Manufacturing & Technology

Carmel tech staffing firm Sales Diesel closes

August 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Sales Diesel, a Carmel company that provided salespeople for technology companies, appears to be out of business. The firm’s Web site was taken down last week and calls to its 11590 N. Meridian St. offices were not returned.
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Contractors, manufacturers hope clean-energy incentives, mandates lead to more businessRestricted Content

August 10, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Federal stimulus funds and greenhouse-gas legislation have the potential to spark a green version of the Gold Rush. Many Indiana firms are retooling to sell products or services that are or might soon be in demand.
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Quest Information goes after government contractsRestricted Content

August 10, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Quest Information Systems does the kind of contracting where any screw-ups—even those not necessarily of its own doing—can bring an unflattering public spotlight. The Indianapolis custom software developer works for politicians and bureaucrats, a group many businesses seek to avoid.
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Brightpoint profit slips, but beats expectations

August 6, 2009
Scott Olson
Wireless device distributor Brightpoint Inc. said yesterday that profit and revenue fell in the second quarter because it sold fewer of the devices, and at lower prices.
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Accuride warns of bankruptcy, reports loss

August 6, 2009
Scott Olson
Evansville-based truck parts maker Accuride Corp., one of the state's largest companies, warned today in its quarterly financial report that the company might seek bankruptcy protection if lenders refuse to restructure its debt.
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EnerDel lands $118 million stimulus grant

August 5, 2009
Scott Olson
EnerDel, an Indianapolis-based producer of automotive lithium-ion batteries, will receive $118.5 million in a matching grant from the federal government.
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EnerDel lands $118 million stimulus grant

August 5, 2009
Scott Olson
EnerDel, an Indianapolis-based producer of automotive lithium-ion batteries, will receive $118.5 million in a matching grant from the federal government.
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Calumet Specialty suffers loss on falling sales

August 5, 2009
Calumet Specialty Products Partners L.P. this morning reported a loss of $26 million in the second quarter due to high crude oil prices and flagging product demand.
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Dow Chemical seems poised to keep AgroSciencesRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Midland, Mich.-based Dow Chemical Co. is still considering divesting Indianapolis subsidiary Dow AgroSciences LLC. But chances that the chemical manufacturing giant will sell its local agricultural chemical and biotech unit appear to have decreased.
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ALTOM: A voice of reason amid the craze over social media

August 3, 2009
Tim Altom
Now there are hordes of Web sites in every industry, for every region. If you use your site to attract business, you’re a snowflake in the world’s biggest blizzard.
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SURF THIS: Been avoiding Twitter? Time to reconsider

August 3, 2009
Jim Cota
"Do you tweet?" The answer for you (and your business) needs to be, “Yes, I do.”
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Lilly software spinoff Maaguzi sells for $11 millionRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Investors in a company built around clinical research software bought from Eli Lilly and Co. have found their exit, though it’s far from the lucrative payoff they’d once imagined.
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Mobile search engine faces test

August 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
ChaCha Search, the increasingly popular creation of serial inventor Scott Jones, was bombarded last month after early reports that Michael Jackson had died.
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Cummins' stock rises despite lower revenue, profit

July 30, 2009
Cummins Inc.'s stock jumped more than 6 percent in morning trading after its quarterly results beat analyst estimates.
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Muncie manufacturer Duffy calling it quits

July 30, 2009
Duffy Tool & Stamping LLC in Muncie has notified the Indiana Department of Workforce Development that the company will close its plant by the end of October. Roughly 130 workers will lose their jobs as a result of the closure, Duffy said in its July 27 filing.
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Carbon Motors chooses Connersville

July 29, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Carbon Motors this morning officially selected Connersville for its proposed headquarters and manufacturing operations.
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UPDATE: Carbon Motors chooses Indiana

July 29, 2009
Carbon Motors this morning officially selected Connersville for its proposed headquarters and manufacturing operations.
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Carbon Motors has chosen Indiana, official says

July 29, 2009
Scott Olson
A rally this morning in Connersville originally intended to help persuade a police car manufacturer to locate a major factory there appears to be a celebration party.
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125 workers at Indianapolis GM plant take buyout offer

July 27, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
More than 125 people at General Motors Corp.’s metal-stamping plant in Indianapolis have signed up for buyouts or early-retirement packages that are worth as much as $115,000 in cash per worker, a union official said this morning.
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Time Factory will challenge Shutterfly, Flickr for Web photo marketRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis calendar publisher Time Factory Publishing is launching a Website to compete with photo sharing and publishing sites Shutterfly and Flickr.
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Battered manufacturing towns hungry for food processorsRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Economic development officials like the stability of the food business, though wages typically are mediocre.
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Health care marketers taking the pulse of consumers' online habitsRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Christina Galoozis
Health care marketers can adapt to, and even use to their advantage, the online search habits of consumers. Understanding when and why people search for specific health-related terms is vital to attracting more visitors (i.e. patients) to a Web site.
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ALTOM: Technology moves too fast for law to keep upRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Tim Altom
Technologists don’t usually give the law a basketful of respect. From our point of view, the law is struggling frantically to stay within a hundred yards of our bleeding edge. By the time the law gets around to speaking on a technical subject, the subject may not even exist anymore.
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Automotive industry's fall dilutes manufacturing jobsRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The fact that Indiana is shedding manufacturing jobs is well-known, but you can thank a neighbor to the north for keeping track of every last one. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported recently that Wisconsin had taken the top spot, ahead of Indiana, in terms of the portion of employment in manufacturing—15.6 percent, versus Hoosiers’ 15.4 percent.
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Brightpoint prices offering of 15 million shares

July 16, 2009
Scott Olson
Wireless device distributor Brightpoint Inc. said today it has priced 15 million shares of a previously announced stock offering at $5 each.
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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