Manufacturing & Technology

Some area manufacturers see blue sky after year dominated by recessionRestricted Content

December 5, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The recession decimated Indiana’s auto-parts makers, but many other manufacturers in the state survived. After a year adrift in the recession, they see signs of land ahead.
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Ford delay extends life of east-side steering plant

December 5, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
A Ford Motor Co. subsidiary will start cutting its local work force next year, but won’t close its east-side plant for good until late 2011.
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ALTOM: It's time to rethink reliance on PowerPoint presentationsRestricted Content

December 5, 2009
Tim Altom
A college administrator believes technology shifts the educational focus from the wits and wisdom of the instructor to the bullet points in the presentations.
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$75M investment in ExactTarget may be Indianapolis recordRestricted Content

December 5, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The amount raised since October is in addition to the $69.9 million it received in May from three venture firms on the coasts, in what was the third-largest venture deal in the nation during the second quarter, according to the National Venture Capital Association.
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Cookware plant closing in Fort Wayne, idling 190 workers

December 4, 2009
Fort Wayne-based Lincoln Foodservice Products Inc. has notified state officials that it will close its “small wares” plant there and let go 190 employees.
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IT firm receives abatement for job-growth plans

December 2, 2009
Indianapolis’ largest computer consulting firm on Wednesday received property-tax abatement relating to its plans to create 200 high-paying jobs and invest $600,000 in new equipment.
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Cummins to lay off 400-plus workers in New York

December 2, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Columbus engine maker Cummins Inc. will idle at least 400 workers at a manufacturing facility in Jamestown, N.Y., because of a change in emission standards that will cut production from 500 engines a day to 100.
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Massive CEDIA Expo returning to city after 5-year break

December 2, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The locally based Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association will bring its fall trade show back to Indianapolis in 2011 and 2012—making good on a promise to return after a $275 million expansion of the Indiana Convention Center.
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Trailer maker plans to add 100 jobs in Peru

December 2, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Peru recreational vehicle maker Riverside Travel Trailer Inc. will expand its Miami County operations, creating 100 new jobs by 2011, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. announced Wednesday morning.
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Local IT consulting firm plans to add 200 workers

December 1, 2009
Scott Olson
Indianapolis' largest computer consulting firm is seeking property-tax abatement relating to its plans to create 200 high-paying jobs and invest $600,000 in new equipment.
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Video surveillance legal in Hoosier state, but beware lawsuitsRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Norm Heikens
Most states--Indiana included--have no law on the books banning video surveillance in homes or businesses. However, anyone considering using a hidden camera should consider the potential to be sued under the state's well-developed privacy law.
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Traffic technology handy after propane tanker explosion

November 28, 2009
Chris O'Malley
A complex system of signs along Indianapolis' interstate highway system was pressed into action after a propane tanker exploded in October near I-465 and I-69.
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Internet sales of hidden 'nanny' cameras booming

November 28, 2009
Norm Heikens

Falling prices, rising distrust persuade businesses and individuals to point lenses at the unsuspecting. Bonus: Our own video surveilling the new tiny tech.

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Employers brace for Cyber Monday

November 25, 2009
Scott Olson
More than 53 percent of workers with Internet access, or 68.8 million, are expected to shop online Monday, according to the Washington, D.C.-based National Retail Federation.
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Haynes reports quarterly, fiscal-year losses

November 24, 2009
Kokomo-based Haynes International Inc.'s efforts to consolidate operations and reduce inventory could not keep it from losing $3 million in its fiscal fourth quarter, the company announced Monday.
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Wind turbine maker adding 260 jobs in New Albany

November 23, 2009
 IBJ Staff
California-based WindStream Technologies Inc. plans to locate a development and production facility at Purdue Research Park of Southeast Indiana, creating more than 260 jobs by 2012.
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ALTOM: Is Facebook folly or a fantastic marketing tool?Restricted Content

November 21, 2009
Tim Altom
Companies are using Facebook as an alternative way of reaching a vast audience, not as a replacement for their own Web sites.
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Westfield's Truss Manufacturing Co. changes name, expands product line

November 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Truss Manufacturing Co., a fixture along U.S. 31 in Westfield since 1959, in October changed its name to TMC Building Products to emphasize its expansion into other supplies.
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State lands $4 million grant to aid autoworkers

November 18, 2009
The U.S. Department of Labor awarded the Indiana Department of Workforce Development a $4 million grant on Wednesday to help autoworkers transition into alternate careers.
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Electric car maker plans Indiana manufacturing plant

November 18, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Norwegian electric car maker Think Global will locate its U.S. manufacturing facility in Indiana, Reuters reported Tuesday, citing information from a major investor in the company.
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Cutbacks help Remy improve quarterly profit

November 17, 2009
Auto parts maker Remy International Inc. said Monday that profit rose to $16.5 million in the third quarter, up from $4.3 million in the same quarter a year ago, as the company cut staff and pay to compensate for lagging sales.
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CTI reports quarterly loss on lower revenue

November 16, 2009
Indianapolis-based CTI Group Holdings Inc. lost $337,549 in the third quarter on significantly declining revenue.
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Rolls-Royce scores $11M military helicopter contract

November 13, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The good news continues for Rolls-Royce Corp.'s Indianapolis operations, which this week received an $11.1 million contract to make gas turbine engines for the Army's OH-58D Kiowa reconnaissance helicopters.
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Hill-Rom's fourth quarter profit exceeds expectations

November 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Batesville-based maker of hospital equipment reported profit of $26.4 million, or 42 cents per share, in the period ended Sept. 30.
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Losses grow for EnerDel parent, but sales rise

November 11, 2009
 IBJ Staff
New York-based Ener1 reported late Monday that it suffered a third quarter loss of $15.8 million.
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