Manufacturing & Technology

Steel demand feeds shipping boom in Indiana

July 23, 2014
Associated Press
The automotive industry is behind the increase, pushing steel ahead of longtime leaders iron ore and coal.
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Steel Dynamics buying Mississippi plant for $1.6B

July 21, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
Fort Wayne-based Steel Dynamics said the plant it is buying from a company controlled by Russian billionaire Alexey Mordashov is one of the newest and most technologically advanced mini-mills in North America.
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Drone startup off to flying start

July 19, 2014
Dan Human
Two friends and drone enthusiasts in 2012 hatched the idea, as a side gig, to build flying devices small enough to fit in a briefcase. But the idea shifted to a full-scale manufacturing operation that will launch in mid-August and is projected to produce up to $10 million in revenue next year.
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IU says no victims reported in data breach

July 17, 2014
Associated Press
Data including names, addresses and Social Security numbers of those who attended IU from 2011 to 2014 was unsecured for more than 11 months because protections weren't working correctly.
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UPDATE: Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 jobs in next year

July 17, 2014
Associated Press
The layoffs were double what Wall Street was expecting after the computing giant's CEO altered course last week. The firm had just completed its acquisition of Nokia's devices business in April.
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Interactive Intelligence shares dive on expected shortfall

July 16, 2014
Dan Human
The local software and services firm has released disappointing preliminary results for its second quarter, leading to a 16-percent stock tumble.
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GM planning $27M investment in Bedford plant

July 16, 2014
Associated Press
The automaker filed a tax abatement request for the Bedford factory project, saying it would add about 40 jobs and raise the plant's employment to some 650 workers.
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Tower maker gets OK for factory, plans to hire 600

July 16, 2014
Associated Press
Nello Corp., a South Bend firm that manufactures steel towers, plans to sink about $60 million into the project.
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House votes to extend moratorium on Internet taxes

July 15, 2014
Associated Press
Under current law, the moratorium expires Nov. 1, exposing Internet users to the same kind of connection fees that often show up on telephone bills.
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Herff Jones to close division with 110 local workers

July 14, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Herff Jones said the move would result in the permanent closure of a facility at 4719 W. 62nd St., where 110 production, support and administrative employees work.
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Beer technology firm buys N.C. companyRestricted Content

July 12, 2014
Carmel software startup SteadyServ Technologies acquired North Carolina beer-app developer PintLabs.
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Indiana Rail Road to speed up trainsRestricted Content

July 12, 2014
The Indiana Rail Road Co. is investing about $1 million this year so trains can move faster and more quietly through the Indianapolis area.
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Chicago-made medical gel wins Innovation Showcase pitch contest

July 11, 2014
Dan Human
The Indianapolis-based expo for featuring innovations and courting potential investors crowned an unusual winner of its pitch contest on Thursday.
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Greensburg factory to invest $28M, add 250 workers

July 8, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Workers will be hired as global firm Valeo buys new equipment for its 400,000-square-foot engine cooling factory to start new product lines for Honda, Nissan, Chrysler and Ford.
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Web startup Bookit planning expansion

July 7, 2014
Dan Human
Bookit Commerce Inc., which operates the website bookacoach.com, plans to hire 93 people by 2018, the locally based company announced Monday morning.
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MISO data breach latest in hackers’ efforts to reach power grid

July 6, 2014
Bloomberg News
Operating cost data from participants in Carmel-based MISO's power network was compromised in a computer breach that highlighted the rising vulnerability of the U.S. electricity infrastructure.
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Ex-Hoosier funnels millions back home to local tech firms

July 5, 2014
Dan Human
West Coast investor Parker Hinshaw and his wife, Jean Balgrosky, in 2012 founded San Diego investment firm Bootstrap Incubation LLC and in 2013 the Bootstrap Venture Fund, which have funded three Indiana companies in less than a year. A fourth deal is about to close.
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Tech firms get chance to pitch investorsRestricted Content

July 5, 2014
Seventy-six startups and small tech companies will vie for investors’ interest July 10 at the Innovation Showcase.
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Telemon unit acquires automotive manufacturer

