Manufacturing & Technology

RV industry leaders say rebound picking up speed

September 1, 2014
Associated Press
Key manufacturers and suppliers have announced recent expansions, the stock market is at an all-time high, and consumers are more confident in the future, industry leaders say.
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Smarter Remarketer gets $7M in fundingRestricted Content

August 30, 2014
Smarter Remarketer, an Indianapolis-based retail technology firm, said Aug. 27 that it has lined up $7 million in venture debt financing from Los Angeles-based City National Bank.
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Meat processing company plans new Indiana plant

August 28, 2014
Associated Press
The project by Boar's Head Meats includes an initial investment of $80 million to build a 150,000-square-foot building where up to 200 people will work.
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Customer service firm plans to hire 1,000 workers

August 27, 2014
Mason King
The new part-time and full-time jobs will pay in a range of $12 to $18 per hour, according to Boston-based Interactions Corp.
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U.S. durable goods orders show record surge

August 26, 2014
Associated Press
Business orders for long-lasting manufactured goods shot up by the largest amount on record in July. But most of the strength came from demand for commercial aircraft. Outside of transportation, orders dipped.
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Indianapolis homebuilder combines dashing design, prefabricated contructionRestricted Content

August 23, 2014
Sam Stall
Ursula David hopes her first manufactured home will catch on at other infill lots close to downtown.
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Toyota to expand Highlander production, add 300 workers

August 22, 2014
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Toyota Indiana on Friday said it plans to expand operations at its Princeton plant, about 150 miles southwest of Indianapolis, creating up to 300 jobs by 2016.
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Struggling Angie's List lays off 97 salespeople

August 22, 2014
Mason King
The consumer-review firm told federal regulators Friday that the move was "part of a focus on improving salesforce performance and productivity."
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'Bring your own device' creates privacy issues for employees

August 20, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl, Indiana Lawyer Staff
Companies are concerned about data security and access to mobile devices used for work. Employees want to keep prying eyes—including those of their employers—away from their personal business.
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Muncie packaging company to lay off 261 workers

August 17, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
DIY Group packages products and displays for national manufacturers and retailers. The notice sent to the state cited the loss of a contract with Jarden Home Brands for the layoffs.
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Hendricks County pitching motorsports skill, expertise to medical manufacturers

August 16, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Hendricks County finds pay dirt pitching skills of racing industry to medical device manufacturers.
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TOLLIVER: Warehousing, e-commerce merging in Indy areaRestricted Content

August 16, 2014
Jason Tolliver / Special to IBJ
As consumers, our need for instant gratification has never been greater, as evidenced by the rise of e-commerce. Shopping online and receiving an order that same day or the next is replacing the expectations of old, when we received our orders in a week or so.
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Emmis: Dynamic pricing will reshape many industriesRestricted Content

August 16, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Corp. executives believe their latest acquisition, a local flexible-pricing software firm called Digonex Technologies, can revolutionize any number of businesses, including radio.
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U.S. factory output rises for 6th straight month

August 15, 2014
Associated Press
The Federal Reserve reports that manufacturing production rose 1 percent in July compared to the prior month. Over the past 12 months, manufacturing has risen 4.9 percent.
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Mattress maker plans 300 jobs in Plainfield

August 14, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Mattress maker Tempur Sealy International Inc. plans to open a manufacturing and distribution facility in Plainfield, creating up to 300 jobs by the end of 2015, the Lexington, Kentucky-based company announced Thursday afternoon.
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Eli Lilly to close Terre Haute animal enzyme plant

August 14, 2014
Associated Press
The plant closure will affect 23 plant employees, all of whom will be offered comparable positions at a Lilly plant near Clinton that employs about 500 workers.
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Vera Bradley to cut manufacturing at Indiana plant

August 13, 2014
Associated Press
Vera Bradley plans to phase out a shift that about 150 people work at its New Haven plant in an effort to reduce manufacturing capacity and save on domestic costs.
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Lagging on jobs, earplug maker agrees to cancel tax breaks

August 11, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Aearo Technologies didn't fulfill its job-creation promises under a 2007 tax abatement agreement with the city of Indianapolis, but it did spend nearly $16 million on buildings and equipment.
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New Simon VC arm making bets on retail technology

August 9, 2014
Greg Andrews
The newly formed Simon Venture Group is betting millions of dollars on nascent technology companies that hope to reshape retailing.
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Delayed Sugar Creek food plant may operate by next summer

August 7, 2014
Associated Press
A food processing plant that's expected to bring 400 jobs to eastern Indiana should begin operations in July 2015, a top company official says.
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Calumet Specialty takes loss after refinery slowdown

August 7, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP suffered a bigger-than-expected second-quarter loss, partly due to a 30-day slowdown for maintenance at its refinery in Shreveport, Louisiana.
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ChaCha CEO Jones launches app school in Carmel

August 5, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
Some of the events will take place at Scott Jones’ estate at 1150 W. 116th St. The unique setting prompted the founders to name the school Eleven Fifty.
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Interactive Intelligence takes quarterly loss

August 4, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Interactive was right on target with the preliminary earnings announcement it made July 16, when it predicted revenue between $86 million and $88 million and an operating loss between $11 million and $12 million.
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Startup objects to IndyGo's no-bid deal with rival

August 2, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
An Indianapolis software startup that hopes to win contracts from public-transit agencies across the country is protesting a no-bid deal by IndyGo.
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HALO startup funding surpasses $20 million markRestricted Content

August 2, 2014
HALO reached the $20 million milestone after pumping nearly $1.5 million in the first half of 2014 into mobile app developer Bluebridge Digital, contract-research firm AIT Bioscience, threat-intelligence firm Emerging Threats and sales-automation software firm TinderBox.
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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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