Manufacturing & Technology

UPDATE: Tech firm triggering $10M data center downtown

May 14, 2014
Dan Human
Michigan-base Online Tech plans to open a 25-employee facility just west of Lucas Oil Stadium, serving businesses that need cloud computing.
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Factory for refurbishing buses to close doors

May 14, 2014
Associated Press
Many of the 160 workers for ABC Companies in Nappanee will have a shot at jobs in a nearby plant for building double-decker buses.
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Chrysler hires 204 workers for new plant

May 13, 2014
Associated Press
At full capacity, the Tipton plant will be able to ship about 800,000 transmissions annually to assembly plants in Toledo, Ohio, and Sterling Heights, Mich., as well as Italy, Turkey, Brazil and China.
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IBM, NiSource reach $600 million agreement

May 13, 2014
Associated Press
The seven-year agreement includes the creation and management of a hybrid cloud-computing system that would enable NiSource to continue to deliver services to its customers.
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Small biz program to tackle lack of Web savvy

May 13, 2014
Dan Human
The program Fight for Small will teach Indiana business owners how to wield social networks, customer review websites and the rest of the Internet to their advantage.
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Cummins expects Indiana hiring with new engine

May 13, 2014
Associated Press
Cummins Inc. expects to start hiring this year at a central Indiana factory as it starts building a new diesel engine that will go into the light-duty Nissan Titan pickup truck. The engine maker said it could add up to 500 employees.
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Battery Ventures reaping rewards from big bet on IndyRestricted Content

May 10, 2014
Greg Andrews
The tech VC firm recently invested $7 million in Smarter Remarketer. It previously bet on Made2Manage Systems, Angie's List and ExactTarget.
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UPDATE: Toyota to quit Camry production in Lafayette

May 9, 2014
Bloomberg News
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., the maker of Subaru cars, will stop making Camry cars in the U.S. for its largest shareholder, Toyota Motor Corp., in the second half of 2016. About 100,000 Camrys are made annually at the Indiana plant.
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Baker's Edge founders to test 'Shark Tank' waters

May 8, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Carmel residents Matt and Emily Griffin can expect to see a big burst in sales of their innovative brownie pan after they appear in front of celebrity entrepreneurs on ABC-TV's hit show later this month.
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Indiana manufacturer plans $7M expansion

May 8, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Yorktown-based Mursix Corp. on Thursday announced plans for a headquarters expansion that’s expected to create 108 jobs by 2017.
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UPDATE: Interactive falls after results miss expectations

May 6, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Interactive Intelligence Group Inc. shares fell more than 19 percent Monday night and Tuesday morning after the company reported a unexpected loss in the first quarter, missing analyst predictions.
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Interactive claims top MIRA Award for second straight year

May 3, 2014
Dan Human
The top honor at the Mira Awards on Saturday night went to software firm Interactive Intelligence, while academia made waves in other categories at the annual technology-sector event.
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IU plots $200M life sciences hub in former Wishard Hospital

May 3, 2014
Dan Human
The envisioned 26-acre, $200-million-or-more complex would bridge IU’s School of Medicine with the city’s life sciences firms, including those at the nascent 16 Tech, a business park.
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Command center being built at WRTV will run 19 stations

May 3, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Media giant E.W. Scripps is building a multimillion-dollar master control facility at its WRTV-TV Channel 6 that will control all 19 of Scripps’ U.S. television stations. The control hub will bring about 10 additional jobs to WRTV’s 1330 N. Meridian St. campus.
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Health IT firm hc1.com to add up to 175 Boone County jobs

May 2, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The company said it will invest $2.5 million to lease and renovate an additional 9,466 square feet to expand its current 16,626-square-foot headquarters at Northwest Technology Park.
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Indoor slides, high-paying jobs part of Interactive's expansion plan

May 1, 2014
Dan Human
A day in the life for hundreds of new employees at Interactive Intelligence Group Inc. could mean riding a slide from one floor of their office to the next while earning about $80,000 per year.
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Remy sees quarterly rise in profit, revenue

