Manufacturing & Technology

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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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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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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