Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

EYE ON THE PIE: Are unions really that important?Restricted Content

December 10, 2007
Morton Marcus
Uncle Uriah Marcus visited us on Thanksgiving. It took over a week to recover. He blames "the @#%$# unions" for most of our state's woes. Uncle Uriah asserts "them big unions scares businesses away from Indiannie." A sample of his views: High property taxes: It's the teachers' union's fault because teachers keep pushing up their earnings and reducing their responsibility. Congestion in cities: Bus workers' unions keep fares too high for anyone to ride the bus. The battle between the...
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High-speed rail still on slow track in state: Economic study, innovative financing exploredRestricted Content

November 26, 2007
Chris O\'malley
The effort to put high-speed trains into service in Indiana and eight other Midwestern states sometimes seems as fanciful as the first manned flight to Mars. There have been years of talk and countless meetings. And it will be many more years before a vehicle is fueled-and-ready, if ever. In the 13 years since the Indiana High Speed Rail Association was formed in Highland, the closest thing to high-speed rail Hoosiers have seen is an occasional speedy European locomotive brought...
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Feds eliminate quirky price-fixing rule for interstate moversRestricted Content

November 26, 2007
Chris O'Malley
Interstate moving companies have operated for decades under industrywide price fixing blessed by the federal government. But the system--one Tony Soprano and the boys in the back room of Bada Bing would love--will end Dec. 31, ushering in price cuts and other changes that could affect the cost of a move.
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VIEWPOINT: The high cost of traffic Band-AidsRestricted Content

November 19, 2007
Adam Thies
According to the article titled "Traffic Transformation?" in the Oct. 15 IBJ, the Indiana Department of Transportation is working on a roughly $600 million plan to relieve traffic congestion in the area of interstates 465 and 69. Hold on a second! What is really broken here? I contend little to nothing. Yes, roadways need maintenance and upkeep, but these roadways operate just fine. Because this area is congested at the morning and evening rush hour, the perception exists that these...
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: Existing work force is our biggest education challengeRestricted Content

November 19, 2007
Carol D\'amico
As Hoosiers, every time we open our wallets and pocketbooks, we should think about going back to school. For the last three decades, Indiana's per capita income growth has lagged the rest of the country, to the point where the average Hoosier earns less nized for work force development use a combination of state and local dollars and even lottery funds (as in Georgia). Private management of the Hoosier Lottery, as proposed during the last legislative session, could provide the...
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ATA parent shifts HQ to GeorgiaRestricted Content

November 5, 2007
Chris O'Malley
The writing has been on the wall that Indianapolis might lose the headquarters for ATA Airlines and/or parent Global Aero Logistics ever since April, when Global said it was buying Georgia-based World Air Holdings. Now, the writing is on paper: Indianapolis has lost another headquarters.
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: There's really nothing light about the topic of light railRestricted Content

November 5, 2007
Don Altemeyer
Twenty U.S. cities have some form of light rail systems in operation, and about 40 more are constructing or seriously considering light rail systems. While the list of cities with active systems isn't really all that surprising (you can see it online at w w w. a p t a . c o m ) , are other cities so busy building or extending them? Imagine a trolley system with regular stops within a city, but it has the ability...
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Local corporations maintain FFA convention funding: Main goal: getting attention of future leadersRestricted Content

October 22, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
Indianapolis-area companies are ponying up $1.15 million to help put on this month's National FFA convention, an event expected to draw more than 55,000 members and their chaperones to the city. They're backing the bigbudget affair largely because of the access it gives them to future leaders-from tomorrow's policymakers to those who could someday work at these local firms. And the city is putting on quite a show to get the attention of the roughly 46,000 12-to 21-year-old members and...
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Half-billion-dollar traffic plan considered for northeast sideRestricted Content

October 15, 2007
Chris O'Malley
Whether it's southbound I-69 traffic backed up almost to Noblesville, or northbound I-465 traffic a parking lot all the way to 56th Street, the northeast highway system is grossly inadequate at peak hours. But a report issued last month by an INDOT consultant shows a radical, $600 million reconfiguration is in the works.
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RETURN ON TECHNOLOGY: Try your hand at running McDonald'sRestricted Content