May 1, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Pendleton-based manufacturer Remy International Inc. saw profit rise to $9.5 million in the first quarter, up from $1.8 million in the same period of 2013.
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Pickups, small SUVs lead April auto sales rebound

May 1, 2014
Associated Press
U.S. car buyers came out of hibernation in April to spend on pickup trucks and SUVs, fueling an auto sales rebound that analysts expect to last the rest of the year.
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Interactive Intelligence plans $28M building, 430 hires

May 1, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Local software firm Interactive Intelligence Group Inc. announced Thursday afternoon that it plans to hire 430 employees by the end of 2016 as part of a major expansion of its headquarters.
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Interactive Intelligence to hire hundreds in growth plan

May 1, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
CEO Don Brown recently told IBJ that the firm expected to hire in the neighborhood of 250 workers in 2014, and also was looking at constructing an additional building by its headquarters. An announcement is set for Thursday afternoon.
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Jasper engine firm to hire 235 for new plant

April 30, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Jasper Engine & Transmission Exchange expects to buy, renovate and equip a 220,000-square-foot facility near its headquarters in the southwest Indiana city.
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Japanese manufacturer plans 220 jobs in Mooresville

April 29, 2014
 IBJ Staff
A subsidiary of TOA Industries Co. Ltd. plans to spend $72.1 million to construct and equip an additional 360,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space at its existing facility in Morgan County.
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Cummins raises forecast after strong first quarter

April 29, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The Columbus-based manufacturer reported a profit of $338 million as revenue increased 12 percent.
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Firm that figured out how to sell hair-salon products online is snapped up by giantRestricted Content

April 26, 2014
Dan Human
Indianapolis startup Loxa Beauty was barely generating revenue last year when one of the biggest companies in its industry offered to buy it.
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Manufacturers see better times for economy, jobs

April 25, 2014
Associated Press
Economists don't expect explosive global or corporate growth this year, but the improving big economies of the U.S. and Europe will likely inspire companies to further increase spending on high-priced equipment.
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  1. Kent's done a good job of putting together some good guests, intelligence and irreverence without the inane chatter of the other two shows. JMV is unlistenable, mostly because he doesn't do his homework and depends on non-sports stuff to keep HIM interested. Query and Shultz is a bit better, but lack of prep in their show certainly is evident. Sterling obviously workes harder than the other shows. We shall see if there is any way for a third signal with very little successful recent history to make it. I always say you have to give a show two years to grow into what it will become...

  2. Lafayette Square, Washington Square should be turned into office parks with office buildings, conversion, no access to the public at all. They should not be shopping malls and should be under tight security and used for professional offices instead of havens for crime. Their only useage is to do this or tear them down and replace them with high rise office parks with secured parking lots so that the crime in the areas is not allowed in. These are prime properties, but must be reused for other uses, professional office conversions with no loitering and no shopping makes sense, otherwise they have become hangouts long ago for gangs, groups of people who have no intent of spending money, and are only there for trouble and possibly crime, shoplifting, etc. I worked summers at SuperX Drugs in Lafayette Square in the 1970s and even then the shrinkage from shoplifting was 10-15 percent. No sense having shopping malls in these areas, they earn no revenue, attract crime, and are a blight on the city. All malls that are not of use should be repurposed or torn down by the city, condemned. One possibility would be to repourpose them as inside college campuses or as community centers, but then again, if the community is high crime, why bother.

  3. Straight No Chaser

  4. Seems the biggest use of TIF is for pet projects that improve Quality Of Life, allegedly, but they ignore other QOL issues that are of a more important and urgent nature. Keep it transparent and try not to get in ready, fire, Aim! mode. You do realize that business the Mayor said might be interested is probably going to want TIF too?

  5. Gary, I'm in complete agreement. The private entity should be required to pay IPL, and, if City parking meters are involved, the parking meter company. I was just pointing out how the poorly-structured parking meter deal affected the car share deal.

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