Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Airport’s ground game fueling tensionsRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The Indianapolis Airport Authority’s aggressive effort to stop an Ohio firm from building a parking facility beyond airport boundaries has neighbors worrying the municipality will unleash its lawyers on virtually any nearby business deemed a threat to airport revenue.
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Shortage of nonstop flights imperils convention bizRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis’ dwindling number of nonstop flights—especially to the West Coast—threatens to stunt the city’s convention business just as officials are marketing the expansion of the Indiana Convention Center and downtown’s hotel market.
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Airport postal facility to keep on trucking

October 18, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The Indianapolis Airport Authority board on Friday is expected to vote on a lease with Wilmington, Ohio-based LGSTX Distribution Services to continue operations at the hub through at least November 2014.
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Local leaders look to save Amtrak route in Indiana

October 15, 2012
Associated Press
Local government and business leaders are working to support continuing daily Amtrak passenger trains between Chicago and Indianapolis that could end because of a federal and state funding dispute.
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State to beef up busy south-side interchange

October 15, 2012
 IBJ Staff
State highway officials are accepting public comments through Monday on the most recent design tweaks for a $45 million reconstruction of the busy interchange at interstates 65 and 465 south of Indianapolis.
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Indiana Rail Road plans to speed up trains, and traffic, in BloomingtonRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Track and crossing upgrades will allow Hoosier transportation company to reduce wait times for cars.
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Airport development czar calls aggressive tactics keyRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis Airport Authority has lots of economic development opportunities, despite a difficult industry environment, insists the airport's new senior director for commercial enterprise, Michael Huber.
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Celadon shares jump along with earnings expectations

October 8, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The Indianapolis trucking company expects its quarterly earnings to beat analysts' consensus forecast and last year's results, thanks to acquisitions and cost controls. Shares were up 9 percent at 1 p.m.
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BROWNE: Finishing touches just now coming to Georgia StreetRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
Bill Browne / Special to IBJ
Time didn't permit final upgrades before Super Bowl crowds descended on stretch.
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Operations start at Amazon's new Indiana warehouse

October 4, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Officials say Amazon.com Inc.'s new warehouse and distribution center in southern Indiana has started operations with more than 1,000 workers.
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Airport challenging judge’s decision on parking lot

October 2, 2012
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Airport Authority is asking a judge to reconsider his decision that paves the way for a Cincinnati-based developer to build a 2,000-space parking lot near the airport.
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Rail line being revived between Indiana cities

October 2, 2012
Associated Press
The $5.5 million rail line project will return tracks between Kokomo and Tipton into service.
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Short-line railroad shakeup coming around the bendRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Four railroads in region being purchased by Connecticut-based operator as part of $2 billion deal.
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Indiana Rail Road revives downtown truck terminalRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The Indiana Rail Road Co. has reactivated a closed rail yard through a partnership with a Canadian logistics company, which serves about a dozen of INRD’s customers at the yard.
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Local pilot turns aerobatics into satisfying 'jobby'Restricted Content

September 29, 2012
Ellen Kobe
Billy Werth's passion for flying has landed him two jobs that pay the bills--as commercial pilot with Chautauqua Airlines and a major in the Air Force Reserves at Grissom Air Reserve Base in Peru. His third job is just for fun. Since 2006, Werth has owned an acrobatic flying company called Grayout Aerosports.
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Vincennes logistics program gets box of money from federal governmentRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
 IBJ Staff
$2.9 million grant will be used to bulk up logistics training and education center in Plainfield.
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Women's retailer plans $37M expansion, 242 jobs

September 27, 2012
New York-based Ascena Retail Group, whose female clothing brands include Justice, Lane Bryant, Maurices and Dressbarn, plans to transform its 794,000-square-foot warehouse in Greencastle into an e-commerce distribution hub.
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Paving signals progress as I-69 creeps north

September 25, 2012
Associated Press
Paving on both northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 69 from Evansville to the U.S. 231 interchange in southern Greene County is nearly completed.
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Tutwiler auto dealership closes after 48 years

September 25, 2012
Scott Olson
Tutwiler Automotive had long been known as Tutwiler Cadillac before changing its name two years ago when its General Motors franchise agreement expired. The dealership closed Saturday.
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Locally based Synovia merging to create new company

September 24, 2012
Synovia and Everyday Solutions Inc. in Massachusetts are combining to form Synovia Solutions, which will be based in Indianapolis. Both companies provide GPS-driven products to help manage school transportation services.
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State decides not to open Kokomo bypass early

September 24, 2012
Associated Press
State highway officials had considered opening a four-mile stretch of a U.S. 31 bypass around Kokomo this fall, but now they say motorists won't be able to drive on the road until next year.
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New Denison CEO puts parking firm on growth tearRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Perry Griffith, the scion of the Griffith family’s Denison Parking empire, is handing the CEO reins to the executive who helped him expand the Indianapolis company to 10 other states in as many years.
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Group seeks to halt spending on Ohio River bridges

September 21, 2012
Associated Press
A group that opposes two new planned Ohio River bridges is asking a judge to force Indiana and Kentucky to halt spending on the $2.6 billion project.
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Gregg seeks $500M for transportation investment

September 20, 2012
Associated Press
Gubernatorial candidates are outlining their plans to enlist more corporate help for transportation needs as Indiana faces a new drop in road funds.
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Lawmaker wants review of specialty plate proceeds

September 16, 2012
Associated Press
More oversight of Indiana's specialty license plates is needed to ensure that the groups who benefit spend the money appropriately, according to the chairman of a legislative panel reviewing the plates.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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