Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Covered bridge project draws special attention

February 6, 2010
Norm Heikens
A plethora of experts like Dan Collom are restoring the Moscow bridge, built in 1886 and destroyed by a tornado in 2008.

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Celadon sees trouble ahead for trucking fleets

February 6, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis trucking firm is not among the weaklings and, if anything, will benefit from additional fleet failures to the extent it diminishes industry capacity.
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Hoosier Motor Club closing call center, cutting 61 jobs

February 5, 2010
Scott Olson
The AAA Hoosier Motor Club is closing its call center on Guion Road and consolidating operations with five other clubs.
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Republic Airways to shut down Lynx Aviation

February 4, 2010
Associated Press
Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings Inc. will shut down Lynx Aviation, a regional flying unit that operates Bombardier Q400 propeller planes. The changes will mean 175 people will lose their jobs.
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Logistics firm closing in Plainfield, leaving 126 jobless

February 4, 2010
NAL Worldwide, which provides third-party logistics and supply-chain services, plans to close its Plainfield location March 31.
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Ambassadair travel club scores on Colts' success

January 29, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The Indianapolis Colts’ second trip to the Super Bowl in Miami is scoring business for the locally based Ambassadair travel club.
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Federal high-speed rail grants exclude big Indiana proposal

January 28, 2010
Chris O'Malley
A proposed high-speed commuter rail line that would run through northern Indiana was left out of federal stimulus grants announced this week.
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Hoosiers can now renew driver's licenses online

January 26, 2010
Associated Press
The BMV said Tuesday it has started offering online driver's license renewals at the agency's Web site.
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Pitney Bowes moving 30 jobs to Indianapolis area

January 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Company plans to close operations in Miamisburg, costing the southwest Ohio city 75 jobs.
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Celadon reports lower profit, higher revenue

January 25, 2010
Indianapolis trucking firm Celadon Group Inc. saw revenue rise to $127.2 million in its fiscal second quarter, although profit fell to $1 million.
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Minority-owned logistics firm lands high-profile investors

January 23, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Wireless phone distributor Brightpoint Inc. is among the backers of a new logistics company that says it might employ 250 by 2012.
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Pickens' natural-gas plan may prove boon to truck builders

January 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
Converting the U.S. trucking industry to natural gas will benefit manufacturers including Columbus-based Cummins Inc., T. Boone Pickens says.
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Grocery distributor buys convenience store supplier

January 21, 2010
An Indianapolis-based grocery wholesaler has purchased the assets of a convenience store supplier in Danville, enabling it to expand its number of customers to 800 in five states.
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Airport expert to bring 'Aerotropolis' concept to Indianapolis

January 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Idea for old terminal calls for more deliberative planning of development in and around Indianapolis International to make airport more of an economic development hub.
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Pioneering automobile dealer Lockhart dies

January 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Freda Lockhart was the first woman to open dealerships for Cadillac and Saturn automobiles.
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Bird strikes frequent at Indianapolis airportRestricted Content

January 16, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Bird strikes remain a threat—statistically more so than a Nigerian terrorist with a bomb in his BVDs—at Indianapolis International Airport. There were 37 bird strikes reported at the airport in 2009, five involving damage or temporary grounding of an aircraft.
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Auto, battery jobs hinge on landing federal energy loansRestricted Content

January 16, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana's future as a hub for making electric and hybrid vehicles hinges on a single government loan program.
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Conexus gets $3.45 million from Lilly Endowment

January 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Lilly Endowment Inc. is continuing to support the state's advanced-manufacturing initiative, giving Conexus Indiana a grant to help connect potential workers with the necessary training.
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Republic Airways moving all execs to Indianapolis

January 14, 2010
Associated Press
Republic, which bought Frontier Airlines and Midwest Airlines last year, says it will move all of its executives to its headquarters in Indianapolis.
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Cummins gets $54M to improve fuel efficiency

January 11, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Columbus engine maker Cummins Inc. will receive nearly $54M in federal funding as part of a program designed to significantly increase fuel efficiency in heavy trucks and passenger vehicles, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced Monday.
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Skillman grows with Reeves acquisition

December 31, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Ray Skillman's purchase of Reeves Buick Pontiac means more shuffling of area dealerships.
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NEWSMAKER: Clark lands jobs as airport CEO

December 26, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The Indianapolis Airport Authority hired John D. Clark III as CEO, luring him away from Jacksonville Florida.
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NEWSMAKER: Republic's Bedford keeps low profile, makes big impact

December 26, 2009
Chris O'Malley
For the head of an 11,000-employee company, Bryan Bedford has all the profile around these parts as a participant in the federal witness protection program.
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Republic flies boldly into branded-carrier business

December 26, 2009
Chris O'Malley
After 36 years of flying smaller planes painted in the colors of the major airlines for which it flies under contract, Republic Airways Holdings in 2009 became a branded airline operator of its own.
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Local FedEx employees working more during holidays

December 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Many of the 5,000 employees at the FedEx Express hub at Indianapolis International Airport are benefiting from the holiday shipping rush by working longer hours.
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  1. I still don't understand how the FBI had any right whatsoever to investigate this elderly collector. Before the Antiquities Act it was completely legal to buy, trade or collect Native American artifacts. I used to see arrow heads, axes, bowls, corn grinders at antique shops and flea markets for sale and I bought them myself. But that was in the late 60's and early 70's. And I now know that people used to steal items from sites and sell them. I understand that is illegal. But we used to find arrow heads and even a corn grinder in our back yard when I was a child. And I still have those items today in my small collection.

  2. I lived in California and they had many of the things noted in the proposed suggestions from the "Blue Ribbon Panel". California is near financial collapse now. Let's not turn the great state of Indiana into a third world dump like California.

  3. The temporary closure of BR Avenue will get a lot of attention. But, one thing reported by the IndyStar really stands out to me, and is extraordinarily depressing: “Police also have agreed to crack down on noise violations, traffic violations and public intoxication.” In other words, the police have generously agreed to do their jobs (temporarily, at least), instead of just standing around waiting for someone to call 911. When is someone in this department going to get off their fat arse (looking at you, Chief), get their minds out of 1975-era policing and into 2014, and have his department engage in pro-active work instead of sitting around waiting for someone to be shot? Why in the hell does it take 7 people getting shot in one night in one of the city’s biggest tourist destinations, to convince the police (reluctantly, it would appear) that they actually need to do their f’n jobs? When is the Chief going to realize that there’s a huge, direct, proven correlation between enforcing the law (yes, all laws, especially those affecting quality of life) and preventing larger crimes from occurring? Is it racial BS? Is that what this extraordinary reluctance is all about? Is the department and the city terrified that if they do their jobs, they might offend someone? Whom, exactly? Will the victims of violence, murder, assault, rape, robbery, and theft be offended? Will the citizens who have to tolerate their deteriorating quality of life be offended? Will the businesses who see their customers flee be offended? Or, is it simple ignorance (maybe the Chief hasn’t heard about NYC’s success in fighting crime - it’s only the biggest g*&#am city in the country, after all)? Either way, Chief, if you don’t want to do your job, then step down. Let someone who actually wants the job take it.

  4. I thought Indiana had all the funding it needed for everything. That's why the state lottery and casino gambling were allowed, as the new tax revenue would take care of everything the state wanted to do.The recommendations sound like they came from California. Better think about that. What is the financial condition of that state?

  5. I was a fan of WIBC in the morning, Steve was the only WIBC host that I listened too, he gave the news with so much flare that I enjoyed listening to him on my way to work. Katz is no Steve. Sadly, I will not be listening to WIBC anymore.

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