Manufacturing & Technology

Audiovox cranking out digital antennas as consumers prepare for changeoverRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Marc D. Allan
The biggest remnant of the former Thomson consumer electronics operation in Carmel is cashing in on the digital TV transition with a higher-tech version of the rabbit ears.
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Manufacturers to help pay for TV, computer recyclingRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
The Indiana Recycling Coalition scored big in the just-concluded session of the Indiana General Assembly with the passage of House Bill 1589, which requires that electronics manufacturers help pay for recycling of their old televisions and computer monitors.
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Audiovox sees gains in antenna salesRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
The electronics accessories unit of Audiovox Corp. in Carmel is gaining from the rise in antenna sales ahead of the June 12 switch to all-digital TV broadcasting.
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TV talent shows teach recruiting lessonsRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Tim Altom
My stony heart melted when Susan Boyle got a spontaneous, thunderous standing ovation from the skeptical crowd at "Britain's Got Talent," the latest United Kingdom contribution to the TV talent show genre.
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Powerway finds its WaypointRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Back when the automakers were on a roll, Powerway Inc. looked so promising that a public offering seemed around the bend. Now Powerway itself is gone—at least in name.
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Allison Transmission invests in British engineering firmRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Though plagued by debt, Allison Transmission recently plowed millions of dollars into experimental technology that could lead to new products.
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Critics: Tax hike 'defies logic'Restricted Content

May 4, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Critics say the Legislature's plan to shore up the insolvent Indiana Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund places the bulk of the financial burden on already ailing businesses with the least ability to pay.
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Redefining community in virtual and political realityRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
Last week, I made a presentation about social media to several hundred people at a Carmel Chamber of Commerce luncheon. We talked about Facebook and Twitter, YouTube and Flickr, LinkedIn, blogging and more. I didn't answer the "how-to" question. I answered the "whether-to" question. With some important cautions, my answer was "yes."
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Let us bow our heads and text in unisonRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Tim Altom
A friend of mine is a minister and an expert on church management and growth. During one of our discussions, it struck me how much starting and running a church is very like running a business. There are the same problems with morale, with retention, with site selection, finance, marketing and growth pains. And with technology.
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Blogging is no longer optional for entrepreneursRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Lorraine Ball
In 2009, blogging is not optional. If you have a business, you must have a Web site. If you have a Web site, you must have a blog!
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ChaCha co-founder dancing to different drumRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Chris O'Malley
ChaCha Search Inc. co-founder Brad Bostic has stepped down as president of the human-assisted Internet search company, which is struggling to turn a profit in a dismal advertising climate, but he hasn't left. "Brad is still engaged with the company as a director, co-founder and consultant," said co-founder and CEO Scott Jones.
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Defense budget overhaul could give local Rolls-Royce plant a boostRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
While military contractors scramble to protect big projects from Defense Secretary Robert Gates' budgetary ax, Indianapolis engine-maker Rolls-Royce is sitting pretty.
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Exports rise despite recessionRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Indiana's growing shipments to China averts a reversal in exports for the state, but core transportation equipment takes a hit.
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De-manufacturing can save resourcesRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Tom Henderson
An industrywide bar-code identification system should be developed so that component objects used in manufacturing can be easily devolved and reused.
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Omnicity seeks financial turnaround, has 28 acquisitions in mind

April 13, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Dick Beltzhoover, a private investor in Omnicity Corp., a Carmel-based wireless broadband provider, has quietly taken the company public and has lofty plans to expand nationwide.
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Prolonged woes reshape Connersville, city once known as 'Little Detroit'Restricted Content

April 13, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
With economists predicting the statewide unemployment average will reach 10 percent this year, the experience of a hard-hit city like Connersville offers a glimpse of what lies ahead for other manufacturing-reliant Hoosier communities.
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Quality-control firm launches after key player foldsRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Entrepreneur Steven J. Cage has launched a new quality-control business after the one he built into an industry leader shuttered suddenly.
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Startup Carbon Motors could create 1,500 jobsRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin

Hoosier economic development officials are working to attract police-car maker Carbon Motors to Connersville.

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Harlan Bakeries sues vendor over equipment glitchesRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Harlan Bakeries recently filed a lawsuit against equipment vendor Doboy Inc., saying it provided faulty equipment to package Harlan's cream-cheese-filled bagels.
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New galvanized hangers better for the environmentRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Fabric Care Center, a 49-year-old dry cleaning business at West Washing ton and Morris streets, is touting the benefits of galvanized steel hangers.
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Education, health still key issuesRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Chris Katterjohn
The people of Indiana need to work to improve education, the overall health of our work force, and productivity and innovation.
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Jackpot awaits lawyers in price-fixing litigationRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Greg Andrews
Attorneys for concrete purchasers who say they were victims of a price-fixing scheme have waged a tenacious legal battle over the last four years, and .now they're ready to cash in.
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Indy Power drops electric-car focus for more lucrative control boxesRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Chris O'Malley
After a stint making parts for electric cars, Symphony Motors recently became Indy Power Systems, changing course to make power control boxes for a variety of vehicles and also industrial and military applications.
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Analysts lower outlooks for Allison, say transmission maker vulnerable to defaultRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Local manufacturing stalwart Allison Transmission will have to restructure its more than $4 billion in debt or further cut expenses if it's going to weather the recession.
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Dow tightens grip on prized Indianapolis unitRestricted Content

March 23, 2009
Greg Andrews
Locally based Dow AgroSciences, one of Indianapolis' top employers, may not be going on the sale block after all.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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