Manufacturing & Technology

Rolls-Royce to produce engines for new reconnaissance copter

April 30, 2013
Mason King
Indianapolis manufacturing operations will provide cutting-edge engines for the latest generation of helicopter drones to be used by the U.S. Navy.
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International Paper to fold local plant, laying off 91

April 30, 2013
Mason King
The shutdown is the latest in a recent string of layoffs and closures by the global company in its Indiana operations.
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Cummins earnings widely miss predictions

April 30, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana-based engine maker announced a larger-than-expected drop in quarterly profit Tuesday morning, as revenue fell 12 percent on weak demand for its products in domestic and international markets.
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Hostess to open bakery in Indianapolis

April 29, 2013
Associated Press
Hostess Brands LLC said Monday that it will open bakeries in Indiana and Illinois, following announcements last week that it will reopen bakeries in Georgia and Kansas in its effort to bring back some of its snack brands.
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Venture capital favoring later-stage firmsRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Dan Human
Getting $50,000—often from friends and relatives—to develop a product and set up a company still is easy enough in Indiana, small-business leaders and venture capitalists say. But once a firm needs a few million dollars to grow into a revenue-generating operation, the area can’t compete with Silicon Valley’s magnetism for venture capital.
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Dow AgroSciences grows sales, earnings to new heights

April 25, 2013
Mason King, Bloomberg News
Record sales for seeds and new crop protection products helped boost revenue 14 percent at Indianapolis-based Dow AgroSciences LLC in its new fiscal year.
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Brown, Interactive Intelligence among Mira winners

April 20, 2013
 IBJ Staff
BidPal picked up two awards at TechPoint's annual event, which drew 1,000 to the JW Marriott downtown Saturday night.
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Execs at Chromcraft Revington enter talks to buy firm

April 19, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Members of the management team are in negotiations to buy the West Lafayette-based furniture maker, which recently moved to delist from the New York Stock Exchange.
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Grand Design RV plans 500 jobs in Elkhart County

April 18, 2013
Associated Press
Grand Design RV in Middlebury on Thursday said it plans to locate its headquarters and manufacturing operations in the Elkhart County town about 30 miles east of South Bend.
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Lilly's $30.6M tax abatement request clears hurdle

April 18, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The pharmaceutical firm has $400 million in projects in the works for its facilities south of downtown. City officials have advanced its request for tax breaks to a public hearing and final consideration May 1.
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Lafayette key to Subaru ending dealer shortages, exec says

April 18, 2013
Bloomberg News
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., the Japanese maker of Subaru cars, intends to end a shortage of its vehicles at U.S. dealerships soon by expanding capacity at its Lafayette plant.
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Allison expects 50-percent drop in quarterly earnings

April 15, 2013
Associated Press
The Indianapolis-based transmissions manufacturer said its profit would be hurt by a steep drop in revenue in the first quarter.
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IU medical school's push to launch startups bears fruitRestricted Content

April 13, 2013
J.K. Wall
The Indiana University School of Medicine has launched 12 companies in the past 18 months—a burst of startup activity the school has never seen before.
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'Beer geeks' hatch plan for east-side hops farm

April 13, 2013
Scott Olson
A couple of fledgling entrepreneurs hope to tap into the increasing popularity of local microbreweries—not by starting one but by supplying them with a key flavoring ingredient integral to making beer.
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Indiana furniture maker to exit stock exchange

April 9, 2013
Mason King
The board of directors of Chromcraft Revington Inc., a West Lafayette-based designer and manufacturer of furniture, has decided to pull its shares from the New York Stock Exchange.
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Smartphone videos rewrite rules of customer researchRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Carmel-based Strategic Marketing & Research Inc. is among firms tapping the capabilities of video-enabled smartphones to gain insights into consumers’ thoughts and emotions. They’re doing this by having consumers use their phones to shoot a video diary of their product experiences.
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GM to invest $332M in factories, including Indiana plant

April 4, 2013
Associated Press
In Indiana, GM plans to spend $29.4 million for a metal castings plant in Bedford to make parts for small engines and for the new eight-speed and existing six-speed automatic transmissions.
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Lawmakers hope to woo gun manufacturers to Indiana

April 3, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Two resolutions, including one that passed the House on Tuesday, aim to attract gun manufacturers to Indiana by touting the state's tax climate and gun-rights laws.
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Indiana bottle maker pushing for refund law

April 2, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A central Indiana company that makes glass bottles and jars is urging state lawmakers to pass legislation requiring refundable deposits on beverages sold in recyclable bottles and cans.
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Sherry Labs snapped up by Netherlands corporation

April 1, 2013
Jeff Newman
The materials-testing business with nearly 300 employees has been acquired by Element Materials Technology. Sherry had been owned by a group of well-connected central Indiana businessmen.
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Carbon Motors pulls equipment from Indiana plant

March 31, 2013
Associated Press
A company that had hoped to open a high-tech police car plant employing as many as 1,500 workers in eastern Indiana has cleared out its plant amid the resignation of a key official.
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ExactTarget lands on tech shopping list for buyout

March 30, 2013
Dan Human
ExactTarget Inc.’s strong position in digital marketing has made the Indianapolis company a tempting acquisition target for Salesforce.com and other tech-industry suitors, Wall Street analysts believe.
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Chrysler, General Motors plants take divergent pathsRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Dan Human
In Kokomo, Chrysler plants rise with the resurgent automaker, while a GM plant across the highway hasn't been so fortunate.
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Crunching the numbers on Obamacare

March 30, 2013
J.K. Wall
The biggest changes from President Obama’s 2010 health reform law take effect nine months from now, so many Hoosier employers have started crunching detailed numbers to cost out their options.
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Indiana corn dog maker with 87 workers closing

March 29, 2013
Associated Press
A company founded more than 50 years ago as Al Pete Meats is closing its doors, ending 87 jobs.
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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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