Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

UPDATE: Amtrak angles to keep control of Hoosier State route

October 1, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A little-used, delay-plagued passenger rail line from Indianapolis to Chicago has become a battleground, as Amtrak tries to fend off competition invited by the Indiana Department of Transportation.
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RV industry shipments on best pace since 2007

September 30, 2014
Associated Press
RV shipments for the first eight months of 2014 have reached about 246,000 units, a gain of 9 percent from 2013.
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High demand for road salt pushes costs up for state, city

September 29, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Department of Public Works will pay 11.5 percent more for road salt this winter than it did a year ago. Salt prices on regional bids across the state are now an average of 57 percent higher than last year's prices, according to INDOT.
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Food distributor to open natural-gas fueling station

September 29, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis-based Delco Foods plans to break ground Wednesday on a new compressed natural gas fueling station at 8775 Zionsville Road to serve its own delivery fleet as well as the public.
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The Interview Issue: Jim Hallett

September 27, 2014
Norm Heikens
Hallett rocketed from a modest childhood to lead one of Indiana's largest companies.
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Few flights resume after Chicago fire throws air traffic for loop

September 26, 2014
Associated Press
A contract employee suspected of setting a fire at a suburban Chicago air traffic control center brought two of the nation's busiest airports to a halt for hours Friday, sending delays and cancellations rippling through the air-travel network from coast to coast.
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Ambrose plans $90M distribution development in Plainfield

September 26, 2014
Jeff Newman
Ambrose Property Group has acquired 85 acres near the Indianapolis International Airport where it plans to spend $80 million to $90 million to develop two distribution centers as large as 1 million square feet each.
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Trucking companies raise wages as driver shortage grows

September 25, 2014
Bloomberg News
Average driver wages may rise as much as 6 percent in 2014, said Kenny Vieth, president of Columbus, Indiana-based Americas Commercial Transportation Research Co.
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Indiana Toll Road operator set for short bankruptcy

September 23, 2014
Bloomberg News, Associated Press
The operator of the Indiana Toll Road, which paid $3.8 billion for a 75-year operating lease, won approval Tuesday of a schedule paving the way to exit bankruptcy court protection in just more than a month.
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Local money manager settles proxy fight, wins board seat

September 23, 2014
Greg Andrews
Carmel investment firm JWEST LLC ended up with one board seat, rather than the two it sought, but also got Rand Logistics to agree to a range of governance reforms.
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New Indiana Toll Road operator due amid bankruptcy

September 21, 2014
Associated Press
The debt-ridden private company running the Indiana Toll Road intends to transfer its operations to a new entity under a bankruptcy filing planned for Monday.
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New warehouses in Indianapolis area cater to consumers

September 20, 2014
Scott Olson
Several sprawling distribution centers have been built, or are under construction, to ship directly to consumers.
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Second solar farm slated for Indy airport

September 19, 2014
Mason King
Airport officials have agreed to lease about 76 acres of land at the airport to the same private developers who created the current, 44,000-panel field by the Interstate 70 exit.
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30 counties to be reimbursed for snow storm costs

September 18, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
Currently, $1.13 million has been processed for reimbursement, and more federal money will be distributed as applications are processed.
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Anderson bridge replacement denied federal money

September 18, 2014
Associated Press
Local officials say they're moving ahead with plans to replace a main bridge over the White River into downtown Anderson despite the $15 million project being rejected for a federal grant.
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Indiana asks tollway firm to prove financial stability

September 17, 2014
Associated Press
The state agency that oversees the Indiana Toll Road has given the highway's debt-saddled private operator until late November to prove that it's meeting its debt obligations.
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FedEx to add 50,000 seasonal jobs as online demand rises

September 17, 2014
Associated Press
Rival UPS says it will hire up to 95,000 seasonal workers. Both companies are benefiting from growth in online shopping.
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Republic Airways makes $2.1B order for 50 jets

September 17, 2014
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Republic will take 50 of Embraer’s current-version E175 aircraft and fly them for United Airlines under the United Express brand, the companies said Wednesday.
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Caterpillar chief: Indiana growing more competitive

September 16, 2014
Norm Heikens
CEO Doug Oberhelman said Tuesday that government overhauls and an aggressive economic development policy have made the state among the most attractive for investment.
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Local mayors tout plan for Red Line transit route

September 16, 2014
The mayors of Indianapolis, Carmel, Westfield and Greenwood on Tuesday announced a potential plan and a timetable for The Red Line, a proposed rapid-transit all-electric bus route that would stretch 28 miles from Hamilton County to Johnson County.
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UPDATE: Indiana rail upgrade decision expected this fall

September 16, 2014
Associated Press
The proposal from Louisville & Indiana Railroad and CSX Transportation would allow the line between Indianapolis and Louisville to handle larger and faster trains.
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Renault teams with Bollore to promote electric cars

September 9, 2014
Bloomberg News
Renault SA is teaming up with French billionaire Vincent Bollore to make electric cars as the two struggle to establish a market for the emission-free vehicles, including one in Indianapolis.
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Court order keeps suspension of vanity plate sales

September 8, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court says the Bureau of Motor Vehicles can continue suspending sales of vanity plates until a court case is settled.
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Beer distributor Monarch stepping up booze push

September 6, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
In a campaign to enter the hard liquor business, Monarch Beverage Co. is pursuing a new tactic that takes aim at state regulators. Indiana’s largest beer distributor has accused the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission of letting politics influence its decisions.
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Ohio/Indiana center forms partnership on drones

September 3, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
A joint venture between Ohio and Indiana aimed at advancing drone operations for businesses and government has formalized its partnership with a southwestern Ohio city and airport.
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