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Railcar shipments making a comeback in IndianaRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Scott Olson
High diesel prices are turning companies to trains.
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Ohio-based logistics firm opens first local facilityRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Spartan Logistics is hiring about 35 people to staff a warehouse on the east side near 33rd Street and Franklin Road.
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Celadon Group's quarterly profit jumps 50 percent

October 24, 2012
Indianapolis-based trucking company Celadon Group said fiscal first-quarter profit rose to $8.3 million due to higher freight revenue and lower operating expenses.
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Airport postal facility to keep on trucking

October 18, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The Indianapolis Airport Authority board on Friday is expected to vote on a lease with Wilmington, Ohio-based LGSTX Distribution Services to continue operations at the hub through at least November 2014.
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Indiana Rail Road revives downtown truck terminalRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The Indiana Rail Road Co. has reactivated a closed rail yard through a partnership with a Canadian logistics company, which serves about a dozen of INRD’s customers at the yard.
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Women's retailer plans $37M expansion, 242 jobs

September 27, 2012
New York-based Ascena Retail Group, whose female clothing brands include Justice, Lane Bryant, Maurices and Dressbarn, plans to transform its 794,000-square-foot warehouse in Greencastle into an e-commerce distribution hub.
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CSX passing over Avon yard, investing elsewhereRestricted Content

August 18, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Central Indiana’s rail terminal to the world is CSX Transportation’s Avon yard, in Hendricks County. But don’t look for much in the way of rail shipments from here directly to the West Coast. The yard operates well below capacity. Meanwhile, CSX has been investing hundreds of millions of dollars in infrastructure upgrades to terminals in Ohio and farther east.
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Celadon reports big jump in earnings on higher revenue

July 30, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based trucking firm on Monday said earnings rose 63 percent, to $9 million, in the fiscal fourth quarter. Quarterly revenue rose 4 percent, to $157.5 million.
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Ahoy! Cargo traffic up at state's portsRestricted Content

June 30, 2012
Large increases in maritime shipments interpreted as good sign for Indiana economy.
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Local logistics provider FitzMark plans to add 30 jobs

June 14, 2012
Indianapolis-based FitzMark Inc. said it will fill the customer service and purchasing positions by the end of the year. The company was founded in 2007 and has grown to $25 million in annual revenue.
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UPS plans $10 million upgrade on northwest side

June 5, 2012
 IBJ Staff
United Parcel Service Inc. is planning a $10 million modernization project for a regional transportation hub in Indianapolis and is seeking tax incentives to help make it happen. The project would help the company retain 750 local jobs.
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Mexican big rigs shun border, imperiling trucking deal

May 24, 2012
Bloomberg News
A cross-border trucking pact that ended a 17-year trade dispute between the U.S. and Mexico last year may unravel unless more Mexican big rigs start crossing the border. Failure of the program could have an impact on trucking firms like Indianapolis-based Celadon Group Inc.
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Celadon Group names new chief financial officer

April 30, 2012
Associated Press
Celadon Group Inc. announced Monday that it has named Eric Meek as executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer, effective immediately, as part of a succession-planning process.
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Growing distributor to expand into Greenwood

April 24, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
A distribution company that specializes in handling food for retailers has outgrown its Plainfield space and plans to take up another 400,000 square feet in Greenwood. Prime Distribution estimates it would add 35 employees by 2016.
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Airport wants more nonstop flights

April 20, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Its focus will include trying to attract flights from Indianapolis International to San Francisco, San Diego and Seattle.
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Amazon plans another Indiana warehouse, 1,000 jobs

March 27, 2012
The online retailer said it will open a new warehouse in Jeffersonville and create up to 1,050 jobs by 2015 as part of a $150 million investment. The distribution facility would be the company's fifth in Indiana.
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Despite high jobless rate, trucking firms fight driver shortage

March 21, 2012
Bloomberg News
Trucking companies, including Indianapolis-based Celadon Group Inc., are struggling to find qualified drivers even as the U.S. unemployment rate remains at the highest level in almost 30 years.
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EEOC charges Celadon with discrimination

March 1, 2012
Scott Olson
The agency claims the Indianapolis trucking firm subjected job applicants to medical exams and failed to hire qualified driving candidates because of disabilities. Celadon CEO Steve Russell denies wrongdoing.
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Wheaton acquiring residential mover BekinsRestricted Content

February 11, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Wheaton World Wide Moving is buying the nation’s oldest and one of its largest household movers, Bekins Van Lines. The deal is expected to bring 38 jobs to Wheaton’s northeast-side headquarters.
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Cargolux adding third weekly European cargo flight

January 13, 2012
Chris O'Malley
International flights for Roche Diagnostics from Indianapolis International Airport expand city's export capacity, bolster airport's cargo ambitions.
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FedEx launches Indianapolis-Mexico routeRestricted Content

November 26, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Government OKs cargo flights to Guadalajara industrial hub.
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Upstart Indianapolis logistics firm plans to add 73 jobs

November 9, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Two-year-old Spot Freight says it expects to reach $30 million in revenue next year.
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Celadon snub obscures other purchasesRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Celadon Group has swallowed, whole or in part, nine trucking firms in as many years. But the acquisition momentum lurched to a halt late this month like a semi stopped by a runaway-truck ramp when it was rebuffed by Arkansas-based USA Truck. Since then, Celadon hasn’t signaled its next move.
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Quarterly profit surges for trucking firm Celadon Group

October 27, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Celadon Group Inc.’s first-quarter profit grew nearly 23 percent, to $5.4 million, or 24 cents a share, on revenue of $141.5 million.
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Rival trucking firm not interested in Celadon merger

October 24, 2011
Cory Schouten
USA Truck Inc. has turned down a meeting with Indianapolis-based trucking rival and investor Celadon Group Inc. to discuss a possible merger.
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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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