Manufacturing & Technology

Startup bakery seeking tax breaks on $78M project

November 4, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Dallas-based Specialty Bakery LLC plans to build a 226,778-square-foot production and distribution facility in southwest Indianapolis that would create 241 jobs by 2018.
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Rolls-Royce opens $42M production facility

November 4, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The facility, which will make engine compressor parts known as banded stators, is expected to employ about 100 high-tech personnel by next year.
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Printing facility to close, terminate 150 employees

November 4, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Big changes in the media industry have dramatically lowered the amount of work available for Multi Packaging Solutions Inc.'s printing plant in Terre Haute.
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Rolls-Royce contractor grows on southwest sideRestricted Content

November 2, 2013
Belcan Corp. has hired about 20 people this year and expects to keep adding to its local work force over the next several years as it continues to provide engineering services to Rolls-Royce, its largest local customer.
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GE, union talks save jobs at Bloomington plant

October 31, 2013
Associated Press
About 130 workers at the GE Appliances factory will no longer have jobs effective Friday, although that number is down from about 160 jobs the company announced in early September.
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Remy sees lower profit, revenue in third quarter

October 29, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Remy International Inc. experienced a big drop in profit in the third quarter on a 5-percent decline in revenue, the Pendleton-based manufacturer reported Tuesday.
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Cummins' stock sinks after worse-than-expected quarter

October 29, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Shares in Cummins Inc. slid more than 9 percent Tuesday morning after the Columbus-based engine manufacturer reported weaker-than-expected sales and profit in the third quarter, and lowered its outlook for the rest of the year.
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Allison falls short of earnings, revenue expectations

October 28, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. on Monday reported a jump in profit in the third quarter despite sliding revenue.
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Five tech firms with varied niches are on promising trajectoriesRestricted Content

October 26, 2013
Dan Human
Reaching the publicly traded level might not happen for anyone in the next year or two, but Indianapolis has several companies (including Jeff Ready's Scale Computing) that have hoisted themselves out of the often-shaky startup phases and are ready to take off.
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Carmel firm's bird feeders perched in 2,700 Walmarts

October 26, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Sisters Jan Long and Chris Mowery had little more than an idea in 1995 when they trekked to Kmart’s corporate headquarters to pitch a product they thought had potential: a recyclable bird feeder their father had designed to promote his plastics business. They left with their first big contract.
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Tech deal escalates battle of titans

October 26, 2013
Dan Human
The CEOs and of four cloud marketing companies--two national and two local--might make Indianapolis into a bridge between two feuding Silicon Valley giants. Or put the city in the middle of an aggressive arms race in one of the tech industry’s hottest markets—cloud marketing.
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UPDATE: Report finds optimism among state manufacturers

October 25, 2013
Associated Press
The survey by IU's Kelley School of Business found that four out of five Indiana manufacturing companies consider their businesses healthy or stable.
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Investors pour $5 million into beer technology firm

October 21, 2013
Dan Human
Carmel-based SteadyServ Technologies expects to roll out its keg-sensor system early next year and trigger an aggressive hiring phase.
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Countertop maker plans to add 32 jobs in Zionsville

October 21, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Cincinnati-based Sims-Lohman Inc. said it will invest $2 million to buy and equip a 57,000-square-foot facility in Zionsville. The firm already employs 22 full-time workers in the Boone County community.
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Controversial TV streamer planning to launch in IndyRestricted Content

October 19, 2013
Chris O'Malley
A digital streaming service that television broadcasters deem so threatening they recently petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court for help plans to enter Indianapolis next year.
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Tech companies building a charitable nicheRestricted Content

October 19, 2013
Dan Human
An emerging group of software companies focused on serving charities—combined with the fact the city is home to the only philanthropy college in the country—could make the area a hotbed for an often-ignored area of business.
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ExactTarget's role expands at new parent firm

October 17, 2013
Dan Human
ExactTarget CEO Scott Dorsey and his team have taken the reins of the Marketing Cloud unit at Salesforce.com, a move that has analysts raving.
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Three cities seek grant to boost manufacturing

October 16, 2013
Associated Press
Three central Indiana cities that once had thousands of auto workers have joined together in seeking a $20 million federal grant to help attract new businesses to their empty factories.
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Firm plans $16 million revival of Kokomo plant

