Manufacturing & Technology

Auto parts supplier hiring 100 for Indiana plant

September 25, 2013
Associated Press
Tenneco Inc. officials say the factory in the Noble County city of Ligonier is increasing production to make parts on a new line for Chrysler.
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Nestle picks Anderson for $72M plant expansion

September 24, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Nestle USA plans to invest $72 million to add a seventh production line to its plant in Anderson, the beverage maker announced Tuesday.
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Tech firm plans to axe 54 workers in Carmel

September 23, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Stamford, Conn.-based Frontier Communications Corp. said it has automated a number of systems at its collection center at 11799 N. College Ave. and will no longer need the workers.
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Dallara sees Indy operations as springboard for U.S. expansionRestricted Content

September 21, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Dallara is preparing to install a $5 million automobile simulator in its Speedway plant—a move that could fuel the company’s plan to dramatically grow its local operation.
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Former Thomson site may be ripe for developmentRestricted Content

September 21, 2013
Scott Olson
The vacant 49-acre Sherman Park business complex might finally be redeveloped now that the owner has exited bankruptcy and demolition has started on its main building.
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Fishers plans new development on train-station site

September 21, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Incentive deals are on the table to keep two high-potential businesses in Fishers, and the town is poised to pull the trigger on redevelopment of the Fishers Train Station property—where one of the firms could occupy third-floor office space.
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RCA brand lives on, sans Nipper and ChipperRestricted Content

September 21, 2013
Chris O'Malley
In a plot right out of Jurassic Park, Thomson Consumer Electronics' old brands such as RCA and Proscan have been revived from old DNA. They’ve been licensed to companies around the world including Indianapolis-based company that operates as RCA Commercial Electronics.
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GE dropped planned investment in Bloomington factory

September 20, 2013
Associated Press
A GE Appliances spokeswoman says a $161 million investment announced three years ago was never made at a southern Indiana refrigerator factory where 160 jobs are now being cut.
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State loses jobs; unemployment rate declines to 8.1 percent

September 20, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The state saw sizable job increases in manufacturing, health services and educational sectors, but that was offset by decreases in trade, transportation, utilities and construction.
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Central Indiana mayor traveling to Italy to lure business

September 20, 2013
Associated Press
Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith said he'll meet with executives from five manufacturing companies near the city of Milan during the trip that starts Saturday.
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Recycled paper mill plans 137 jobs in Indiana

September 17, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. said Tuesday that Pratt Industries will invest $260 million to build the recycling plant next to its existing box-making plant in Valparaiso.
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Entrepreneur not sold on flight times between Indy, San FranciscoRestricted Content

September 14, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The nonstop connection to Silicon Valley that Indianapolis' tech community has been clamoring for is here, but a leading advocate for the service said it doesn’t meet his industry’s needs.
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Gmail’s new 'Promotions' tab creates hurdle for email marketersRestricted Content

September 14, 2013
Dan Human
The change led to an immediate drop in email open rates, from about 13 percent to 12.5 percent, according to MailChimp, an Atlanta-based email marketer, which analyzed 1.5 billion emails it sent around the time Gmail changed.
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New gadget revives waterlogged cellphonesRestricted Content

September 14, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Joel Trusty realized that if he could remove all the atmospheric pressure from a chamber, he could turn liquid—even liquid inside a cell phone—into a gas at a much lower temperature than otherwise possible.
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AT&T Indiana president Fleetwood leaves company

September 13, 2013
Dan Human
George Fleetwood, the head of AT&T's Indiana operations for more than 13 years, has quietly stepped down "to pursue other interests."
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Tesla luxury electric car seeking outpost at Fashion MallRestricted Content

September 7, 2013
Scott Olson
Tesla Motors Inc. is eyeing space in the Fashion Mall at Keystone and is seeking a zoning variance to sell cars there and to install charging stations within the parking garage.
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Hurco profit plummets on lower revenue

September 6, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Sales for the Indianapolis-based manufacturer decreased across all regions during the quarter, including in its biggest market, Europe, where they fell 11 percent.
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Asian automakers dominate in good month for car sales

September 5, 2013
Bloomberg News, Associated Press
Honda and Subaru led U.S. sales gains in August as auto demand beat projections and Asia-based carmakers, buoyed by Toyota Motor Corp., combined for their best month ever.
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Tech group to trumpet city's digital marketing niche

September 3, 2013
Dan Human
The tech community is rallying around an initiative to brand Indianapolis as the "marketing technology capital of the world," trading on the success of such firms as ExactTarget and Angie's List.
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Ford recalls 370,000 cars

September 1, 2013
Associated Press
Potential corrosion to the cars' steering shafts might result in loss of control. No incidents or injuries have been reported.
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Omnicity lured teen to invest, state saysRestricted Content

August 31, 2013
Chris O'Malley
State securities regulators allege that principals of Omnicity Corp. goaded a 19-year-old to invest $100,000 from his inheritance into the wireless broadband firm so that it could clinch the purchase of an Ohio carrier in 2010.
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Salesforce's bet on ExactTarget starts to pay off

August 30, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The $2.5 billion purchase of ExactTarget will add $140 million to $145 million in revenue this year for Salesforce.com, the firm said Thursday. Its shares soared 13 percent in Friday morning trading.
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Local manufacturer to be acquired for $41 million

August 29, 2013
 IBJ Staff
United Kingdom-based Meggitt PLC plans to acquire Piezotech LLC, a manufacturer founded in Indianapolis in 1967, for $41.2 million, the companies announced Wednesday.
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ExactTarget parent cutting 200 jobs worldwide due to merger

August 29, 2013
Dan Human
Salesforce.com confirmed Thursday that its recent buyout of Indy-based ExactTarget creates "synergy," leading to layoffs. Effects on Indianapolis employment are to be "minimal."
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United plans direct flights between San Francisco, Indianapolis

August 28, 2013
Mason King
The daily flights, which are expected to begin on Jan. 7, will fulfill a longtime wish of local tech firms eager for more direct access to the West Coast and Silicon Valley.
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