Tax Abatements

Firms with jobs ask for the moon; governments here show restraint

October 2, 2010
Norm Heikens
Businesses have always held the upper hand in negotiating for incentives with local government, but the past couple of years have given rise to the most intensely competitive economic development environment since the early 1980s.
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UPDATE: New tech jobs come with handsome wages

September 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
Mobi Wireless expects to pay average wages of more than $50,000 to 253 new workers; Bostech Corp. expects to pay more than $80,000 to 61 new employees.
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Caterpillar seeks tax abatement for Franklin plant

September 13, 2010
Caterpillar Reman Powertrain is requesting the tax break to offset costs related to a $13.6 million investment the company says will help retain 338 factory jobs.
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IT firm approved for tax breaks on $29 million project

August 19, 2010
Lightbound LLC plans to construct 50,000-square-foot data center near Kentucky Avenue on the city's southwest side. The abatement should save the company $2.5 million.
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Illinois firm to build used oil plant in Speedway

July 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The $40 million project along West 10th Street could create 75 jobs by 2013.
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IT staffing firm plans downtown expansion, 80 new jobs

July 14, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Smart IT Staffing Inc said Wednesday morning that it plans to expand its Indianapolis headquarters, creating up to 80 new jobs by 2014.
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Environmental services firm to build $40M refinery

July 13, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Heritage-Crystal Clean Inc. plans to build an oil re-refinery in Speedway, creating as many as 75 new jobs by 2013.
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Harlan Bakeries planning $9.7M expansion

July 7, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Harlan Bakeries plans to expand its Georgetown Road production facility by 65,000 square feet to make a new line of products—creating 43 jobs in the process.
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Medical device firm eyeing Indianapolis growth

July 7, 2010
Greatbatch Medical wants to expand its facility on the east side of Indianapolis to accommodate its entrance into the orthopedics market. The New York-based company specializes in cardiovascular products.
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House speaker continues quest for jobs data

June 30, 2010
Scott Olson
State Rep. Pat Bauer says employment figures provided by the Indiana Economic Development Corp. are a good start but insists the agency is not revealing everything it can.
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IEDC responds to House speaker's public records request

June 22, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana Secretary of Commerce Mitch Roob's letter Tuesday to Democrat Pat Bauer details IEDC's approach to job-creation incentives and its clawback efforts in the recession.
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Batesville Tool & Die expansion should create 40 jobs

June 17, 2010
Southeastern Indiana company plans to add 25,000 square feet to plant and begin hiring additional employees by the end of next year.
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House Speaker pushes IEDC over job-creation numbers

June 14, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Pat Bauer sent Indiana Secretary of Commerce Mitch Roob a letter formally requesting the Indiana Economic Development Corp. disclose public records about promises companies gave the state in exchange for job-creation incentives.
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Hat World expansion to create 571 jobs in Indianapolis

June 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Hat World, a subsidiary of Nashville, Tenn.-based Genesco Inc., said it plans to invest up to $22 million to lease and prepare additional space locally as it consolidates manufacturing and warehouse operations from Wisconsin.
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Avon gives senior-living facility tax abatement

June 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Leo Brown LLC's 20-acre, $36 million senior-living community is expected to create 132 jobs with an average salary of $37,000 when it is completed in 2011.
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Packaging company seeks abatement for expansion

April 6, 2010
Just Packaging on the east side of Indianapolis says it plans to invest in new equipment and hire 35 people by 2014.
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Blue Bell ice cream coming to Indianapolis

March 19, 2010
Scott Olson
Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries will begin selling its ice cream in nine metropolitan Meijer stores beginning April 5. Distribution will be assisted by the building of a 12,000-square-foot facility on the northwest side.
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Fort Wayne equipment distributor adding 150 jobs

February 24, 2010
Heritage Food Service Equipment Inc. will begin hiring in March, as a $1.5 million upgrade to its 125,000-square-foot facility is completed.
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Bicycle-components manufacturer adding 105 jobs

January 27, 2010
Zipp Speed Weaponry said it will create 105 jobs by 2013 and invest $12.4 million in a new manufacturing plant in Indianapolis to make its high-end bicycle components.
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EnerDel hopes to hire 1,100 at new manufacturing plant

January 21, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Lithium battery-maker will get incentives worth $53.1 million for expansion into Hancock County.
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Finish Line forfeits incentive deal

January 20, 2010
Cory Schouten
Mall retailer The Finish Line Inc. has agreed to forfeit a potentially lucrative tax-abatement deal because it won't be able to meet a 2008 promise to create almost 200 jobs and invest $24 million at its Indianapolis headquarters.
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Car-seat manufacturer plans Columbus expansion

January 19, 2010
Dorel Group wants to expand its development and production operations in Columbus, creating 98 jobs by 2013.
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Biotech firm plans $28M Greenwood plant

January 19, 2010
Greenwood pharmaceutical firm Elona Biotechnologies plans to build a $28 million production facility and create 70 jobs to help develop a cheaper form of insulin that could gain significant market share.
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City leaders getting aggressive about recouping tax breaks

January 14, 2010
Scott Olson
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said the city expects to recover $5.5 million from companies that failed to meet job requirements. The city will use the money to fund economic development, convention, tourism and education efforts.
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City to bolster economic development funding

January 13, 2010
Scott Olson
Mayor Greg Ballard expected to announce at his State of the City address Wednesday evening that the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association and Indianapolis Economic Development Inc. could receive about $1 million each from the city.
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  1. If I were a developer I would be looking at the Fountain Square and Fletcher Place neighborhoods instead of Broad Ripple. I would avoid the dysfunctional BRVA with all of their headaches. It's like deciding between a Blackberry or an iPhone 5s smartphone. BR is greatly in need of updates. It has become stale and outdated. Whereas Fountain Square, Fletcher Place and Mass Ave have become the "new" Broad Ripples. Every time I see people on the strip in BR on the weekend I want to ask them, "How is it you are not familiar with Fountain Square or Mass Ave? You have choices and you choose BR?" Long vacant storefronts like the old Scholar's Inn Bake House and ZA, both on prominent corners, hurt the village's image. Many business on the strip could use updated facades. Cigarette butt covered sidewalks and graffiti covered walls don't help either. The whole strip just looks like it needs to be power washed. I know there is more to the BRV than the 700-1100 blocks of Broad Ripple Ave, but that is what people see when they think of BR. It will always be a nice place live, but is quickly becoming a not-so-nice place to visit.

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  5. So Westfield invested about $30M in developing Grand Park and attendance to date is good enough that local hotel can't meet the demand. Carmel invested $180M in the Palladium - which generates zero hotel demand for its casino acts. Which Mayor made the better decision?

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