Manufacturers

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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Klipsch pushes up earnings for parent company

January 9, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Klipsch Group parent company Voxx International Corp. said its earnings nearly doubled in its fiscal third quarter, thanks in part to the Indianapolis-based speaker maker it acquired last year.
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Great-grandson of LDI's founder prepares to take reinsRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
In a world that likes to see businesses grow by leaps and bounds, LDI Ltd. is a tortoise. The family-owned holding company typically hangs onto firms in its portfolio for 15 years or more. It might take more than two years to zero in on an acquisition target. And it’s putting its next CEO, J.A. Lacy, through a year-long apprenticeship.
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Boone County officials ‘surprised’ by ASI closing

January 5, 2012
Scott Olson
ASI Limited informed an estimated 250 employees by letter that the company was no longer profitable. The manufacturer's high-profile projects include Lucas Oil Stadium and the JW Marriott hotel.
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Turkey processor to hire up to 600 for new Vincennes plant

December 22, 2011
Huntingburg-based Farbest Foods Inc. said it will invest $69 million to build a 220,000-square-foot facility.
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Honda reworking Civic in plan to boost sales

December 21, 2011
Bloomberg News
Honda Motor Co. is sprucing up its Indiana-made Civic sedan, which received poor ratings, after less than a year on the market as part of a plan to boost U.S. sales by 24 percent in 2012 for its namesake brand.
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Is China headed for 'soft-landing slowdown'Restricted Content

December 17, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
An oasis of growth for some Hoosier manufacturers, China’s economy is headed for a slowdown. That affects both Indiana companies that have outposts in China, and the firms that export to the Asian powerhouse.
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Honda has high hopes for new Acura model made in Indiana

December 12, 2011
Bloomberg News
Honda Motor Co., seeking to revive its Acura luxury brand, is introducing a sedan intended for younger buyers unable to afford higher-end autos.
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Rolls-Royce tax-incentives deal set for hearing

December 5, 2011
Cory Schouten
A plan to offer a 10-year tax abatement worth $23 million for Rolls-Royce Corp. to redevelop two plants on the west side and move thousands of office workers into downtown's Faris campus is scheduled for an initial hearing Wednesday.
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East-side Reebok plant flourishes despite NFL contract lossRestricted Content

December 3, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The Reebok-Adidas plant on Indianapolis' east side, faced with losing an estimated 60 percent of its business when its National Football League contract expires early next year, has done what no one would expect: Add employees.
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