Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Indiana Rail Road to speed up trainsRestricted Content

July 12, 2014
The Indiana Rail Road Co. is investing about $1 million this year so trains can move faster and more quietly through the Indianapolis area.
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INDOT executive Woodruff gets OK to negotiate for job

July 10, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
The chairman of the Indiana State Ethics Commission said conflict-of-interest questions could become more difficult if INDOT Chief of Staff Troy Woodruff actually takes a job with RQAW Consulting Engineers & Architects.
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Panel recommends highway projects, indexed gas tax

July 9, 2014
Seth Morin, The Statehouse File
The state should index its gas tax to increase with inflation, build a new bypass around Indianapolis, and consider user fees to supplement highway funding, a transportation panel said in its recommendations Wednesday.
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Jarden Corp. unit plans HQ in Fishers

July 9, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
A subsidiary of the consumer products giant behind Ball jars, Yankee Candles, Crock-Pots and Coleman tents plans to spend nearly $22 million to open a regional headquarters and distribution center in Fishers that could employ nearly 300.
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INDOT staffer in ethics case seeks new work

July 7, 2014
Associated Press
A top Indiana transportation official who is under investigation for land sales that benefited his family is considering taking an executive job at an engineering firm that bids for state work.
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UPDATE: State financing $250M for Interstate 69 segment

July 7, 2014
Associated Press
The project will upgrade much of the existing Indiana 37 to interstate standards for the I-69 extension that is planned to eventually connect Indianapolis and Evansville.
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Tricky transition: Pillows balance family, business as son preps to take over

July 5, 2014
Dan Human
Even before taking over, Eddie Pillow is making changes at the logistics and courier company his dad started in 1988.
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Airport memorial planned for Col. Harvey “Weir” CookRestricted Content

July 5, 2014
An Indiana native, Cook was a decorated fighter pilot in World War I who settled in Indianapolis and was instrumental in creating the city’s first principal airport, Indianapolis Municipal Airport, opened in 1931.
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Book publisher plans 313 distribution jobs in Indiana

July 2, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Penguin Random House LLC, the world's largest consumer book publisher, plans to consolidate much of its U.S. distribution operations in Crawfordsville, the company announced Wednesday morning.
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INDOT chooses Chicago firm for Amtrak line

June 30, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana Department of Transportation said Monday that it selected Corridor Capital LLC of Chicago to run the endangered Hoosier State passenger rail line from Indianapolis to Chicago.
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Leaders navigate politics of infrastructure repairs

June 28, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis doesn’t have a long-term street paving plan, and as political leaders look to spend at least $300 million more on infrastructure, the city appears more vulnerable than its peers to partisan bickering.
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New airport boss sees bright future amid big industry changesRestricted Content

June 28, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mario Rodriguez has taken the captain’s chair at Indianapolis International Airport, which has been recognized as the “best airport” in North America by its peers, but also carries a high debt load and has struggled to add nonstop airline service.
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Bikeshare program reports nearly 30,000 rides in 8 weeks

June 26, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana Pacers Bikeshare program has landed 1,026 annual members and sold 9,926 24-hour passes, resulting in 29,874 total trips, Indianapolis Cultural Trail Inc. said.
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Airport in talks with user for 149-acre site

June 26, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A deal to lease most of the land has momentum, according to an Indianapolis International Airport official. The city had been eying the parcel for its criminal justice complex.
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Indiana gasoline prices ninth highest in nation

June 23, 2014
Seth Morin, The Statehouse File
While gas prices in Indiana have gone down slightly over the past week, they are still expected to remain high through the July 4 holiday, said Michael Green, Manager of Public Relations at the American Automobile Association.
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INDIANA 100: Indiana public companies turned in contrasting performancesRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin, Chris O'Malley, Scott Olson, Anthony Schoettle
Profit shot up for some, while others fought setbacks.
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INDIANA 100: Mainstreet tops fastest-growing companies listRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
Nursing home developer Mainstreet is the fastest-growing private company in the Indianapolis area.
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Indiana Toll Road operator facing debt woes

June 19, 2014
Associated Press
The Spanish-Australian investor group Cintra-Macquarie paid the state $3.8 billion in 2006 for a 75-year lease of the 157-mile highway, but its toll revenue hasn't met expectations.
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Labor Department steps up scrutiny of Amazon centers

June 15, 2014
Bloomberg News
The feds said last week that they were examining two worker deaths at warehouses operated by the world's largest online retailer. Amazon has nearly 100 warehouses worldwide, including several in Indiana.
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Fate of Hoosier State Amtrak route facing questions

June 15, 2014
Associated Press
INDOT is expected to announce in the next two weeks a finalist from four proposals for services, which include operating the train route in its entirety or providing services such as Wi-Fi or food and beverage.
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Canopy company to make repairs at airport after collapse

June 13, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis International Airport won't file an insurance claim over the failure of its garage canopy because vendor Span Systems has agreed to cover part of the repairs.
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GM continues down recall road, now citing Camaros

June 13, 2014
Associated Press
The automaker is recalling nearly 512,000 Chevrolet Camaro muscle cars from 2010 to 2014 because a driver's knee can bump the key and knock the switch out of the "run" position.
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Illiana highway ruling slowed by wildlife concerns

June 11, 2014
Associated Press
Federal approval for the Illiana Expressway toll road has been delayed by concerns from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partly over how the project might affect endangered species, an Indiana Department of Transportation project manager said.
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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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Roberts leaving downtown location as part of $2.5M expansion

June 11, 2014
Scott Olson
The retailer of photo, video and electronics equipment will move from 255 S. Meridian St. to larger downtown space at 220 E. St. Clair St. Roberts plans to add 35 workers by 2018.
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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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