Manufacturing & Technology

Hurco president Fabris to resign

October 1, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis-based Hurco Companies Inc., a computer control and software maker, said Thursday that James D. Fabris will resign as president and chief operating officer as of Oct. 31.
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Whirlpool agrees to maintain Evansville operations

September 30, 2009
Whirlpool Corp. has notified state officials that it will continue to operate its refrigeration product development center in Evansville that employs nearly 300 people.
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London hedge fund sues Brightpoint over failed acquisition

September 30, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
A London-based hedge fund has sued Brightpoint Inc. over a $10 million loan it alleges the Indianapolis-based cell phone distributor fraudulently brokered in anticipation of an acquisition in France that never materialized.
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Renewable-energy firm eyeing Tipton County plant

September 28, 2009
A renewable-energy firm is considering manufacturing solar panels in an empty Tipton County plant where transmissions were to be built for Chrysler automobiles, according to the Kokomo Tribune.
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Pennsylvania city not giving up Harley without a fightRestricted Content

September 26, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The motorcycle manufacturer is considering a Shelby County site at the same time that it's pushing for concessions from the union in York, Pa.
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ALTOM: Take the time to set up smartphone securityRestricted Content

September 26, 2009
Tim Altom
It’s remarkable how many people don’t bother setting security features on their expensive smartphones. Because they keep the phone somewhere close to them most of the time, they believe it’s secure, but that’s not true.
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New technology sparks growth for plastics welder

September 26, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Genesis Plastics Welding plans to double the size of its Fortville facilities to 50,000 square feet and add to its staff of 49 people
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Indy Audio Labs wiring for relaunch of high-end home theater brands

September 23, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Two former Klipsch Group engineers plan to return to the market a brand of amplifiers famous among audio enthusiasts. Indy Audio Labs, owned by Rick Santiago and Ted Moore, bought the Aragon and Acurus brands of amps, pre-amps and sound processors from Klipsch and are planning a 2010 launch.
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Mead Johnson plans expansion in Evansville

September 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Mead Johnson Nutrition plans to spend nearly $33 million at a southwestern Indiana facility where it plans to start making powdered infant formula products.
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Bluefish Wireless launches unit to help firms manage wireless-phone expenses

September 19, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Mobi Wireless is targeting medium-size to large companies needing more control of wireless expenses and fewer internal resources dedicated to the task.
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Anderson firm aims to clean up diesel emissions

September 17, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Engineer Refaat "Ray" Kammel's Anderson engineering firm has received a $2-million grant from the Indiana Department of Economic Development to start manufacturing a patented device that will help old trucks meet new federal emission standards.
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ALTOM: Who says you can't move your office home again?Restricted Content

September 12, 2009
Tim Altom
Many micro-businesses stuck a toe into the office-rental waters, regretted it, and they’re retreating to home offices.
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Education-technology agency seeks new directorRestricted Content

September 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
IHETS, the Indianapolis-based organization that helps the state’s schools and universities conduct Web and video conferencing, is looking for a new executive director.
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Nucor Steel struggling to strike new power deal with Duke Energy

September 12, 2009
Chris O'Malley
After two years of fruitless negotiations, the Crawfordsville steel mill has asked the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to intervene. More than 700 jobs depend on Nucor and Duke striking a deal.
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Raytheon lays off 77 at local avionics center

September 10, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Raytheon Technical Services Co. LLC today eliminated 77 jobs at its avionics development center at 6125 E. 21st St. in Indianapolis.
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Purdue lands $105M grant to fund earthquake center

September 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Purdue University announced today that it has received $105 million from the National Science Foundation to fund a center to research earthquakes and tsunamis.
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Lithium-ion battery maker names new president

September 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
EnerDel, an Indianapolis-based producer of automotive lithium-ion batteries, has named a new president, the company announced today.
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ExactTarget enters European market through acquisition

September 8, 2009
Indianapolis-based ExactTarget announced this morning that it has launched a new international division in London following its acquisition of Keymail Marketing.
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Sweetener company Heartland looks for openings in crowded fieldRestricted Content

September 5, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Heartland Sweeteners LLC is now a top maker of private-label alternatives to Splenda. The company also markets its own products directly to consumers.
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Region's expertise in hybrid cars goes beyond high-profile players

September 5, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Bright Automotive and EnerDel are well known for their development of components for hybrid cars, but the region has several other players poised to be big players in the sector. In fact, few realize that North America’s largest producer of electric motors for hybrid vehicles is based northeast of Indianapolis, in Pendleton.
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Ex-workers sue Navistar, charge plant closing violated contractRestricted Content

September 5, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Forty-three former employees of Navistar Inc.’s shuttered diesel engine plant have sued the company, claiming it breached their collective bargaining agreement by moving plant work in recent years to non-union facilities.
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Building information modeling replacing computer-aided designRestricted Content

September 5, 2009
Scott Olson
Architects, engineers, contractors and others in the design-build industry hope building information modeling will cut waste. The technology allows more detailed viewing of projects before they move to construction.
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Neighborino LLC rolls out software for homeowners associations

September 5, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Upstart software company rolls out software that enables homeowners’ associations to create community Web sites without technical assistance.
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Air-filter maker fills orders for overseas destinations

September 5, 2009
 IBJ Staff
With a recent surge in overseas sales, Pure Air Systems is reaping the benefits of incorporating new technology into its product line.
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Auto supplier set to accelerate with seat-control software

September 4, 2009
Chris O'Malley
A company founded by a Westfield chiropractor is in talks to license to automakers software that’s designed to produce a less-fatiguing ride. Comfort Motion Technologies also wants to make aftermarket versions of the software as add-on modules that could be used in most any car with a power seat.
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