Manufacturing & Technology

Two companies set to make major local expansions

January 27, 2010
Express Scripts Inc. on the west side of Indianapolis and Zipp Speed Weaponry in Speedway are scheduled Wednesday afternoon to announce the creation of hundreds of new jobs.
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Toyota workers will stay on job at Indiana plants

January 27, 2010
Associated Press
No immediate layoffs are planned at the two Indiana factories that build Toyota models included in the company's production halt as it looks to fix sticking gas pedals.
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Toyota suspending production at two Indiana plants

January 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Toyota is halting production at six North American car-assembly plants—including Indiana facilities in Princeton and Lafayette—beginning the week of Feb. 1 to fix gas pedals that could stick and cause acceleration without warning.
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TechPoint accepting nominations for Mira technology awards

January 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The awards are meant to showcase Indiana's high-tech success stories and raise the profile of the tech community.
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Hosted-service provider BlueLock on growth binge

January 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff
BlueLock is among several companies owned by Collina Ventures, an investment firm created by local tech entrepreneurs Mark and Karen Hill.
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Indiana businesses are welcoming investment from ChinaRestricted Content

January 22, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Some observers see a parallel to the state's seeking Japanese investment following recession in the early 1980s.
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Pickens' natural-gas plan may prove boon to truck builders

January 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
Converting the U.S. trucking industry to natural gas will benefit manufacturers including Columbus-based Cummins Inc., T. Boone Pickens says.
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EnerDel has more deals in the works

January 21, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Lithium battery maker EnerDel will need more business than its existing relationships with Think and Volvo to justify the $237 million investment it announced Thursday.
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EnerDel hopes to hire 1,100 at new manufacturing plant

January 21, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Lithium battery-maker will get incentives worth $53.1 million for expansion into Hancock County.
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EnerDel expected to announce new manufacturing plant

January 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Lithium battery-maker had requested a Hancock County zoning exemption to establish a manufacturing operation in the Mount Comfort business park.
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EnerDel in line for $3 million grant

January 20, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Battery maker EnerDel could land $3 million in federal disaster-recovery money that would help bring 200 more jobs to its facilities on the north side of Indianapolis and in Noblesville.
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Knauf fills new CEO position

January 20, 2010
Knauf Insulation in Shelbyville appoints a company executive to its newly created position of CEO of North American operations.
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Orbis Education lands $8 million in venture capital

January 19, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
The locally based maker of nursing-education software will use the infusion to accelerate growth.
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Car-seat manufacturer plans Columbus expansion

January 19, 2010
Dorel Group wants to expand its development and production operations in Columbus, creating 98 jobs by 2013.
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HALO shines on IT upstart

January 19, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Policy management firm PolicyStat lands venture investment from HALO Capital Group, the angel investor network managed by TechPoint. HALO has invested a total of $12.5 million in firms statewide in the past 20 months.
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Legislation to protect car dealers re-emerges at StatehouseRestricted Content

January 16, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Dozens of Chrysler and General Motors dealers in Indiana were terminated last year. Now, a dealer trade group wants to block automakers from preying on termination fears to wrest concessions from surviving dealers.
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Auto, battery jobs hinge on landing federal energy loansRestricted Content

January 16, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana's future as a hub for making electric and hybrid vehicles hinges on a single government loan program.
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ALTOM: See the light, and get on the fluorescent bandwagonRestricted Content

January 16, 2010
Tim Altom
It’s hard to imagine an invention more commonly used than the light bulb. It’s a shame that by 2014 we probably won’t be able to buy them anymore, at least not as readily as we do now.
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Conexus gets $3.45 million from Lilly Endowment

January 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Lilly Endowment Inc. is continuing to support the state's advanced-manufacturing initiative, giving Conexus Indiana a grant to help connect potential workers with the necessary training.
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Gunite Corp. cutting 100-plus jobs at Elkhart plant

January 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Beleaguered Elkhart took another hit this week when Illinois-based Gunite Corp. announced plans to move 110 manufacturing jobs to Rockford, Ill., and Brillion, Wis.
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Brightpoint increases stock repurchase to $80 million

January 12, 2010
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based cell phone distributor is buying back more shares as part of a settlement it reached in October with Denmark holding company NC Telecom Holding A/S, which Brightpoint bought in 2007.
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Cummins gets $54M to improve fuel efficiency

January 11, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Columbus engine maker Cummins Inc. will receive nearly $54M in federal funding as part of a program designed to significantly increase fuel efficiency in heavy trucks and passenger vehicles, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced Monday.
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Hillenbrand acquiring conveyor manufacturer

January 11, 2010
The Batesville holding company said it will purchase K-Tron International Inc. in New Jersey for about $435 million, including $45 million in K-Tron debt and cash on hand. The deal is expected to close by the end of March.
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Law firm Alerding Castor Hewitt hires ExactTarget's ex-general counselRestricted Content

January 9, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
William Boncosky spent seven years at the ExactTarget, a span when the firm's employment grew from 14 to 500.
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High-end audio firm Indy Audio Labs powers up with new hires

January 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff
An upstart audio products company with offices at Purdue Research Park at AmeriPlex has brought in big guns to launch sales.
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  1. In reality, Lilly is maintaining profit by cutting costs such as Indiana/US citizen IT workers by a significant amount with their Tata Indian consulting connection, increasing Indian H1B's at Lillys Indiana locations significantly and offshoring to India high paying Indiana jobs to cut costs and increase profit at the expense of U.S. workers.

  2. I think perhaps there is legal precedence here in that the laws were intended for family farms, not pig processing plants on a huge scale. There has to be a way to squash this judges judgment and overrule her dumb judgement. Perhaps she should be required to live in one of those neighbors houses for a month next to the farm to see how she likes it. She is there to protect the people, not the corporations.

  3. http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/engineer/facts/03-111.htm Corporate farms are not farms, they are indeed factories on a huge scale. The amount of waste and unhealthy smells are environmentally unsafe. If they want to do this, they should be forced to buy a boundary around their farm at a premium price to the homeowners and landowners that have to eat, sleep, and live in a cesspool of pig smells. Imagine living in a house that smells like a restroom all the time. Does the state really believe they should take the side of these corporate farms and not protect Indiana citizens. Perhaps justifiable they should force all the management of the farms to live on the farm itself and not live probably far away from there. Would be interesting to investigate the housing locations of those working at and managing the corporate farms.

  4. downtown in the same area as O'malia's. 350 E New York. Not sure that another one could survive. I agree a Target is needed d'town. Downtown Philly even had a 3 story Kmart for its downtown residents.

  5. Indy-area residents... most of you have no idea how AMAZING Aurelio's is. South of Chicago was a cool pizza place... but it pales in comparison to the heavenly thin crust Aurelio's pizza. Their deep dish is pretty good too. My waistline is expanding just thinking about this!

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