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Harlan Bakeries planning $9.7M expansion

July 7, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Harlan Bakeries plans to expand its Georgetown Road production facility by 65,000 square feet to make a new line of products—creating 43 jobs in the process.
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Medical device firm eyeing Indianapolis growth

July 7, 2010
Greatbatch Medical wants to expand its facility on the east side of Indianapolis to accommodate its entrance into the orthopedics market. The New York-based company specializes in cardiovascular products.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Telamon CEO adopts unorthodox style

July 7, 2010
Mason King
LQ Chen Watch VideoAlbert Chen, founder of Telamon Corp., revels in a messy desk, espouses the benefits of humility, and admires Warren Buffett.
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Taco trio takes unusual road to entrepreneurship

July 7, 2010
Scott Olson
Former soldier, disc jockey and nurse get off to a fast start selling hand-held food from a mobile unit.
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Farmers Bank opening two branches in Hamilton County

July 7, 2010
Frankfort-based bank plans to open locations in Fishers and Noblesville as part of its plan to expand its presence in Hamilton County.
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Health reform rule could cost WellPoint

July 7, 2010
J.K. Wall
WellPoint Inc. has about $800 million riding on one arcane rule: how to calculate a medical loss ratio. The ratio quantifies the percentage of customers’ premiums were spent on medical care, rather than overhead or profits.
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Lilly's Lechleiter: No change in plans

July 7, 2010
J.K. Wall
The global financial press keeps asking John Lechleiter for his end-game strategy to survive Eli Lilly and Co.'s nightmarish patent challenges. And, like a broken record, the Lilly CEO keeps giving the same answer: pipeline, pipeline, pipeline—no mega-merger.
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Solar panel maker must prove low production cost

July 7, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The company says it will hire 900 to 1,200 people in Indiana, but first, it must focus on successfully scaling up its existing facility in Colorado.
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Former loan officer charged with falsifying documents

July 6, 2010
Prosecutors say Robert Tolle falsified a construction progress inspection report while at Old National Bank. He faces a maximum 30-year prison sentence and $1 million fine.
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Indiana mine operation to close

July 6, 2010
Peabody will close mine south of Terre Haute by mid-September, but a majority of the workers will move to jobs in other mining operations.
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Men on Viagra, Cialis show triple rate of sex diseases in study

July 6, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The findings suggest that users of drugs to treat erectile dysfunction, including Eli Lilly's Cialis, may be more likely to engage in unsafe sex than nonusers.
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Pearson ad agency closing after more than three decades

July 6, 2010
Scott Olson
CEO Ron Pearson attributed the decision to the difficult economic conditions. The firm was hit particularly hard in 2007, when it lost a $20 million HHGregg advertising account.
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Local attorney elected U.S. Libertarian Party's vice chairman

July 6, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Mark Rutherford wants America's third-largest political party to make inroads by showing competence at the grassroots level of government.
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Broad Ripple baker opens downtown coffee shop

July 6, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Rene's Bakery Inc. of Broad Ripple opened its first satellite location, Cafe Rene, Tuesday morning at 50 S. Meridian St.
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Appraisers have little to go on in tough deal market

July 6, 2010
Tom Harton
Until the market stabilizes, appraisers will be operating in an environment where 20 to 50 percent drops in property values aren’t uncommon.
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Solar firm investing $500M in unused Getrag plant; 850 jobs planned

July 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A Colorado-based Abound Solar will get federal help taking over the empty Getrag plant on U.S. 31 near Kokomo, creating as many as 850 jobs in the next three years and establishing what it says will be the largest such facility in the United States.
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Radio warrior Amos Brown's style boosts ratings, influence

July 3, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
The WTLC-AM 1310 personality's penchant for asking tough questions has made him one of Indianapolis’ most influential community activists and made his daily radio show—“Afternoons with Amos”—one of the city’s most popular talk shows.
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Central Indiana aims to become electric vehicle powerhouseRestricted Content

July 3, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Central Indiana might be in line to tap hundreds of millions of dollars in federal grants and loan guarantees to energize the rollout of plug-in electric cars and trucks. Both chambers of Congress are considering measures that would require the Department of Energy to select up to 15 cities nationwide to participate in a national electric vehicle deployment program.
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Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration schedule

July 3, 2010
Indiana Black Expo kicks off its 40th annual Summer Celebration July 12 with a full schedule of events.
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Delta Faucet adaps to new normal in homebuildingRestricted Content

July 3, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The company's total employment is 1,345, down 43 percent from 2007.
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Bond swaps cost city units $93M in penalties

July 3, 2010
Cory Schouten
Wall Street bankers for decades sold municipalities like Indianapolis on debt instruments called swaps as a safe way to reduce borrowing costs and hedge against rising interest rates. In reality, the swaps were complicated bets that relied on misguided assumptions, and taxpayers paid.
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Thirst rises for liquor licenses in Marion CountyRestricted Content

July 3, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Finding the golden ticket of a liquor license in Indianapolis can be tricky—and costly. All 321 permits allowed in Marion County under a state quota have been allotted. Unless a restaurant is opening in an “off-quota” district, the owner has to find someone willing to transfer an existing license.
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Smart plug-in is audibly different from conventional modelRestricted Content

July 3, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The future of electric-powered automotive transportation is already sitting in the showroom of the Indianapolis Smart car dealership at 4000 E. 96th St. It’s a European version of the plug-in Smart.
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Biglari invests $41M in Steak n Shake parent over 2 monthsRestricted Content

July 3, 2010
Cory Schouten
The CEO of the parent company of Steak n Shake spent $40.8 million to acquire more than 134,000 shares in May and June. He now controls about 202,000 shares, or 14 percent of the 1.4 million shares outstanding.
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IBJ wins 9 national journalism awardsRestricted Content

July 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff
IBJ won eight awards at the Alliance of Area Business Publications’ summer conference June 26 in Indianapolis.
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