Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

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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Freight Masters files bankruptcy after losing business from Chrysler, BoeingRestricted Content

December 19, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The minority-owned logistics firm is also involved in a legal battle with a Washington state firm over the loss of its Boeing business.
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Indianapolis Airport Authority credit rating holds steady even as revenue falls

December 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis has fared better than some airports in terms of declining revenue, with passengers down about 10 percent for much of the year and revenue off 16 percent at one point.
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Indy Power Systems technology cited by Discovery magazine

December 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Founder Steve Tolen started out to make an electric car and wound up with a device to blend and regulate power among different types of electric batteries.
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UPDATE: Airport OKs $325,000 in 'betterment' projects

December 18, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis' new $1.1 billion airport terminal faces at least two nagging functionality issues: inadequate protection during inclement weather at the second-level passenger drop-off platform and sunlight that floods the ticket lobby, making computer screens hard to read.
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Brightpoint pays $31M for distribution facility

December 17, 2009
Cory Schouten
Locally based Brightpoint Inc. has closed on a $31 million deal to purchase its 495,000-square-foot distribution facility in Plainfield.
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Plainfield's MD Logistics sued by Bristol-Myers over lost insulinRestricted Content

December 12, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Two semi-trailers of the medication were stolen in 2007 from a back lot at Daum Trucking, which isn't named in the lawsuit. Bristol-Myers charges MD Logistics with negligence in the $10.7 million suit.
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INDOT using federal funds to improve transportation options near schools

December 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Safe Routes to School program “aims to influence a new generation of healthy, sustainable travel behavior,” says INDOT.
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UPDATE: KAR Auction IPO raises less than hoped

December 10, 2009
Associated Press
The Carmel-based auctioneer had expected to raise $340.9 million through its IPO, but the company said it would sell 25 million common shares at $12 each for total proceeds of $300 million.
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Republic Airways bringing 300 jobs to city

December 8, 2009
Chris O'Malley, Scott Olson
Republic Airways Holdings Inc. said Tuesday afternoon it will create as many as 300 jobs in Indianapolis next year by bringing Frontier Airlines’ Operation Control Center to the city.
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Builder looks to cold storage for steady work in a weak economyRestricted Content

December 5, 2009
Brock Benefiel
Cold storage might become a hot business for a building contractor.
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Airport adds events to draw more people, revenue for vendors

December 5, 2009
 IBJ Staff
One of the first things new airport CEO John Clark said he wanted to do was to squeeze more use—and revenue—out of the new airport terminal’s Civic Plaza space.
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Traffic technology handy after propane tanker explosion

November 28, 2009
Chris O'Malley
A complex system of signs along Indianapolis' interstate highway system was pressed into action after a propane tanker exploded in October near I-465 and I-69.
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Alcohol distributor fights decision allowing big competitor into Indiana

November 28, 2009
J.K. Wall
National Wine & Spirits Inc. suffered a staggering reversal of fortune when the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission ruled Nov. 5 that Southern Wine & Spirits of America Inc. could distribute here.
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Airport plans holiday events to lure traffic to Civic Plaza

November 27, 2009
Associated Press
Entertainment planned for December could put airport visitors in a spending mood. Retail sales at the terminal have suffered this year due in part to a 10 percent drop in passenger traffic, prompting the Airport Authority to search for ways to boost revenue.
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Debt-shedding efforts start to pay off for BrightpointRestricted Content

November 21, 2009
Greg Andrews
The wireless phone wholesaler had survived two prior recessions and recognized the spoils in tough times go to companies with the strongest balance sheets.
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Airport retailers want relief from street pricing policy

November 21, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Airport concessionaires stung by a 10-percent drop in passenger traffic have asked the Indianapolis Airport Authority to ease a policy that was implemented more than 10 years ago to keep prices in line with what consumers pay outside the airport.
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Computer woes slow air traffic across the nation

November 19, 2009
Associated Press
The Federal Aviation Administration said the problem was fixed about 10 a.m. Thursday, but it was unclear how long flights would continue to be delayed. Dozens of flights to Indianapolis International Airport have been affected.
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Indy route not part of high-speed rail funding applicationRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The decision to sidetrack a 110-mph Chicago-Indianapolis-Cincinnati train hasn’t received any attention locally. High-speed rail could someday become an economic development engine here, but it has not gained as much attention here as improved highways or a commuter rail line from downtown to Noblesville.
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Republic Airways adding 800 workers in Milwaukee

November 10, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Locally based Republic Airways Holdings Inc. on Tuesday afternoon said it still might bring jobs to Indianapolis as part of the digestion of its newly acquired Frontier Airlines and Midwest Airlines subsidiaries. But it looks like Milwaukee has wound up as the biggest beneficiary.
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  1. I'm a CPA who works with a wide range of companies (through my firm K.B.Parrish & Co.); however, we work with quite a few car dealerships, so I'm fairly interested in Fatwin (mentioned in the article). Does anyone have much information on that, or a link to such information? Thanks.

  2. Historically high long-term unemployment, unprecedented labor market slack and the loss of human capital should not be accepted as "the economy at work [and] what is supposed to happen" and is certainly not raising wages in Indiana. See Chicago Fed Reserve: goo.gl/IJ4JhQ Also, here's our research on Work Sharing and our support testimony at yesterday's hearing: goo.gl/NhC9W4

  3. I am always curious why teachers don't believe in accountability. It's the only profession in the world that things they are better than everyone else. It's really a shame.

  4. It's not often in Indiana that people from both major political parties and from both labor and business groups come together to endorse a proposal. I really think this is going to help create a more flexible labor force, which is what businesses claim to need, while also reducing outright layoffs, and mitigating the impact of salary/wage reductions, both of which have been highlighted as important issues affecting Hoosier workers. Like many other public policies, I'm sure that this one will, over time, be tweaked and changed as needed to meet Indiana's needs. But when you have such broad agreement, why not give this a try?

  5. I could not agree more with Ben's statement. Every time I look at my unemployment insurance rate, "irritated" hardly describes my sentiment. We are talking about a surplus of funds, and possibly refunding that, why, so we can say we did it and get a notch in our political belt? This is real money, to real companies, large and small. The impact is felt across the board; in the spending of the company, the hiring (or lack thereof due to higher insurance costs), as well as in the personal spending of the owners of a smaller company.

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