Manufacturing & Technology

Tax abatement could help manufacturer add 43 jobs

August 31, 2009
The Indianapolis plant of Rexnord Industries LLC is promising to create 43 jobs and retain hundreds more if the city grants a five-year tax abatement.
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Firms hiring Twitter czars to push into social networksRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
Christina Galoozis
Companies are beginning to hire Twitter experts to stay in touch with customers. But the positions require a light touch, and their effectiveness is difficult to gauge.
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ALTOM: Want to experiment with 'Vanishing' e-mail?Restricted Content

August 29, 2009
Tim Altom
I’m wary of the “send” button. I’ve sent thousands of e-mails, and a fair number of them proved to be problems later on.
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Exiting AgroSciences chief shook up strategy, cultureRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
Greg Andrews
Jerome Peribere shifted Dow AgroScience’s focus toward what he calls “revolutionary solutions."
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Shelbyville struggles to reach tech park goalsRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Despite recent investment by Major Health Partners, Shelbyville’s technology park is about as far from meeting state standards as it was two years ago.
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Two businesses open at Flagship Enterprise Center

August 29, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Anderson-based Flagship Enterprise Center is on a roll. In the last two months, the small-business incubator and growth-stage accelerator signed up two new clients: software developers Soveryn Inc. and Coeus Technology.
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University Loft plans 30 jobs in Greenfield

August 28, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based University Loft Co. expects to add 30 full-time jobs at its Greenfield manufacturing facility thanks to a federal pact with the U.S. Marine Corps. The company recently was awarded a multi-million-dollar contract to supply metal furniture for the Marine Corps’ Camp Lejeune base in North Carolina.
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Whirlpool to cut 1,100 jobs, close Indiana plant

August 28, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Whirlpool Corp. said today that it will cut 1,100 jobs by closing a refrigerator factory in Evansville. The jobs will be eliminated in mid-2010.
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Hurco suffers quarterly loss as sales plummet

August 28, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Hurco Cos. this morning reported another quarterly loss after sales dropped a staggering 64 percent. Hurco lost $1.2 million, or 19 cents a share, in its fiscal third quarter ended July 31. The company had a profit of $5.8 million, or 90 cents a share, during the same quarter last year.
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Kokomo plants benefit from 'clunkers' program

August 26, 2009
The federal government’s popular Cash for Clunkers program that ended Monday gave a boost to Kokomo’s Chrysler plants.
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Cummins moving some operations to Mexico

August 25, 2009
 IBJ Staff
A filtration division of Columbus-based Cummins Inc. will move a large portion of its North American assembly operations to a plant in Mexico to keep the business competitive, the company said today.
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INpact Medical Device Network matches start-ups with service providersRestricted Content

August 24, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Industry groups in the life sciences, medical and information technology realms have helped lure companies to the region and foster upstarts. Funding is almost always an issue, but it’s not the only barrier. Getting medical devices to market often requires product design, development and marketing resources that aren’t always apparent to upstarts.
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Harley-Davidson scouts Shelby County for site

August 20, 2009
Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson Inc. is considering Shelby County as the site for a massive new motorcycle plant.
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Rushville broadband firm plans 100 jobs

August 19, 2009
Scott Olson
Rushville-based Omnicity Corp. said this morning that it plans to create 100 jobs there within the next three years by investing $2.5 million in wireless infrastructure and a new corporate headquarters.
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Furniture maker trims losses in second quarter

August 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
West Lafayette furniture maker Chromcraft Revington Inc. narrowed its losses in the second quarter by shedding unprofitable products, closing plants and reducing expenses, the company said yesterday.
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Tenants trickling in to Purdue’s technology centerRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
Chris O'Malley
For a city feverishly growing its technology and life sciences sectors, it seemed a bit anticlimactic last January when Purdue University dedicated its new technology center with only one tenant. But the lone tenant in the $12.8 million complex, FlamencoNets, a high-tech telecommunications firm, is about to get some company.
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ALTOM: Should you trade your shredder in for a bonfire?Restricted Content

August 17, 2009
Tim Altom
One thing I love about my line of work is that the simplest things get fascinatingly complicated.
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JOSEPH: Don't repeat Marsh's mistakeRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
Marsh Supermarkets quickly realized it could not honor the flood of redemptions of the $10 coupon it recently offered to its Facebook friends.

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Aircraft engine maker closing local plant

August 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Aircraft engine maker Pratt & Whitney will close its plant on Kentucky Avenue within the next 18 months and gradually let go all 100 of its employees.
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Beverage firm to open Columbus plant

August 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Tipton Mills, a New York specialty beverage company, announced today it will locate a  plant in Columbus, Ind., creating more than 40 jobs.
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Orr fellows finding opportunity in male-dominated tech industry

August 10, 2009
Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp
Many young women who have participated in the Governor Bob Orr Indiana Entrepreneurial Fellowship program have landed at high-flying local technology firms.
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For Zotec CEO, health care reform cuts both waysRestricted Content

August 10, 2009
J.K. Wall
In the eyes of Scott Law, Congress is heading in exactly the wrong direction on health care reform.

But the CEO of Zotec Partners predicts a big bump in sales for his physician-billing management company if current reform proposals become law.
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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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  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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