Manufacturing & Technology

Website operator for cities expandingRestricted Content

January 18, 2014
Dan Human
An Indianapolis company that manages websites and processes payments for dozens of cities and towns plans to raise $2 million to grow.
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Conference puts spotlight on big-data opportunitiesRestricted Content

January 18, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Information technology consultant STLogics and a recently created big-data spinoff, Beyond Predictive, will host the Indy Big Data Conference on Feb. 11 at the JW Marriott downtown.
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Local paperboard plant with 161 workers to close in March

January 16, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The plant, located at 620 S. Belmont Ave., southwest of downtown, has been making paperboard packaging since the early 1970s.
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Indy-based website for coaches scores key VC investment

January 16, 2014
Dan Human
The startup operating from SoBro plans to expand its market with the cash infusion, connecting athletes and teams to qualified coaches.
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Emmis fine-tuning FM radio app for automobiles

January 16, 2014
Chris O'Malley
The Indianapolis broadcasting company is in talks with automakers to marry its NextRadio app to car dashboards, creating a two-way conversation between listeners and stations.
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Software firm seeks tax breaks for HQ move, expansion

January 14, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The Consultants Consortium Inc., which does business as TCC Software Solutions, said it plans to spend about $1.3 million to renovate two buildings on a 3.6-acre property at the northeast corner of Winthrop Avenue and East 52nd Street.
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Baggott leaves Compendium, goes whole-hog on food industry

January 13, 2014
Dan Human
The local tech titan and co-founder of ExactTarget has cut ties with his latest software venture to concentrate on his livestock and corn operations, plus a restaurant he just purchased in Greenfield.
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Man charged with trying to send Iran fighter-jet documents

January 13, 2014
Bloomberg News
Mozaffar Khazaee, a native of Iran who became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1991 and recently moved to Indianapolis, was arrested before he was able to board a connecting flight to Frankfurt.
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Berry Plastics to spend $31M on expansion, hire 336 workers

January 10, 2014
The Evansville-based manufacturing giant intends to consolidate some operations from out of state into existing Indiana facilities.
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Fishers weighing deal to land high-potential startup

January 6, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
A Colorado-based startup is poised to move its headquarters to Fishers, where it plans to open a lighting-production facility in the former Diamond Foods plant on Exit 5 Parkway near Interstate 69.
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State lags city with science, tech jobs

January 4, 2014
Dan Human
Careers in science, technology, engineering and math—typically referred to as STEM fields—have surged in growth compared to other careers in Marion and Hamilton counties. But the rest of Indiana has barely budged from the early 2000s.
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Investment manager sees good growth prospects for 2014

January 4, 2014
Norm Heikens
Tom Pence predicts change for U.S. manufacturing.
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Two plead guilty to Purdue computer hacking

December 31, 2013
Associated Press
The former engineering students were charged with hacking into their professors' accounts to boost their grades.
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Better homes and gadgets: Household power use falls

December 31, 2013
Associated Press
Even though our lives are more wired than ever, power usage is on track to decline for the third year in a row due to more energy-efficient housing, appliances and consumer-friendly devices.
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Company aims to open $350M plant next year

December 30, 2013
Associated Press
Magnetation Inc. already has started construction on several large buildings in the town of Reynolds, and intends to start producing iron ore pellets by the second half of 2014.
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Young CEO has big plans for employee-training software firm

December 28, 2013
Dan Human
Upstart Lesson.ly, an Indy-based developer of training software, is run by a 25-year-old and is trying to cut into a $42 billion market dominated by titans such as IBM and Oracle.
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Target says customers' encrypted PINs were stolen

December 27, 2013
Associated Press
The retailer claims the PIN numbers of some 40 million customers are safe and secure, but a security consultant counsels changing the access codes.
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Flexsteel settles Elkhart contamination suit for $6.25M

December 27, 2013
Associated Press
The Iowa-based furniture maker was accused of polluting the water wells of nine homes in the northern Indiana community.
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Websites try to nix nasty comments

December 26, 2013
Associated Press
After years of encouraging anything-goes online discussion, a growing number of websites are trying to rein in the mean-spirited outliers.
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Cummins sues T-shirt sellers for logo infringement

December 20, 2013
Bloomberg News
Cummins Inc., the Indiana-based maker of truck engines, has sued three named and 10 unnamed defendants for trademark infringement. The company claims the defendants are making and selling T-shirts bearing its trademarks without permission.
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T-shirt printer plans 105 jobs in Lawrence

December 19, 2013
 IBJ Staff
ooShirts said it will invest $1.2 million to equip a 26,000-square-foot building that will house more than 25 automatic and manual presses.
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GM to invest $1.3 billion in five factories

December 16, 2013
Associated Press
An Indiana plant will get $29.2 million to make parts for 10-speed transmissions and for six-speed transmission components. The Bedford facility has about 600 workers.
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Logistics call center plans to hire 40 veterans

December 16, 2013
Dan Human
Flagship Logistics Group has begun hiring for a customer support center it opened downtown this month, in a historic building at 429 N. Pennsylvania St.
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Pence: State vying for Boeing airplane facility

December 15, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana is among 15 states competing for a $10 billion Boeing airplane manufacturing and assembly facility that could employ up to 8,500 workers by 2024.
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Unintentional entrepreneur parlayed consumer-electronics savvy into PR firm

December 14, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Arland Communications, run by former Thomson Consumer Electronics spokesman Dave Arland, is the only area firm focused entirely on the $200 billion-plus annual consumer electronics market.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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