Manufacturing & Technology

Calumet to acquire drilling-fluids maker for $235 million

March 26, 2014
Calumet Specialty Products said it plans to complete its acquisition of ADF Holdings by March 31. ADF is the parent of Tulsa-based Anchor Drilling Fluids USA Inc., a leading provider of drilling-fluid solutions to the oil and gas industry.
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Software firm TinderBox lands $3M VC investment

March 26, 2014
Dan Human
Indianapolis software developer TinderBox Inc. plans to fuel product development and build up its sales and marketing teams after receiving $3 million in venture capital.
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GE Aviation plans $92M investment, 200 jobs in first Indiana plant

March 25, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The jet engine plant in Lafayette would be its first production facility in Indiana, and could expand to add hundreds of additional workers.
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U.S. steelmakers accuse South Korea of dumping

March 25, 2014
Bloomberg News
U.S. Steel and Steel Dynamics Inc., which have thousands of employees in Indiana, are among steel companies who say they have been unfairly harmed as imports of the products are sold more cheaply than domestic producers can make them.
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GE Aviation poised to announce major Indiana plant

March 25, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Gov. Mike Pence and GE Aviation CEO David Joyce will be on hand Wednesday morning for the announcement at the Purdue University Airport.
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City considers whether to revoke 3M tax break

March 24, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Minneapolis-based 3M spent nearly $16 million in 2008 on local buildings and equipment for Aearo Technologies, but hasn’t hit hiring targets set out in a seven-year tax-abatement agreement.
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U.S. agrees to $1.2B settlement with Toyota

March 19, 2014
Associated Press
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said it is the largest financial penalty of its kind ever imposed on an auto company.
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Foreign trade zone status easier to come byRestricted Content

March 19, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Shielding items from customs duties has become cheaper, quicker.
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WTHR last of local affiliates to roll out robotic camerasRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Several production staffers at WTHR-TV Channel 13 could wind up looking for work in the months ahead as the NBC affiliate becomes the last of the local stations to extensively automate studio functions.
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University Loft’s founder now building electric carsRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The founder of University Loft Co., one of the nation’s biggest suppliers of college dorm room and military base furniture, is now venturing into the world of alternative transportation.
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Angie's List hires former Travelocity tech chief

March 11, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Robert Wiseman has experience in "high-volume, consumer-centric e-commerce" after working for Orbitz Inc., Travelocity and Sabre Travel Network.
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Dow AgroSciences nears jackpot from genetic engineering

March 8, 2014
Dan Human
Dow AgroSciences LLC is spending millions of dollars and racking up hundreds of patents as its expands ever deeper in the burgeoning global market for genetically modified crops and pesticides.
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Hurco beats expectations with higher sales, profit

March 7, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Hurco Cos. Inc. saw slightly higher profit in the first quarter on a 16-percent jump in sales and service fees, the Indianapolis-based industrial technology company reported Friday morning.
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Auto auctioneer invests big in tech as sales go online

March 6, 2014
Dan Human
KAR Auction Services Inc. expects to spend as much as $125 million on technology this year as its focus continues to shift to the Web and apps.
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Hurco's longtime CFO resigns abruptly

March 3, 2014
 IBJ Staff
John G. Oblazney, chief financial officer at Hurco Cos. Inc. since 2006, has left the Indianapolis-based company to “pursue other interests,” Hurco announced Monday.
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Cummins recalling 25,013 engines over possible fire risk

March 3, 2014
Associated Press
The engines can be found in a variety of commercial vehicles including school and transit buses as well as fire trucks.
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Tech firms dangle amenities to lure sought-after workersRestricted Content

March 1, 2014
Dan Human
Industry goliaths in Silicon Valley have thrown lavish perks at employees for years. As employment in Indianapolis tech firms has skyrocketed in recent years, a lot more companies are looking for workers, heating up competition.
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ExactTarget revenue climbs, beats expectations

February 28, 2014
Dan Human
ExactTarget has produced $194 million in sales since Salesforce.com closed on its $2.5 billion acquisition in July.
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Tech startup plans 150 local jobs by 2018

February 27, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Gusto LLC, a tech startup founded by former ChaCha and Overstock.com executive Shawn Schwegman, said it will invest $975,000 to launch the company and its debut product.
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Notre Dame, Purdue, IU to help with manufacturing institutes

February 27, 2014
Associated Press
The University of Notre Dame, Purdue University and Indiana University have been selected as research partners for two institutes backed by the federal government.
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Subaru continues Lafayette factory plans with far fewer jobs

February 27, 2014
Associated Press
Subaru is moving ahead with its plans for spending more than $400 million to expand and upgrade its Lafayette factory while significantly scaling back the expectations for new jobs.
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Bluelock adds former ExactTarget exec, plans to hire 20

February 26, 2014
Dan Human
Joe Kuntz will help the cloud-services firm explore new markets. Its recent move into data recovery has sparked plans to increase headcount by about 50 percent.
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New owner to spend $51M firing up Noblesville foundry site

February 25, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
ID Castings LLC plans to resurrect the property on South Eighth Street, an eyesore that has been underused for years. The company is asking the city for a $1.3 million tax break.
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Anthem seeking OK to test online physician visitsRestricted Content

February 22, 2014
J.K. Wall
House Bill 1258 would allow the large health insurer Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to launch a pilot program using the Live Health Online technology it has developed with Massachusetts-based software firm American Well Corp.
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ExactTarget mulls building downtown tower

February 22, 2014
Scott Olson
ExactTarget Inc. is evaluating downtown sites where it could build a headquarters tower as large as 500,000 square feet, real estate brokers familiar with the discussions told IBJ.
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