Manufacturing & Technology

Former piano factory burns down in Muncie

July 26, 2014
Associated Press
Old building also had been used as chemical distributorship.
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Indiana Limestone Co. digs out of deep holeRestricted Content

July 26, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
In February, Indiana Limestone Co. filed for bankruptcy. But two months later, Chicago-based Wynnchurch Capital Ltd. bought the quarry company out of bankruptcy. ILC is now digging out and looking at a brighter horizon.
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State eases into rollout of software in tax fixRestricted Content

July 26, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana Department of Revenue is five to seven years from replacing the 1990s software that processes the bulk of the state’s tax dollars and that auditors cited in the wake of massive accounting errors.
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Homegrown Krazy Klothes defies overseas-made clothing trendRestricted Content

July 26, 2014
Sam Stall
Owner Dan Murphy's more-than-two-decades-old, Indianapolis-based company is something of an anachronism—a small-scale domestic clothing manufacturer doing business in a field dominated by Asian-based titans.
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Allison profit upshifts on North American demand

July 24, 2014
 IBJ Staff
In its second quarter, the Indianapolis-based manufacturer of transmissions and propulsion systems rode accelerating sales for rugged-duty, student transport, and hydraulic fracturing equipment.
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Steel demand feeds shipping boom in Indiana

July 23, 2014
Associated Press
The automotive industry is behind the increase, pushing steel ahead of longtime leaders iron ore and coal.
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Steel Dynamics buying Mississippi plant for $1.6B

July 21, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
Fort Wayne-based Steel Dynamics said the plant it is buying from a company controlled by Russian billionaire Alexey Mordashov is one of the newest and most technologically advanced mini-mills in North America.
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Drone startup off to flying startRestricted Content

July 19, 2014
Dan Human
Two friends and drone enthusiasts in 2012 hatched the idea, as a side gig, to build flying devices small enough to fit in a briefcase. But the idea shifted to a full-scale manufacturing operation that will launch in mid-August and is projected to produce up to $10 million in revenue next year.
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IU says no victims reported in data breach

July 17, 2014
Associated Press
Data including names, addresses and Social Security numbers of those who attended IU from 2011 to 2014 was unsecured for more than 11 months because protections weren't working correctly.
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UPDATE: Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 jobs in next year

July 17, 2014
Associated Press
The layoffs were double what Wall Street was expecting after the computing giant's CEO altered course last week. The firm had just completed its acquisition of Nokia's devices business in April.
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Interactive Intelligence shares dive on expected shortfall

July 16, 2014
Dan Human
The local software and services firm has released disappointing preliminary results for its second quarter, leading to a 16-percent stock tumble.
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GM planning $27M investment in Bedford plant

July 16, 2014
Associated Press
The automaker filed a tax abatement request for the Bedford factory project, saying it would add about 40 jobs and raise the plant's employment to some 650 workers.
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Tower maker gets OK for factory, plans to hire 600

July 16, 2014
Associated Press
Nello Corp., a South Bend firm that manufactures steel towers, plans to sink about $60 million into the project.
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House votes to extend moratorium on Internet taxes

July 15, 2014
Associated Press
Under current law, the moratorium expires Nov. 1, exposing Internet users to the same kind of connection fees that often show up on telephone bills.
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Herff Jones to close division with 110 local workers

July 14, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Herff Jones said the move would result in the permanent closure of a facility at 4719 W. 62nd St., where 110 production, support and administrative employees work.
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Beer technology firm buys N.C. companyRestricted Content

July 12, 2014
Carmel software startup SteadyServ Technologies acquired North Carolina beer-app developer PintLabs.
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Indiana Rail Road to speed up trainsRestricted Content

July 12, 2014
The Indiana Rail Road Co. is investing about $1 million this year so trains can move faster and more quietly through the Indianapolis area.
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Chicago-made medical gel wins Innovation Showcase pitch contest

July 11, 2014
Dan Human
The Indianapolis-based expo for featuring innovations and courting potential investors crowned an unusual winner of its pitch contest on Thursday.
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Greensburg factory to invest $28M, add 250 workers

July 8, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Workers will be hired as global firm Valeo buys new equipment for its 400,000-square-foot engine cooling factory to start new product lines for Honda, Nissan, Chrysler and Ford.
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Web startup Bookit planning expansion

July 7, 2014
Dan Human
Bookit Commerce Inc., which operates the website bookacoach.com, plans to hire 93 people by 2018, the locally based company announced Monday morning.
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MISO data breach latest in hackers’ efforts to reach power grid

July 6, 2014
Bloomberg News
Operating cost data from participants in Carmel-based MISO's power network was compromised in a computer breach that highlighted the rising vulnerability of the U.S. electricity infrastructure.
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Ex-Hoosier funnels millions back home to local tech firms

July 5, 2014
Dan Human
West Coast investor Parker Hinshaw and his wife, Jean Balgrosky, in 2012 founded San Diego investment firm Bootstrap Incubation LLC and in 2013 the Bootstrap Venture Fund, which have funded three Indiana companies in less than a year. A fourth deal is about to close.
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Tech firms get chance to pitch investorsRestricted Content

July 5, 2014
Seventy-six startups and small tech companies will vie for investors’ interest July 10 at the Innovation Showcase.
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Telemon unit acquires automotive manufacturer

July 2, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Westbrook Mfg., founded in 1977, makes electro-mechanical assemblies and wiring harnesses for the automotive industry at its manufacturing plant in Fresnillo, Mexico. The company has about 400 workers.
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Medical device maker to hire 112 in Plainfield

July 1, 2014
Mason King
Global firm Covidien LP plans to consolidate U.S. operations for servicing its medical devices in central Indiana, renovating its existing 70,000-square-foot facility in the process.
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