Manufacturing & Technology

ALTOM: Is Pac-Man robbing your workers of productivity?

July 3, 2010
Tim Altom
When Google users stumbled on a surprise gift from the giant search company, it was inevitable that in business offices everywhere, the long-forgotten sounds of Pac-Man would come to life again.
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Delta Faucet adaps to new normal in homebuildingRestricted Content

July 3, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The company's total employment is 1,345, down 43 percent from 2007.
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Vera Bradley files for $175M IPO

July 1, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The 28-year-old company reported profit in its latest fiscal year of $43.2 million on $288.9 million in sales.
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Richmond factory being closed by new owner

July 1, 2010
Associated Press
Engineered Plastic Components decision will cost 75 workers their jobs at the former Innatech plant.
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Local union boss on GM talks: 'They're forcing this upon us'

July 1, 2010
J.K. Wall
Negotiations for wage cuts meant to grease the sale of a General Motors stamping plant slated for closure will proceed over public protest of 650 local union workers.
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UPDATE: Stamping plant suitor gets time to negotiate

June 30, 2010
J.K. Wall
There’s more time for Illinois-based JD Norman Industries to hammer out a deal to buy a General Motors stamping plant in Indianapolis, potentially saving hundreds of local jobs.
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Union leaders meeting with GM plant bidder

June 30, 2010
J.K. Wall
United Auto Workers official Maurice "Mo" Davison is making one last attempt to put a deal together for a Chicago-area firm to buy the General Motors stamping plant southwest of downtown Indianapolis, which is slated to close in 2011.
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Raytheon lands $250 million Navy electronics contract

June 29, 2010
J.K. Wall
Workers at Raytheon Technical Services' Indianapolis facility will spend four more years working on software to control electronics on the Navy's V-22 Osprey aircraft.
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Allison dedicates $130 million hybrid plant

June 28, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Allison Transmission Inc. said Monday that it has begun renovating a vacant manufacturing space to work on hybrid systems for commercial vehicles.
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Cummins looks to boost India sales by 40 percent

June 28, 2010
Bloomberg News
Cummins Inc., the Columbus-based maker of diesel truck engines and generators, expects to boost India sales about 40 percent this year as economic growth spurs road traffic and demand for electricity.
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Hoosier firms that rely on innovation pine for patent reform

June 26, 2010
J.K. Wall
One key change would grant patents to the first inventor to file an application, not the first who can prove to have made the invention first.
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'Blasphemer' to address TechPoint Innovation Summit

June 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff
IT pundit Nicholas Carr is a great thinker, or a demon, depending on one’s view.
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IU, WellPoint make magazine's best tech workplace list

June 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indiana University and WellPoint Inc. were the only Indiana employers to land in Computerworld magazine’s top 100 rankings as one of the “Best Places to Work in IT.”.
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Ohio plant eyes Indiana to avoid environmental rule

June 23, 2010
Associated Press
Ohio's governor has asked state environmental regulators to come up with a way to save 214 jobs at a northwest Ohio plant that is considering a move to Indiana.
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Plan to run fiber optic lines along greenways has legal hurdles

June 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The city of Indianapolis wants to generate revenue by using greenways as fiber optic corridors. But previous legal battles over leasing rights-of-way to utilities could hang up the plan.
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Web firm promises 107 new jobs after '08 pledge fell short

June 22, 2010
Scott Olson
Fusion Alliance made a similar agreement to receive state and local incentives in 2008, but the jobs failed to materialize.
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Toyota adding 100 workers at Indiana factory

June 22, 2010
Associated Press
The hiring follows Toyota's announcement this month that it would move some of its Highlander SUV production from Japan to the Princeton plant.
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Recession hammered revenue of Indiana's largest public companies

June 19, 2010
Marc D. Allan
Few escaped the Great Recession unscathed, and unusual circumstances helped some appear as though they did.
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Indiana's biggest private companies majored in the basics in 2009Restricted Content

June 19, 2010
Martha P. Allan
Health care, plastics, other fundamental consumer needs kept some companies on upswings.
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Some Indiana entrepreneurs hit the gas pedal in tough timesRestricted Content

June 19, 2010
Marc D. Allan, Martha P. Allan
What recession? Some firms are enjoying explosive growth.
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Batesville Tool & Die expansion should create 40 jobs

June 17, 2010
Southeastern Indiana company plans to add 25,000 square feet to plant and begin hiring additional employees by the end of next year.
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Indiana moves up in med tech rankings

June 16, 2010
J.K. Wall
Medical technology companies employed 19,950 Hoosiers in 2007 and supported another 35,000 jobs in supplier companies, according to an analysis funded by an industry trade group.
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Indy firm launches bedsore weapon

June 16, 2010
J.K. Wall
The latest idea from Dr. James Spahn, an Indianapolis health care entrepreneur, should help hospitals and nursing homes do a better job of preventing severe bedsores, or pressure ulcers. That’s good, because Medicare and private health insurers increasingly won’t pay to treat them.
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Indiana bringing information revolution to public schools

June 12, 2010
J.K. Wall
The state is building a massive data system with a tough-love intent of rewarding good educators and schools and hammering poor performers.
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Independent optic lab fights giants with technologyRestricted Content

June 12, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Bill Harding and his two partners in LensTech Optical, Greg Kyle and Greg Dallas, are striving to keep up with as many of the changes in the eyeglass manufacturing business as possible. It's a tall order for a lab with fewer than 30 employees.
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  1. The east side does have potential...and I have always thought Washington Scare should become an outlet mall. Anyone remember how popular Eastgate was? Well, Indy has no outlet malls, we have to go to Edinburgh for the deep discounts and I don't understand why. Jim is right. We need a few good eastsiders interested in actually making some noise and trying to change the commerce, culture and stereotypes of the East side. Irvington is very progressive and making great strides, why can't the far east side ride on their coat tails to make some changes?

  2. Boston.com has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. http://www.boston.com/business/technology/innoeco/2010/07/interactions_banks_63_million.html The article includes a link back to that Inside Indiana Business press release I linked to earlier, snarkily noting, "Guess this 2006 plan to create 200-plus new jobs in Indiana didn't exactly work out."

  3. I live on the east side and I have read all your comments. a local paper just did an article on Washington square mall with just as many comments and concerns. I am not sure if they are still around, but there was an east side coalition with good intentions to do good things on the east side. And there is a facebook post that called my eastside indy with many old members of the eastside who voice concerns about the east side of the city. We need to come together and not just complain and moan, but come up with actual concrete solutions, because what Dal said is very very true- the eastside could be a goldmine in the right hands. But if anyone is going damn, and change things, it is us eastside residents

  4. Please go back re-read your economics text book and the fine print on the February 2014 CBO report. A minimum wage increase has never resulted in a net job loss...

  5. The GOP at the Statehouse is more interested in PR to keep their majority, than using it to get anything good actually done. The State continues its downward spiral.

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