Manufacturing & Technology

IT not what it was at time of landmark reportRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
Chris O'Malley
A 2000 study has proven to be "remarkably prescient" in identifying information technology as a mainstay of the local economy that would "affect all industries and all jobs," said Michael J. Hicks, the top economist at Ball State University.
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State's tech sector looking ahead, but cutting backRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
It's two steps forward, one step back, for Indiana's technology sector, but in a tough economic climate, any advancement is worth celebrating.
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Ball State hopes for gold as students follow profs into new media venturesRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
J.K. Wall
Students, commerce and emerging media have moved to the forefront of Ball State's mission under President Jo Ann Gora, attracting corporate dollars to the university.
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Craving for convenience fuels Ivy Tech's online boomRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
Scott Olson
Students are flocking to online classes at Ivy Tech Community College faster than the burgeoning college is racking up overall growth—mirroring a national trend toward computers over classrooms.
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Big Three woes leave big void in IndianapolisRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Automakers' Indianapolis manufacturing plants once employed 11,000, but closings and cutbacks zap good jobs, tax base.
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Sensient Flavors: Fed's actions in inquiry leave bad tasteRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
Greg Andrews
An Indianapolis flavor-maker's lawsuit to keep out federal health inspectors has escalated into a legal melee, with attorneys for the company seeking sanctions against the feds for failing to cooperate during the discovery phase of the case.
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Big Three automakers stay aliveRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Kathleen McLaughlin
The weakest of the Detroit Three, Chrysler LLC and General Motors Corp., said they would run out of cash in 2009, potentially eliminating tens of thousands of jobs in Indiana alone.
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UAW in tough spot as automakers seek concessionsRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Mike Hicks
A federal bailout for automakers Chrysler and General Motors won't fix their problems. I think a bankruptcy of these companies is nearly inevitable. It might also spell the demise of the UAW.
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City government should shop locallyRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Good luck getting people to buy from local vendors or manufacturers.
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Data losses due to hackers, negligenceRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Tim Altom
Data gets lost depressingly often.
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Indian truck maker Mahindra making inroads at local dealersRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis Ford dealers John Pearson and Ray Skillman will be among the 300 domestic dealers of Mahindra trucks and SUVs when the company makes its U.S. passenger car debut as early as next summer.
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U.S. Capitol Dome replica latest feat for Midwest Model MakersRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Sam Stall
Indianapolis-based Midwest Model Makers has found big success by making very small objects — specifically, detailed architectural models of everything from buildings to golf courses to weapons systems.
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Recession forces Shelby County's largest employer to cut workersRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Knauf Insulation is cutting 11 percent of its work force in Shelbyville as the recession prolongs the housing downturn that began two years ago.
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My Health Care Manager goes nationalRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Less than three years into its life, Indianapolis-based My Health Care Manager is going national.
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IT veteran to teach entrepreneurship classRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Indiana University will offer a new course on entrepreneurship in the information technology sector at the IU School of Informatics at IUPUI next semester.
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Hamilton County businesses expandRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Despite the recession, Hamilton County continues to enjoy economic growth from both old companies and new ones.
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Indiana should brace for auto falloutRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
The Big Three and the United Auto Workers do not appear to be serious about making the concessions and changes that are necessary to make them a viable entity for the long haul.
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Sign Craft experiences record growthRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
While many central Indiana manufacturers are feeling the pinch of the downturned economy, locally based Sign Craft Industries Inc. is posting record growth this year and projecting another robust year in 2009.
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Manufacturing Extension Partnership nearly doubles Indiana clients servedRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Scott Olson
Manufacturing Extension Partnership, an initiative formerly managed by the state, is thriving under Purdue University's leadership.
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Don't trust security of hotel computersRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Tim Altom
If you're not using your own computer that's been religiously scanned for malware, you're leaving yourself open, and the elegance of the hotel is no indicator of how safe its computers are.
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Indiana Venture Center shutting downRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
The Indiana Venture Center, a local not-for-profit that mentors Hoosier entrepreneurs and startup companies, is shutting its doors.
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New IRL ethanol deal with Brazil angers U.S. corn growersRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
The Indy Racing League suddenly finds itself at odds with Midwestern farmers over a decision to make a Brazilian consortium its ethanol supplier starting next year.
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'The Big Picture' offers stunning array of photosRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Jim Cota
Sometimes only a picture will do.
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Eli Lilly investing $100M in China, hoping to attract research partners

December 1, 2008
Brian Spegele
Hoping to increase sales in China's rapidly growing pharmaceutical market, Eli Lilly and Co. is charging ahead with plans to invest $100 million in venture capital in the region over the next several years.
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Defamation laws haven't caught up with today's InternetRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Matthew Albaugh
What are the legal repercussions against Web sites that allow defamatory comments to be posted on them?
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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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