Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

RV industry leaders say rebound picking up speed

September 1, 2014
Associated Press
Key manufacturers and suppliers have announced recent expansions, the stock market is at an all-time high, and consumers are more confident in the future, industry leaders say.
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Indiana cases could define conflict of interest

August 31, 2014
Associated Press analysis
The question of what constitutes a conflict of interest and why it matters for public officials has run throughout a string of high-profile ethics scandals in Indiana recently.
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Main tenant of former United hub staying on

August 30, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis airport officials hope to soon renew their lease with AAR Corp., the aircraft service company that is a key tenant in United Airlines’ former maintenance hub.
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Bloomington firm wins construction bid for transit center

August 28, 2014
Jeff Newman
The IndyGo board of directors on Thursday night chose Bloomington-based Weddle Bros. Building Group LLC to build the planned Downtown Transit Center. Weddle outbid five other companies.
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Public-transit group hires latest executive director

August 25, 2014
Jeff Newman
Andrew Gast-Bray will become the fourth person to lead the Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority since last August when he becomes executive director Sept. 1.
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Broad Ripple lawyer represents cyclists involved in personal injury accidents

August 23, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis attorney Tim Caress’ desire to combine his after-work passions with helping people whose “lives have been turned upside down” resulted in his rolling—and running—into a new and growing line of business.
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Kokomo residents embrace bus route expansion

August 22, 2014
Associated Press
The City Line Trolley bus service has seen its passenger totals increase 31 percent since it added three new lines and expanded the number of stops from 118 to 275 last summer.
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Airline group forecasts uptick in Labor Day travel

August 22, 2014
Associated Press
An airline group predicted Thursday that 14 million people would fly on U.S. airlines during the seven days ending Sept. 2, the day after Labor Day. The busiest day is expected to be the Friday before the holiday weekend.
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Postal Service has 600 rural Indiana spots open

August 21, 2014
Associated Press
Rural carriers earn $16.25 per hour and receive equipment maintenance allowances. They may be required to use their personal vehicles, but are compensated for it.
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EMS service to lay off 361 workers in central Indiana

August 21, 2014
Mason King
Rural/Metro Corp. says the changing health care landscape and the challenges of covering rural communities are forcing it to end its area ambulance services. It's also closing a billing operations center in Indianapolis.
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Hoosier State passenger rail service extended 4 months

August 20, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Transportation and seven local partners will keep funding passenger rail service between Indianapolis and Chicago through Jan. 31 while the state agency negotiates with a private vendor to operate the line.
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Company closing local operations, cutting 110 workers

August 18, 2014
Jeff Newman
ModusLink Global Solutions Inc. plans to shut down its 96,000-square-foot distribution facility in Indianapolis, eliminating 110 jobs by the end of October, the company said late last week.
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TOLLIVER: Warehousing, e-commerce merging in Indy areaRestricted Content

August 16, 2014
Jason Tolliver / Special to IBJ
As consumers, our need for instant gratification has never been greater, as evidenced by the rise of e-commerce. Shopping online and receiving an order that same day or the next is replacing the expectations of old, when we received our orders in a week or so.
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Proportion of zero-car households rolls past 10 percent

August 16, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis experienced one of the fastest gains in car-less households of any major city in a recent five-year period, according to U.S. Census data compiled by a University of Michigan researcher.
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Browning/Duke building huge Plainfield distribution facility

August 11, 2014
The speculative building totaling more than 930,000 square feet will be constructed at the developers' AllPoints Midwest industrial park.
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Celadon misses mark despite jump in revenue, profit

August 6, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Celadon Group Inc. on Wednesday afternoon reported surging profit and revenue in its latest quarter, but its performance fell short of analyst expectations.
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KAR Auction Services makes $30M acquisition

August 6, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Carmel-based KAR Auction Services Inc., which released a solid quarterly earnings report Tuesday, acquired a 50-percent stake in Toronto-based Nth Gen Software Inc., which makes the TradeRev automotive remarketing system.
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U.S. airfares on the rise, outpacing inflation

August 4, 2014
Associated Press
The average roundtrip ticket within the U.S., including taxes, reached $509.15 in the first six months of this year, up nearly $14 from the same period last year.
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Startup objects to IndyGo's no-bid deal with rival

August 2, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
An Indianapolis software startup that hopes to win contracts from public-transit agencies across the country is protesting a no-bid deal by IndyGo.
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Domestic auto sales sizzled in July, helped by discounts

August 1, 2014
Associated Press
General Motors, Ford, Nissan and Chrysler all reported big gains as the major automakers reported July sales Friday.
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Groundbreaking set for $15M Speedway roundabout

July 28, 2014
Associated Press
The town of Speedway plans a two-lane roundabout to replace the current stoplight-controlled intersection at West 16th and Main streets, and Crawfordsville Road, outside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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Leg of I-69 project now due to open by end of 2015

July 27, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Transportation now plans for Interstate 69 to reach Bloomington by the end of 2015, a year later than originally planned.
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Former piano factory burns down in Muncie

July 26, 2014
Associated Press
Old building also had been used as chemical distributorship.
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Indianapolis pulls future support for Amtrak line

July 25, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
City officials in Indianapolis have cast the future of an Amtrak passenger line between Indianapolis and Chicago into doubt after deciding not to provide any additional money to subsidize the line.
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State sells $244 million in bonds for I-69 segment

July 25, 2014
Associated Press
The project will upgrade Indiana 37 to interstate standards. It's part of the I-69 extension that will connect Indianapolis and Evansville.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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