Manufacturing & Technology

Manufacturers help drive recycling bill to passage

April 6, 2014
Associated Press
A state lawmaker who co-authored legislation setting a goal for Indiana to eventually recycle at least half of its municipal waste says the state's resource-hungry manufacturing industry was a key to the bill's passage this year.
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U.S. Steel idles Gary mill due to lack of ore

April 5, 2014
Associated Press
The company temporarily halted steelmaking at its massive northwestern Indiana mill because the ice-covered Great Lakes have cut off the mill's access to vital iron ore.
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Ex-employee files harassment lawsuit against ChaCha

April 4, 2014
Dan Human
The suit alleges that the wife of company founder Scott Jones believed he was having an affair with the employee, and the firm didn't do enough to prevent the wife from confronting and threatening her at work.
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Abandoned Indiana factory site could lure Illinois company

April 2, 2014
Associated Press
Harvey, Ill.-based steel processor LB Steel is looking to move to the site and employ about 400 to 450 workers.
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Ohio, Indiana officials explore drone opportunities

April 1, 2014
Hannah Troyer, The Statehouse File
Although Federal Aviation Administration officials rejected the states’ proposal to become an official drone test site, both states are examining what each one has to offer in regards to drone development.
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Once-promising bioplastics maker fizzles out

April 1, 2014
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
A company that once planned to make Indiana home to the largest bioplastics manufacturing facility in the world is going out of business.
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Sweetener maker plans $21M in improvements, 151 new jobs

March 31, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Carmel-based Heartland Food Product Groups is seeking nearly $1 million in tax breaks on building work and new equipment for its Indianapolis production facility.
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BidPal claims domain names in cybersquatting settlement

March 31, 2014
Dan Human
The Indianapolis tech firm had sued in federal court to seize control of the Web addresses that incorporated the company's name.
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Acid spill at west-side Rolls-Royce plant under investigation

March 31, 2014
Associated Press
Nine workers at a Rolls-Royce aircraft-engine assembly plant near the Indianapolis International Airport were injured Friday when a tank of nitric acid exploded and filled the building with a cloud of corrosive vapor.
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Dow Agro parent sets stage for sale or spinoffRestricted Content

March 29, 2014
J.K. Wall
Dow AgroSciences LLC is likely to become a stand-alone public company in the next three years, according to some Wall Street analysts—if the wunderkind division of Dow Chemical Co. lives up to sky-high expectations.
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Cost-of-living chasm buoying tech firmsRestricted Content

March 29, 2014
Dan Human
A growing number of tech workers are seeking refuge in Indianapolis from skyrocketing living expenses in other cities, including technology hubs on the coasts.
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Company conducts 'global warfare' against invisible cyber threatsRestricted Content

March 29, 2014
Dan Human
Corporate executives, shaken by fears of hackers, are enlisting Rook Security and an explosion of companies like it to monitor and chase cyber criminals across borders and recover stolen intellectual property.
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GE engine plant's future riding on new technologyRestricted Content

March 29, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Nothing less than the future profitability of commercial airlines rides on the jet engine that GE Aviation will assemble in Lafayette.
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GE Aviation promises long-term commitment to state

March 26, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
GE Aviation chose Indiana for its $100 million plant partly because of the potential for hiring talent from and working on advanced-manufacturing research with Purdue University. The state’s business-friendly environment also played a role.
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'Architecturally significant' Cummins HQ likely won't scrape downtown skyline

March 26, 2014
Scott Olson
The engine maker's planned global distribution headquarters downtown will seem modest compared to a 28-story apartment complex slated for across Market Street, but the firm has a strong history of promoting breath-taking architecture.
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Calumet to acquire drilling-fluids maker for $235 million

March 26, 2014
Calumet Specialty Products said it plans to complete its acquisition of ADF Holdings by March 31. ADF is the parent of Tulsa-based Anchor Drilling Fluids USA Inc., a leading provider of drilling-fluid solutions to the oil and gas industry.
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Software firm TinderBox lands $3M VC investment

March 26, 2014
Dan Human
Indianapolis software developer TinderBox Inc. plans to fuel product development and build up its sales and marketing teams after receiving $3 million in venture capital.
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GE Aviation plans $92M investment, 200 jobs in first Indiana plant

March 25, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The jet engine plant in Lafayette would be its first production facility in Indiana, and could expand to add hundreds of additional workers.
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U.S. steelmakers accuse South Korea of dumping

March 25, 2014
Bloomberg News
U.S. Steel and Steel Dynamics Inc., which have thousands of employees in Indiana, are among steel companies who say they have been unfairly harmed as imports of the products are sold more cheaply than domestic producers can make them.
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GE Aviation poised to announce major Indiana plant

March 25, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Gov. Mike Pence and GE Aviation CEO David Joyce will be on hand Wednesday morning for the announcement at the Purdue University Airport.
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City considers whether to revoke 3M tax break

March 24, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Minneapolis-based 3M spent nearly $16 million in 2008 on local buildings and equipment for Aearo Technologies, but hasn’t hit hiring targets set out in a seven-year tax-abatement agreement.
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U.S. agrees to $1.2B settlement with Toyota

March 19, 2014
Associated Press
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said it is the largest financial penalty of its kind ever imposed on an auto company.
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Foreign trade zone status easier to come byRestricted Content

March 19, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Shielding items from customs duties has become cheaper, quicker.
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WTHR last of local affiliates to roll out robotic camerasRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Several production staffers at WTHR-TV Channel 13 could wind up looking for work in the months ahead as the NBC affiliate becomes the last of the local stations to extensively automate studio functions.
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University Loft’s founder now building electric carsRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The founder of University Loft Co., one of the nation’s biggest suppliers of college dorm room and military base furniture, is now venturing into the world of alternative transportation.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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