Manufacturing & Technology

LeadJen President Vance launches social networkRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Technology industry up-and-comer Jenny Vance, at age 35, has achieved the rank of “serial entrepreneur” with the launch of her third business, PlanSoon.
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Hostess prepares to open plant despite tax-break question

June 25, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Hostess Brands LLC has asked the city for a tax abatement on $10 million in new equipment. City officials might decide on July 3, but Hostess is moving ahead with its plans to reopen the plant that closed in November.
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Connersville lines up new tenant for ex-Visteon factory

June 25, 2013
Associated Press
An eastern Indiana city could sell the factory to a cabinet company for $1 as part of a deal for it to hire more than 300 workers.
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Glass magic coming to end for venerable Fox StudiosRestricted Content

June 22, 2013
Scott Olson
Fox Studios Inc., the venerable stained glass company whose work is on display at countless churches throughout the state and even the Indiana Statehouse, is closing.
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Salin saves cash with video tellers

June 22, 2013
Chris O'Malley
In what might be the strangest twist in banking technology in years, Indianapolis-based Salin Bank is the first financial institution in the state to install sophisticated, interactive video tellers.
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BidPal, on a roll, doubles space

June 22, 2013
Dan Human
The world of philanthropy, where shoestring budgets dominate, is nonetheless proving lucrative for BidPal Inc., a 108-employee company led by tech veteran Scott Webber. The company saw revenue rocket from $1.8 million in 2010 to $10.2 million last year, making it the city’s second-fastest-growing private company, according to IBJ’s annual list.
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Tiny Lebanon firm prevails in multimillion-dollar patent caseRestricted Content

June 22, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
In the past 18 months, Larry Durkos—who invented a machine that attaches metal bed box springs and coils to wood frames—has scored two stunning victories over Leggett & Platt Inc., a Missouri-based box-spring conglomerate.
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Proxy Corner: Vera Bradley Inc.Restricted Content

June 22, 2013
Vera Bradley Inc., 2208 Production Road, Fort Wayne, Ind., 46808, sells handbags, accessories, paper-and-gift items and travel items through 65 retail stores, 11 outlet stores, 3,400 specialty stores and through verabradley.com.
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City to review tax breaks for five tech firms

June 20, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The biotech and technology companies could see their Marion County tax abatements reduced or cancelled if officials decide they didn't fulfill promises on new investment and hiring.
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Indy-based 3D printer lands incentives for expansion

June 20, 2013
Mason King
3D Parts Manufacturing LLC plans to invest $6 million to lease and equip 25,000 square feet of operations space and hire 65 workers by 2018.
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Tyco to buy Fishers-based technology firm for $150 million

June 19, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Tyco International Ltd. said Wednesday that it reached a deal to acquire Exacq Technologies Inc., which develops video management systems for security and surveillance uses.
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Manufacturer to relocate to Muncie, add 288 jobs

June 19, 2013
Mason King
A maker of a new heavy-equipment vehicle that uses clean energy plans to invest $4.6 million in an engineering and assembly facility and ramp up operations as orders come in.
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Building for game maker Fundex set for July auction

June 17, 2013
Scott Olson
One of the last remnants of the bankrupt game maker and distributor is set to be sold at auction next month. The parent of the company that makes the iconic Slinky bought Fundex in December.
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File-sharing firm to invest $2.1M, add up to 30 jobs

June 17, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based SmartFile said the investment will help the company make a 7,500-square-foot facility at 212 W. 10th Street operational by September.
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Most of Indiana's largest public companies enjoyed strong 2012Restricted Content

June 15, 2013
Angie's List turned a profit for the first time in nearly two decades.
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JBS United among top hog feed companiesRestricted Content

June 15, 2013
Norm Heikens
The industry is more than a decade beyond the sweeping consolidation of the '90s that forced out thousands of family farms as corporations took advantage of new techniques to enable raising hogs in huge, factory-type complexes.
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Mortgage firm is fastest-growing private companyRestricted Content

June 15, 2013
Stonegate Mortgage Corp. returns to the top 10 for a second year thanks to geographic expansion—it now does business in more than 30 states, up from 20 at the end of 2011—and a couple of significant transactions.
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Young & Laramore finds app draws eyeballs to brandRestricted Content

