Manufacturing & Technology

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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Battery maker EnerDel loses CEO, names interim

April 24, 2014
 IBJ Staff
EnerDel Inc. CEO David Roberts has resigned and chief operating officer Michael Canada will replace him on an interim basis, the Indianapolis lithium-ion battery manufacturer announced Thursday afternoon.
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Toolmaker's warehouse to close, laying off 80

April 23, 2014
Mason King
Irwin Tools plans to shut down its 456,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center in Greenfield and consolidate operations elsewhere.
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Software firm Salesvue secures $3M in venture capital

April 22, 2014
Dan Human
The Indianapolis-based firm expect to boost its employment by 50 percent by the end of the year as it expands its sales and marketing nationally.
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Indiana plant closing could cost 120 jobs

April 22, 2014
Associated Press
Citing poor economic conditions, ATI Casting Services plans to shut down its metal-casting factory by the end of June.
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Pork packer planning to produce 98 positions at Indiana plant

April 21, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Indiana Packers Corp., which makes Indiana Kitchen bacon, said it will spend $2.3 million on a 56,500-square-foot facility on 5.9 acres about 45 miles from Indianapolis.
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Calumet may cut debt ratio without lower borrowings, CFO says

April 21, 2014
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP plans to lower its leverage by increasing earnings rather than cutting debt that is rising by 35.6 percent this month.
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Chatham Tap crew buying ex-church for brewery, restaurant

April 19, 2014
Scott Olson
The owners of two popular pubs on Massachusetts Avenue are delving into the trendy micro-brewery business with plans for a brewery and restaurant in a historic former church a few blocks away.
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Beck’s Hybrids prospers against far bigger firms

April 19, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
When Lawrence and Francis Beck planted six acres of hybrid corn on their Hamilton County farm almost eight decades ago, the father and son sowed the seeds of a family business that’s still growing despite widespread industry consolidation.
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Subaru awaiting Toyota's decision about output in Indiana

April 17, 2014
Bloomberg News
Subaru, which added more U.S. market share than any international carmaker last year, is pushing ahead with U.S. expansion plans as it awaits a Toyota's decision on whether it will keep building Camrys at Subaru's Indiana plant.
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Another printing plant to close, laying off 59

April 17, 2014
Associated Press
The move to end operations at the plant for medical packaging is just the latest in the continuing reshuffling of printing facilities in Indiana.
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Driver shortage causes backlog of RV deliveries

April 16, 2014
Associated Press
The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association estimates 25,000 to 30,000 RVs are awaiting delivery because about 2,000 drivers are needed.
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Local businesses struggle to make sense of Heartbleed flaw

April 16, 2014
Dan Human
Companies around Indianapolis—especially small ones without their own IT teams—are still trying to determine how or even if they were affected by the confounding Internet security gap.
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Chrysler set to celebrate Indiana factory's opening

April 16, 2014
Associated Press
Chrysler expects to have up to 850 workers at the Tipton factory, with a goal of it producing 400,000 transmissions by year's end.
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TinderBox woos executive away from Groupon

April 16, 2014
Dan Human
It’s a return to the city for David Kerr, who in the early 2000s ran Indianapolis software firm NoInk Communications alongside TinderBox cofounder and CEO Dustin Sapp.
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Florida rival scoops up another ex-BrightPoint executive

April 15, 2014
 IBJ Staff
A competitor that once feuded in court with BrightPoint Inc. over the recruitment of executives has hired another top officer from the mobile-phone distribution and logistics company now known as Ingram Micro Mobility.
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Option grant lifts compensation for Angie's List's Oesterle

April 14, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Stock options accounted for the biggest chunk of the CEO's compensation. Their value will depend on the company's future stock performance.
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IU research-to-market center plans move to Wishard

April 14, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
The Indiana University Research and Technology Corp. wants to sell its existing Innovation Center building in downtown Indianapolis and move into the former Wishard Memorial Hospital on the edge of the IUPUI campus.
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Sweetener-maker Heartland to add up to 160 jobs

April 14, 2014
The Carmel-based company said it will invest $21.2 million to renovate and equip its 130,000-square-foot manufacturing facility on Indianapolis' north side.
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San Francisco route off to flying startRestricted Content

April 12, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis business travelers pay a premium to shave a few hours and a lot of hassle off their trips to Silicon Valley, and they appear eager to do so. A new nonstop route between Indianapolis International Airport and San Francisco was about three-quarters sold in January and February, the two slowest months for air travel.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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