Manufacturing & Technology

State excels in manufacturing and logistics, but issues loom

June 11, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Manufacturing Logistics Hicks watch videoIndiana's sectors are among the strongest in the nation, according to a recent report. But challenges remain in work force education, the cost of worker benefits, and the pace of innovation.
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Faucet maker Delta changes presidents

June 11, 2014
Dan Human
Carmel-based Delta Faucet Co. has a new president after a pair of promotions by parent company Masco Corp., the companies announced.
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Calumet acquires $25M stake in Louisiana plant

June 10, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP plans to spend $25 million acquiring a 22-percent stake in a gas-to-liquids plant in Louisiana.
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Lab software firm raises $8.5M, names new CEO

June 9, 2014
Dan Human
A San Diego venture capital firm has made a big bet on Indigo BioSystems Inc., which just installed its founder as the new chief executive.
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ExactTarget execs: Expect smooth transition

June 7, 2014
Dan Human
Outgoing CEO Scott Dorsey wants to spend time with his four daughters, focus on mentoring young entrepreneurs, and maybe travel a little for leisure. His successor, longtime executive Scott McCorkle, plans to keep the company focused on email, even as the firm adds a broader suite of digital marketing services.
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Hotel app maker to shift HQ accommodations to Indianapolis

June 6, 2014
Dan Human
Dallas-based Yikes, which automatically handles most hotel transactions for consumers, is planning on ramping up operations and settling its main office in downtown Indianapolis.
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Ivy Tech to offer new computing, informatics programs

June 6, 2014
Associated Press
Software development is among seven new tech-heavy subjects the community college will offer in its School of Computing and Informatics beginning in August.
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Heads roll at GM after investigation of defective switch

June 5, 2014
Associated Press
The automaker says 15 employees—many of them senior legal and engineering executives—have been forced out of the company for failing to disclose the defect linked to 13 deaths.
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Merger forms $382M, Indy-based motorcycle parts company

June 5, 2014
Dan Human
Indianapolis-based holding company LDI Ltd. has tripled its motorsports employee count and broadened its national reach with a deal for privately held Motorsport Aftermarket Group.
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Head in the cloud: Interactive ramps up software offerings

June 3, 2014
Dan Human
Interactive Intelligence Group Inc. will plow further into cloud-based computing—now a big driver of sales—with a new set of call-center services unveiled Tuesday morning.
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Subaru starts building new SUV model in Lafayette

June 3, 2014
Associated Press
Factory workers gathered Monday to celebrate the first day of production on the 2015 model, which is among three Subaru vehicles built at the 3,600-worker plant.
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Surge in craft breweries strains hops supply

May 31, 2014
Scott Olson
Hops, used as a flavoring agent, are in high demand by microbreweries that need the crop to give their pale ales and other varieties more taste than what’s found in traditional mass-market beers.
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Longtime exec now in driver's seat at marketer ExactTarget

May 30, 2014
Dan Human
Company observers praised the elevation of Scott McCorkle to CEO for his combination of tech smarts, people skills, and experience with international operations.
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Auto parts maker adding jobs at Muncie factory

May 30, 2014
Associated Press
Magna Powertrain plans to spend more than $15 million on new equipment for a Muncie factory where it expects to add as many as 50 workers in the coming year.
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ExactTarget CEO Dorsey leaving company

May 30, 2014
Greg Andrews
Scott Dorsey, who co-founded ExactTarget in 2000, will be succeeded by Scott McCorkle, who currently is the company's president of technology and strategy.
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Government groups tap civic 'hackers' to address problems

May 29, 2014
Dan Human
A collection of tech firms and business organizations will host a “hackathon” on Saturday at The Speak Easy, a Broad Ripple co-working club for entrepreneurs.
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Local 3D firm develops printer-based curriculum

May 29, 2014
Dan Human
To help promote interest in engineering, 3D Parts Manufacturing is working with schools to set kids loose on 3D printers. The plan also is developing into a business model.
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UPDATE: Manufacturer plans $110M expansion, 329 jobs

May 29, 2014
Associated Press
Alcoa Howmet factory in LaPorte, which makes castings for the aerospace and industrial gas turbine industries, will receive local and state tax breaks in return for job commitments.
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Isotope maker plans $40M project in Noblesville

May 28, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Radiopharmaceuticals maker Zevacor Molecular plans to open a $40 million isotope-production facility in Noblesville, creating nearly 50 good-paying jobs within five years.
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Interactive's stock drop shows vagaries of Wall Street

May 24, 2014
Greg Andrews
The greater success Interactive Intelligence enjoys transitioning customers to the cloud, the greater the drag on short-term results.
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Upstart chip-maker wins space on shelves of local groceries

May 24, 2014
Dan Human
Mark McSweeney launched Broad Ripple Potato Chip Co. last year out of his existing business, a franchise of Great Harvest Bread Co.
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Automated systems provider expands downtown

May 22, 2014
Mason King
Open Control Systems LLC is investing $1.6 million to renovate, equip and lease 14,000 square feet of space over two buildings at 905 N. Capitol Ave.
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State courts to switch to e-filing system in 2015

May 22, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Officials soon will seek competitive bids for a single statewide e-filing manager. Paper records likely will be phased out so clerks won't be burdened with overseeing two filing methods.
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Tech firm ChaCha slices 28 of its 44 employees

May 19, 2014
Dan Human
The Carmel-based question-and-answer service cut its 18-month-old social media division, Social Reactor, after a rate algorithm change at Google slashed the division's revenue from advertising.
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AT&T aims for TV's future with $48.5B DirecTV deal

May 19, 2014
Associated Press
With 5.7 million U-verse TV customers and 20.3 million DirecTV customers in the U.S., the combined AT&T-DirecTV would become the second-largest pay TV operator behind a combined Comcast-Time Warner Cable.
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