Manufacturers

Rolls-Royce lands more military work

June 15, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Rolls-Royce Corp. this week was awarded a $34.2 million modification to an engine maintenance contract from the Department of Defense’s Naval Air Systems Command.
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State manufacturing, logistics sectors score high marks

June 10, 2011
Scott Olson
The grades were part of an annual report released Friday morning by Conexus Indiana, an industry group that is part of Central Indiana Corporate Partnership. A 4.6-percent increase in employment the past year helped the state's manufacturing sector repeat its "A" grade.
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Cummins plans expansion, 600 jobs for Columbus

June 10, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Cummins Inc. announced Friday that it plans to add 600 employees to work in a new $18 million office building the diesel engine maker will build in downtown Columbus.
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Mooresville farm equipment maker expanding operations

June 9, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Equipment Technologies, a manufacturer of agricultural spraying equipment, plans to invest nearly $6.4 million in an expansion of its Mooresville operations, more than doubling its work force by 2015.
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RV industry supplier plans Indiana expansion

June 6, 2011
Associated Press
A recreational vehicle component manufacturer is considering a move into a vacant factory in northern Indiana where it could hire 180 workers in the next few years.
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Alexandria working on factory deal with defense contractor

June 1, 2011
Associated Press
Alexandria Mayor Jack Woods said plans are for Maryland-based Floatograph Technologies to buy the former U.S. Pipe facility from the city and then repair and remodel the factory. The plant could eventually have 100 workers.
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Klipsch steps down as speaker maker CEO

June 1, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Longtime Klipsch Group executive Paul Jacobs will take the helm, giving the Indianapolis company its first leader not named Klipsch.
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Defense spending bill leaves out Rolls-Royce jet

May 31, 2011
Associated Press
The U.S. House committee rejected efforts by some in Congress to spend more money on construction of an extra engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter for the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.
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Honda set to bump up production, except in Indiana

May 27, 2011
Associated Press
Honda's North American factories will return to near-normal production at most plants in August, the company said Thursday. However, full production of the Honda Civic, which is built at plants in Indiana and Ontario, might not resume until the end of the year.
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Bar Keepers Friend parent lands new headquarters

May 12, 2011
Cory Schouten
SerVaas Laboratories Inc. has moved its headquarters to a 65,000-square-foot building on the northwest side after nearly 40 years in its old location.
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Metal-framing plant closing to cost 105 jobs

May 9, 2011
Dietrich Industries will close a plant in Hammond this summer, resulting in the loss of 105 jobs. The company manufactures metal framing and finish products.
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Firestone launches test lab in Fishers

May 7, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Facility is meant to appeal to heavy-truck makers, other manufacturers.
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Medical device manufacturer seeks abatement

May 5, 2011
Indianapolis-based Medivative Technologies plans to build a 9,000-square-foot addition to its east-side facility and spend $2.5 million to equip it. The expansion should create 15 jobs.
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House panel moves to revive alternate jet engine

May 4, 2011
Associated Press
A U.S. House panel on Wednesday took a step toward reviving the alternate engine for the next-generation F-35 fighter plane that the Indianapolis operations of Rolls-Royce Corp. had been working on until a month ago.
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Calumet turns profit on higher product demand

May 4, 2011
The Indianapolis-based company reported first-quarter profit of $4.2 million after posting a loss in the year-ago period.
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Honda to cut production of new Civic, other models

May 2, 2011
Associated Press
Honda Motor Co. warned U.S. dealers Monday that it will run short of popular models such as the Civic compact later this summer because of parts shortages caused by Japan's earthquake.
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Delta unit Brizo partners with fashion designer Jason Wu

April 30, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Luxury faucet brand and designer started working together in 2006.
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Rolls-Royce, union strike deal as competition looms

April 27, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Competition from a new, state-of-the-art Rolls-Royce factory in Virginia drove contract talks in Indianapolis between the company and a union representing 1,700 of its workers here.
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Think hopes to boost sales through Indiana rebate

