Manufacturing & Technology

Calumet Specialty investigating cause of Louisiana explosion

February 8, 2010
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP is investigating the cause of a Friday blast at its refinery in Shreveport, La., that damaged some nearby properties.
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Super bummer: Indy plant churns out Saints T-shirts

February 8, 2010
Mason King
The Colts' Super Bowl loss saddened employees at a local plant that makes NFL gear, but the Saints' win will give the bottom line a bigger boost.
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Demand for smart-phone applications spawns opportunitiesRestricted Content

February 6, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Smart-phone fever is heating up the climate for innovation in the local tech community, as firms new and old try to cash in on the demand for applications that can be used on the iPhone, BlackBerry and other gadgets from the likes of Palm and Google.
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Sigma Micro becomes Fifth Gear LLC

February 6, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The name change reflects the completion of the company’s integration with Missouri-based Stark Brothers Fulfillment, which Sigma Holdings acquired in 2007.
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Scale Computing succeeds quickly after co-founder moves it to IndianaRestricted Content

February 6, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Not even a year has passed since Scale Computing launched its first product, yet CEO Jeff Ready forecasts 2010 revenue with the confidence of a meteorologist giving the three-day outlook.
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Shelbyville tech park keeps tax incentives

February 5, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
State officials are giving Shelbyville's struggling Intelliplex business park another chance to use tax incentives to land new companies and high-paying jobs.
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Brightpoint profit up despite declining revenue

February 4, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Wireless device distributor Brightpoint Inc. saw revenue decline in the fourth quarter, but the Indianapolis-based company still managed to bounce back from $346 million year-ago loss with an $18.3 million quarterly profit.
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New emissions standards drive up Cummins profit

February 2, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Columbus-based diesel engine maker Cummins Inc. posted its most profitable fourth quarter in company history, thanks to a rush on engines that won't have to conform to new emission standards.
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Enzon Pharmaceuticals sells Indy drug plant; 100 local jobs safe

February 1, 2010
New Jersey-based Enzon Pharmaceuticals Inc. has sold its Indianapolis plant that manufactures specialty drugs in a deal that could top $300 million. The buyer says that the operations, which employ about 100, will remain in the city.
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Litigation slows entrepreneur behind laser weapons, flying scooterRestricted Content

January 30, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Anderson entrepreneur Pete Bitar has been slowed by litigation but still plans to spearhead a team in the competition to put a rover on the moon.
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ALTOM: Does instant messaging make business sense?Restricted Content

January 30, 2010
Tim Altom
An instant messenger is one of those technologies that seems silly until you start using it.
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Trade group TechPoint calls for Mira Awards nominations

January 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff
TechPoint is now accepting nominations for its 2010 Mira Awards.
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Wireless bidding system BidPal drives charity auction offers higherRestricted Content

January 30, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Tech executive Scott Webber and a local entrepreneur are out to revolutionize benefit auctions, which, despite their importance in raising an estimated $16 billion a year for not-for-profits, can be remarkably primitive.
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Cantaloupe unveils newest e-mail marketing product

January 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Local technology firm's VideoHere system allows companies to embed videos in their marketing e-mails.
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Haynes pays CEO almost twice as much as predecessor

January 29, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
CEO Mark Comerford's $1.46 million in total compensation in fiscal 2009 was nearly double Francis Petro's pay the previous year—even though the company's revenue dropped 31 percent in the same period.
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Analyst: Recalled Toyotas likely won't face long-term resale hit

January 29, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Recalled Toyotas have been yanked from used-vehicle auction blocks, but resale values should be protected if Toyota handles the recall with "transparency," according to a local analyst.
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Job cuts begin at east-side steering parts plant

January 29, 2010
Fifteen employees at an east-side automotive plant operated by a Ford subsidiary will lose their jobs on March 31. More job cuts are expected, as the factory prepares to close by the end of 2011.
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Mobile lab maker Biologics to create 50 jobs in Brownsburg

January 29, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A startup that makes mobile laboratory and manufacturing facilities will locate its headquarters, design and manufacturing operations in Brownsburg, creating at least 50 jobs by 2013.
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Interactive Intelligence fourth-quarter profit up 74 percent

January 29, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Record product orders spur sales at Indianapolis-based software maker Interactive Intelligence, propelling profits to $2.5 million.
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Bicycle-components manufacturer adding 105 jobs

January 27, 2010
Zipp Speed Weaponry said it will create 105 jobs by 2013 and invest $12.4 million in a new manufacturing plant in Indianapolis to make its high-end bicycle components.
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Bluefish Wireless set to announce up to 150 new local jobs

January 27, 2010
Chris O'Malley
A Zionsville firm that manages employers' wireless devices plans expansion, new jobs. Clients include such Fortune 500 companies as Intel, Oracle, Ford Motor Co.
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Remy hybrid agreements help offset GM loss

January 27, 2010
Scott Olson
Pendleton-based Remy International signs deals with Allison Transmission Inc. in Indianapolis and German automaker Daimler AG to supply electric motors for hybrid systems. The agreements should help offset a loss of business from General Motors.
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Steep sales decline forces Hurco to slash executive pay

January 27, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis-based machine toolmaker's CEO takes 63-percent compensation cut.
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Two companies set to make major local expansions

January 27, 2010
Express Scripts Inc. on the west side of Indianapolis and Zipp Speed Weaponry in Speedway are scheduled Wednesday afternoon to announce the creation of hundreds of new jobs.
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Toyota workers will stay on job at Indiana plants

January 27, 2010
Associated Press
No immediate layoffs are planned at the two Indiana factories that build Toyota models included in the company's production halt as it looks to fix sticking gas pedals.
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  1. President Obama has referred to the ACA as "Obamacare" any number of times; one thing it is not, if you don't qualify for a subsidy, is "affordable".

  2. One important correction, Indiana does not have an ag-gag law, it was soundly defeated, or at least changed. It was stripped of everything to do with undercover pictures and video on farms. There is NO WAY on earth that ag gag laws will survive a constitutional challenge. None. Period. Also, the reason they are trying to keep you out, isn't so we don't show the blatant abuse like slamming pigs heads into the ground, it's show we don't show you the legal stuf... the anal electroctions, the cutting off of genitals without anesthesia, the tail docking, the cutting off of beaks, the baby male chicks getting thrown alive into a grinder, the deplorable conditions, downed animals, animals sitting in their own excrement, the throat slitting, the bolt guns. It is all deplorable behavior that doesn't belong in a civilized society. The meat, dairy and egg industries are running scared right now, which is why they are trying to pass these ridiculous laws. What a losing battle.

  3. Eating there years ago the food was decent, nothing to write home about. Weird thing was Javier tried to pass off the story the way he ended up in Indy was he took a bus he thought was going to Minneapolis. This seems to be the same story from the founder of Acapulco Joe's. Stopped going as I never really did trust him after that or the quality of what being served.

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  5. "In real life, a farmer wants his livestock as happy and health as possible. Such treatment give the best financial return." I have to disagree. What's in the farmer's best interest is to raise as many animals as possible as quickly as possible as cheaply as possible. There is a reason grass-fed beef is more expensive than corn-fed beef: it costs more to raise. Since consumers often want more food for lower prices, the incentive is for farmers to maximize their production while minimizing their costs. Obviously, having very sick or dead animals does not help the farmer, however, so there is a line somewhere. Where that line is drawn is the question.

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