Warehousing

Company closing local operations, cutting 110 workers

August 18, 2014
Jeff Newman
ModusLink Global Solutions Inc. plans to shut down its 96,000-square-foot distribution facility in Indianapolis, eliminating 110 jobs by the end of October, the company said late last week.
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TOLLIVER: Warehousing, e-commerce merging in Indy areaRestricted Content

August 16, 2014
Jason Tolliver / Special to IBJ
As consumers, our need for instant gratification has never been greater, as evidenced by the rise of e-commerce. Shopping online and receiving an order that same day or the next is replacing the expectations of old, when we received our orders in a week or so.
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Book publisher plans 313 distribution jobs in Indiana

July 2, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Penguin Random House LLC, the world's largest consumer book publisher, plans to consolidate much of its U.S. distribution operations in Crawfordsville, the company announced Wednesday morning.
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Plainfield logistics firm to move to new HQ

June 20, 2014
Mason King
Plainfield-based Hanzo Logistics plans to move about a half-mile north to a new $17 million headquarters and distribution facility, expected to be complete in September.
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Labor Department steps up scrutiny of Amazon centers

June 15, 2014
Bloomberg News
The feds said last week that they were examining two worker deaths at warehouses operated by the world's largest online retailer. Amazon has nearly 100 warehouses worldwide, including several in Indiana.
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Online grocer plans 238 jobs in Indianapolis

June 2, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Peapod Inc., an online grocery-delivery service, is seeking city tax incentives to help it with an expansion that would create 238 jobs by 2018. The jobs would pay about $15 per hour.
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Local logistics business cutting 84 workers

April 24, 2014
 IBJ Staff
MKM Distribution Services plans to cut 84 employees from its operations on the northwest side of Indianapolis, the company said in a notice to the state.
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Toolmaker's warehouse to close, laying off 80

April 23, 2014
Mason King
Irwin Tools plans to shut down its 456,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center in Greenfield and consolidate operations elsewhere.
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Ulta targets Greenwood for $51M distribution center, 537 jobs

April 10, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Beauty products maker Ulta Inc. plans to open a fulfillment and distribution center in Greenwood that will employ as many as 537 people by 2018, the Bolingbrook, Ill.-based company announced Thursday afternoon.
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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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Food giant ConAgra plans huge center north of Indianapolis

February 25, 2014
 IBJ Staff
ConAgra Foods Inc. is expanding logistics operations in central Indiana by moving a distribution center in Lebanon to a new and bigger facility it plans to build in nearby Frankfort. The move is expected to create 76 jobs.
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Indiana joins Feds in reviewing merger of Sysco, US Foods

January 17, 2014
Bloomberg News
Sysco, with annual revenue of about $44 billion, is the top operator in the U.S. food distribution business. Adding No. 2 US Foods would create a corporation in charge of at least a quarter of the North American market.
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Suit spawns liquor-distribution showdown

December 14, 2013
Scott Olson
Indiana’s largest beer distributor is mounting the latest legal challenge to the state’s arcane, Prohibition-era liquor laws. Indianapolis-based Monarch Beverage Co. Inc. is suing state officials, arguing the company should be able to also supply liquor to bars, restaurants and retail outlets.
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Distributor plans 60 hires for hub in PlainfieldRestricted Content

December 7, 2013
 IBJ Staff

A New York logistics and distribution company plans to add about 60 jobs in Plainfield.

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Transportation, warehousing catch tailwindRestricted Content

September 28, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana’s transportation and warehousing industry employs more people now than before the recession, and observers think its growth will continue to outpace the nation’s.
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Denver firm snaps up Greenwood property for $15.7 million

August 27, 2013
The acquisition of the 450,000-square-foot distribution center is another sign of the improved health of the Indianapolis area's industrial market.
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Fastenal sponsorship deal draws NASCAR contractsRestricted Content

August 17, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Vending machines aren’t the only reason the Fastenal brand is resonating.
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Fastenal vending machines serve up a revolutionRestricted Content

August 17, 2013
Vending machines, warehouses bristling with technology slash costs.
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Substance at Indiana plant sends 32 to hospital

December 12, 2012
Associated Press
Health officials in central Indiana say a material resembling red crushed pepper that apparently sickened 32 workers at an Amazon distribution center in Plainfield was organic and not a threat to anyone's health.
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Ohio-based logistics firm opens first local facilityRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Spartan Logistics is hiring about 35 people to staff a warehouse on the east side near 33rd Street and Franklin Road.
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Wisconsin firm consolidates into Plainfield, plans 50 new jobs

October 24, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Regal Beloit Corp. said it plans to move operations from multiple Midwestern warehouses into a new, 376,000-square-foot warehouse in Browning Investments' and Duke Realty Corp.'s AllPoints Midwest industrial park.
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Operations start at Amazon's new Indiana warehouse

October 4, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Officials say Amazon.com Inc.'s new warehouse and distribution center in southern Indiana has started operations with more than 1,000 workers.
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Women's retailer plans $37M expansion, 242 jobs

September 27, 2012
New York-based Ascena Retail Group, whose female clothing brands include Justice, Lane Bryant, Maurices and Dressbarn, plans to transform its 794,000-square-foot warehouse in Greencastle into an e-commerce distribution hub.
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Mega-warehouse technology subject of Aug. 1 expoRestricted Content

July 28, 2012
The Indy Warehouse Automation Expo will showcase new generation of scanners, cameras and radio frequency ID technology.
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BrightPoint's $840M sale ends wild ride for CEO LaikinRestricted Content

July 7, 2012
Greg Andrews
Bob Laikin started BrightPoint in 1989, when cellular phones were clunky and brick-like and were mostly for the wealthy.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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