Manufacturing & Technology

T-shirt printer scoping Indy for new facility, 105 jobs

August 2, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Little Raymond's Print Shop Inc. has requested a property-tax break on $975,000 in manufacturing equipment needed for its screen-printing facility.
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Battery maker EnerDel lays off 65 workers

July 31, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Lacking production contracts, struggling battery maker EnerDel Inc. has once again downsized its Indianapolis-area work force.
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Cummins shares jump on 2-percent revenue boost

July 30, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Shares of Columbus-based engine maker Cummins Inc. shot up 4 percent in Tuesday morning trading despite a reported 11-percent dip in profit for its second quarter.
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Gears slip for Allison Transmission in second quarter

July 30, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Profit and revenue fell for Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. in its second quarter, as demand in its mining and military markets slipped.
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Software firm finds beer business is a frothy marketRestricted Content

July 27, 2013
Dan Human
Carmel-based Blue Horseshoe Solutions develops software that manages supplies, warehousing, deliveries, worker productivity and other logistical complexities connected with any number of goods-producing businesses, but about 25 percent of its business falls within the beverage category.
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Toyota to add 200 jobs at Indiana factory in 2014

July 26, 2013
Associated Press
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana Inc. announced Friday that it's increasing Highlander production by 15,000 units at its Princeton plant as part of a $30 million investment.
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Flavor-maker to close Indy plants, lay off 47

July 23, 2013
Mason King
Kerry Ingredients & Flavours LLC plans to consolidate the Indianapolis manufacturing operations into other U.S. facilities. Thirty-five temporary workers also will lose positions.
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Zipp Speed Weaponry 'at the front of the pack'Restricted Content

July 20, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Zipp’s position as market leader has only grown stronger since the local company formed in 1988 was acquired in 2007 by Chicago-based SRAM Corp.
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Emmis sees coupons as next frontier for radio appsRestricted Content

July 20, 2013
Chris O'Malley
An app that would allow smartphones to receive FM radio signals like a transistor radio has been hailed as a way to help stations recapture listeners who fled to Web-based music streaming services.
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Car parts maker expands in Hancock County

July 19, 2013
Mason King
A 250,000-square-foot distribution center that sat empty since the recession has finally nailed down a tenant—a Canadian firm relocating operations from nearby Knightstown.
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Delta expanding operations in central Indiana

July 16, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Delta Faucet said it plans to spend about $12 million to renovate and equip its 380,000-square-foot facility in Greensburg, adding about 160 employees by 2014.
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Health tech startup aiming for fences

July 13, 2013
J.K. Wall
Flying under the radar for much of its existence, local health tech startup hc1.com Inc. now thinks it’s ready to soar. The company, spun out last year from Zionsville-based Bostech Corp., is on pace to generate annual revenue of $10 million by year's end. And it thinks business could triple next year.
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Tech showcase crowns unlikely winner in pitch contest

July 12, 2013
Dan Human
Emphymab Biotech, with a treatment for emphysema developed by a group of Indiana University medical professors, received the top prize at the Innovation Showcase on Thursday.
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Two automotive suppliers plan expansions in Marion County

July 12, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Innovative Coating Solutions and Reflex & Allen USA expect to add a total of 93 employees over five years and are seeking tax breaks on $3.5 million in new equipment.
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Hunckler steps down as head of startup group Verge

July 11, 2013
Dan Human
The executive director of the startup advocacy group will devote himself to Social Reactor, a social media startup within Scott Jones’ question-and-answer service ChaCha Search Inc.
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Ingersoll-Rand spin-off names CEO for Carmel operation

July 9, 2013
Mason King
The $2 billion global security company slated to take shape in Carmel later this year has added a major piece to its executive puzzle: CEO David D. Petratis.
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Software firm TinderBox relocating to Monument Circle

July 9, 2013
Dan Human
President Dustin Sapp expects the 8,800-square-foot headquarters in the Lacy Building to boost the three-year-old firm's profile and help recruit employees as the company pursues plans to hire nearly 100 people over the next few years.
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Pence, Coats, German diplomat tout jobs alliance

July 8, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana and German leaders are focusing on training Indiana residents to fill the skills gap between available work and unemployed Hoosiers.
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Former Pacer invents device to increase leg strength

July 6, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
In April, Jonathan Bender launched a company based on a device he invented to help others avoid the knee troubles that put an end to his promising NBA career. Already, he’s brokered a deal with California-based Relax The Back retail chain.
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Anderson woman churning out dog chews made from elk antlers

July 6, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Cindy Dunston Quirk spent a decade coming up with an allergy-free dog chew idea, then, within two weeks of deciding on elk antlers, had a product packaged and ready to sell.
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Ingersoll-Rand’s spin-off plan may give boost to areaRestricted Content

July 6, 2013
Greg Andrews
Irish industrial conglomerate Ingersoll-Rand Plc is poised to spin off its security operations late this year into Allegion—which will have its North American headquarters and most of its executive team in Carmel.
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Firm uses 'causality' to improve Internet searchesRestricted Content

July 6, 2013
Norm Heikens
Allegient LLC and subcontracted IUPUI informatics experts wrote algorithms that go beyond word searches to look for “causality”—relationships between words suggesting one thing caused another.
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Universities' patents often lack commercial applicationsRestricted Content

July 6, 2013
Dan Human
The state's universities crank out patents that find their way to pharmaceutical, prosthetics and surgery technology companies. But they also generate reams of patents in areas with few industrial applications.
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Salesforce entices ExactTarget execs with $20M in awards

July 3, 2013
Dan Human
Salesforce.com has extended job offers to ExactTarget Inc.'s top brass—and sweetened the pot by dangling awards of restricted stock topping $20 million.
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Hostess set to resume full production in Indy

July 3, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Hostess Brands LLC wants to have its Indianapolis plant in full production by the end of next week, an executive said Wednesday. The company received a tax incentive agreement worth $536,000 from the city on Wednesday.
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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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