Environment

Clarian finds room for luxury: Hospital one of a handful to feature spa treatmentRestricted Content

January 23, 2006
Tom Murphy
Women giving birth at Clarian North Medical Center now can enjoy a massage, manicure or pedicure before they return home to the sleep-deprived life of caring for a newborn. These are a few of the services Indianapolis-based Ology will offer when it launches its second hospital spa Jan. 23 at the new Carmel medical center. Ology opened its first more than a year ago inside Avon's Clarian West Medical Center. Spa Director Andréa Bradley-Stutz expects the latest location to top...
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IPOs take minor dip in 2005: Analysts stay optimistic; 3 Indiana companies set to go public in early '06Restricted Content

January 23, 2006
Scott Olson
Three Indiana companies took the plunge to go public last year, two less than the number that did so in 2004. The state's slight dip in initial public offerings mirrors the slump in activity nationally. But Indiana appears to be off to a fast start for 2006. Three other Hoosier companies filed to go public late last year, but had yet to complete their IPOs by year's end. Overall, the number of companies that went public on the major U.S....
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Trying to make wastewater less wasteful: Carmel startup sees big potential in new treatmentRestricted Content

January 16, 2006
Scott Olson
The yellow-hued liquid in a jar that business partners Bud Harmon and Timothy Ortman tote with them to tout their venture often is mistaken for urine. But the pair is pretty sure the chemical compound, which treats wastewater at food-processing plants, carries much more promise. A second-place finish in a November business plan competition hosted by Purdue University helped bolster their belief. Harmon, a past chairman of Purdue's Department of Animal Sciences, and Ortman, an aerospace engineer who cut his...
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Aearo aiming for IPO: Giant in safety equipment wants to raise $230 million, plans overseas expansionRestricted Content

January 16, 2006
Chris O\'malley
An Indianapolis company that makes earplugs, hard hats and other protection gear used by everyone from soldiers to construction workers has laid the foundation for an initial public stock offering. Aearo Technologies Inc. plans to raise up to $230 million in the offering and list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange, according to its registration statement filed late last year with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. But the filing leaves blank a number of key details-such as...
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BEHIND THE NEWS: Big backer of Marsh cashes in millions in grocer's sharesRestricted Content

January 9, 2006
Greg Andrews
The Cincinnati investor that has helped back Marsh Supermarkets Inc. for more than two decades quietly unloaded a big chunk of its shares just before Christmas. American Financial Group Inc., an insurer controlled by the family of billionaire tycoon Carl Lindner, sold 255,686 Marsh shares for nearly $2.4 million Dec. 21 and Dec. 22, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows. American Financial officials did not return calls, but market observers say the move suggests the insurer thinks...
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Legislators fight over green rules: Biz lobby: Indiana standards should not exceed EPA'sRestricted Content

January 9, 2006
Peter Schnitzler
Business interests and environmentalists are squaring off in the Indiana General Assembly. It's unlikely they'll see eye-to-eye anytime soon on this year's ripest green issue: whether to hold Indiana to a higher environmental standard than the rest of the nation. In one corner, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce is leading a push for legislation to bind the state to environmental rules "no more stringent than" those of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Framing the debate around economic development, the Chamber...
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J&J Detailing and More Inc.: More to detailing firm than a buff and grime J&J prides itself on experienced staff, exemplary serviceRestricted Content

January 9, 2006
Jo Ellen
J&J prides itself on experienced staff, exemplary service Two Southport High School chums were talking one day about how much people were willing to pay for clean cars at the good detailing shops. "We both had some ideas about how it would work. We went home, made some notes and realized we could do this ourselves," said John Boyce, 45, co-owner of J&J Detailing and More Inc., founded three years ago. The other J is Jeff Hord. The two had...
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AGENDA INDIANAPOLIS 2006: City made progress in some areas, but top priorities require more workRestricted Content

January 2, 2006
Scott Olson
The wheels are beginning to turn on a multi-county transit plan, now that the Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority is mostly in place. The authority, charged with coordinating and, ultimately, administering a regional transit system, was formed at the end of 2004, about the time IBJ asked readers to rank the most pressing issues facing the city. The results of the survey, published last January, revealed public transportation and congestion issues as the largest concern, followed by the need for...
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Web site stirs controversy: Watchdogs pan Insurance Department's pro-business stanceRestricted Content

December 26, 2005
Tom Murphy
Consumer watchdogs are howling over a revamped state Insurance Department Web site that pitches Indiana's "positive regulatory climate" and other business-friendly attributes. The site's new look debuted a few weeks ago and aims to make companies think about moving to Indiana, Insurance Commissioner Jim Atterholt said. But critics say a regulator should never play the role of recruiter, and the approach sends the wrong message to consumers seeking help. "It raises some questions-you know, who's your first master?" said Julia...
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A game competitor: Sales surge for maker of Gnip Gnop, What's in Ned's Head?

