Manufacturing & Technology

Does hybrid-tech startup have investors too revved up?Restricted Content

February 16, 2013
Greg Andrews
Echo Automotive trades on the OTC Bulletin Board, the Wild West of investing—where cheap stock prices and low trading volumes can translate into wild swings in stock price.
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Even salvage auto buyers now have an app to make purchases easierRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
Bids have been taken via smart-phone applications for more than a year. Now a unit of Carmel-based KAR Auction Services has introduced an app to make paying easier.
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Lilly to expand partnership with diagnostic firm

February 14, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Diagnostic products maker Qiagen NV said Wednesday that it will work with Eli Lilly and Co. to develop new tests that could identify patients who could be helped by Lilly's drugs.
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UPDATE: Sensient to cut 125 jobs due to Chicago move

February 14, 2013
Sensient Technologies Corp. has alerted state officials that it will lay off 125 workers from its Indianapolis operations. That follows the company's announcement that it plans to move its local Flavors & Fragrances Group headquarters to suburban Chicago.
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Angie's List turns corner on profitability

February 13, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis-based Angie's List on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $2.4 million—the consumer-ratings service's first profitable period since its 1995 founding.
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Calumet's 2012 profit rockets to $205.7 million

February 13, 2013
Dan Human
An acquisition spree helped oil refiner Calumet Specialty Products increase profit almost five-fold in 2012, the Indianapolis-based company reported Wednesday morning.
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Greensburg auto-parts plant plans expansion, 200-plus hires

February 12, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Automotive supplier Valeo expects to invest $15.5 million in new machinery for its Greensburg facility as part of its plans to expand operations in the plant and bring more than 200 workers onto the company payroll by 2014.
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Firm's Klipsch purchase hasn't rocked Wall StreetRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
Dan Human
Voxx International Corp.’s $166 million buyout of Indianapolis-based speaker maker Klipsch Group two years ago so far hasn’t generated the excitement on Wall Street that Voxx wants.
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Sensient plans to move Indy headquarters to Chicago

February 8, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Milwaukee-based Sensient Technologies Corp. said Friday it plans to move its Indianapolis-based Flavors & Fragrances Group corporate headquarters to Chicago before mid-2014.
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Calumet jumps into $300 million refinery joint venture

February 7, 2013
Dan Human
Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP plans to build a $300 million diesel refinery in North Dakota as part of a joint venture with energy company MDU Resources Group Inc., the firms announced after markets closed Thursday.
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Cummins' earnings, revenue fall on weaker demand

February 6, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Engine maker Cummins Inc. saw profit sink 30 percent in the fourth quarter as demand for its products fell in both domestic and international markets. Full-year profit and revenue also fell.
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Purdue lands $14.5M to expand nanotechnology portal

February 5, 2013
J.K. Wall
Purdue University announced Tuesday that some of its researchers won a five-year, $14.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to expand the school’s online gateway for instruction, research and simulations in nanotechnology.
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Local tool supplier plans to expand, add 20 jobs

February 5, 2013
Indianapolis-based Hahn Systems LLC said it will add 20 jobs by 2016 as part of a $900,000 expansion that includes purchasing and equipping a 27,000-square-foot facility.
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Health care startups hungry for fundsRestricted Content

February 2, 2013
J.K. Wall
Frustrated by up-and-down state funding for startup life sciences companies, industry leaders are talking up a plan to create a dedicated funding stream that could total $30 million a year.
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Emmis executive a technology pioneerRestricted Content

February 2, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Paul Brenner, chief technology officer for Emmis Communications Corp., is largely credited with pioneering two recent technological breakthroughs that could pump badly needed revenue into the radio industry.
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Remy International CEO Weber stepping down

February 1, 2013
Dan Human
Remy International Inc. President and CEO John Weber will resign at the end of February after leading the company for seven years, the Pendleton-based automotive supplier announced Friday.
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GM moving 80 jobs from Castleton to Michigan