October 15, 2007
Tim Altom
It's always fun when I find something on the Web that's highly critical, vaguely disgusting, entertaining and informative, all at once. Mollieindustria has created an online video game at w w w. m c v i d e o game.comthat lets you run the burger giant McDonald's, and while it's not sparing of the company's faults, it's a great study in how hard it is to keep the sandwich empire going. The creators say on the site that they built...
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Experts look into the future of health care: Industry panelists disagree on whether current system needs radical changesRestricted Content

October 15, 2007
Five local industry leaders conducted a serious debate over problems and issues facing our health care system during the most recent installment in Indianapolis Business Journal's Power Breakfast series. The event took place at the Downtown Marriott hotel on Sept. 21 The panelists: Robert Brody, president and CEO of St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers, the Indianapolis-area's fourth-largest hospital system. Brody has been chief executive at St. Francis since 1996. Dr. Robert Mouser, a primary care physician at Cornerstone Family...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: Long road ahead for financing transportationRestricted Content

October 1, 2007
Mike Hicks
The recent Indiana Logistics Summit framed a number of issues that matter to Hoosiers young and old. I've done a fair amount of transportation and economic development research, but this conference held in Indianapolis was a chance for me to listen and learn. Here's my take on some of the issues: Nationally, a significant piece of the public transportation infrastructure (roads and bridges, for example) has already outlived its anticipated life span. Solid engineering and construction coupled with continual maintenance...
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Commentary: Here's the skinny on why we're fatRestricted Content

October 1, 2007
Tom Harton
A week rarely passes without news of our obesity epidemic. Fattest-state rankings and the like are a staple of our news diet. These stories are often served with dire health warnings, which politicians invoke when they encourage us to eat less and exercise more. But does anyone really stop to think about why obesity has become our national obsession? Our infamous rotundness isn't only a byproduct of poor eating habits and a reluctance to hit the gym. Chalk some of...
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Post-bankruptcy turnaround not taking off for ATARestricted Content

September 10, 2007
Chris O'Malley
More than 18 months after flying out of a bankruptcy reorganization that unloaded $1 billion of debt and costly aircraft leases, the parent of ATA Airlines still finds landing a profit elusive. Indianapolis-based Global Aero Logistics posted a loss of $46.1 million in the first half of 2007, according to documents it filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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NOTIONS: Musings from a cross-country driveRestricted Content

September 10, 2007
Bruce Hetrick
In the waning days of August, my son and I drove across America. With Zach's jam-packed Honda sedan bearing everything a college freshman could possibly need, we left Indianapolis on a Thursday morning and arrived in Santa Barbara, Calif., the following Monday afternoon. In the 2,465 intervening miles, we got a five-day dose of what modern air transportation has denied too many for too long: a chance to think, to listen and talk, and to marvel at this nation's diverse...
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: Upon further review ... new reasons for old buildingsRestricted Content

September 3, 2007
Don Altemeyer
Buildings, just like people, have lives. They're born, they do their jobs, they take on new roles and, after about 75 years, most of them reach the end. Sadly, some beautiful ones die too soon, while a few ugly ones live too long. How should we decide when to save a building or when to tear it down? And have the reasons changed? The terms of renovation are well-known (adaptive re-use, mixed-use development and historic preservation). When our actions meet...
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Will hefty Hoosiers get up for green, healthy event?: Former producer of state flower and patio show plans first-ever Natural Living Expo in JanuaryRestricted Content

September 3, 2007
Chris O\'malley
Todd Jameson knows how to get Hoosiers off the sofa. Up until two years ago, he was producer of the Indiana Flower and Patio Show and the Christmas Gift and Hobby Show-two of the most popular annual events in Indianapolis. But a dollar to a cholesterol-laden doughnut says his next gig will be his most difficult: getting some of the nation's heaviest, most cigarette-addicted people off the couch and to the firstever Natural Living Expo, next January. Jameson figures the...
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NOTIONS: Health: another troubled bridge over U.S. watersRestricted Content

