Manufacturing

Chemical-maker Benchmark Products merges with Ohio's New Surface Technologies

November 7, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Benchmark Products Inc., a local manufacturer of metal-finishing chemicals, will combine with a Bedford, Ohio, company and keep its headquarters and production in Indianapolis. The combined company will be renamed Asterion LLC.
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Speaker-maker Klipsch making noise in earphone niche

November 7, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Making money in earphones will require higher sales volumes, but Klipsch CEO Fred Klipsch thinks there are plenty more consumers left for his company to tap.
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FinishMaster profit, sales decline as accident claims fall

November 5, 2009
 IBJ Staff
FinishMaster Inc. on Thursday afternoon reported a drop in third-quarter profit and revenue compared to the same period a year ago.
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Fort Wayne plant closing to leave 118 jobless

November 5, 2009
Marietta, Ga.-based Graphic Packaging International Inc. has notified the state that it will cut 118 jobs by closing its plant in Fort Wayne.
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Military firm could create 500 jobs at former chemical site

November 5, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Telic Corp., a developer and manufacturer of United States military equipment, announced Thursday it will invest more than $1.2 million in the former Newport Chemical Depot in western Indiana, creating up to 500 jobs.
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Harley-Davidson eliminates Indiana from relocation list

November 4, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Harley-Davidson has announced that a Kentucky location is the only one it will consider if it decides to relocate its York, Pa., motorcycle plant, eliminating a site south of Indianapolis from contention.
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Brake manufacturer closure costs 118 jobs

November 3, 2009
Carlisle Industrial Brake and Friction has notified the state that it will close a manufacturing plant in Logansport, resulting in the loss of 118 jobs.
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Greensburg manufacturer sold, jobs moving to Oklahoma

November 3, 2009
The Autoquip Corp. has completed its acquisition of American Lifts in Greensburg and will be moving nearly 50 jobs to company headquarters in Guthrie, Okla.
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Cummins reports plunge in profit, revenue

October 30, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Cummins Inc. said profit for its fiscal third quarter fell 59 percent and sales dropped by 31 percent compared to the same period last year, though the company said its profitability and cash position improved from the second quarter.
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GM to draw government funds for Delphi costs, source says

October 28, 2009
Associated Press
General Motors Co. will announce later this week that it will draw from its government funding to pay the cost of buying a chunk of troubled parts supplier Delphi Corp., a person briefed on the company's finances said Wednesday.
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Grill maker to locate HQ in Indiana, hire 300

October 28, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Waterloo, Ontario-based Onward Manufacturing Co. Ltd. announced Wednesday afternoon that it would locate its first U.S. grill production center in northeast Indiana, creating more than 300 jobs in Huntington by 2011.
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Survey: Manufacturers optimistic about economic recovery

October 13, 2009
Scott Olson
Indiana manufacturers, many of which have suffered major job losses, are optimistic the economy will rebound next year, according to an annual survey commissioned by Katz Sapper & Miller LLP.
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Accuride restructuring under Chapter 11 bankruptcy

October 8, 2009
Evansville-based Accuride Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday as part of a restructuring of debt.
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Senate bill doesn't fund Rolls-Royce jet engine

October 7, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The measure holds potential bad news for Indianapolis engine maker Rolls-Royce because it does not contain funding for a key jet engine the company produces, but lawmakers are expected to restore funding when the Senate and House combine bills into a final version.
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Cummins recalling more workers to Indiana engine plant

October 7, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Enginemaker Cummins Inc. is temporarily adding a second production shift at its MidRange Engine Plant south of Columbus, recalling as many as 270 workers who had been laid off or transferred to other facilities when it was idled in May.
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Connersville progresses on Carbon Motors deal

October 2, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Connersville Mayor Leonard Urban says the city soon will clear legal and environmental hurdles that stand in the way of Carbon Motors’ launching its operations in the former Visteon plant.
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UPDATE: Hurco exec getting $500,000 exit package

October 2, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
James D. Fabris, who is leaving Hurco Cos. Inc. at the end of the month following a long management tenure, will receive an exit package worth more than $500,000.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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  1. Only half a million TV Viewers? And thats an increase? I knew Indycar was struggling but I didn't know it was that bad. Hell, if NASCAR hits 5 Million viewers everyone starts freaking out saying its going down hill. It has a long way to before Indycar even hits NASCAR's bad days.

  2. IU has been talking that line for years with no real progress even with the last Dean, Dr. Brater. Why will an outsider, Dr. Hess, make a difference? With no proof of additional resources (cash in the bank), and a concrete plan to move an academic model that has been outdated for decades with a faculty complacent with tenure and inertia, I can count on IU to remain the same during the tenure of Dr. Hess. One ought to look to Purdue and Notre Dame for change and innovation. It is just too bad that both of those schools do not have their own medical school. Competition might wake up IU. My guess is, that even with those additions to our State, IU will remain in its own little world squandering our State's tax dollars. Why would any donor want to contribute to IU with its track record? What is its strategy to deal with the physician shortage for our State? New leadership will not be enough for us to expect any change.

  3. How do you think the Bridges got approved? I spent a couple days researching PAC's and individual contributions to some city council members during that time. My printouts were inches thick on the two I concentrated on. Finally gave up. Was disgusted with all the donations, and who they were from. Would have taken me days and days to compile a complete list. Tried to give it to the Star reporter, but he thought it was all just fine. (and apparently he was treated well himself) He ended up being laid off or fired though. And then of course, there was land donated to the dad's club, or city, as a partial payoff. All done in the shining example of "charity." No, none of these contributions are a coincidence.

  4. I agree what kind of help or if any will be there for Dr. Ley's patients. I was a patient myself.

  5. What about the hundreds of patients who sought this doctor for the right reasons, to quit drugs. what option do these patients now have, experience horrible withdrawl or return to heroin?? those are the choices. what about the children of these former addicts who's parent(s) WILL not b able to maintain their job, for @ least 2 weeks.. There needs to b an emergency clinic opened for these patients.

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