October 15, 2013
 IBJ Staff
A maker of porcelain products plans to invest $16 million to purchase, renovate and equip a vacant pottery production plant in Kokomo and create as many as 140 jobs by 2014.
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ExactTarget lauded for Facebook softwareRestricted Content

October 12, 2013
The Indianapolis-based digital marketer developed a program called Active Audiences, which lets companies better tailor advertisements to individual customers as they scroll around the social network.
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After stock zooms up, Internet bank aims higherRestricted Content

October 12, 2013
Greg Andrews
Shares of First Internet Bancorp have more than doubled since December, when founder and CEO David Becker boosted the visibility of the stock by announcing it was shifting from the over-the-counter market to NASDAQ.
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CIK Enterprises changes name, plans more growth

October 10, 2013
Dan Human
The Indianapolis-based marketing technology firm now calls itself Perq LLC after consolidating its three companies into one.
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Honda marking fifth anniversary of Greensburg plant

October 9, 2013
Associated Press
The company's Greensburg facility turned out its first Honda Civic sedans on Oct. 9, 2008, with about 1,000 workers at the plant. Honda officials say the factory now has more than 2,000 employees.
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Auto parts maker shifting work from Michigan to Indiana

October 9, 2013
Associated Press
Quebec-based Exo-s US says it will spend nearly $7 million on the factory in the LaGrange County town of Howe. It expects to open the factory next year and hire up to 250 workers by 2016.
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Lilly scientists stole $55 million in trade secrets, indictment alleges

October 8, 2013
J.K. Wall
Three former employees of Eli Lilly and Co. allegedly transferred trade secrets that Lilly values at more than $55 million to a competing Chinese drug company, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday in federal court.
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  1. Apologies for the wall of text. I promise I had this nicely formatted in paragraphs in Notepad before pasting here.

  2. I believe that is incorrect Sir, the people's tax-dollars are NOT paying for the companies investment. Without the tax-break the company would be paying an ADDITIONAL $11.1 million in taxes ON TOP of their $22.5 Million investment (Building + IT), for a total of $33.6M or a 50% tax rate. Also, the article does not specify what the total taxes were BEFORE the break. Usually such a corporate tax-break is a 'discount' not a 100% wavier of tax obligations. For sake of example lets say the original taxes added up to $30M over 10 years. $12.5M, New Building $10.0M, IT infrastructure $30.0M, Total Taxes (Example Number) == $52.5M ININ's Cost - $1.8M /10 years, Tax Break (Building) - $0.75M /10 years, Tax Break (IT Infrastructure) - $8.6M /2 years, Tax Breaks (against Hiring Commitment: 430 new jobs /2 years) == 11.5M Possible tax breaks. ININ TOTAL COST: $41M Even if you assume a 100% break, change the '30.0M' to '11.5M' and you can see the Company will be paying a minimum of $22.5, out-of-pocket for their capital-investment - NOT the tax-payers. Also note, much of this money is being spent locally in Indiana and it is creating 430 jobs in your city. I admit I'm a little unclear which tax-breaks are allocated to exactly which expenses. Clearly this is all oversimplified but I think we have both made our points! :) Sorry for the long post.

  3. Clearly, there is a lack of a basic understanding of economics. It is not up to the company to decide what to pay its workers. If companies were able to decide how much to pay their workers then why wouldn't they pay everyone minimum wage? Why choose to pay $10 or $14 when they could pay $7? The answer is that companies DO NOT decide how much to pay workers. It is the market that dictates what a worker is worth and how much they should get paid. If Lowe's chooses to pay a call center worker $7 an hour it will not be able to hire anyone for the job, because all those people will work for someone else paying the market rate of $10-$14 an hour. This forces Lowes to pay its workers that much. Not because it wants to pay them that much out of the goodness of their heart, but because it has to pay them that much in order to stay competitive and attract good workers.

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  5. It is sad to see these races not have a full attendance. The Indy Car races are so much more exciting than Nascar. It seems to me the commenters here are still a little upset with Tony George from a move he made 20 years ago. It was his decision to make, not yours. He lost his position over it. But I believe the problem in all pro sports is the escalating price of admission. In todays economy, people have to pay much more for food and gas. The average fan cannot attend many events anymore. It's gotten priced out of most peoples budgets.

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