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Noblesville manufacturer plans move to Elwood, expansion

March 13, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Warner Bodies Inc., a 74-year-old Noblesville manufacturer with 50 employees, expects to add about 150 workers after moving to Elwood.
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Plainfield distribution facility with 137 workers closing

March 12, 2013
Pitney Bowes said 137 employees will lose their jobs when it ceases operations at a distribution center in Hendricks County in May.
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Investor places first bet on Zionsville's Main Street

March 12, 2013
Tom Harton
Eric Bretzman, an engineer for Chip Ganassi Racing, closed March 1 on the purchase of 40 S. Main and negotiated a new long-term lease with il Villagio, an Italian restaurant that has operated in the 4,000-square-foot building for 10 years.
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Annexation request crimps Anderson land plan

March 11, 2013
Associated Press
Efforts by Anderson officials to annex land to create an economic development corridor could be thwarted by a request from property owners who want to become part of the town of Lapel instead.
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Kite Realty is makeover artist for tired shopping centersRestricted Content

March 9, 2013
Cory Schouten
Having rejuvenated Glendale Town Center and Rivers Edge, Kite is turning its attention to Rangeline Crossing in Carmel.
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Carmel puts 7-acre parcel up for grabs

March 9, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Carmel is finally ready to redevelop the former Party Time Rental site on Range Line Road, a property in which the city has invested $4 million.
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Baldwin move a win for Lauth, a setback for downtown

March 5, 2013
Cory Schouten
The departure of trucking and auto fleet insurer Baldwin & Lyons Inc. from downtown's Landmark Center to The Congressional in Carmel is a blow for the central business district and a bonanza for Lauth Property Group.
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Baldwin to move HQ to Carmel, add 133 jobs

March 4, 2013
J.K. Wall
Trucking and auto fleet insurer Baldwin & Lyons Inc. plans to move its headquarters from downtown Indianapolis to Carmel by the end of the year and hopes to add 133 jobs over the next five years, the company announced Monday afternoon.
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Airport puts parking operations under reviewRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The revenue-hungry Indianapolis Airport Authority is reviewing its entire parking operation, including opening up its valet parking contract in search of new services that would appeal to business travelers and in turn boost the airport’s bottom line.
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Transit bill to face tough road in SenateRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
A bill to create a rapid-transit system in central Indiana is headed for the crucible of the Senate, where skeptics stand ready to tear apart the proposal’s $1.3 billion financing plan.
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Hospital systems forcing doctors to choose sidesRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
J.K. Wall
The five-year trend of physician practices marrying up with hospitals has made it harder and harder for independent physician practices to spend time in more than one hospital system.
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Auto parts supplier lays off 200 in northeastern Indiana

March 1, 2013
Contech Castings LLC has suspended certain operations at plants in Auburn and Pierceton and laid off more than 200 employees after losing a customer to a competitor.
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Chrysler confirms state investment of $374 million

February 28, 2013
Dan Human
Chrysler Group LLC plans to invest a total $374 million and add 1,250 jobs in Kokomo and Tipton, the company confirmed Thursday.
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Carmel tech firm plans to expand, add 36 jobs

February 27, 2013
Cloud computing firm Polleo Systems Inc. said it will add the jobs by 2016 as part of a $2.5 million expansion of its Carmel City Center headquarters
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Ambrose snags large industrial deal

February 26, 2013
Tom Harton
Ambrose Property Group will break ground next month on its first industrial project, a 545,010-square-foot national distribution center for Gordmans Inc.
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Factory workers struggling to bounce backRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
Dan Human
Thousands of Indiana’s rank-and-file factory workers have seen their earnings lose ground to that of white-collar workers. The gap has grown even as manufacturers expect their assembly-line workers to have more skills and more advanced education.
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Crean's revival of IU basketball fuels donations, merchandise salesRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Indiana University is looking to cash in on the success of its men's basketball team this season, but is struggling to find ways to make more money from an already popular program.
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Westfield golf pro to be inducted into PGA Hall of FameRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
Don "Chip" Essig IV was the 2011 recipient of the PGA Golf Professional of the Year award.
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First Internet plans 48 jobs in $4.3M Fishers office

February 19, 2013
Scott Olson
The $4.3 million expansion will go toward purchasing and refurbishing a building near Interstate 69 and 116th Street that formerly housed the St. Vincent Health medical center.
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Indiana town takes unusual step to gain control of utilityRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
Scott Olson
Mooresville’s bid to purchase water operations likely will be decided in court.
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Two neighboring utilities united by fiber in Hancock CountyRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Unusual merger of Hancock Telecom and Central Indiana Power is paving the way for network deployment in rural areas.
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Mass-transit measure passes key House hurdle

February 13, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The House Ways and Means Committee cleared the bill, which would allow voters to decide whether to add 0.3 percent to local income tax rates to pay for a proposed central Indiana mass-transit system.
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Home-building permit filings continue to climb

February 12, 2013
Area home-building activity continues to improve as the number of single-family permits filed in January jumped 55 percent from the same period last year.
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Greensburg auto-parts plant plans expansion, 200-plus hires

February 12, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Automotive supplier Valeo expects to invest $15.5 million in new machinery for its Greensburg facility as part of its plans to expand operations in the plant and bring more than 200 workers onto the company payroll by 2014.
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I-69 leg gobbling up state's road fundingRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
Chris O'Malley
As legislators brace for a $250 million annual transportation spending gap down the road, the Indiana Department of Transportation has designated more than one-third of its entire federal highway aid this year toward building 27 miles of Interstate 69 between Crane and Bloomington.
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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