April 27, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Electric car maker Think hopes to kick-start sluggish sales through a rebate program available only to Indiana residents.
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Cummins' profit more than doubles in first quarter

April 26, 2011
The Columbus, Ind.-based engine maker reported first-quarter profit of $343 million amid continued strength in key international markets and a recovery in the North American truck market.
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Pentagon pulls plug on Rolls-Royce engine project

April 26, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Congress and the General Electric/Rolls-Royce group that was developing the engine were notified of the termination decision Monday. Rolls-Royce had about 130 people, mostly engineers, working on the F-35 project in Plainfield and Indianapolis.
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Navistar recalling workers at Indianapolis plant

April 20, 2011
Associated Press
Navistar has recalled 120 workers who were laid off when Indianapolis Casting Corp. stopped production at the facility in late 2010 and plans to recall 30 more of those workers by June.
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Allison to add 200-plus jobs over next two years

April 19, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Allison Transmission plans to invest $89 million to grow its headquarters and manufacturing operations, creating as many as 205 jobs by 2013.
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Federal budget could create headaches for Rolls-Royce

April 15, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The federal budget crunch already has halted work on a second engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter being developed by General Electric and Rolls-Royce—putting thousands of jobs in jeopardy—and it's not the only aerospace program facing an uncertain future.
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Calumet Specialty hopes to raise $375M to pay off debt

April 12, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis oil-refiner Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP intends to sell $375 million in senior notes to pay off existing debt.
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  1. I still don't understand how the FBI had any right whatsoever to investigate this elderly collector. Before the Antiquities Act it was completely legal to buy, trade or collect Native American artifacts. I used to see arrow heads, axes, bowls, corn grinders at antique shops and flea markets for sale and I bought them myself. But that was in the late 60's and early 70's. And I now know that people used to steal items from sites and sell them. I understand that is illegal. But we used to find arrow heads and even a corn grinder in our back yard when I was a child. And I still have those items today in my small collection.

  2. I lived in California and they had many of the things noted in the proposed suggestions from the "Blue Ribbon Panel". California is near financial collapse now. Let's not turn the great state of Indiana into a third world dump like California.

  3. The temporary closure of BR Avenue will get a lot of attention. But, one thing reported by the IndyStar really stands out to me, and is extraordinarily depressing: “Police also have agreed to crack down on noise violations, traffic violations and public intoxication.” In other words, the police have generously agreed to do their jobs (temporarily, at least), instead of just standing around waiting for someone to call 911. When is someone in this department going to get off their fat arse (looking at you, Chief), get their minds out of 1975-era policing and into 2014, and have his department engage in pro-active work instead of sitting around waiting for someone to be shot? Why in the hell does it take 7 people getting shot in one night in one of the city’s biggest tourist destinations, to convince the police (reluctantly, it would appear) that they actually need to do their f’n jobs? When is the Chief going to realize that there’s a huge, direct, proven correlation between enforcing the law (yes, all laws, especially those affecting quality of life) and preventing larger crimes from occurring? Is it racial BS? Is that what this extraordinary reluctance is all about? Is the department and the city terrified that if they do their jobs, they might offend someone? Whom, exactly? Will the victims of violence, murder, assault, rape, robbery, and theft be offended? Will the citizens who have to tolerate their deteriorating quality of life be offended? Will the businesses who see their customers flee be offended? Or, is it simple ignorance (maybe the Chief hasn’t heard about NYC’s success in fighting crime - it’s only the biggest g*&#am city in the country, after all)? Either way, Chief, if you don’t want to do your job, then step down. Let someone who actually wants the job take it.

  4. I thought Indiana had all the funding it needed for everything. That's why the state lottery and casino gambling were allowed, as the new tax revenue would take care of everything the state wanted to do.The recommendations sound like they came from California. Better think about that. What is the financial condition of that state?

  5. I was a fan of WIBC in the morning, Steve was the only WIBC host that I listened too, he gave the news with so much flare that I enjoyed listening to him on my way to work. Katz is no Steve. Sadly, I will not be listening to WIBC anymore.

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