Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

EnerDel lands $118 million stimulus grant

August 5, 2009
Scott Olson
EnerDel, an Indianapolis-based producer of automotive lithium-ion batteries, will receive $118.5 million in a matching grant from the federal government.
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East-side shuttle service makes debut

August 4, 2009
A new public shuttle service got rolling this morning on the near-east side of Indianapolis.Known as the Near Eastside Orbiter, the 24-passenger shuttle is provided by the John H. Boner Community Center at 2236 E. 10th St. and completes a 15-mile circular route in about an hour.
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Toll-road lease tumbles in valueRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Gov. Mitch Daniels expected his unprecedented $3.8 billion Indiana Toll Road lease to last 75 years. It may be tested after just three.
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Republic Airways closes purchase of Midwest

August 2, 2009
Republic Airways Holdings says it has completed its acquisition of privately held Midwest Airlines for $31 million in cash and debt.
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INDOT hires executive to manage Interstate 69 extensionRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Cost management was the operative phrase in the introduction this month of a highway executive to manage the Interstate 69 extension to Evansville.
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Construction jobs trickling in from road stimulusRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Federal stimulus money for Indiana highway projects so far has put to work 1,222 people with a payroll of $1.27 million, according to state records of 42 projects under way in which contractors have reported job data. The work, ranging from paving to replacing bridge decks, had a total contract value of $39.2 million.

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Natural-gas car proposal could boost Greensburg Honda plant

July 9, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Hoping to spur alternative vehicles, lawmakers want to double the size of tax breaks on cars that run on natural gas. That could be good news for Indiana, where Honda Motor Corp. produces the natural-gas-powered Civic GX in Greensburg.
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For sale: Pieces of old Indianapolis airportRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Commercial Liquidators of America has landed the job of auctioning off furnishings and equipment from the old airport terminal at Indianapolis International Airport.
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Republic growth strategy fraught with riskRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Chris O'Malley
By purchasing two struggling airlines for which it flies, Republic Airways Holdings is taking aboard substantial risks that threaten its profitable niche, analysts say. Frontier Airlines and Midwest Airlines are not only leaking money, but fly at an altitude where major carriers routinely dogfight in a fare war Republic hasn't had to fight as a contract carrier.
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Expanded FedEx cargo hub not meeting expectationsRestricted Content

June 15, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis International Airport, already suffering from a 10-percent drop in passenger traffic and a projected $15 million revenue shortfall this year, is also feeling financial drag from its single most important tenant. FedEx Express cargo shipments, which amount to about half of the $25 million in airfield fees generated at the airport, fell 16 percent in the first three months of this year vs. the same period last year.
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Transit can be economic engineRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
We applaud the efforts of those who are laying the groundwork for viable mass transit in the Indianapolis area.
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Transit, sustainable development likely to be themes in rescue of near-north neighborhoodRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Local leaders and, soon, a national team of experts, are quietly developing a strategy to revitalize Marion County's biggest concentration of brownfield sites and impoverished urban neighborhoods, centered at East 22nd Street and the Monon Trail.
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Project manager named for I-70 beautificationRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Cripe Architects and Engineers has been named lead consultant on a $2 million project to beautify five Interstate 70 interchanges.
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Not shying away from private jet salesRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Eagle Creek Aviation Services CEO Matt Hagans has taken delivery of the first of 17 Phenom 100 business jets from Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer.
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Grad students dream up plans for mass transitRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Architecture and urban design students from Ball State have created a vision for urban renewal that is arguably more compelling than the Central Indiana Regional Transit Authority's principal, utilitarian goal of reducing northeast-side highway congestion and air pollution by running a diesel commuter train atop the old Nickel Plate Railroad corridor.
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Price tag for I-69 project growingRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The environmental report shows that the extension for Interstate 69 will cost at least $3 billion.
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Project aims to make electric plug-in cars a realityRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Chris O'Malley
A partnership of electric utilities and technology companies is intent on making Indianapolis the first city in the nation to test plug-in electrics on a mass scale, perhaps starting later this year.
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Ballard trip to explore clean energyRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and other city officials will travel to Brazil in May to explore renewable-energy production, in hopes of making the city a leader in the technology.
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Railroad getting boost from mine in Sullivan CountyRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Indiana Railroad Co. has coupled onto its "largest single new business opportunity ever" with plans to serve Peabody Energy's new Bear Run Mine in Sullivan County, said IRR President and CEO Thomas G. Hoback.
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Mass transit crucial to region's successRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
To support quality of life initiatives and boost economic development, Indiana government and its citizens must develop quality mass transit systems.
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Auto sellers want refuge from industry fallout, but trio of bills have fallen flat at StatehouseRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Car dealers fearful of losing their flagship brands if auto manufacturers crash and burn aren't getting much help from the Indiana General Assembly.
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Hendricks airport to growRestricted Content

March 23, 2009
The Indianapolis Airport Authority is planning improvements to Gordon Graham Field in Hendricks County, including a runway extension and a second terminal.
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Local company out to turn algae into fuel of futureRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Stellarwind is believed to be the first algae-oil company in Indiana and among dozens of others around the country at the forefront of what's being called the third wave of biofuels production.
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Quest for new rocket fuel leads scientists to kitchenRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Sam Stall
At Purdue University, the quest for a new missile and spacecraft fuel has brought together an oil-and-vinegar mix of rocket scientists and food scientists.
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Potent potential for ethanol?Restricted Content

March 16, 2009
Poet Biorefining has four more Indiana ethanol plants on the drawing board, but they'll stay on paper until capital markets and demand for the biofuel improve, an executive of the South Dakota company said on a recent trip to Indianapolis
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