December 19, 2005
Anthony Schoettle
The atmosphere is lighthearted at the westside headquarters of Fundex Games Inc., where ideas sketched on cocktail napkins become award-winning games like What's in Ned's Head? and Alfredo's Food Fight. And why not be happy at a company whose more tasteful games, such as Gnip Gnop and Phase 10, have helped grow revenue from $4.6 million to $20 million in the last decade? If there's any nail-biting at Fundex it's because this is the most important time of the year....
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EYE ON THE PIE: Security depends on flexibility, not stabilityRestricted Content

December 12, 2005
Morton Marcus
In one word, what do we want? I suggest that word is security, physical and financial security. We want to live without fear for our lives or our livelihoods. The atrocities of 9/11 made Americans more fearful about their physical security than they had been since the early days of World War II. Our economic condition feels insecure as jobs drift to other nations, as health care costs soar, and as both public and private pension plans are threatened. To...
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Utility customers to receive millions of dollars in credits: Tentative agreement with PSI would settle disputes, compensate ratepayers for risks related to mergerRestricted Content

December 12, 2005
Chris O\'malley
PSI Energy Inc. has reached a preliminary settlement with the state's utility consumer counselor on how its 750,000 Indiana ratepayers will fare under the merger of parent Cinergy Corp. with Duke Energy. Details of the agreement aren't ready to be released, said Angeline Protogere, spokeswoman for the Plainfield-based utility. But filings both sides made last month with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission suggest that ratepayers could receive credits on their bills 21 percent greater than previously estimated by PSI. The...
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EYE ON THE PIE: WestClay, prepare for some competitionRestricted Content

December 5, 2005
Morton Marcus
U.S. 20 is one of our lesser-known t r a n s c o n t i n e n t a l highways. It starts at the Boston Commons, about two miles from the Green Monster of Fenway Park. The route then winds west to a few blocks from the Pacific Ocean at Newport, Ore. U.S. 20 runs through Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and such cities as Albany, N.Y.; Erie, Pa.; Toledo, Ohio; Rockford, Ill.; Sioux City, Iowa;...
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BULLS & BEARS: Slowing inflation may mean good news ahead for stocksRestricted Content

November 28, 2005
Dave Gilreath
Despite natural disasters, war and oil shocks, the U.S. economy has had a good year, with the gross domestic product posting growth of 3.8 percent. Corporate profits will grow this year at a doubledigit rate. And yet the U.S. stock market, as measured by the Dow Jones industrials, has done next to nothing. Here's one big reason: fear of inflation. It's slowed the economic sprint and caused investors to reach for their worry beads. We all know Alan Greenspan has...
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Industry races to promote itself: Statewide motorsports group hopes to thwart competition from other U.S. marketsRestricted Content

November 28, 2005
Anthony Schoettle
Area motorsports leaders are gearing up for another run at unifying the industry and assuring the region retains its status as one of the world's leading motorsports markets. Organizers of the latest effort promise they won't spin their wheels this time around. They're casting a wider net-going statewide with a motorsports association-to attract more members and build more clout with the media, local and state lawmakers, and service providers, such as banks and insurance companies. The Indiana Motorsports Association Inc....
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VIEWPOINT: Choosing judges: If process isn't broken ...Restricted Content

November 28, 2005
Jon Laramore
As the 2006 legislative session approaches, the business community should urge the General Assembly not to resurrect proposals to change appellate judicial selection it considered last session. These proposed changes are misguided because Indiana's system has worked well to build an appellate judiciary we can be proud of. The proposed changes work against the predictability, stability and sophistication necessary to ensure an appropriate judicial climate, and Indiana's business leaders should oppose them. Although last session's measure may not come up...
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: What's protected in United States may not be elsewhereRestricted Content

