Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Republic hits turbulence with Frontier mechanics

March 11, 2010
Associated Press
The union for mechanics at Frontier Airlines is going to court over Republic Airways Holdings Inc.'s plans to shift their work to Milwaukee.
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Former Saturn franchise in Fishers enters new orbit

March 11, 2010
Chris O'Malley
An All Things Automotive franchise is replacing Saturn of Fishers. The concept, aimed particularly at displaced Saturn dealers, involves used-car sales and service bays stocked by Carquest.
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Logistics firm CEVA to lay off 250 workers in Plainfield

March 10, 2010
Jeff Newman
CEVA Logistics U.S. Inc. plans to permanently lay off nearly all of its workers at its warehouse operations in Plainfield, resulting in the loss of more than 250 jobs.
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Express lane opens for I-465 widening project

March 8, 2010
Associated Press
The lane opened Monday for eastbound traffic on I-465 from U.S. 31 (Meridian Street) to just past the Allisonville Road interchange.
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Logistics firm s2f investing $10.8M in Plainfield facility

March 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Startup logistics firm s2f worldwide LLC will invest $10.8 million to set up its headquarters and distribution center in Plainfield, creating 250 jobs by 2013, state economic development officials said early Monday.
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GM to reinstate 600 dealerships slated to be cut

March 5, 2010
Associated Press
GM executives said Friday that about 600 dealerships out of the 1,100 seeking to stay with GM will receive letters giving them the option to remain with the automaker.
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Medline opens Plainfield distribution center

March 5, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Illinois-based medical supplies maker Medline Industries Inc. has opened a distribution center in Plainfield, hiring 50 workers.
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Conexus launches statewide online-procurement network

March 3, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana Supplier INsight offers free links between Hoosier providers and purchasers.
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Adesa parent turns profit, beats expectations

February 26, 2010
Scott Olson
KAR Auction Services reported a profit of $5.3 million in the fourth quarter after sustaining a loss in the same period in 2008. The company's CEO attributed the turnaround to several factors, including the completion of an initial public offering.
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Republic to buy $3B in jets; quarterly profit rises

February 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Republic has agreed to buy 40 Bombardier Inc. CS300 regional jets valued at $3.06 billion, the largest order for the aircraft since its introduction in 2008.
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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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Plan for optional interstate tolls may hit potholesRestricted Content

February 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
A proposal to add optional toll lanes to parts of Interstates 69 and 65 raises all kinds of questions, such as how to squeeze more lanes into the crowded I-69 corridor northeast of the city. And it’s debatable whether toll lanes could make more money than they cost to implement.
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Airport picks team to study re-use of land at old terminal site

February 19, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The Indianapolis Airport Authority's plan for the next "30 to 50 years" starts with a team tapped Friday morning. Five firms will study ways to use airport property, including the former passenger terminal.
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Indianapolis to demonstate plug-in electric vehicles

February 18, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Green watch
                           video iconCity will be among first to conduct demonstration of several plug-in electric vehicles prior to their market launch next year.
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J.D. Power ranks Indianapolis airport best

February 18, 2010
A survey by J.D. Power and Associates has Indianapolis International Airport tops among 64 major airports in the country when it comes to overall passenger satisfaction.
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Airport ready to embark on redevelopment plan

February 17, 2010
Scott Olson
Indianapolis Airport Authority CEO John Clark revealed Tuesday evening that he is ready to proceed with a plan that could transform the former terminal site into a hub for urban development.
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Meetings start public discussion of regional transit plan

February 16, 2010
Indy Connect will hold its first public forum Tuesday evening to begin the process of gathering public input on a regional transportation plan that proposes raising taxes to build a light-rail line, improve bus service and expand roadways.
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Republic stock falls following departure of Frontier execRestricted Content

February 13, 2010
Chris O'Malley
CEO Bryan Bedford remains at the helm, but shares of Republic Airways have fallen nearly 30 percent following the departure of an executive deemed key to the operation of the regional airline’s first two branded carriers, Frontier Airlines and Midwest Airlines.
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Four downtown hotels to be added to IndyGo's Green Line route

February 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The expanded service shuttling air travelers and airport workers to and from Indianapolis International Airport began Feb. 3, to the newly opened Fairfield Inn & Suites at West and Washington streets.
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Mayor: Massive transit plan open for discussion

February 10, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Backers of the plan said the work by the Central Indiana Transit Task Force amounts to a crucial private-sector endorsement needed to finally proceed with a regional transportation system.
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Task force endorses regional taxes for mass transit

February 9, 2010
Chris O'Malley
After 30 years of government studies of a regional transportation system, a private-sector group on Wednesday is set to unveil its own plan that includes commuter rail and toll lanes added to congested interstate highways.
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Covered bridge project draws special attention

February 6, 2010
Norm Heikens
A plethora of experts like Dan Collom are restoring the Moscow bridge, built in 1886 and destroyed by a tornado in 2008.

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Celadon sees trouble ahead for trucking fleets

February 6, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis trucking firm is not among the weaklings and, if anything, will benefit from additional fleet failures to the extent it diminishes industry capacity.
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Hoosier Motor Club closing call center, cutting 61 jobs

February 5, 2010
Scott Olson
The AAA Hoosier Motor Club is closing its call center on Guion Road and consolidating operations with five other clubs.
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Republic Airways to shut down Lynx Aviation

February 4, 2010
Associated Press
Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings Inc. will shut down Lynx Aviation, a regional flying unit that operates Bombardier Q400 propeller planes. The changes will mean 175 people will lose their jobs.
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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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