Manufacturing & Technology

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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Connersville a finalist for police-cruiser plant

July 15, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Connersville is among three finalists in the running to produce a new police cruiser that runs on clean diesel and biodiesel technology.
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Interactive Intelligence expects higher profit

July 14, 2009
Interactive Intelligence said yesterday it expects a profit of between $1.8 million and $2.5 million in the second quarter, up from $845,000 the company earned in the same period last year.
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Brightpoint's Danish deal not so sweet two years laterRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Greg Andrews
The cross-continent mega deal that made Brightpoint Inc. the world’s biggest wireless phone distributor has lost much of its sheen two years after being struck. Brightpoint Inc. in August 2007 purchased Denmark-based Dangaard Telecom for $385 million in stock and the assumption of $350 million in Dangaard debt.
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Brightpoint shareholder selling shares

July 13, 2009
Scott Olson
Brightpoint Inc. said this morning shareholder NC Telecom Holding A/S would sell 15 million common shares in a public offering.
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Natural-gas car proposal could boost Greensburg Honda plant

July 9, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Hoping to spur alternative vehicles, lawmakers want to double the size of tax breaks on cars that run on natural gas. That could be good news for Indiana, where Honda Motor Corp. produces the natural-gas-powered Civic GX in Greensburg.
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Carmel tech firm takes coupons into digital eraRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Carmel-based mobile marketer Tetherball has deployed a program using a radio frequency identification device that can measure in detail to what extent customers redeem loyalty and rewards offers.
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Innovation is focus of tech summitRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The high holy day of Indiana's technology industry is getting a new theme this year. The TechPoint Tech Summit will this year be known as the TechPoint Innovation Summit, Sept. 28-29 at the Indiana Convention Center.
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Cummins sues insurers over $381M in flood claimsRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Cummins Inc. is battling its insurers in court, saying they're refusing to pay most of the company's $381 million in claims stemming from the flood that immersed its southern Indiana facilities a year ago.
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ALTOM: Go above and beyond Google for Web searchesRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
Tim Altom
It's getting so you have to use a search engine on the Internet to find a search engine. There are now dozens, perhaps hundreds, many of them highly specialized.
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Anderson's abundant water supply makes city well-suited for Nestle, other food processorsRestricted Content

June 15, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The city of Anderson soon will tap a new well to help accommodate demand from Nestle USA, which opened a Madison County plant in May 2008 producing bottled, flavored Nesquik and liquid Coffee-mate, a water-based creamer. The company already has launched an expansion slated for completion in 2011.
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Prosecutors see seedy side to seemingly tame industryRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
Greg Andrews
Current and former employees of Bloomington-based International Outsourcing Services LLC are under assault by federal prosecutors who charged they participated in a scheme to bilk some of the nation's largest issuers of coupons out of more than $250 million.
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Are new, low-cost laptops good for business?Restricted Content

May 25, 2009
Tim Altom
Today, there are some small "notebook" machines on the market that mock the high prices of their bigger siblings. These can be had for $200 to $400, and have enough features to make them real business tools if you're not too demanding.
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Let there be LED lightRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Westfield-based Green Illuminating Systems sees a bright future in LED lighting as a way to reduce electricity consumption.
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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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