August 13, 2007
Bruce Hetrick
On a bookshelf in my office, I display a box of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, three packs of Benson & Hedges cigarettes and the program from my late wife's memorial service. I display the pasta because, until the company was spun off earlier this year, Kraft Foods was part of Altria Group. I display the Benson & Hedges because that brand is part of Phillip Morris USA, which is also part of Altria Group. I display the memorial-service program because...
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Deals give Brightpoint world lead in wireless logistics: Cell phone distributor begins integration of former European rivalRestricted Content

August 13, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
For wireless phone distributor Brightpoint Inc., CellStar was the appetizer. Dangaard was the main course. The next nine months will be all about avoiding indigestion. Brightpoint CEO Bob Laikin is ready. He's been preparing for the meal for more than a decade. "In the mid-'90s, it was 'shoot, shoot, shoot and then aim,'" Laikin said. "Now it's 'aim, aim shoot.'" On March 30, Plainfield-based Brightpoint completed its acquisition of the U.S. and Latin American operations of Texasbased rival CellStar Corp....
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INVESTING: Strange time for business: Bad, good news aboundsRestricted Content

August 13, 2007
Ken Skarbeck
There is an ancient Chinese proverb that says, "May you live in interesting times." The saying possesses a sort of electric connotation, with hopes that one experiences an exciting lifetime. Yet in the historical use of this proverb, the interpretation of "interesting times" hasn't always meant "good times," with some recitals implying "dangerous times." For investors, our times are certainly interesting. We have a global economy that is booming. Economic growth across the planet has never been in such harmony....
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Inventory tax repeal still being hailed as good decision: Amid rising property taxes, economic development officials and brokers say taxing inventory was bad policyRestricted Content

August 13, 2007
Scott Olson
With the state in an uproar over soaring property taxes, some have wondered whether phasing out Indiana's business inventory tax was a good idea. The phase-out process began in 2002 before completely eliminating the inventory tax this year, taking with it roughly $380 million in tax revenue shared annually by local governments. Supporters of the move insist lawmakers made the right decision. And they say Indiana has become more attractive to business as a result. Marion County property-tax bills were...
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EYE ON THE PIE: Property tax isn't evil, it's abusedRestricted Content

August 6, 2007
Morton Marcus
There are two books I want to call to your attention. They are both written by Hoosiers and are both vitally important to Indiana at this time. But this column, again, must be about property taxes because that is the compelling issue of the day. One book is "I Never Worked a Day in My Life," by Bill Haeberle, the retired IU business professor who has started and aided hundreds of businesses. The other is "Performance is the Best Politics,"...
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Local elder care service courts working care givers: My Health Care Manager partners with local firms to reach children of aging parents on the jobRestricted Content

August 6, 2007
J.K. Wall
Local startup My Health Care Manager has found a faster way to get its elder-care message out. It has persuaded five local employers to direct their workers to My Health Care Manager if they need help finding and coordinating care for one of their aging parents. As of Aug. 1, law firms Barnes & Thornburg, Ice Miller and Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, accounting firm Katz Sapper & Miller and the Indianapolis office of the Publicis advertising firm all...
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Stoops among continent's 5 biggest Freightliner dealersRestricted Content

July 30, 2007
Chris O'Malley
Jeff Stoops' big-rig truck and trailer inventory is worth tens of millions of dollars--a number that might leave the city's cult-of-personaltiy car dealers speechless, or questioning their manhood.
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Airport prepared to fly solo after departure of BAARestricted Content

July 23, 2007
Chris O'Malley
The Indianapolis Airport Authority's management contract with British firm BAA unceremoniously expired July 15, and authority officials taking the helm for the first time since 1995 say they're confident they are prepared to continue to innovate as they prepare to open a new terminal.
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