Regional News

U.S. 31 upgrade might begin in fall, INDOT says

August 8, 2013
Associated Press
INDOT said Wednesday it has awarded a $141 million contract for upgrades between 96th and 136th streets in Carmel to a joint venture between E&B Paving Inc. of Anderson and Gradex Inc. of Indianapolis.
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Carmel council axes funding for redevelopment commission boss

August 6, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Carmel City Council members exerted their influence over redevelopment commission expenses Monday, denying a $60,000 contract extension for longtime Executive Director Les Olds despite Mayor Jim Brainard’s pleas to keep him on the job.
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Online markets help Indiana growers find new customers

August 4, 2013
Associated Press
Online "food hubs" have emerged as small and medium-sized farmers have worked together to find quicker and broader ways to distribute their produce.
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Delta Faucet builds innovation machine in CarmelRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Dan Human
One of Indiana’s most innovative companies in the past decade doesn’t make surgical instruments or drugs or engines. It makes water faucets and toilets. Delta Faucet Co. has secured 589 patents in the past 20 years.
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Regulators: JPMorgan owes $410M for price manipulation

July 30, 2013
Associated Press
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said the bank used improper bidding strategies to squeeze excessive payments from two power grid operators, including the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, which is based in Carmel.
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Local firms team up to buy North Meridian office building

July 30, 2013
Scott Olson
REI Real Estate Services LLC and Perennial Investments say that together they'll invest about $1 million in hopes of getting the office building at 550 Congressional Blvd. fully leased.
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Developer puts key Zionsville parcel under contract

July 29, 2013
Scott Olson
The vacant piece of land on the southwest corner of Main and Sycamore streets, once home to a Citgo gas station, is viewed as a vital link between the historic village and development to the south.
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Software firm finds beer business is a frothy marketRestricted Content

July 27, 2013
Dan Human
Carmel-based Blue Horseshoe Solutions develops software that manages supplies, warehousing, deliveries, worker productivity and other logistical complexities connected with any number of goods-producing businesses, but about 25 percent of its business falls within the beverage category.
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Bank seeks abatement to construct office space along I-69

July 27, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Economic development leaders in Fishers are asking the Town Council to OK a six-year property tax abatement to help First Internet Bancorp construct as many as two office buildings.
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Greenfield chamber seeks funds to preserve historic building

July 23, 2013
Associated Press
Less than 50 years after Hancock County was established in 1828, the building that now houses the Greater Greenfield Chamber of Commerce went up on the corner of State and South streets.
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Will residential boom end commercial bust in West Clay?

July 20, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Residential construction is booming in The Village of West Clay, the already-sprawling Carmel development designed to mimic small-town life at the turn of the (last) century. But not everything has gone according to Brenwick Development’s ambitious plans. Two commercial nodes remain largely undeveloped, and one property owner’s legal woes led to several high-profile vacancies that have yet to be filled.
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Car parts maker expands in Hancock County

July 19, 2013
Mason King
A 250,000-square-foot distribution center that sat empty since the recession has finally nailed down a tenant—a Canadian firm relocating operations from nearby Knightstown.
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Sprinkler system fee sparks battle in Bargersville

July 15, 2013
Associated Press
About 2,000 Bargersville Water Utility customers pay a $10-per-month fee for having an in-ground sprinkler system, generating $240,000 annually for the town, which enacted the fee in 1995.
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Firm passed over for Ball State planetarium cries foulRestricted Content

July 13, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Bowen Technovation President Jeff Bowen says the university unfairly favored his Florida-based competitor to install a sophisticated audio-visual system for its new planetarium, but Ball State maintains there was nothing wrong with its process for awarding the nearly $2 million contract.
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Shelbyville sees spark of revival downtownRestricted Content

July 13, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
A homegrown revival in Shelbyville could gain serious momentum with redevelopment of the vacant First Methodist Building, one of the most prominent buildings on the circle. A California investor bought the five-story building in May and plans a $3.5 million renovation.
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Ingersoll-Rand spin-off names CEO for Carmel operation

July 9, 2013
Mason King
The $2 billion global security company slated to take shape in Carmel later this year has added a major piece to its executive puzzle: CEO David D. Petratis.
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Auto dealers turn bullish, snag sites

July 6, 2013
Scott Olson
Local car dealers are investing in projects ranging from new facilities to showroom renovations as the economy improves and the auto industry rebounds from a crippling slump in sales.
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Anderson woman churning out dog chews made from elk antlers

July 6, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Cindy Dunston Quirk spent a decade coming up with an allergy-free dog chew idea, then, within two weeks of deciding on elk antlers, had a product packaged and ready to sell.
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Citizens Energy quizzed on exec pay levelsRestricted Content

July 6, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Citizens Energy Group has enjoyed a certain amount of public good will over the last 125 years as a not-for-profit, charitable trust. But rising incentive pay to the trust’s top brass recently has conjured up images of an investor-owned utility—and the scrutiny of regulators.
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Cell phone retailer to establish Carmel office, hire 145

July 2, 2013
Mason King
One of the largest private firms in Indiana, Moorehead Communications will occupy a 47,000-square-foot building that it acquired earlier this year. The project will run about $5 million.
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Taxi cab drivers file suit against Town of Speedway

July 1, 2013
Mason King, Associated Press
Speedway police improperly seized the licenses of as many as 80 cab drivers on the day of this year's Indianapolis 500, and later charged them $50 each for their return, according to a federal lawsuit filed against the town.
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Out-of-the-way club caters to members' need for speed

June 29, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Successful professionals that double as weekend race warriors and gear heads are drawn to a racetrack and club on the edge of the middle of nowhere by their love of cars and need for speed.
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Fishers plans $3M park with zip line, sledding hill

June 26, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Town officials are working to transform 80 acres of suburban farmland east of Geist Reservoir into a destination-worthy park with adventure options for bikers, hikers, sledders and anglers.
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Connersville lines up new tenant for ex-Visteon factory

June 25, 2013
Associated Press
An eastern Indiana city could sell the factory to a cabinet company for $1 as part of a deal for it to hire more than 300 workers.
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Salin saves cash with video tellers

June 22, 2013
Chris O'Malley
In what might be the strangest twist in banking technology in years, Indianapolis-based Salin Bank is the first financial institution in the state to install sophisticated, interactive video tellers.
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