June 15, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis ad agency Young & Laramore's recent project for footwear giant New Balance included developing a video game intended to reach young consumers who’ve grown up with a smartphone as a bodily appendage.
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New Hostess owners want abatement for equipment

June 14, 2013
Cory Schouten
The new owners of Hostess Brands are seeking a tax abatement to support investment of $10 million in new equipment for a plant on the east side that could employ up to 145 people.
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Report: People problems persist in manufacturing, logistics

June 14, 2013
Dan Human
Indiana's manufacturing and logistics sectors are undoubtedly strong, but work-force quality issues continue to nag the state, according to an industry report card released Friday morning.
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Japanese auto supplier adding 103 jobs in Columbus

June 14, 2013
Sunright America, a maker of nuts, bolts and specialty fasteners, plans to invest $35 million to build and equip two additional facilities on its 33-acre campus.
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Top 6 ExactTarget officers reap $92.5M in option gains in sale

June 13, 2013
Dan Human
The gains for top brass represent about one-third of the $277 million in option gains that the company's 1,700-person work force will rack up, regulatory filings show.
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Three other firms courted Indy's ExactTarget before Salesforce landed prize

June 13, 2013
Dan Human
At least three other companies pursued the Indianapolis digital marketer amid its courtship with San Francisco-based Salesforce.com, which led to a $2.5 billion buyout announced June 4.
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Carbon Motors’ Chapter 7 filing marks official end for firm

June 12, 2013
Scott Olson
The once-promising firm that had planned to build high-tech police cars at a Connersville plant filed for bankruptcy Friday, listing liabilities of $21.7 million.
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Remy seeks greater share of Chinese market with buyout

June 12, 2013
Dan Human
Pendleton-based auto parts manufacturer Remy International Inc. plans to buy out a partner’s share in a Chinese joint venture, potentially paving the way for a greater share of the growing Asian market.
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  1. Now if he'd just stay there...

  2. Daniel - what about the many US citizens who do NOT follow what the Bible teaches? The Hindus, Jews, Muslims and others who are all American citizens entitled to all rights as Americans?? This issue has NOTHING to do with "What the Bible says..." Keep all Churches separate from State! Pence's ongoing idiocy continues to make Indiana look like a backwards, homophobic state in the eyes of our nation. Can't we move on to bigger issues - like educating our kids?

  3. 1. IBJ should link to the referenced report. We are in the age of electronic media...not sharing information is lazy. Here is a link http://www.in.gov/gov/files/Blue_Ribbon_Panel_Report_July_9_2014.pdf 2. The article should provide more clarity about the make-up of this panel. The commenters are making this item out to be partisan, it does not appear the panel is partisan. Here is a list of the panel which appears to be balanced with different SME to add different perspectives http://www.in.gov/activecalendar/EventList.aspx?view=EventDetails&eventidn=138116?formation_id=189603 3. It suggests a by-pass, I do not see where this report suggests another "loop". 4. Henry, based on your kneejerk reaction, we would be better off if you moved to another state unless your post was meant as sarcasm in which case I say Well Done. 5. The article and report actually indicates need to improve rail and port infrastructure in direct contradiction to Shayla commentary. Specifically, recommendation is to consider passenger rail projects... 6. People have a voice with their elected officials. These are suggestions and do not represent "crony capitalism", etc. The report needs to be analyzed and the legislature can decide on priorities and spending. Don't like it, then vote in a new legislature but quit artificially creating issues where there are none! People need to sift through the politics and provide constructive criticism to the process rather than making uninformed comments in a public forum based on misinformation. IBJ should work harder to correct the record in these forums when blatant errors or misrepresentations are made.

  4. Joe ... Marriage is defined in the Bible ... it is mentioned in the Bible often. Marriage is not mentioned once in the US or Indiana Constitution ...

  5. Daniel - Educate me please: what does the Bible have to do with laws? If the government wasn't in the business of marriage to begin with, then it wouldn't have to "define" marriage at all. Marriage could be left as a personal, religious, or otherwise unregulated action, with no ties to taxes, legal status, etc. Then people could marry whomever they want, and all this silliness would go away. Remember to vote Libertarian in November.

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