transmission seeks $522M in initial public offering

March 1, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Allison Transmission Holdings Inc., the former parts unit of General Motors Co., is seeking to raise as much as $522 million for its private-equity owners in an initial public offering.
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Local packaging company plans to add 101 jobs in Brookville

February 29, 2012
MBC Group plans to add the jobs by 2014 at its plant in southeastern Indiana as part of a $4.1 million investment to add four production lines.
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Court OKs EnerDel parent's bankruptcy plan

February 29, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A court has approved Ener1's plan to emerge from bankruptcy, the parent company of locally based EnerDel announced Wednesday.
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Hybrid-vehicle hopeful Bright Automotive folding

February 29, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Bright Automotive Inc., an Anderson company that once hoped to become a major hybrid-vehicle player with hundreds of employees in central Indiana, has called it quits after failing to land a $450 million government loan.
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Abound Solar halts production, cuts 180 jobs

February 28, 2012
Associated Press
A Colorado-based solar module maker that hoped to create up to 1,200 jobs in Indiana by next year said Tuesday that it was laying off about 180 workers in Colorado as the company focuses on a more efficient product.
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Covington manufacturer plans to add 68 jobs

February 28, 2012
Urbana, Ill.-based Flex-N-Gate Corp. plans to add positions by the end of the year as part of a $5.1 million expansion at its plant 75 miles west of Indianapolis.
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Durable goods orders suffer worst drop in three years

February 28, 2012
Associated Press
Businesses slashed spending on machinery and equipment in January after a tax break expired, pushing orders for long-lasting manufacturing goods down by the largest amount in three years.
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Auto town Kokomo on the mend, but bailout still divides

February 26, 2012
Associated Press
The U.S. auto industry and Kokomo have staged an amazing comeback. But the resurrection of U.S. automakers has done little to resolve a deep political divide over the bailout.
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Allison Transmission profits tripled in 2011

February 21, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Net income of $103 million last year compares with a profit of $29.6 million in 2010 and a loss of $323.9 million in 2009, according to a document the transmission maker filed Feb. 17 with the Securities and Exchange Commission as part of its planned IPO.
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Manufacturer plans to add 70 jobs in Wells County

February 21, 2012
Haven Manufacturing in Ossian, south of Fort Wayne, makes orthopedic instruments, industrial parts and special tooling for the medical, furniture, aerospace and transportation industries.
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Columbus manufacturer to begin solar panel productionRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Nusun Solar says an endorsement by Underwriter's Laboratories should lead to mass production of its commercial and residential panels.
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Former worker files federal suit against ASI

February 17, 2012
Scott Olson
An ex-employee of manufacturer ASI Limited in Whitestown is suing the company for allegedly failing to give workers a required 60-day notice that the plant was closing. The lawsuit seeks class-action status on behalf of roughly 200 terminated workers.
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Steel Dynamics to expand Pittsboro operations

February 17, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Fort Wayne-based Steel Dynamics Inc. plans a $76 million expansion in Pittsboro, increasing the mill's capacity by 52 percent, the company announced Thursday.
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Calumet Specialty revenue, profit jump after acquisition

February 15, 2012
Indianapolis-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP said Wednesday morning that a major refinery acquisition helped company revenue and profit soar in the fourth quarter as compared to the same period in 2010.
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Local manufacturer tapped for trade mission to Russia

February 9, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Hoosier Gasket Corp. hopes to land more business in Russia, where a growing middle class and new financing options are fueling the automotive market.
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Rolls-Royce's profits in line with expectations

February 9, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc, the world’s second-largest aircraft-engine maker, said profit rose in line with estimates, buoyed by a backlog of orders from Boeing Co. and Airbus SAS.
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Toyota plans to add 400 jobs in southwest Indiana

February 8, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday afternoon it would add 400 jobs in Princeton after consolidating production of its Highlander mid-size SUV.
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Manufacturing plant closing in northwest Indiana

February 6, 2012
Newnan, Ga.-based Bon L. Manufacturing Co. is set to close its facility in Kentland by mid-June, throwing 146 employees out of work.
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Cummins posts record results for quarter, 2011

February 2, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Columbus-based diesel engine maker Cummins Inc. reported record results for 2011, earning $1.85 billion on revenue of $18 billion.
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Lotion maker relocating operations to Indianapolis

January 27, 2012
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based New Sunshine, which is owned by a group led by former Conseco Inc. CEO Stephen Hilbert, said it will add 180 jobs by moving a manufacturing facility from Tempe, Ariz.
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French breast-implant recall could sway U.S. device debate

January 19, 2012
Bloomberg News
U.S. medical device makers have spent the last year urging government officials to approve high-risk products faster, like their European counterparts. A scandal over leaking breast implants made in France, however, may make the argument more difficult.
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Calumet Specialty Products buys synthetic lubricant businessRestricted Content

January 14, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The purchase included 22 acres of land and a factory in Louisiana, Mo.
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Hurco reports fourth straight quarterly profit

January 13, 2012
Strong sales in North America and Europe helped the Indianapolis-based machine-tool maker.
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Ex-Peterbilt dealer hauls trailer manufacturer to court

January 10, 2012
Chris O'Malley
A longtime Indianapolis-based Peterbilt dealer is suing California-based Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co. for allegedly blocking the sale of the dealership’s trailer sales arm.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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