Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

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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Adesa parent turns profit on lower revenue

November 10, 2009
Carmel-based KAR Auction Services Inc. on Monday said the company turned a profit in the third quarter, although revenue decreased slightly.
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New design of bridge girder is huge, strongRestricted Content

November 7, 2009
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Suburban counties building outer loop to avoid Indianapolis

November 7, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Counties wanting to speed traffic among suburbs are building highways to avoid having to travel into Indianapolis. The result, a 100-mile outer loop beyond Interstate 465, won't be completed for years, and it won't be built to consistent standards, but it might help ease congestion.
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Greenwood seeks $75M in stimulus funds to speed road plans, lure interchangeRestricted Content

October 31, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Johnson County community hopes an economic stimulus grant for transportation will hasten its plans to build an east-west thoroughfare and set the stage for a new Interstate 65 interchange.
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Study recommends upgrades for public transportation in counties surrounding IndianapolisRestricted Content

October 31, 2009
Chris O'Malley
IndyGo, for all its faults, is the Cadillac of transit systems in the Indianapolis region. Service breaks at county lines and the absence of passenger shelters are among the deficiencies facing transit systems in surrounding counties.
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Celadon profit, revenue slides; shares to be listed on NYSE

October 28, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based trucking company Celadon Group Inc. on Wednesday reported lower revenue and profit during its most recent fiscal quarter, and also announced plans to list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange instead of the NASDAQ starting Nov. 10.
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I-465 bridge in Indianapolis reopens after blast

October 25, 2009
Associated Press
The left eastbound lane over the eastbound bridge and the Interstate 69 southbound ramp to I-465 southbound will remain closed through midweek as crews continue repair work.
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Public transportation entities in Indianapolis region might be reorganizedRestricted Content

October 24, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority, IndyGo and other Indianapolis-area transit groups are the subject of a study that could result in them being reorganized.
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Gas City dealer offers electric versions of Cadillacs, HummersRestricted Content

October 24, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Of all the inappropriate postmarks for the largest distributor of plug-in electric vehicles in Indiana, Gas City, about an hour north of Indianapolis, takes the prize. But Steve Mitchell, proprietor of Electric Cars and Carts, figures he’s in the right place as far as business prospects go. Despite a stalled economy, Mitchell’s electric vehicle sales are up 35 percent over the same month last year.
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Stretch of I-465 westbound reopens, several ramps still closed

October 23, 2009
The westbound lane of Interstate 465 reopened Friday afternoon on the city's northeast side following the tanker explosion Thursday that closed parts of the expressway in both directions.
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I-69 reopens; I-465 still closed following explosion

October 22, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana State Police are cautioning motorists to steer clear of Interstates 465 and 69 on the northeast side of the city this evening following a propane tanker explosion that closed the roadways.
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Huge truck explosion clogs north-side traffic

October 22, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A liquid propane tanker exploded on a highway ramp Thursday morning, closing Interstates 69 and 465 on the north side of Indianapolis. According to initial TV reports, the closure could be long term due to structural damage caused by the explosion.
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Water bottler buys Plainfield distribution building

October 21, 2009
Cory Schouten
A California water bottler has purchased a Plainfield distribution building for its first Midwestern outpost.
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Firms line up to find new uses for old airport terminal, other properties

October 10, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The cash-strapped Indianapolis Airport Authority suddenly can’t look soon enough at developing some of its vast real estate holdings, including the city’s former passenger terminal. This month, it plans to conduct final contract negotiations with a firm that would study reuse of the old terminal, adjacent land and other airport holdings.
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Remy unveils 'off the shelf' electric motor

October 6, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Pendleton-based Remy International today formally unveiled its 'off the shelf' electric motors for hybrid vehicles.
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Logistics firm expanding headquarters in Greenwood

October 6, 2009
Greenwood-based Avram Worldwide said today that it will expand its headquarters and distribution operations in the city, and plans to create 78 jobs by 2013.
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SEC fines former CFO of American Commercial Lines

October 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Christopher A. Black, a former investment banker in Indianapolis and former chief financial officer of Jeffersonville-based river barge transportation firm American Commercial Lines Inc., has agreed to pay a $25,000 fine to settle a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation.
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City becomes hub of 'cryo-cooling' for truck trailers

October 1, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis is the new operating headquarters of a Ukrainian-American venture producing refrigeration units for semi trailers. The move comes with the naming this spring of Thomas Roller as president and CEO of Ukram Industries. Roller is known locally as former CEO of Indianapolis-based Norwood Promotional Products and of Fruehauf Trailer, which was based here in the 1990s.
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Carmel company plans to expand, add employees

September 28, 2009
Dealer Services Corp. announced Monday morning that it plans to create up to 60 jobs by the end of 2012 and invest $6.4 million in its Carmel headquarters.
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Pennsylvania city not giving up Harley without a fightRestricted Content

September 26, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The motorcycle manufacturer is considering a Shelby County site at the same time that it's pushing for concessions from the union in York, Pa.
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Sisters start new trucking firm

September 26, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Two former executives of Carmel-based Performance Marketing Group have launched Rapid Freight Solutions.
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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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