Manufacturing & Technology

Auto parts supplier expanding Indiana factory

September 27, 2013
Associated Press
Heartland Automotive plans to spend $38 million on a factory expansion that could add up to 220 jobs in the next two years.
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GE workers protest Bloomington factory job cuts

September 27, 2013
Associated Press
Workers say the company isn't following through on an investment announced three years ago.
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Cummins keeping HQ in Columbus, but considering Indy project

September 26, 2013
Associated Press
Cummins spokesman Jon Mills said the company wants to consolidate its two offices in downtown Indianapolis where about 100 employees work in areas such as communications, information technology and investor relations.
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Local manufacturer with 100 workers set to close

September 25, 2013
 IBJ Staff
CMW International LLC, which has roots in Indianapolis dating to 1924, said all 100 of its employees would lose their jobs if a buyer wasn’t found before Nov. 23.
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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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  1. $800M is a lot. There's over 800,000 people in the county/city though. I'm betting the cost of services(police, fire, roads, economic incentives to bring in new business, etc.) in Hamilton County is much more than $1000 per person. In 2012, the city of Carmel's audit report shows receipts of $268,742,988 (about 1/3 of Indianapolis's receipts) for a population of 83,573 (almost 1/10 the size of Indianapolis)...hmm, I wonder why Carmel is such a safer place to live...

  2. Would you let a mechanic diagnose your car over the internet without seeing it or taking it for a test drive? The patient needs face to face interaction with a physician to be properly diagnosed. It would seem to me that the internet diagnosis is about as silly as going to ones mirror and saying, "I wonder what I have"? And then you diagnose yourself. That's free and probably wrong too.

  3. Maybe if we treated the parents of juvie offenders who have 5 babies from 4 different daddies like stray cats and dogs who go around creating a bigger animal control problem, we wouldn't have so much of a "parenting" problem flooding both the social services and (later) correctional systems. The breakdown of morals and parental responsibilities from horndogs who can't keep it in their pants and keep their families together has caused this. If a pit bull attacks someone, it's destroyed. Everyone encourages that pets are spayed and neutered to control the pet population and prevent further issues. Maybe it's time to control the welfare population...

  4. Blocking two blocks of a street along Broadripple Ave. is not going to stop "pedestrians" from walking around. The article stated that seven people were injured as a result of a skirmish between two gun-toting "pedestrians"...not drive-bys. Most of the crimes that are committed in BR area are done by "pedestrians" that are walking in the area...not driving by. This may alleviate traffic going through the area and may steer some folks away from coming to the area because of the extra inconvenience but it will not stop a pedestrian, on foot from toting a gun while walking in that area....period.

  5. Please run for mayor Joe. We need someone to come in and clean house. They past two mayors have run administrations rampant with corruption. We need to clean house before corruption is accepted as normal like Chicago.

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