January 30, 2013
Associated Press
General Motors on Wednesday said it plans to move 80 jobs from Indianapolis to Pontiac, Mich., as part of a plan to expand its engine and transmission development headquarters.
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Division of Carmel firm plans 300 jobs in Fort Wayne

January 29, 2013
Associated Press
Accelerated Tanks and Trailers, a division of a Carmel-based company, plans to open a Fort Wayne manufacturing plant that could bring about 300 new jobs to northeast Indiana by 2016.
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Sale of family-owned business leads to lawsuit

January 28, 2013
Scott Olson
Deborah Ecksten, a former shareholder of Indianapolis-based Createc Corp., is suing her brother and mother, claiming they earned multimillion-dollar profits at her expense by selling the company without her knowledge.
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ChaCha secures $14M investment to expand services

January 28, 2013
Scott Olson
The latest round of funding will enable ChaCha to make "significant" investments in new products to expand both mobile and online services, CEO Scott Jones said. Internally, the project is dubbed "Go Big."
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Hillenbrand diversifies by growing whole new businessRestricted Content

January 26, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Casket company turns heads with aggressive foray into equipment manufacturing.
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Marketer SmallBox helping clients improve their culturesRestricted Content

January 26, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
In mid-2011, the staff of local Web marketing firm SmallBox began a period of self-reflection that allowed the team to identify its “North Star,” the purpose, mission and vision that keeps a company headed in the right direction. It's now spreading the word.
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Tool-maker Hurco makes headway after tough stretchRestricted Content

January 26, 2013
Dan Human
The company, which develops computer-controlled equipment for cutting and forming metal, made progress in fiscal 2012 toward restoring profitability to pre-recession levels.
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Maker of app that helps not-for-profits gets seed fundingRestricted Content

January 26, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Cause.it, founded by students from I.U. and Purdue, was awarded $500,000 by Innovate Indiana.
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Rolls-Royce cutting production jobs in Indy

January 25, 2013
Dan Human
Rolls-Royce has offered buyouts and early retirement to 28 union production workers because of decreased product demand. The company declined to say whether any non-union workers were being cut.
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  1. From the story: "The city of Indianapolis also will consider tax incentives and funding for infrastructure required for the project, according to IEDC." Why would the City need to consider additional tax incentives when Lowe's has already bought the land and reached an agreement with IEDC to bring the jobs? What that tells me is that the City has already pledged the incentives, unofficially, and they just haven't had time to push it through the MDC yet. Either way, subsidizing $10/hour jobs is going to do nothing toward furthering the Mayor's stated goal of attracting middle and upper-middle class residents to Marion County.

  2. Ron Spencer and the entire staff of Theater on the Square embraced IndyFringe when it came to Mass Ave in 2005. TOTS was not only a venue but Ron and his friends created, presented and appeared in shows which embraced the 'spirit of the fringe'. He's weathered all the storms and kept smiling ... bon voyage and thank you.

  3. Not sure how many sushi restaurants are enough, but there are three that I know of in various parts of downtown proper and all are pretty good.

  4. First off, it's "moron," not "moran." 2nd, YOU don't get to vote on someone else's rights and freedoms that are guaranteed by the US Constitution. That's why this is not a state's rights issue...putting something like this to vote by, well, people like you who are quite clearly intellectually challenged isn't necessary since the 14th amendment has already decided the issue. Which is why Indiana's effort is a wasted one and a waste of money...and will be overturned just like this has in every other state.

  5. Rick, how does granting theright to marry to people choosing to marry same-sex partners harm the lives of those who choose not to? I cannot for the life of me see any harm to people who choose not to marry someone of the same sex. We understand your choice to take the parts of the bible literally in your life. That is fine but why force your religious beliefs on others? I'm hoping the judges do the right thing and declare the ban unconstitutional so all citizens of Wisconsin and Indiana have the same marriage rights and that those who chose someone of the same sex do not have less rights than others.

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