July 2, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Westbrook Mfg., founded in 1977, makes electro-mechanical assemblies and wiring harnesses for the automotive industry at its manufacturing plant in Fresnillo, Mexico. The company has about 400 workers.
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Medical device maker to hire 112 in Plainfield

July 1, 2014
Mason King
Global firm Covidien LP plans to consolidate U.S. operations for servicing its medical devices in central Indiana, renovating its existing 70,000-square-foot facility in the process.
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Tech firm plans 400 jobs in Kokomo, Carmel

June 30, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Systems in Motion LLC, a California-based technology consulting firm, expects to invest up to $5.4 million to lease, renovate and equip its new digs.
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UPDATE: Butler warns students, staff, alums of data breach

June 30, 2014
Associated Press
The school says the exposed information includes birthdates, social security numbers and bank account information of about 163,000 students, faculty, staff and alumni.
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Breweries turn to outside investors to underwrite growth

June 28, 2014
Dan Human
Six breweries and two distilleries in Indiana have sought outside investments since January 2013, a few of them multiple times, federal records show. That’s up from just one brewery in both 2009 and 2010.
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Notre Dame, GE plan turbine-research facility in Indiana

June 26, 2014
Associated Press
The University of Notre Dame and General Electric Co. on Thursday announced plans to partner in a $36 million research and test facility for massive gas turbine engines used by commercial and military aircraft, power plants, and the oil and gas industry.
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Aereo court ruling sidesteps cloud-computing questions

June 26, 2014
Bloomberg News
As Aereo Inc.’s streaming-TV service was dealt a potentially fatal blow Wednesday, the cloud-computing industry was more concerned about what the U.S. Supreme Court didn’t say.
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  1. Apologies for the wall of text. I promise I had this nicely formatted in paragraphs in Notepad before pasting here.

  2. I believe that is incorrect Sir, the people's tax-dollars are NOT paying for the companies investment. Without the tax-break the company would be paying an ADDITIONAL $11.1 million in taxes ON TOP of their $22.5 Million investment (Building + IT), for a total of $33.6M or a 50% tax rate. Also, the article does not specify what the total taxes were BEFORE the break. Usually such a corporate tax-break is a 'discount' not a 100% wavier of tax obligations. For sake of example lets say the original taxes added up to $30M over 10 years. $12.5M, New Building $10.0M, IT infrastructure $30.0M, Total Taxes (Example Number) == $52.5M ININ's Cost - $1.8M /10 years, Tax Break (Building) - $0.75M /10 years, Tax Break (IT Infrastructure) - $8.6M /2 years, Tax Breaks (against Hiring Commitment: 430 new jobs /2 years) == 11.5M Possible tax breaks. ININ TOTAL COST: $41M Even if you assume a 100% break, change the '30.0M' to '11.5M' and you can see the Company will be paying a minimum of $22.5, out-of-pocket for their capital-investment - NOT the tax-payers. Also note, much of this money is being spent locally in Indiana and it is creating 430 jobs in your city. I admit I'm a little unclear which tax-breaks are allocated to exactly which expenses. Clearly this is all oversimplified but I think we have both made our points! :) Sorry for the long post.

  3. Clearly, there is a lack of a basic understanding of economics. It is not up to the company to decide what to pay its workers. If companies were able to decide how much to pay their workers then why wouldn't they pay everyone minimum wage? Why choose to pay $10 or $14 when they could pay $7? The answer is that companies DO NOT decide how much to pay workers. It is the market that dictates what a worker is worth and how much they should get paid. If Lowe's chooses to pay a call center worker $7 an hour it will not be able to hire anyone for the job, because all those people will work for someone else paying the market rate of $10-$14 an hour. This forces Lowes to pay its workers that much. Not because it wants to pay them that much out of the goodness of their heart, but because it has to pay them that much in order to stay competitive and attract good workers.

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  5. It is sad to see these races not have a full attendance. The Indy Car races are so much more exciting than Nascar. It seems to me the commenters here are still a little upset with Tony George from a move he made 20 years ago. It was his decision to make, not yours. He lost his position over it. But I believe the problem in all pro sports is the escalating price of admission. In todays economy, people have to pay much more for food and gas. The average fan cannot attend many events anymore. It's gotten priced out of most peoples budgets.

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