November 28, 2005
Amie Peele
Globalization It's a buzz word and opportunity; a blessing and a curse. The shrinking global marketplace can help jump start companies that learn how to navigate the morass of regulations and potential pitfalls regarding the protection of intellectual property and personal and business information outside of the United States. But compliance with U.S. laws regarding trademark, patent, privacy and other areas does not necessarily equal compliance in other countries. Successful U.S. companies can find themselves facing uphill battles if they...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: State economy looks good, but clouds are on horizonRestricted Content

November 21, 2005
Patrick Barkey
It's the time of year to get out our crystal balls and ask this deceptively simple question: What kind of year will 2006 be for the Indiana economy? This year, like any other, finds us making lists of what's going right, and what's going wrong, in our economic environment. Let's start with the good news. It may surprise some of you to know there is plenty to choose from. Topping the list has to be the surprisingly robust health of...
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Rallying around charity: Local event teaches next generation the value of givingRestricted Content

November 21, 2005
Tracy Donhardt
Woodard's two eldest children, Taylor and T.J., check in new arrivals as other family members slap vinyl decals on the cars lining up along Bearcat Alley for this year's Van Riper Woodard Family Foundation charity road rally. Finally, at precisely 8:56 a.m., Woodard waves the green flag for the team from public broadcaster WFYI, which drew the pole position. The other teams depart one by one, every 60 seconds. For the next eight hours, the competitors will make their way...
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Indy's Wright of passage?: Conrad's renowned chef could beef up city's culinary reputationRestricted Content

November 21, 2005
Matthew Kish
"It gives [Indianapolis] a big-league chef," said John Mariani, food and travel correspondent for Esquire magazine, when asked about Wright's arrival. "It's about time a city like Indianapolis has a restaurant of this caliber." Wright left the kitchen at the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. He and his wife, Delia, an executive with a restaurantproducts distributor, chose Indianapolis partly because she has business contacts here. Jonathan is accustomed to pleasing an eclectic range of diners. He...
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Sometimes hot growth is not a good thing: Study to explore how to cut cooling expensesRestricted Content

November 7, 2005
Chris O\'malley
The definition of an "urban heat island" in Indianapolis would be incomplete if limited to, say, the hot air emanating from the Statehouse during the session. To Qihao Weng, an urban heat island refers to how an entire city remains up to 10 degrees warmer than the surrounding countryside. The Indiana State University associate professor of geography has launched a study to learn just how Indianapolis' concrete jungle heats up in warm-weather months and by how much. His study funded...
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Omnicity making inroads among the dirt roads: Rural areas served by wireless broadband provider have grown nearly six-foldRestricted Content

November 7, 2005
Chris O\'malley
An Indianapolis company that provides wireless broadband service from atop grain elevators, water towers or darned near anywhere the warbler roosts is expanding at a rapid clip and plans to launch Internet-based phone service in early 2006. Omnicity Inc. also plans another private offering to raise cash for its ambitious build-out in rural areas that are underserved by high-speed Internet providers. Improving broadband access has economic development implications in Indianapolis' remote bedroom communities and throughout sparsely populated areas. Now, even...
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BULLS & BEARS: Furniture-maker Kimball may be solid investmentRestricted Content

November 7, 2005
Ken Skarbeck
It can take a while to rein in investor expectations after a time like the high-return 1990s. As Jeremy Grantham of Grantham Mayo Van Otterloo notes in his quarterly letter, "Even today, with long bonds at 4.5 percent and the earnings yield (on stocks) at under 5.5 percent, the assumption for longterm pension returns is still showing its bullish bias at over 8 percent." So what does an investor do in an environment that requires more humble expectations for investment...
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: Putting construction, engineering into laymen's termsRestricted Content

November 7, 2005
Fred J.
Sometimes those of us in the construction industry-like many other professions-forget we have our own technical vocabulary that many laymen simply don't understand. Like some of my colleagues, I have occasionally started tossing around the lingo of our industry before business and civic leaders from other fields and have seen the confused look that comes over their faces. I have to stop and define my terms. With that situation in mind, I thought it might be helpful to put together...
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: It's high time for us to seek alternative energy sourcesRestricted Content

November 7, 2005
Don Altemeyer
The Ghawar oil field is the jewel of the Saudi treasure chest. Sometimes called "The King" because of its oil production, this field has yielded more than 55 billion barrels of oil since the early 1950s-more than half of all Saudi oil exports. Today, it still produces about 5 million barrels of oil each day, or about 6 percent of the world's daily supply of petroleum. But all's not well at Ghawar. In August, The New York Times Magazine featured...
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