Manufacturing & Technology

Voice-mail firm's latest product helps clients collect overdue debtsRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Scott Olson
A growing number of companies strapped for cash and struggling to pay their bills on time is presenting an unusual opportunity for Vontoo Inc., a local IT firm.
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State technology interests don't want economy to stifle progressRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana legislators are signaling that everyone who receives funding from state government must tighten their belts as tax collections fall short of projections. That could cause pressure for cuts to key technology incentives.
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Chamber launches biz networking online siteRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
The Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce has launched an online business networking site called Indylink.com.
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Technology will change future of health care deliveryRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Jack Horner
Changes will dramatically materialize over the coming months and years as the delivery of health care services takes on a consumer-driven focus.
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Businesses should note how consumers adapt inventions to fit their needsRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Tim Altom
Consumers use online shopping carts for items that they're considering buying, not intent on buying.
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Budget cuts threaten local economic data analysisRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Morton Marcus
Budget cuts could eliminate programs that gather and analyze local and state economic data. This would hurt businesses and economic development officials, since they would not have the data that helps them see how their market differs from the state and the nation.
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Greenwood's largest employer to launch $69M expansionRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Endress + Hauser Inc., one of Greenwood's biggest employers, is planning a major expansion that will bring 234 jobs to Johnson County.
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Symphony tries out textingRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Sean Newhouse, associate conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, invited concert goers to send a text message to vote for their finale favorite.
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Computers may be sensible, but consumers manipulate them in weird waysRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Mike Redmond
Computers are sensible, but humans using computers are anything but.
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ChaCha trims employees, modifies biz planRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Search engine ChaCha lays off employees, cuts perks, begins limiting its free answers to clients
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Baker and Daniels creates logistics practice with 20 plus attorneysRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Indianapolis law firm Baker & Daniels LLP has formed an advanced manufacturing and logistics practice to be headed by partner James S. Birge.
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Ingersoll-Rand donates time, money to IPS 94Restricted Content

November 10, 2008
Kathleen McLaughlin

Ingersoll-Rand donated $35,000 worth of materials, $15,000 for engineering and labor, and future support  to IPS 94.

 

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Indiana CEOs are cautious during financial mayhemRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Greg Andrews

CEOs with Simon Property, Duke Realty Corp. and Interactive Intelligence Inc. report that their companies are taking an uncharacteristically cautious approach to acquisitions and investments, given the faltering economy.

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Expensive ink cartridges for computer printers signal they're empty when notRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Tim Altom
Ink cartridges signal that they're empty when they're not, but consumers can take steps to judiciously use all the ink in any computer printer cartridge.
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Accounting firms preparing for new international standardsRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Scott Olson
 For corporations with a global presence, the transition to International Financial Reporting Standards should streamline the world's financial reporting system.
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Local startup offers 'virtual' resume managementRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
In September, Jeff Bockelman launched CareerScribe LLC, a local Web forum where users can "virtually" manage their resumes.
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Fitbrains.com offers games to keep your memory sharpRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Jim Cota
Vivity Labs has developed a Web site called Fit Brains (www.fitbrains.com), which features engaging games and activities that exercise the five key cognitive areas of the brain: memory, language, concentration, executive functions, and visual and spatial skills.
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New rail route connects Hendricks to West Coast: Line should bolster county's distribution industryRestricted Content

October 27, 2008
Sam Stall
A new rail route launched last month between Los Angeles and CSX's Avon rail yard could give a further boost to Hendricks County's booming warehousing-and-distribution industry. The county already hosts some 29 million square feet of warehouse space. However, it lacked a direct connection to the teeming Port of Long Beach in Los Angeles, a major gateway for U.S./ Asian trade. Anyone in the Hendricks County area wishing to send or receive goods from that port by rail had to...
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Despite subsidiaries' sales, Ontario struggles with debt: Lawsuit sheds light on tech holding companyRestricted Content

October 27, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Over the last five years, Daleville's Ontario Corp. has successfully divested two of central Indiana's larger high-tech firms. It's had less luck resolving its debts. This month, a federal court in Indianapolis reopened a lawsuit filed three years ago by Charles Craig-one of Ontario's former executives-and his wife, Barbara. Their complaint alleges Ontario defaulted on $1.3 million in promissory notes. According to court documents, the company east of Anderson provided the couple a series of 10-year notes in 2001 on...
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No perfect fit for Main Street: Small-business owners fall on both sides of political lineRestricted Content

October 27, 2008
Whitney Lee
Joe the Plumber has been getting plenty of attention in recent weeks, but what about Kimberly the Merchant or John the Manufacturer? For all the talk about whether this year's presidential candidates favor Wall Street or Main Street, there's little discussion of the fact that neither Democrat Barack Obama nor Republican John McCain may be perfect for all small-business owners. Indianapolis manufacturing firm owner John Raine is backing McCain because of his stance on taxes and labor unions. Local shop...
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A renewed call for renewable energy mandate: State bucks trend by not forcing utilities to diversifyRestricted Content

October 20, 2008
Chris O\'malley
Indiana has become the lone state in the upper Midwest not requiring that utilities supply a certain percentage of their electricity from renewable resources, such as wind turbines and landfill gas. Last month, Michigan's legislature mandated that at least 10 percent of electricity supplied in that state be generated from renewable sources by 2015. Indiana's conspicuous lack of a standard, along with growing environmental concerns over coal, could improve prospects for passing a standard during the 2009 session of the...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: We shouldn't let market mayhem obscure progressRestricted Content

October 20, 2008
Mike Hicks
Amid all this joyless market watching, this much is clear: The financial markets and the economy are going to get worse before they get better. But market watching is never a healthy sport, especially since it tends to make us lose track of the real economy at times like these. Over the past couple of weeks, the real economy has shown a bit of resilience. And here in Indiana, really great news has been lost in the wake of the...
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Mild bump expected in benefits: Despite modest rise in premiums, employers look to pass on costsRestricted Content

October 13, 2008
Scott Olson
Several industry surveys predict health insurance expenses will rise at a slower pace in 2009 than in previous years. Many employers, however, are passing the added burden on to workers. Raising deductibles, copayments or out-of-pocket spending limits are the most common ways companies plan to reduce their increases. The trend of passing more of the responsibility to employees has escalated the past five years, giving rise to cheaper alternatives such as consumer-directed health plans. "The tie that binds is that...
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EDITORIAL: Lilly looks forward with ImClone deal: CEO Lechleiter taking bold stepsRestricted Content

October 13, 2008
Lilly looks forward with ImClone deal CEO Lechleiter taking bold steps It's premature to pass judgment on Eli Lilly and Co.'s $6.5 billion plan to acquire biotech firm ImClone Systems Inc., but the giant deal is one more sign that relatively new CEO John Lechleiter isn't afraid to make bold moves on Lilly's behalf. The local drugmaker agreed Oct. 6 to pay $70 a share for New York-based ImClone, maker of blockbuster cancer drug Erbitux, outbidding an earlier offer of...
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EYE ON THE PIE: No numbers equal bad decisionsRestricted Content

October 13, 2008
Morton Marcus
"Geez Morton, lighten up," was one of the e-mails that came in this week. I find it difficult to do that while our state and national economies are under such stress. Another correspondent wanted an answer to that persistent question, "Are we better off than we were a year ago? Four years ago?" Here is a small part of that answer: At this writing, there are 5.5 million more jobs in the country than four years ago, an increase averaging...
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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