Mergers & Acquisitions

Republic flies boldly into branded-carrier business

December 26, 2009
Chris O'Malley
After 36 years of flying smaller planes painted in the colors of the major airlines for which it flies under contract, Republic Airways Holdings in 2009 became a branded airline operator of its own.
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First decade of century marked by buyouts and bubbles

December 26, 2009
J.K. Wall
The decade witnessed a massive terrorist attack, two wars, and a building-and-buyout boom fueled by easy credit.
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Indiana, Michigan library groups merge to cut costs

December 24, 2009
The Indiana Cooperative Library Services Authority, known as ICOLSA, has merged with the Michigan Library Consortium to form the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services.
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Omnicity continues wireless broadband acquisition spree

December 24, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Omnicity makes seventh acquisition since going public in February. The Rushville company aims to be nation's largest wireless broadband provider in rural markets.
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UPDATE: Steak n Shake turning away from core business

December 22, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Steak n Shake Co. is taking a dramatic turn away from its core business with a bid to purchase a Michigan insurer in a deal valued at almost $37 million.
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BREAKING: Steak n Shake offers to acquire Michigan insurer

December 22, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Steak n Shake Co. has offered to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Fremont Michigan Insuracorp Inc. in a deal that could be worth almost $37 million.
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Fishers-based Buckaroo Marketing grows with acquisition

December 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The firm founded in 1999 recently announced it bought Indianapolis-based Zent Consulting. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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UPDATE: Simon stock jumps on $2.3B acquisition

December 8, 2009
Cory Schouten
Adding the 22-mall portfolio of Baltimore-based Prime Outlets will give Simon a total of 63 outlet malls with more than 25 million square feet of space.
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Simon buying Prime Outlets in $2.3B deal

December 8, 2009
Cory Schouten
Simon Property Group Inc. is doubling down on outlet malls with an agreement to buy Baltimore-based Prime Outlets, a privately held firm that owns 22 of the giant properties.
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Miller Pipeline purchases Illinois-based contractor

December 7, 2009
Indianapolis-based Miller Pipeline Corp. announced Monday morning that it has purchased Illinois-based Elcon Pipeline Inc., marking the company’s fifth acquisition in the past four years.
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Revived Marsh Supermarkets goes up for sale

December 5, 2009
Cory Schouten
Florida-based Sun Capital has completed the turnaround of Marsh Supermarkets and now is seeking a buyer for the home-grown chain. CEO Frank Lazaran told IBJ Sun will sell Marsh “when the market is right, financing is right, and someone is willing to pay a fair multiple.”
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Grain Dealers finalizes affiliation with Florida firm

December 1, 2009
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based Grain Dealers Mutual Insurance Co., one of the largest property-casualty insurers in the state, has closed on a deal to became part of The Main Street America Group, the Jacksonville, Fla.-based company said Tuesday morning.
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Express Scripts closes $4.7B deal to buy WellPoint pharmacy unit

December 1, 2009
 IBJ Staff
St. Louis-based Express Scripts Inc. has completed its $4.7 billion acquisition of WellPoint Inc.’s pharmacy benefits management business, the company said Tuesday.
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Biglari was persistent in pressing Western Sizzlin deal

November 23, 2009
Greg Andrews
Steak n Shake CEO Sardar Biglari proposed buying Western Sizzlin in January and again in May and advocated the unusual structure of the $39 million transaction.
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NatCity name to remain at local branches until early 2010

November 16, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Pittsburgh-based PNC Financial Services Group Inc. has converted 240 former National City Bank branches to their new identity, but the 77 Indianapolis-area locations will keep the old brand for a bit longer.
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Chemical-maker Benchmark Products merges with Ohio's New Surface Technologies

November 7, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Benchmark Products Inc., a local manufacturer of metal-finishing chemicals, will combine with a Bedford, Ohio, company and keep its headquarters and production in Indianapolis. The combined company will be renamed Asterion LLC.
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Greensburg manufacturer sold, jobs moving to Oklahoma

November 3, 2009
The Autoquip Corp. has completed its acquisition of American Lifts in Greensburg and will be moving nearly 50 jobs to company headquarters in Guthrie, Okla.
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Music Mill to reopen again under new owner

September 11, 2009
Jeff Newman, Scott Olson
The Music Mill, a local concert venue, restaurant and bar that has been closed down twice this year by different operators, has new life. Local entrepreneur Ravi Chopra, 44, who owns the 6 Lounge & Restaurant downtown, announced last night that he has purchased the Music Mill and plans to reopen it Oct. 12.
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Report: Ice Miller, Louisville firm end merger talks

September 8, 2009
Scott Olson
Merger talks that began last year between local legal heavyweight Ice Miller LLP and a Louisville-based law firm reportedly have broken down, putting an end to a deal that was expected to close by the end of the year.
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Republic's purchase of Frontier could mean more local jobs

September 4, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Republic Airways Holdings Inc. is considering shifting as many as 250 jobs to its home base of Indianapolis as a result of its pending acquisition of Frontier Airlines Holdings Inc. in Denver, according to a news report.
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Local contractor Enterprise acquires Freije

August 28, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Enterprise Electrical & Mechanical Co. has acquired The Freije Company, a 50-year-old local firm that specializes in refrigeration-systems design, installation and service.
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Southwest bid for Frontier could be in trouble

August 13, 2009
Scott Olson
Southwest Airlines Co.'s bid for Denver-based Frontier Airlines Holdings Inc. may have hit turbulence, according to the Dallas Morning News.
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Local company acquires monster truck series

August 11, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Promotion Co Inc., an Indianapolis-based event promoter, said today that it has acquired the Monster Nationals series of monster-truck shows from Image Promotions Inc. in Chardon, Ohio.
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Lilly software spinoff Maaguzi sells for $11 millionRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Investors in a company built around clinical research software bought from Eli Lilly and Co. have found their exit, though it’s far from the lucrative payoff they’d once imagined.
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Republic Airways closes purchase of Midwest

August 2, 2009
Republic Airways Holdings says it has completed its acquisition of privately held Midwest Airlines for $31 million in cash and debt.
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  1. I am so impressed that the smoking ban FAILED in Kokomo! I might just move to your Awesome city!

  2. way to much breweries being built in indianapolis. its going to be saturated market, if not already. when is enough, enough??

  3. This house is a reminder of Hamilton County history. Its position near the interstate is significant to remember what Hamilton County was before the SUPERBROKERs, Navients, commercial parks, sprawling vinyl villages, and acres of concrete retail showed up. What's truly Wasteful is not reusing a structure that could still be useful. History isn't confined to parks and books.

  4. To compare Connor Prairie or the Zoo to a random old house is a big ridiculous. If it were any where near the level of significance there wouldn't be a major funding gap. Put a big billboard on I-69 funded by the tourism board for people to come visit this old house, and I doubt there would be any takers, since other than age there is no significance whatsoever. Clearly the tax payers of Fishers don't have a significant interest in this project, so PLEASE DON'T USE OUR VALUABLE MONEY. Government money is finite and needs to be utilized for the most efficient and productive purposes. This is far from that.

  5. I only tried it 2x and didn't think much of it both times. With the new apts plus a couple other of new developments on Guilford, I am surprised it didn't get more business. Plus you have a couple of subdivisions across the street from it. I hope Upland can keep it going. Good beer and food plus a neat environment and outdoor seating.

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