Manufacturing & Technology

Health care cloud firm expanding, adding 62 jobs

November 15, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Zionsville-based firm said it will spend $1.4 million to lease and equip a 16,626-square-foot headquarters facility at Northwest Technology Park to allow for the expansion.
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U.S. factory production rises for 3rd straight month

November 15, 2013
Associated Press
Manufacturing output rose 0.3 percent last month, up from 0.1 percent in September, the Federal Reserve reported Friday. Overall industrial production, however, fell 0.1 percent.
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Tipton County won't stop work at Chrysler plant over permits

November 15, 2013
Associated Press
Three residents have appealed the Tipton County planning director's decision to extend without public notice the building permit originally given to Getrag, which stopped construction at the factory in 2008.
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Biometrics researchers see world without passwords

November 12, 2013
Associated Press
Some Purdue University researchers are working on technology that could see all those passwords that computer users must punch in replaced with steps such as iris and fingerprint scans.
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Apparel maker plans to boost operations, hire 28

November 12, 2013
Mason King
Founded in 1987, Indy-based Motionwear LLC currently employs more than 180 full-time workers and already has begun hiring new manufacturing, administrative, sales and warehouse employees.
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Denver company completes Chromcraft acquisition

November 11, 2013
Associated Press
Apparel maker Sport-Haley Holdings Inc. has closed its $3.45 million purchase of Indiana-based furniture maker Chromcraft Revington.
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Klipsch bolsters marketing with rollout of Gig mini-speaker

November 9, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The homegrown speaker and headphone maker Klipsch Group in recent weeks released a bevy of new products and launched a marketing campaign headlined by high-profile athletes and a rock band.
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Ex-Omnicity CEO blames bank for bankruptcy filing

November 8, 2013
Chris O'Malley
In his complaint, Greg Jarman alleges an improper account freeze created a liquidity crisis and scuttled plans by a major investor to make a cash injection into the company.
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Purdue boosting enrollment in computer science

November 8, 2013
Associated Press
Purdue University plans to expand undergraduate and graduate enrollment in computer science by more than a quarter to meet growing demand among employers.
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Manufacturer to close Indiana plant with 110 workers

November 7, 2013
 IBJ Staff
PolyOne’s Designed Structures and Solutions division in Warsaw will begin terminating employees Jan. 6, the company said in a filing received Thursday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
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Twitter soars as shares debut on stock market

November 7, 2013
Associated Press
The stock opened at $45.10 a share on Thursday, 73 percent above its initial offering price. Tempering expectations was a big theme leading up to the IPO, but that flew out the window with the stock's opening surge.
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U.S. economic growth perks up in third quarter

November 7, 2013
Associated Press
The U.S. economy expanded at a 2.8-percent annual rate from July through September, a surprising acceleration ahead of the 16-day partial government shutdown.
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T2 Systems loses tax break over technicality

November 7, 2013
Dan Human
The software developer moved across town to a new address in 2012, which nullified its agreement with the city—although it's still on track to meet its goals for new investment and hiring.
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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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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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