Products

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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Indy Audio Labs wiring for relaunch of high-end home theater brands

September 23, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Two former Klipsch Group engineers plan to return to the market a brand of amplifiers famous among audio enthusiasts. Indy Audio Labs, owned by Rick Santiago and Ted Moore, bought the Aragon and Acurus brands of amps, pre-amps and sound processors from Klipsch and are planning a 2010 launch.
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Mead Johnson plans expansion in Evansville

September 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Mead Johnson Nutrition plans to spend nearly $33 million at a southwestern Indiana facility where it plans to start making powdered infant formula products.
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Air-filter maker fills orders for overseas destinations

September 5, 2009
 IBJ Staff
With a recent surge in overseas sales, Pure Air Systems is reaping the benefits of incorporating new technology into its product line.
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Manufacturers to help pay for TV, computer recyclingRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
The Indiana Recycling Coalition scored big in the just-concluded session of the Indiana General Assembly with the passage of House Bill 1589, which requires that electronics manufacturers help pay for recycling of their old televisions and computer monitors.
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Audiovox sees gains in antenna salesRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
The electronics accessories unit of Audiovox Corp. in Carmel is gaining from the rise in antenna sales ahead of the June 12 switch to all-digital TV broadcasting.
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Allison Transmission invests in British engineering firmRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Though plagued by debt, Allison Transmission recently plowed millions of dollars into experimental technology that could lead to new products.
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Jackpot awaits lawyers in price-fixing litigationRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Greg Andrews
Attorneys for concrete purchasers who say they were victims of a price-fixing scheme have waged a tenacious legal battle over the last four years, and .now they're ready to cash in.
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Manufacturers see income opportunities with Defense contractsRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Facing anemic demand and slumping sales, manufacturers are increasingly attempting to tap the U.S. Department of Defense for contracting opportunities.
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Entrepreneur has high hopes for deck-chair markersRestricted Content

July 7, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
In late May, Darrell Bowman launched Lounge Hats LLC, an Indianapolis-based company that makes fabric covers that fit over beach or pool-side chaise lounges to make one thing clear: This seat is taken. Bowman withdrew $20,000 from personal savings and added another $50,000 from an investor, his friend Mike Oswalt, to start the company. He runs Lounge Hats out of his garage, hiring a Chinese company to sew the hats and contracting with a local printer to finish them off.
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NY Times job helps ACS Sign gain attentionRestricted Content

January 14, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
ACS Sign System's unusual approach to sign-making--some are not strictly signs at all--has helped the company grow its revenue and expand its footprint beyond Indiana. In recent years, sales outside its home state have grown from 20 percent of total revenue to almost half.
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Century-old manufacturer cleans up on dirty waterRestricted Content

December 17, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
One hundred and one years ago, Cole Stickle convinced the Langsenkamp family to help him start a company based on a technology few understood--turning water into steam power. Five generations later, the 15-employee operation continues to thrive.
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Fundex mixes tradition with high-tech in game bizRestricted Content

December 10, 2007
Emily Groen
Fundex's Oct. 10 acquisition of the Great American Puzzle Factory keeps the Indianapolis-based game and toy company firmly planted in the tried and true, even as it experiments with the burgeoning mobile-game market.
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Hilbert taking on tanning nicheRestricted Content

September 24, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Less than two years after New Sunshine LLC was bought by a group led by former Conseco Inc. CEO Stephen Hilbert, its Australian Gold division has acquired its top two competitors, amassing 80 percent of the indoor suntan lotion market.
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Local manufacturer tops in laundry coin machinesRestricted Content

May 14, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
Standard Change-Makers employs 118 people who make 3,500 change machines each year for self-service laundries, self-service car washes and arcades nationwide. Local workers design, build and service change machines.
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Changes flowing at Delta; is sale next?Restricted Content

March 26, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Amid sagging profits, locally based Delta Faucet Co. has parted ways with two of its top executives. And some analysts think Delta's parent corporation--tiring of its sagging performance--is considering selling the faucet manufacturer.
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Ex-Norwood execs say company cheated them out of millionsRestricted Content

February 19, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
Indianapolis-based Norwood Promotional Products is facing legal challenges from a half-dozen former executives who say board members and investors conspired to fire them, withhold severance pay and cheat them out of as much as $3.6 million in company stock.
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Fortville firm's helmet pads protect U.S. troopsRestricted Content

January 8, 2007
Chris O'Malley
Fortville-based Genesis Manufacturing makes helmet pads for U.S. troops through Colorado-based Skydex Technologies, which won a contract this fall with the U.S. Air Force for 120,000 helmet pad kits. Most of the helmets have wound up in Iraq, where the military has discovered soldiers need something more than Kevlar-lined helmets to survive roadside mines and exploding Toyotas.
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Carmel company helps clients determine next big thingRestricted Content

December 25, 2006
Justin Hesser
The employees of production-innovation consultant Insight2 interview customers, but they also watch and videotape them using various products. That footage then is dissected to see how consumers deal with problems they encounter. More times than not, the result is a new product intended to satisfy needs consumers didn't even know they had.
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