Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

GE Aviation poised to announce major Indiana plant

March 25, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Gov. Mike Pence and GE Aviation CEO David Joyce will be on hand Wednesday morning for the announcement at the Purdue University Airport.
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Southwest adding nonstop from Indy to Washington

March 24, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Southwest Airlines Co. is adding more flights to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport this year, including non-stop service to and from Indianapolis that begins Nov. 2, the airline said Monday.
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Study will seek answers to transportation funding issue

March 21, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
The Indiana Department of Transportation will launch an expansive study seeking new ways to finance road construction and maintenance, according to a bill passed by the Indiana legislature awaiting the governor's signature.
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City reports more revenue from parking meter operations

March 19, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis received more than $3 million in revenue from parking meters in 2013, its highest total yet since turning over meter operations to ParkIndy in late 2010.
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Foreign trade zone status easier to come byRestricted Content

March 19, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Shielding items from customs duties has become cheaper, quicker.
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Illiana Expressway eligible for low-interest loan

March 17, 2014
Associated Press
The proposed Illiana Expressway linking northwestern Indiana with Chicago's south suburbs is eligible for a low-interest federal loan for up to one-third of the cost of the $1.5 billion project.
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Fastenal seeks tax abatement on $11M expansion

March 17, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The firm intends to make its facility north of 56th Street on Guion Road the main hub for more than a dozen other regional distribution centers, and to hire 60 more workers.
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Apparel firm requests tax break on $15M project

March 17, 2014
 IBJ Staff
OSP Group is in the midst of re-evaluating its national distribution network and has identified major improvements needed at the center, which employs 625.
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Toyota dealers trying to stop Ed Martin's relocationRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Butler Auto Group has been selling Toyotas in Indianapolis since 1966. Ed Martin Auto Group has been selling Toyotas in Anderson since the 1980s. So when Toyota Motor Sales USA recently allowed Martin to move its dealership 20 miles west, to Noblesville, Rob Butler started seeing red.
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University Loft’s founder now building electric carsRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The founder of University Loft Co., one of the nation’s biggest suppliers of college dorm room and military base furniture, is now venturing into the world of alternative transportation.
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Rokita takes on FAA medical ruleRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
General aviation pilots abhor the Federal Aviation Authority’s third-class medical certificate, which requires them to get a physical from an FAA-approved doctor every two years, but the industry has yet to take down that bureaucratic hurdle.
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Compromise bill allows state to spend $200M on interstates

March 13, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The House passed the compromise bill 95-4, even as a number of lawmakers – including Democrats – complained that the legislation doesn’t include any money for local roads.
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Mass transit on tap for six counties under bill headed to Pence

March 13, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The legislation authorizes officials in Marion, Madison, Johnson, Hancock, Hamilton, and Delaware counties to seek voter permission to raise income taxes to fund a regional bus system. Light rail is not part of the legislation.
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RV supplier plans expansion in Indiana, 150 jobs

March 13, 2014
Associated Press
Lippert Components is planning to start operations at a closed South Bend distribution center and hire more than 150 workers this year.
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Deal on mass-transit legislation headed for vote

March 12, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
The compromise language does not include a provision to establish a light-rail system or an increase in corporate taxes. However, the legislation would still allow for an increase in individual income taxes pending voter approval.
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Incentives planned to boost Fort Wayne flights

March 12, 2014
Associated Press
The city of Fort Wayne is going to kick in up to $600,000 in incentives over two years for an airline to offer daily flights to an East Coast travel hub.
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Indiana road-funding measure nears final vote

March 10, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana House and Senate lawmakers are still deciding whether to release $200 million for road expansion projects.
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Indiana public transit usage bucking national trend

March 10, 2014
Associated Press
Outside of Indianapolis, many Indiana cities aren't experiencing the same transit trend that saw more Americans using public buses, trains and subways in greater numbers in 2013.
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Indiana road funding bill nears final vote at Statehouse

March 10, 2014
Associated Press
Final lawmaker negotiations are set to begin on a bill that would allocate $200 million for Indiana transportation projects.
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Changes to U.S. 31 cause worry in CarmelRestricted Content

March 8, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A large section of Meridian Street in Carmel will be transformed to a limited-access highway by the end of this year.
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Auto auctioneer invests big in tech as sales go online

March 6, 2014
Dan Human
KAR Auction Services Inc. expects to spend as much as $125 million on technology this year as its focus continues to shift to the Web and apps.
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Mass-transit supporters hopeful for compromise

March 5, 2014
Andi TenBarge, The Statehouse File
Supporters of competing plans to expand mass transit in central Indiana say they’ve got differences to work out before the General Assembly wraps up March 14 but they’re confident they can find resolution.
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Off-airport parking firm acquires local competitor

March 5, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A Cincinnati-based company that fought a legal battle with the Indianapolis Airport Authority over construction of an off-site parking facility has acquired its largest local private competitor and plans to close its lot.
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J.D. Byrider adds franchises in seven states

March 4, 2014
 IBJ Staff
J.D. Byrider, the largest used-car franchisor in the nation, continued its national growth spurt by opening stores in seven different states between mid-December and Monday, the Carmel-based company announced Tuesday.
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Mass transit bill headed to conference committee

March 3, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The Indiana House passed legislation to authorize new taxes for an expanded bus system but the bill is headed to a conference committee where lawmakers will try to find a compromise on the issue.
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  1. Looking at the two companies - in spite of their relative size to one another -- Ricker's image is (by all accounts) pretty solid and reputable. Their locations are clean, employees are friendly and the products they offer are reasonably priced. By contrast, BP locations are all over the place and their reputation is poor, especially when you consider this is the same "company" whose disastrous oil spill and their response was nothing short of irresponsible should tell you a lot. The fact you also have people who are experienced in franchising saying their system/strategy is flawed is a good indication that another "spill" has occurred and it's the AM-PM/Ricker's customers/company that are having to deal with it.

  2. Daniel Lilly - Glad to hear about your points and miles. Enjoy Wisconsin and Illinois. You don't care one whit about financial discipline, which is why you will blast the "GOP". Classic liberalism.

  3. Isn't the real reason the terrain? The planners under-estimated the undulating terrain, sink holes, karst features, etc. This portion of the route was flawed from the beginning.

  4. You thought no Indy was bad, how's no fans working out for you? THe IRl No direct competition and still no fans. Hey George Family, spend another billion dollars, that will fix it.

  5. I live downtown Indy and had to be in downtown Chicago for a meeting. In other words, I am the target demographic for this train. It leaves at 6:00-- early but doable. Then I saw it takes 5+ hours. No way. I drove. I'm sure I paid 3 to 5 times as much once you factor in gas, parking, and tolls, but it was reimbursed so not a factor for me. Any business traveler is going to take the option that gets there quickly and reliably... and leisure travelers are going to take the option that has a good schedule and promotional prices (i.e., Megabus). Indy to Chicago is the right distance (too short to fly but takes several hours to drive) that this train could be extremely successful even without subsidies, if they could figure out how to have several frequencies (at least 3x/day) and make the trip in a reasonable amount of time. For those who have never lived on the east coast-- Amtrak is the #1 choice for NY-DC and NY-Boston. They have the Acela service, it runs almost every hour, and it takes you from downtown to downtown. It beats driving and flying hands down. It is too bad that we cannot build something like this in the midwest, at least to connect the bigger cities.

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