Manufacturing & Technology

State exporters poised to benefit from Obama effortRestricted Content

February 13, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Overseas sales are a major emphasis for Indianapolis-based Peerless Pump, which makes highly engineered pumps for fire suppression, factories and waterworks. President Obama’s administration wants to help rebuild the U.S. economy by putting more companies on Peerless’ trajectory.
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Columbia City plant to close, nixing 135 workers

February 12, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Fort Wayne Foundry Corp. will shutter the auto parts factory for the second time in a year, as its jobs head to Mexico, according to a union official.
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Remy inks deal to supply hybrid motors to Allison

February 11, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Remy International and Allison Transmission will work together on a hybrid commercial truck program. Latest supply deal to boost Remy's Anderson factory.
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Toyota's new lobbyist strategy: factory workers

February 11, 2010
Bloomberg News
Facing intense scrutiny from the federal government, Toyota is trying a salt-of-the-earth offensive, paying for a group of its U.S. employees to talk with lawmakers. At least one is from Toyota's plant in Princeton, Ind.
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World Media Group to expand Indianapolis operations

February 11, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Multimedia products maker World Media Group Inc. will invest more than $2 million to expand its manufacturing operations on the east side of Indianapolis, increasing its workforce by 20 percent.
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Governors ask Congress to go easy on Toyota

February 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and three other governors of states with Toyota plants are calling on Congress to be fair to the automaker in hearings concerning safety recalls.
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ExactTarget reports record annual results

February 9, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Locally based e-mail marketing firm opens London office, adds big-name clients and secures $145 million in venture capital.
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Shareholders in bankrupt Accuride pursuing loan

February 9, 2010
Bloomberg News
Accuride shareholders are trying to arrange a $400 million loan to fund the Evansville company’s exit from bankruptcy.
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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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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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