Manufacturing & Technology

GM taps female CEO; ex-Cummins chief named chairman

December 10, 2013
Bloomberg News
General Motors Co. named Mary Barra to succeed Dan Akerson as chief executive officer, making her the first female CEO in the global automotive industry. Former Cummins Inc. CEO and chairman Tim Solso was named GM's chairman.
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Government sells remaining stake in General Motors

December 10, 2013
Associated Press
The U.S. government ended up losing $10.5 billion on the General Motors bailout, but it says the alternative would have been far worse.
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Toyota begins production of 2014 SUV in Indiana

December 5, 2013
Associated Press
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana Inc. says because of the Highlander it has invested another $430 million into the automotive plant in Princeto. Toyota also plans to add 600 more jobs at the factory by the end of 2014.
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Cyber Monday still growing despite earlier online sales

December 4, 2013
Associated Press
Shoppers bought online at the heaviest rate ever Monday, according to research firm comScore Inc. The strong performance was in contrast to Black Friday weekend spending, which fell an estimated 2.9 percent.
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Software startup lands state incentives, plans growth

December 3, 2013
Dan Human
AppealTrack, which makes software that manages property tax appeals, expects to double its staff to 14 by 2016.
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Spinoff firm with Carmel HQ plans to hire 150

December 2, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Allegion PLC, an international firm that made its debut as a public company on Monday, plans to hire another 150 people within six months between its Carmel corporate hub and Indianapolis manufacturing facility.
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Peyton Manning wears ankle brace designed by local entrepreneur

November 30, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Rick Peters, founder of Carmel-based Ultra Athlete LLC—a small manufacturing firm with a reputation for state-of-the-art ankle braces—sent his latest brace to the Denver Broncos head trainer on a whim, and saw Manning wearing it three days later.
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Apple buyout in ChaCha's future?

November 30, 2013
Dan Human
Apple has applied for a patent that sounds pretty familiar to the folks at Carmel-based ChaCha Search Inc. Enough so that ChaCha founder Scott Jones has suggested that his business is well-suited for an acquisition by one of the largest companies in the world.
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Northern Indiana benefitting from resurgence of RVs

November 29, 2013
Associated Press
An industry report shows that RV shipments to retailers last month were up 29 percent from September and nearly 17 percent more than during October 2012.
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Manufacturer seeks tax break, plans to add 100 jobs

November 26, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Applied Composites Engineering Inc., an Indianapolis-based designer and manufacturer of products for the aerospace industry and military applications, is planning to spend $2.5 million on equipment that would help it double its work force over the next six years.
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TechPoint targets talent with new programs

November 26, 2013
 IBJ Staff
TechPoint, the Indianapolis-based group that promotes the state's technology industry, on Tuesday unveiled a pilot program aimed at attracting young professionals to central Indiana while keeping those who are already here.
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Indiana appeals court hears welfare lawsuit

November 25, 2013
Associated Press
Lawyers representing Indiana asked an appeals court Monday to refund much of the money the state has paid IBM for a failed welfare privatization effort, but the company countered it's actually entitled to even more.
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Avon firm enters competitive video game industry to promote reading

November 23, 2013
Dan Human
An Indianapolis firm that makes software for libraries has teamed with an elementary schoolteacher to improve kids’ reading skills by using books’ longtime nemesis—video games.
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New law paves way for micro-distilleries to open across state

November 23, 2013
Sam Stall
A new state law allows Indiana distillers to obtain a permit to produce and sell spirits by the glass, bottle or case. Previously, they could sell only to distributors, never to the public.
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Book captures Madison County's automotive history

November 22, 2013
Associated Press
When America was making the transition from horse and buggies to the horseless carriage at the start of the 20th century, the city of Anderson was a part of the innovation that changed how the nation would travel forever.
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Feds consider permitting cellphone calls on planes

November 22, 2013
Associated Press
Rules against making cellphone calls during airline flights are "outdated," and it's time to change them, federal regulators said Thursday, drawing immediate howls of protest from flight attendants, airline officials and others.
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Food company delays plans for $28M Indiana plant

November 21, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Sugar Creek Packing Co. officials say the delay is needed because of changes in construction plans for a sewage-treatment plant at the former Really Cool Foods plant near Cambridge City.
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Loss of Camry production in state not certain, exec says

November 20, 2013
Bloomberg News
Toyota Motor Corp.’s top North American executive said the carmaker hasn’t decided to end a production deal that supplies it with 100,000 Camry sedans annually from Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.’s U.S. Subaru plant in Lafayette.
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Health care cloud firm expanding, adding 62 jobs

November 15, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Zionsville-based firm said it will spend $1.4 million to lease and equip a 16,626-square-foot headquarters facility at Northwest Technology Park to allow for the expansion.
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U.S. factory production rises for 3rd straight month

November 15, 2013
Associated Press
Manufacturing output rose 0.3 percent last month, up from 0.1 percent in September, the Federal Reserve reported Friday. Overall industrial production, however, fell 0.1 percent.
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Tipton County won't stop work at Chrysler plant over permits

November 15, 2013
Associated Press
Three residents have appealed the Tipton County planning director's decision to extend without public notice the building permit originally given to Getrag, which stopped construction at the factory in 2008.
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Biometrics researchers see world without passwords

November 12, 2013
Associated Press
Some Purdue University researchers are working on technology that could see all those passwords that computer users must punch in replaced with steps such as iris and fingerprint scans.
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Apparel maker plans to boost operations, hire 28

November 12, 2013
Mason King
Founded in 1987, Indy-based Motionwear LLC currently employs more than 180 full-time workers and already has begun hiring new manufacturing, administrative, sales and warehouse employees.
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Denver company completes Chromcraft acquisition

November 11, 2013
Associated Press
Apparel maker Sport-Haley Holdings Inc. has closed its $3.45 million purchase of Indiana-based furniture maker Chromcraft Revington.
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Klipsch bolsters marketing with rollout of Gig mini-speaker

November 9, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The homegrown speaker and headphone maker Klipsch Group in recent weeks released a bevy of new products and launched a marketing campaign headlined by high-profile athletes and a rock band.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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