Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

UPDATE: Storm cancels Indy flights, triggers mall closings, snarls traffic

December 26, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis International Airport expected to have about 300 passenger flights arriving or departing on Wednesday, but a third of those were cancelled before midmorning. In addition, mall operator Simon Property Group announced its local shopping centers would close for the day.
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Fishers to kick in $8M toward new I-69 interchange

December 17, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The Fishers Town Council voted Monday to spend $8 million in local funds toward construction of an Interstate 69 exit at 106th Street that will cost an estimated $25 million to build.
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Indiana Republicans already clashing over budgetRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
What the 2013 legislative session lacks in spectacle, it’s sure to make up for in surprises.
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Kenley pitching license plate tax to fund highway projectsRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
J.K. Wall
A license plate tax of $20 to $50 per car will be one of a raft of proposals considered by the Legislature next year as a way to fix a hole in funding for road maintenance, and to keep expanding Indiana’s system of highways.
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Hamilton County airport closer to extending its runwayRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
Federal, state grants will fund study of project intended to serve growing corporate clientele.
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Study calls Indiana Toll Road lease a bad deal

December 10, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Toll Road lease may have paid off in the short term, but a new study concludes it'll be a bad deal for taxpayers in the long run. Indiana officials say the report is flawed.
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Japanese automakers help drive economyRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Dan Human
A deal struck 25 years ago brought Subaru-Isuzu to Indiana. Toyota followed in 1996, and Honda came in 2008. The three Japanese automakers now collectively employ 10,000 and support thousands more jobs at suppliers across the state.
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Midwest Energy oil firm drilling for $15MRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Chris O'Malley
An Indianapolis investment advisory oil firm has been looking for blowouts in its own back yard. Midwest Energy Partners is preparing for its seventh—and largest—round of funding to pay for oil drilling in southwestern Indiana and southeastern Illinois.
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Indiana considers private firm for final I-69 legs

December 4, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana is considering hiring a private firm to design and build the stretch of Interstate 69 from Bloomington to Martinsville.
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New section of Interstate 69 getting positive reviews

December 4, 2012
Associated Press
Users of the new 67-mile stretch of Interstate 69 that opened two weeks ago in southern Indiana say it is already saving them time and money.
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Monarch turns to natural gas to run trucking fleet

December 4, 2012
J.K. Wall
In a sign of the rising popularity of natural gas engines, the Indianapolis-based distributor of alcoholic beverages will make 85 of its 105 trucks run on natural gas by 2015.
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Railcar shipments making a comeback in IndianaRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Scott Olson
High diesel prices are turning companies to trains.
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BrightPoint buyer Ingram Micro mulls cost-cuttingRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Dan Human
A top BrightPoint Inc. executive expects little employment change for the distribution and logistics company’s 1,100-person central Indiana work force, despite the potential for job cuts and facility closings across the country.
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IndyGo to sweeten the deal for driver recruitingRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Bus system taking page from trucking firms to find people to staff new routes.
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Design stars land contract for transit hubRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
Cory Schouten
Architect Daniel Libeskind is part of an international team chosen to design a proposed IndyGo transit hub.
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Airport could land second solar-energy farm

November 21, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The Indianapolis Airport Authority is in talks that could lead to a second solar farm at Indianapolis International Airport. Discussions are taking place even as the initial solar farm has yet to get off the ground.
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Bush Stadium seats to live on at bus stops

November 21, 2012
 IBJ Staff
An Indianapolis not-for-profit that recycled the fabric roof of the former RCA Dome into totes, wallets and other items has found a new use for the seats once used at Bush Stadium.
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Airport Authority continues to fight off-site parking lot

November 20, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The Indianapolis Airport Authority has taken its fight against an off-airport parking operator to the Indiana Court of Appeals after exhausting its options in Marion County Superior Court.
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Wheaton Van Lines expanding HQ, adding jobs

November 19, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Wheaton Van Lines Inc. plans an expansion to its northeast-side Indianapolis headquarters, a move resulting from its April acquisition of Hillside, Ill.-based Bekins Van Lines.
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Plenty of turbulence ahead, despite Republic's progressRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Greg Andrews
Analysts are impressed by Bedford’s cost-cutting achievements at Republic’s scheduled-service carrier, Frontier Airlines, and his early progress in restructuring its Chautauqua unit, which flies small regional jets on contract for branded carriers.
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Ohio-based logistics firm opens first local facilityRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Spartan Logistics is hiring about 35 people to staff a warehouse on the east side near 33rd Street and Franklin Road.
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Transit supporters set to kick off new campaign

November 14, 2012
The campaign, Indy Connect Now, will urge state legislators to allow voters to decide whether to fund an expanded mass-transit system in the area.
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KAR stock falls after private-equity deal reported dead

November 13, 2012
Bloomberg News
KAR Auction Services Inc. stock took its biggest daily drop in more than three months Tuesday after Reuters reported the provider of wholesale vehicle auction services ended talks to sell itself to private-equity firm Clayton Dubilier & Rice LLC.
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SW Indiana leaders say area must seize I-69 prospects

November 13, 2012
Associated Press
The opening of the Interstate 69 extension's first section in southwestern Indiana next week presents economic opportunities that some business and government leaders say the area must seize.
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Study: Indiana’s airports contribute $14.1B in economic output

November 13, 2012
A new study says the state's 69 public airports support more than 69,000 jobs--about 30 percent of which are tied to Indianapolis International Airport.
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  1. You are correct that Obamacare requires health insurance policies to include richer benefits and protects patients who get sick. That's what I was getting at when I wrote above, "That’s because Obamacare required insurers to take all customers, regardless of their health status, and also established a floor on how skimpy the benefits paid for by health plans could be." I think it's vital to know exactly how much the essential health benefits are costing over previous policies. Unless we know the cost of the law, we can't do a cost-benefit analysis. Taxes were raised in order to offset a 31% rise in health insurance premiums, an increase that paid for richer benefits. Are those richer benefits worth that much or not? That's the question we need to answer. This study at least gets us started on doing so.

  2. *5 employees per floor. Either way its ridiculous.

  3. Jim, thanks for always ready my stuff and providing thoughtful comments. I am sure that someone more familiar with research design and methods could take issue with Kowalski's study. I thought it was of considerable value, however, because so far we have been crediting Obamacare for all the gains in coverage and all price increases, neither of which is entirely fair. This is at least a rigorous attempt to sort things out. Maybe a quixotic attempt, but it's one of the first ones I've seen try to do it in a sophisticated way.

  4. In addition to rewriting history, the paper (or at least your summary of it) ignores that Obamacare policies now must provide "essential health benefits". Maybe Mr Wall has always been insured in a group plan but even group plans had holes you could drive a truck through, like the Colts defensive line last night. Individual plans were even worse. So, when you come up with a study that factors that in, let me know, otherwise the numbers are garbage.

  5. You guys are absolutely right: Cummins should build a massive 80-story high rise, and give each employee 5 floors. Or, I suppose they could always rent out the top floors if they wanted, since downtown office space is bursting at the seams (http://www.ibj.com/article?articleId=49481).

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