Manufacturing & Technology

Remy seeks greater share of Chinese market with buyout

June 12, 2013
Dan Human
Pendleton-based auto parts manufacturer Remy International Inc. plans to buy out a partner’s share in a Chinese joint venture, potentially paving the way for a greater share of the growing Asian market.
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Anderson lodge's decline mirrors city's changed demographics

June 11, 2013
 IBJ Staff, Associated Press
Anderson Elks Lodge 209 wants to auction off its building at 1803 Broadway St. The lodge has about 260 members, a sharp decline from the nearly 2,000 members it boasted in the 1970s.
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Salesforce slow to excite investors after $2.5B buyout of ExactTarget

June 10, 2013
Dan Human
Shares of the California-based cloud computing giant continue to lag after last week's announcement of its $2.5 billion offer for Indy-based marketing powerhouse ExactTarget.
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Cummins looking to build downtown Indy officesRestricted Content

June 8, 2013
Scott Olson
Cummins Inc. wants to expand its downtown Indianapolis presence and is searching for land to construct an office building that would double the space the Fortune 500 company occupies in the city, several local office brokers said.
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Locally produced laundry additive taking on skin cancer

June 8, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
In a nondescript manufacturing plant on Indianapolis’ east side, a manufacturer is producing one of the most unique weapons in the war on skin cancer. Called SunGuard, the laundry additive is being called by some dermatologists a potential life saver.
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ExactTarget option gains approach $300MRestricted Content

June 8, 2013
Dan Human
xactTarget Inc.’s sale will swell the value of employee stock options to nearly $300 million—a windfall local tech experts expect will launch a wave of entrepreneurship over the next several years.
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Manufacturer plans $30.2M expansion in Franklin

June 7, 2013
 IBJ Staff
NSK Corp. and NSK Precision America Inc. said the project will allow them to hire 46 additional workers by 2016 at their 63-acre corporate campus.
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Vacant GM stamping plant to be demolished

June 7, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The 2.1 million-square-foot plant, which sits on 102 acres near downtown, opened in 1930 and employed more than 5,000 at its peak. That number was fewer than 700 when it closed two years ago.
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Hurco profit inches higher on stronger European sales

June 7, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based maker of equipment for cutting and forming metal beat the weakened economy in Europe, but saw a sales drop in the recessionary Asia Pacific market.
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Salesforce to keep ExactTarget independent, 'invest' in it

June 5, 2013
J.K. Wall
In a company memo, ExactTarget CEO Scott Dorsey assures employees of their importance after announcing deal to sell the company for $2.5 billion.
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Toyota's Indiana plant adding more jobs than expected

June 5, 2013
Associated Press
Toyota says it is hiring slightly more new workers than first expected as it increases production at its southwestern Indiana factory.
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ExactTarget sale caps success story; CEO mum on Indy work force

June 4, 2013
Greg Andrews, Dan Human, Bloomberg News
ExactTarget CEO Scott Dorsey said the company will remain “very committed to Indianapolis” after its $2.5 billion buyout by tech giant Salesforce.com, but he would not comment on potential changes to the local work force of more than 1,000 employees.
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Former Indy Chamber prez scores consulting work

June 4, 2013
Dan Human
Scott Miller, who resigned from the chamber post after less than two years to follow his entrepreneurial bent, will help two local startups get off the ground.
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Salesforce.com buying Indy's ExactTarget in $2.5B deal

June 4, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
ExactTarget, an Indianapolis-based digital marketing company, is fetching $33.75 per share—a whopping 53-percent premium to where its stock closed Monday.
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Manufacturing activity sinks to 4-year low

June 3, 2013
Associated Press
Manufacturing has struggled this year as weak economies abroad have slowed U.S. exports. U.S. businesses have also reduced their pace of investment in areas such as equipment and computer software.
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Data-hosting firm Axia to add up to 45 jobs

May 29, 2013
The Indianapolis-based company will invest $2.8 million to expand its downtown headquarters and open a data center in Columbus, Ind.
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Indy startup sees green in cheaper 3D printing

May 25, 2013
Dan Human
Launched in January, 3D Parts Manufacturing joined a recent surge in rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing operations known as 3D printers. Rather than screwing and gluing parts together, operators plug digital designs into machines that shape plastic and metal powders from the bottom up, one microscopic level at a time.
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Three former executives sue Carbon Motors over pay

May 22, 2013
Associated Press
Executive vice presidents of a company that planned to build high-tech police cars at an eastern Indiana factory are seeking more than $600,000 in deferred wages.
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Indiana ambulance plant with 165 workers closing

May 22, 2013
Associated Press
The decision to close the Elkhart factory comes two weeks after Allied Specialty Vehicles bought SJC Industries. Production will be moved to a Florida factory in the coming months.
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Work stops on Greenwood pharmaceutical plant

May 20, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Greenwood officials three years ago approved $8.4 million of incentives for the Elona Biotechnologies project, including the construction loan.
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Report: Roche mulls sale of blood-glucose monitor business

May 17, 2013
J.K. Wall
Roche Diagnostics Corp. is considering a sale of its blood-glucose meter business, a move that would cast uncertainty over the nearly 1,000 people working for its diabetes business in Indianapolis.
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New owner shutting down 520-worker Indiana plant

May 17, 2013
Associated Press
Allied Specialty Vehicles announced Thursday it was buying Monaco RV and shifting production to a factory in Decatur, near Fort Wayne. The 520 jobs lost in Wakarusa won't be replaced on a one-to-one basis.
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Aerospace company plans central Indiana factory expansion

May 16, 2013
Associated Press
L&E Engineering Co. officials say the company will spend $3.7 million to expand its Greenwood factory and add about 40 employees.
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Bloomington manufacturer closing, laying off 72

May 15, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Hartmann USA said Wednesday that it will move the Bloomington operations to its U.S. headquarters in Rock Hill, S.C., where it plans an $18 million expansion.
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Manufacturer planning expansion, 100 jobs in Boone County

May 13, 2013
 IBJ Staff
CNH Parts & Service, the product-support division of international manufacturing giant CNH Global NV, plans a $13.3 million expansion in Lebanon.
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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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