Manufacturing & Technology

Cummins in position to benefit from new fuel standards

June 12, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Cummins Inc. is counting on fuel-efficient technology to be a major driver of its future growth. While the company is keeping its new diesel-engine prototypes under wraps, it is open about its strategy of urging environmental regulators to roll out increasingly strict standards.
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Rolls-Royce opens plant making part for Joint Strike Fighter

June 11, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The new "focused factory" in Plainfield will produce lift fans for the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. The fan allows one version of the aircraft to make helicopter-like landings.
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Hillenbrand unit seeks to block imports of knockoff coffins

June 11, 2010
Bloomberg News
Hillenbrand Inc.'s Batesville unit, the largest U.S. maker of coffins,wants the trade commission to prevent Ataudes Aguilares from selling its products in the United States and Puerto Rico.
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State manufacturing, logistics industries get high marks

June 10, 2010
Scott Olson

Third annual report from Ball State University highlights concerns over whether Indiana has enough qualified workers to meet demands of the increasingly technical sectors.

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Chinese furniture maker picks Marion for U.S. headquarters

June 9, 2010
The upholstered-furniture maker, which operates as Y.K. Furniture, plans to invest $24.3 million to establish its first U.S. subsidiary. The facility will house assembly-and-distribution operations with about 100 employees.
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eTapestry co-founder headed for Baltimore

June 9, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Longtime local IT entrepreneur Jay Love accepts job as CEO of software-maker Social Solutions, a loss for the Indianapolis high-tech and not-for-profit communities.
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Ballard bets big on $16 million software project

June 9, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Concluding a year-long evaluation and public bidding process, mayor chooses Oracle's PeopleSoft to replace local government's 1970s-era financial IT system and New York-based Zanett Inc. to lead the implementation.
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IT consulting firm plans to create 230 jobs

June 9, 2010
Miller Consulting Group will move its headquarters from Indianapolis to Noblesville and add the jobs by the end of 2013, the company said Wednesday morning.
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GM recalling 1.5 million vehicles over fire concerns

June 8, 2010
Associated Press
The recall affects several pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles, crossovers and passenger car models from the 2006 to 2009 model years. GM conducted a similar recall in 2008 but came across new reports of fires in vehicles that had been fixed.
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Rolls-Royce snags $7.5 million military contract

June 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Engineers at Rolls-Royce Corp.’s Indianapolis manufacturing facility will work for the next year to design, develop and test an upgrade for a digital engine control the company is making for the U.S. Army’s OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopter.
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Trailer maker Pace American could close Middlebury plant

June 7, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A cargo trailer maker may close its manufacturing facility in Middlebury, potentially costing 150 workers their jobs.
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SEO firm Slingshot hitting target from the start

June 5, 2010
Chris O'Malley
With $1.3 million in annual sales, Indianapolis-based Slingshot generates enough cash to fund its own growth—and turns away about half of its prospective clients, all of whom want to get their websites to pop up high on the first page of Google search results.
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ALTOM: Securing your Wi-Fi is worth your trouble

June 5, 2010
Tim Altom
If you’ve got a wireless (Wi-Fi) router, you could be in some serious hot water if it’s not properly secured.
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EnerDel's potential luring backers despite steep lossesRestricted Content

June 5, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
The parent of locally based lithium-ion battery maker EnerDel is putting together hundreds of millions of dollars in financing to fund a business plan that could bring revenue to nearly $1 billion within five years.
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Hurco suffers loss despite better sales

June 4, 2010
Indianapolis-based machine tool maker lost $1.5 million in its second fiscal quarter, which was much greater than the loss it reported in the same period last year.
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EnerDel parent lands $65M investment

June 1, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The parent company of lithium-ion battery maker EnerDel has landed a $65 million investment from its largest shareholder.
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Toyota to move Highlander production to Indiana

June 1, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Toyota began manufacturing the Highlander SUVs in November 2000 and has been making between 1,000 to 9,000 gasoline vehicles a month. In April, it produced about 1,900 units.
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EnerDel forms joint venture with Chinese autoparts maker

May 27, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Battery company will offer expertise to help Wanxiang build Chinese factory, fill backlogs. Indiana employment could reach 3,000, but there's no target date for achieving that milestone.
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Northstar Aerospace closing Anderson plant

May 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Anderson plant, which opened in 2006 and makes aircraft parts, has about 40 employees.
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City hosting U.S.-China vehicle summit

May 24, 2010
Event will bring together a delegation of Chinese automakers and Indiana manufacturers to explore business opportunities relating to hybrid and electric vehicles.
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ALTOM: Is your computer being commandeered under your nose?Restricted Content

May 22, 2010
Tim Altom
Around the world, tens of millions of computers are infected with sly viruses that invisibly take over a machine, letting it continue working but redirecting part of its time to doing nefarious things, like storing ill-gotten data or sending out spam ads for improbable enlargements of body parts.
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Optiform customizes software to improve capture and management of dataRestricted Content

May 22, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The 12-person firm led by CEO Scott McLaughlin recently “graduated” from five years at the Indiana University Emerging Technologies Center and finished a profitable year.
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Mitsubishi planning Franklin expansion

May 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A Franklin manufacturing facility is planning a $9.4 million expansion project that would more than double employment over the next two years.
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Tipton County OKs $13M bond to help sell Getrag plant

May 19, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Tipton County Council on Tuesday unanimously approved $13 million in incentives intended to help land a solar power firm interested in buying the empty Getrag plant on U.S. 31 near Kokomo.
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Old General Motors sites could receive $800M for clean up

May 18, 2010
Associated Press
The proposed sites include the Indianapolis Stamping plant on the west side and the former GM Delco Plant 5 in Kokomo.
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  1. The east side does have potential...and I have always thought Washington Scare should become an outlet mall. Anyone remember how popular Eastgate was? Well, Indy has no outlet malls, we have to go to Edinburgh for the deep discounts and I don't understand why. Jim is right. We need a few good eastsiders interested in actually making some noise and trying to change the commerce, culture and stereotypes of the East side. Irvington is very progressive and making great strides, why can't the far east side ride on their coat tails to make some changes?

  2. Boston.com has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. http://www.boston.com/business/technology/innoeco/2010/07/interactions_banks_63_million.html The article includes a link back to that Inside Indiana Business press release I linked to earlier, snarkily noting, "Guess this 2006 plan to create 200-plus new jobs in Indiana didn't exactly work out."

  3. I live on the east side and I have read all your comments. a local paper just did an article on Washington square mall with just as many comments and concerns. I am not sure if they are still around, but there was an east side coalition with good intentions to do good things on the east side. And there is a facebook post that called my eastside indy with many old members of the eastside who voice concerns about the east side of the city. We need to come together and not just complain and moan, but come up with actual concrete solutions, because what Dal said is very very true- the eastside could be a goldmine in the right hands. But if anyone is going damn, and change things, it is us eastside residents

  4. Please go back re-read your economics text book and the fine print on the February 2014 CBO report. A minimum wage increase has never resulted in a net job loss...

  5. The GOP at the Statehouse is more interested in PR to keep their majority, than using it to get anything good actually done. The State continues its downward spiral.

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