Manufacturing & Technology

Community Health touts integrated computer systemRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Community Health Network has spent three years developing a computer interface that allows doctors and nurses to view all information and records on a patient in one viewing program.
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Manufacturers see income opportunities with Defense contractsRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Facing anemic demand and slumping sales, manufacturers are increasingly attempting to tap the U.S. Department of Defense for contracting opportunities.
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Company banks on targeted textingRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Whitney Lee
Steven Dickerson realized the potential for mobile advertisements when he saw his daughter texting.
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Privacy, expense are concerns for RFID technologyRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The vast amounts of personal information capable of being stored through RFID raises privacy concerns. And the cost is significantly greater than standard bar codes.
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GM workers hesitate to bite at buyout baitRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
GM workers must decide by March 24 whether to take a buyout, but the lack of jobs due to the recession coupled with the cost of health care makes their decision especially difficult.
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Elkhart's industries could be transformed to focus on energy conservation and environmental improvementsRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
Morton Marcus
Elkhart's industries should shift to producing mass transit vehicles and manufactured housing for low-income, high-density neighborhoods.
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Advanced energy next focus for economic developmentRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The Central Indiana Corporate Partnership—the parent of the BioCrossroads, TechPoint and Conexus industry cluster initiatives—let it be known last month that there would be a fourth leg to its economic development stool: clean technology.
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IRL may delay engine switchRestricted Content

February 9, 2009

The Indy Racing League is considering delaying adoption of its new engine formula by a year—to 2012—so teams can afford to make the switch.

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Redevelopment plans threaten Gasoline AlleyRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Business owners along the fabled Gasoline Alley north of Rockville Road think a proposal to close a north-south road linking them to the front door of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will have devastating effects.
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Pitching manufacturing careers a challenge amid slumpRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The message that Steve Dwyer, recently retired chief operating officer of Rolls-Royce North America, is taking to central Indiana educators is that they still need to train students for careers in manufacturing.
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Union says Navistar foundry closing a surprise

January 28, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
United Auto Workers officials are hoping to find a way to keep open the foundry that has been associated with an east-side engine plant for 70 years, despite Navistar International Corp.'s plans to close both facilities by July 31.
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Baker Hill founder chairs TechPointRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
Mark Hill, the co-founder of Carmel-based banking software company Baker Hill, has been named chairman of the state's technology trade group, TechPoint.
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Conexus seeks new work forceRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
Steve Dwyer, retired chief operating officer of Rolls-Royce North America, is joining Conexus Indiana to lead a campaign to recruit students into training for skilled manufacturing and logistics work. The campaign is called "Dream It. Do It."
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IT not what it was at time of landmark reportRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
Chris O'Malley
A 2000 study has proven to be "remarkably prescient" in identifying information technology as a mainstay of the local economy that would "affect all industries and all jobs," said Michael J. Hicks, the top economist at Ball State University.
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State's tech sector looking ahead, but cutting backRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
It's two steps forward, one step back, for Indiana's technology sector, but in a tough economic climate, any advancement is worth celebrating.
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Ball State hopes for gold as students follow profs into new media venturesRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
J.K. Wall
Students, commerce and emerging media have moved to the forefront of Ball State's mission under President Jo Ann Gora, attracting corporate dollars to the university.
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Craving for convenience fuels Ivy Tech's online boomRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
Scott Olson
Students are flocking to online classes at Ivy Tech Community College faster than the burgeoning college is racking up overall growth—mirroring a national trend toward computers over classrooms.
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Big Three woes leave big void in IndianapolisRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Automakers' Indianapolis manufacturing plants once employed 11,000, but closings and cutbacks zap good jobs, tax base.
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Sensient Flavors: Fed's actions in inquiry leave bad tasteRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
Greg Andrews
An Indianapolis flavor-maker's lawsuit to keep out federal health inspectors has escalated into a legal melee, with attorneys for the company seeking sanctions against the feds for failing to cooperate during the discovery phase of the case.
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Big Three automakers stay aliveRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Kathleen McLaughlin
The weakest of the Detroit Three, Chrysler LLC and General Motors Corp., said they would run out of cash in 2009, potentially eliminating tens of thousands of jobs in Indiana alone.
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UAW in tough spot as automakers seek concessionsRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Mike Hicks
A federal bailout for automakers Chrysler and General Motors won't fix their problems. I think a bankruptcy of these companies is nearly inevitable. It might also spell the demise of the UAW.
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City government should shop locallyRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Good luck getting people to buy from local vendors or manufacturers.
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Data losses due to hackers, negligenceRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Tim Altom
Data gets lost depressingly often.
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Indian truck maker Mahindra making inroads at local dealersRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis Ford dealers John Pearson and Ray Skillman will be among the 300 domestic dealers of Mahindra trucks and SUVs when the company makes its U.S. passenger car debut as early as next summer.
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U.S. Capitol Dome replica latest feat for Midwest Model MakersRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Sam Stall
Indianapolis-based Midwest Model Makers has found big success by making very small objects — specifically, detailed architectural models of everything from buildings to golf courses to weapons systems.
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