Manufacturing & Technology

New ExactTarget software could connect everyday objects to InternetRestricted Content

February 1, 2014
Dan Human
The Indianapolis software developer is building technology for objects outside the typical computers, phones or tablets that marketers most often use to reach out to consumers, things like refrigerators, clothing and even toothbrushes.
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Angie’s List to offer service provider appRestricted Content

February 1, 2014
The company plans to offer an app by San Francisco-based vWorkApp that will allow members to interact more conveniently with service providers.
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GE plans shutdown of last Fort Wayne facilities

January 28, 2014
Associated Press
GE says it plans to shut down the last of its Fort Wayne facilities after more than a century in the city. The company once had almost 10,000 workers at the 13-building campus.
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Indiana bill would limit use of drone surveillance

January 27, 2014
Associated Press
The bill introduced by Republican Rep. Eric Koch of Bedford would strictly regulate police use of unmanned aircraft and prohibit their use to conduct surveillance without a court warrant.
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BidPal pushing beyond mobile biddingRestricted Content

January 25, 2014
The company’s new fundraising suite offers an array of services not-for-profits can use throughout the year, versus the one-time event help BidPal began offering in 2008.
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Investment firm ties crowd-funding to traditional fundraisingRestricted Content

January 25, 2014
Dan Human
The online investing marketplace Localstake brokered a little more than $1 million in private investments for an Indiana distillery and a solar-heating startup in 2013, through crowd-funding. Instead of receiving a T-shirt or other novelty for their money, as with typical crowd funding, contributors received an actual stake in the business.
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Toyota world's top-selling car maker for second year

January 23, 2014
Associated Press
Toyota remained the top-selling automaker for a second year in a row, beating U.S. rival General Motors by some 270,000 vehicles in 2013.
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Toyota, Honda set North American production records

January 22, 2014
Bloomberg News
Toyota built 1.86 million cars and light trucks at U.S., Canadian and Mexican plants in 2013, while Tokyo-based Honda made 1.78 million autos in North America.
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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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