Manufacturing & Technology

Broad Ripple telecom firm plans big growth, 183 jobs

May 10, 2013
Mason King
Founded in 2007 by Purdue University students, Weeks Communications has established a new headquarters in Broad Ripple and plans to invest $4.1 million as it aggressively hires new employees.
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Subaru to invest $400M in Lafayette plant, hire 900

May 8, 2013
 IBJ Staff, Associated Press
The Japanese car maker already employs about 3,600 people at the plant and builds the Legacy and Outback cars and the Tribeca SUV. With the new investment, it will boost capacity by 100,000 cars and begin making the Impreza.
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Subaru planning major expansion in Indiana

May 7, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Subaru plans to expand its Lafayette factory and add hundreds of workers to build the Impreza small car there, a source briefed on the matter says.
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Indiana firms lose ground on Fortune 500 list

May 7, 2013
Mason King
Five of the six Hoosier firms that appear in the 2013 rankings slipped from their positions in last year's list of the largest U.S. companies.
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Entrepreneurs vie for invites to reality TV summer camp

May 4, 2013
Dan Human
Twelve lucky entrepreneurs chosen from hundreds of applicants will spend two months this summer in a luxury facility working on bringing new business ideas to market.
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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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