Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Amazon.com looks to fill 'hundreds' of jobs in Indiana

July 29, 2013
Associated Press
The company said it will add 5,000 full-time jobs at its U.S. distribution centers, including hundreds of jobs in Indiana. An unspecified number of those jobs are set to be added in Indianapolis.
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Software firm finds beer business is a frothy marketRestricted Content

July 27, 2013
Dan Human
Carmel-based Blue Horseshoe Solutions develops software that manages supplies, warehousing, deliveries, worker productivity and other logistical complexities connected with any number of goods-producing businesses, but about 25 percent of its business falls within the beverage category.
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Bidders lining up to build key I-69 legRestricted Content

July 27, 2013
Five global financing and construction teams want to build the next stage of Interstate 69 from Bloomington to Martinsville.
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Republic Airways earnings rise despite lower revenue

July 26, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based company on Thursday reported quarterly earnings of $24.6 million, a 23-percent increase over the previous year. The earnings beat consensus analyst predictions by 4 cents per share.
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Indianapolis luxury car drivers get from point A to point B in styleRestricted Content

July 20, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The working class has Fords and Chevys and Dodges. Many a tooth and velvet Elvis painting has been lost in disputes over which brand is best.
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Indianapolis-area luxury car statisticsRestricted Content

July 20, 2013
Which luxury brands are most popular locally? Where are they most concentrated? How many Teslas are registered? Read on.
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Indy airport to offer applications for expedited security screening

July 19, 2013
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis International Airport will be among the first two airports in the nation to participate in the TSA's push to expand eligibility for quicker security lines.
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Car parts maker expands in Hancock County

July 19, 2013
Mason King
A 250,000-square-foot distribution center that sat empty since the recession has finally nailed down a tenant—a Canadian firm relocating operations from nearby Knightstown.
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Airport wants to smooth over artwork controversy

July 19, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Airport Authority decided Friday morning to spend $105,000 on a new piece of public art by James Wille Faust. The authority created controversy in 2011 when it removed another piece by Faust from a prominent spot in the airport.
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Trucking firms brace for impact of new driver-rest rules

July 19, 2013
Bloomberg News
New U.S. safety regulations requiring truckers to work shorter shifts may cut productivity, worsen a driver shortage and boost freight costs for the $8.4 trillion in goods hauled each year by American big rigs.
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FedEx drivers prepare for national competitionRestricted Content

July 13, 2013
This year, 132 drivers from 46 states will compete in the company’s “Chairman’s Challenge Competition and Celebration,” which was scheduled for July 13-15 in the FedEx Express parking lot on South High School Road.
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Public safety department looks to go hybrid on 1,035 cars

July 9, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Department of Public Safety could save $8.6 million over the next five years by replacing 1,035 non-patrol vehicles with plug-in electric hybrids, according to an internal review released Tuesday.
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Ex-Indy airport CEO to helm Gary airport expansion

July 9, 2013
Associated Press
The northwestern Indiana city's Airport Authority voted 5-1 vote Monday to give John Clark III broad authority to oversee other consultants and contractors hired for the $166 million project.
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Public-transit guru Bingaman motors for private sector

July 8, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Ehren Bingaman, executive director of the Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority, will join architecture and engineering firm HNTB Indiana. He was one of the principal supporters of the mass-transit plan that stalled in the Statehouse this year.
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Aviation tax changes making Indiana skies friendlier

July 7, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana began exempting aviation fuel and maintenance and service work on planes from its 7-percent state sales tax effective Monday. It has substituted a flat 10 cents-per-gallon excise tax for fuel purchases.
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Auto dealers turn bullish, snag sites

July 6, 2013
Scott Olson
Local car dealers are investing in projects ranging from new facilities to showroom renovations as the economy improves and the auto industry rebounds from a crippling slump in sales.
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BP settles class-action suit over tainted gasoline

July 1, 2013
Associated Press
The oil giant has agreed to a $7 million settlement related to a recall of about 4.7 million gallons of tainted gasoline in four Midwestern states, including Indiana.
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Taxi cab drivers file suit against Town of Speedway

July 1, 2013
Mason King, Associated Press
Speedway police improperly seized the licenses of as many as 80 cab drivers on the day of this year's Indianapolis 500, and later charged them $50 each for their return, according to a federal lawsuit filed against the town.
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Smokers get snub from airportRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Smokers will have to keep skulking around Indianapolis International Airport, following a board decision June 21 to stick with its hard-line policy of no puffing anywhere on the premises.
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Indiana BMV lowering license fees after lawsuit

June 28, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles says it has been overcharging for driver's licenses and will be cutting those fees.
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Illinois, Indiana governors host expressway forum

June 24, 2013
Associated Press
Governors from Illinois and Indiana kicked off a two-day forum Monday in hopes of attracting potential contractors, laborers and investors for a planned 47-mile expressway.
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ACLU sues BMV over gay youth group case

June 19, 2013
Associated Press
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, seeking the reinstatement of specialty auto license plates for a group that counsels gay and lesbian youth.
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Electronic proof of auto insurance coming to Indiana

June 17, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana drivers who have to show proof of insurance to police after an accident or traffic violation can do so electronically starting July 1 under a new law that signals an increasing use of technology in insurance laws.
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Most of Indiana's largest public companies enjoyed strong 2012Restricted Content

June 15, 2013
Angie's List turned a profit for the first time in nearly two decades.
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Report: People problems persist in manufacturing, logistics

June 14, 2013
Dan Human
Indiana's manufacturing and logistics sectors are undoubtedly strong, but work-force quality issues continue to nag the state, according to an industry report card released Friday morning.
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  1. Kent's done a good job of putting together some good guests, intelligence and irreverence without the inane chatter of the other two shows. JMV is unlistenable, mostly because he doesn't do his homework and depends on non-sports stuff to keep HIM interested. Query and Shultz is a bit better, but lack of prep in their show certainly is evident. Sterling obviously workes harder than the other shows. We shall see if there is any way for a third signal with very little successful recent history to make it. I always say you have to give a show two years to grow into what it will become...

  2. Lafayette Square, Washington Square should be turned into office parks with office buildings, conversion, no access to the public at all. They should not be shopping malls and should be under tight security and used for professional offices instead of havens for crime. Their only useage is to do this or tear them down and replace them with high rise office parks with secured parking lots so that the crime in the areas is not allowed in. These are prime properties, but must be reused for other uses, professional office conversions with no loitering and no shopping makes sense, otherwise they have become hangouts long ago for gangs, groups of people who have no intent of spending money, and are only there for trouble and possibly crime, shoplifting, etc. I worked summers at SuperX Drugs in Lafayette Square in the 1970s and even then the shrinkage from shoplifting was 10-15 percent. No sense having shopping malls in these areas, they earn no revenue, attract crime, and are a blight on the city. All malls that are not of use should be repurposed or torn down by the city, condemned. One possibility would be to repourpose them as inside college campuses or as community centers, but then again, if the community is high crime, why bother.

  3. Straight No Chaser

  4. Seems the biggest use of TIF is for pet projects that improve Quality Of Life, allegedly, but they ignore other QOL issues that are of a more important and urgent nature. Keep it transparent and try not to get in ready, fire, Aim! mode. You do realize that business the Mayor said might be interested is probably going to want TIF too?

  5. Gary, I'm in complete agreement. The private entity should be required to pay IPL, and, if City parking meters are involved, the parking meter company. I was just pointing out how the poorly-structured parking meter deal affected the car share deal.

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