Manufacturers

Remy to supply motors for all-electric Equinox

August 10, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Remy International on Tuesday signed a contract with Cincinnati-based Advanced Mechanical Products Inc. to supply motors for an all-electric version of the Chevrolet Equinox.
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Local manufacturer Deflecto lives to see 50

August 7, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Customers intervened to keep inventor of bicycle reflectors, dryer vents from going out of business.
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Slumping chocolate firm hopes to recapture early momentumRestricted Content

August 7, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Endangered Species Chocolate, which saw growth spike from 2005 through 2007, lost 20 percent of its revenue in 2009. Sales dropped from $14 million in 2008 to $11 million last year. New Curt Vander Meer has plans to bring the company back to its former glory, one chocolate bar at a time.
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Indiana company planning hybrid van gets GM backing

August 4, 2010
Associated Press
Anderson-based Bright Automotive is getting a boost from a $5 million investment by General Motors' new venture capital arm.
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Hillenbrand profit falls on acquisition costs

August 4, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Excluding acquisition costs, the Batesville-based maker of caskets exceeded Wall Street forecasts with earnings of $28.1 million.
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Calumet see smaller loss in second quarter

August 4, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based owner of oil refineries lost $907,000 in the three months ended June 30. In the same quarter last year, the company lost $26 million.
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Delta Faucet parent lowers forecast for housing starts

July 31, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Carmel-based company backed off earlier predictions after a mid-year slow-down that could affect its sales.
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Cummins' profit rises on strong overseas sales

July 27, 2010
Columbus-based diesel engine manufacturer raised its full-year earnings forecast after second quarter profit rose to $246 million.
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Federal agents' raid hits University Loft at tough timeRestricted Content

July 24, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Military contracts have helped shore up sagging sales at University Loft Co., the furniture maker federal agents raided two weeks ago. Still, University Loft's work force is almost 50 percent off its recent peak.
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Rolls-Royce snags $70M contract to service Canadian fleet

July 21, 2010
British firm's Indianapolis manufacturing facility will provide engine management and repair services, as well as logistics and on-site technical support for Canadian military transport aircraft.
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Angola manufacturers plan nearly 180 new jobs

July 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Fuel Systems of Angola and Steffy Wood Products say they will invest a total of $4.8 million on their production facilities in northeast Indiana, creating 178 jobs by 2013.
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Cummins gets upgrade from Moody's

July 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The company's rating rose one notch because it has taken steps to insulate itself from economic downturns.
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Cummins moving 100 jobs from Memphis to Mexico

July 14, 2010
Associated Press
The moves will leave about 1,400 employees of Cummins and its contract workers in the Memphis area.
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Federal agents raid University Loft headquarters

July 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Agents descended on the contract-furniture maker to execute a sealed search warrant. A spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Tim Morrison said no arrests were made.
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Calumet Specialty plans to sell $450 million of debt

July 12, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The Indianapolis-based refiner of specialty hydrocarbon products plans to sell $450 million of senior notes. Proceeds will be used to repay bank debt.
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Herff Jones closing plant in eastern Pennsylvania

July 10, 2010
Associated Press
Indianapolis-based Herff Jones Inc. said it will close the printing plant in eastern Pennsylvania this fall, laying off 107 workers.
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Cummins to expand Seymour plant, add 200 jobs

July 9, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Cummins said it will invest $100 million in the Seymour plant as it rolls out a new, larger-displacement engine.
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Solar firm investing $500M in unused Getrag plant; 850 jobs planned

July 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A Colorado-based Abound Solar will get federal help taking over the empty Getrag plant on U.S. 31 near Kokomo, creating as many as 850 jobs in the next three years and establishing what it says will be the largest such facility in the United States.
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Delta Faucet adaps to new normal in homebuildingRestricted Content

July 3, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The company's total employment is 1,345, down 43 percent from 2007.
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Vera Bradley files for $175M IPO

July 1, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The 28-year-old company reported profit in its latest fiscal year of $43.2 million on $288.9 million in sales.
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Local union boss on GM talks: 'They're forcing this upon us'

July 1, 2010
J.K. Wall
Negotiations for wage cuts meant to grease the sale of a General Motors stamping plant slated for closure will proceed over public protest of 650 local union workers.
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UPDATE: Stamping plant suitor gets time to negotiate

June 30, 2010
J.K. Wall
There’s more time for Illinois-based JD Norman Industries to hammer out a deal to buy a General Motors stamping plant in Indianapolis, potentially saving hundreds of local jobs.
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Union leaders meeting with GM plant bidder

June 30, 2010
J.K. Wall
United Auto Workers official Maurice "Mo" Davison is making one last attempt to put a deal together for a Chicago-area firm to buy the General Motors stamping plant southwest of downtown Indianapolis, which is slated to close in 2011.
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Raytheon lands $250 million Navy electronics contract

June 29, 2010
J.K. Wall
Workers at Raytheon Technical Services' Indianapolis facility will spend four more years working on software to control electronics on the Navy's V-22 Osprey aircraft.
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Allison dedicates $130 million hybrid plant

June 28, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Allison Transmission Inc. said Monday that it has begun renovating a vacant manufacturing space to work on hybrid systems for commercial vehicles.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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