Manufacturing & Technology

Muncie packaging company to lay off 261 workers

August 17, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
DIY Group packages products and displays for national manufacturers and retailers. The notice sent to the state cited the loss of a contract with Jarden Home Brands for the layoffs.
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Hendricks County pitching motorsports skill, expertise to medical manufacturers

August 16, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Hendricks County finds pay dirt pitching skills of racing industry to medical device manufacturers.
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TOLLIVER: Warehousing, e-commerce merging in Indy areaRestricted Content

August 16, 2014
Jason Tolliver / Special to IBJ
As consumers, our need for instant gratification has never been greater, as evidenced by the rise of e-commerce. Shopping online and receiving an order that same day or the next is replacing the expectations of old, when we received our orders in a week or so.
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Emmis: Dynamic pricing will reshape many industriesRestricted Content

August 16, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Corp. executives believe their latest acquisition, a local flexible-pricing software firm called Digonex Technologies, can revolutionize any number of businesses, including radio.
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U.S. factory output rises for 6th straight month

August 15, 2014
Associated Press
The Federal Reserve reports that manufacturing production rose 1 percent in July compared to the prior month. Over the past 12 months, manufacturing has risen 4.9 percent.
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Mattress maker plans 300 jobs in Plainfield

August 14, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Mattress maker Tempur Sealy International Inc. plans to open a manufacturing and distribution facility in Plainfield, creating up to 300 jobs by the end of 2015, the Lexington, Kentucky-based company announced Thursday afternoon.
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Eli Lilly to close Terre Haute animal enzyme plant

August 14, 2014
Associated Press
The plant closure will affect 23 plant employees, all of whom will be offered comparable positions at a Lilly plant near Clinton that employs about 500 workers.
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Vera Bradley to cut manufacturing at Indiana plant

August 13, 2014
Associated Press
Vera Bradley plans to phase out a shift that about 150 people work at its New Haven plant in an effort to reduce manufacturing capacity and save on domestic costs.
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Lagging on jobs, earplug maker agrees to cancel tax breaks

August 11, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Aearo Technologies didn't fulfill its job-creation promises under a 2007 tax abatement agreement with the city of Indianapolis, but it did spend nearly $16 million on buildings and equipment.
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New Simon VC arm making bets on retail technology

August 9, 2014
Greg Andrews
The newly formed Simon Venture Group is betting millions of dollars on nascent technology companies that hope to reshape retailing.
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Delayed Sugar Creek food plant may operate by next summer

August 7, 2014
Associated Press
A food processing plant that's expected to bring 400 jobs to eastern Indiana should begin operations in July 2015, a top company official says.
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Calumet Specialty takes loss after refinery slowdown

August 7, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP suffered a bigger-than-expected second-quarter loss, partly due to a 30-day slowdown for maintenance at its refinery in Shreveport, Louisiana.
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ChaCha CEO Jones launches app school in Carmel

August 5, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
Some of the events will take place at Scott Jones’ estate at 1150 W. 116th St. The unique setting prompted the founders to name the school Eleven Fifty.
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Interactive Intelligence takes quarterly loss

August 4, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Interactive was right on target with the preliminary earnings announcement it made July 16, when it predicted revenue between $86 million and $88 million and an operating loss between $11 million and $12 million.
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Startup objects to IndyGo's no-bid deal with rival

August 2, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
An Indianapolis software startup that hopes to win contracts from public-transit agencies across the country is protesting a no-bid deal by IndyGo.
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HALO startup funding surpasses $20 million markRestricted Content

August 2, 2014
HALO reached the $20 million milestone after pumping nearly $1.5 million in the first half of 2014 into mobile app developer Bluebridge Digital, contract-research firm AIT Bioscience, threat-intelligence firm Emerging Threats and sales-automation software firm TinderBox.
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More executives want break from 24-hour connectivity

August 2, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
A growing number of people are seeking a kind of digital detox at least once a year, but many still resist the idea. According to Wired magazine, less than 10 percent of all Americans unplug—even for one week a year,
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U.S. manufacturing expands for 14th straight month

August 1, 2014
Associated Press
The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, reported Friday that its manufacturing index rose to its highest level since April 2011.
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Domestic auto sales sizzled in July, helped by discounts

August 1, 2014
Associated Press
General Motors, Ford, Nissan and Chrysler all reported big gains as the major automakers reported July sales Friday.
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Profit, revenue up for Cummins in latest quarter

July 28, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Cummins Inc. said Monday that second-quarter profit jumped 7.7 percent on strong sales in North America. The results exceeded analyst expectations.
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Former piano factory burns down in Muncie

July 26, 2014
Associated Press
Old building also had been used as chemical distributorship.
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Indiana Limestone Co. digs out of deep hole

July 26, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
In February, Indiana Limestone Co. filed for bankruptcy. But two months later, Chicago-based Wynnchurch Capital Ltd. bought the quarry company out of bankruptcy. ILC is now digging out and looking at a brighter horizon.
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State eases into rollout of software in tax fix

July 26, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana Department of Revenue is five to seven years from replacing the 1990s software that processes the bulk of the state’s tax dollars and that auditors cited in the wake of massive accounting errors.
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Homegrown Krazy Klothes defies overseas-made clothing trend

July 26, 2014
Sam Stall
Owner Dan Murphy's more-than-two-decades-old, Indianapolis-based company is something of an anachronism—a small-scale domestic clothing manufacturer doing business in a field dominated by Asian-based titans.
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Allison profit upshifts on North American demand

July 24, 2014
 IBJ Staff
In its second quarter, the Indianapolis-based manufacturer of transmissions and propulsion systems rode accelerating sales for rugged-duty, student transport, and hydraulic fracturing equipment.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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