Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

LEADING QUESTIONS: Trucking firm CEO leans into the pain

April 21, 2010
Mason King
Russell_WatchVideoCeladon CEO Stephen Russell faced a treacherous patch of highway when fuel prices spiked and the recession drove the trucking industry into an economic Death Valley. In IBJ's new video feature on leadership issues, Russell explains how advice from his dentist helped pave the way to recovery.
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Airport cargo-traffic rise could be sign of improving economy

April 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Retailers restocking lean inventories and more online purchases could be driving cargo uptick.
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Indianapolis road projects aided by federal stimulus funds

April 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The city’s Department of Public Works plans a record $88 million in transportation improvements, including road, bridge and sidewalk projects.
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Airport CEO spent $37K on travel in first year

April 13, 2010
Chris O'Malley
John Clark took trips to Malayasia, England and the Super Bowl during his first year as CEO of the Indianapolis Airport Authority.
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Airport shrugs off CEO probe over travel allegationsRestricted Content

April 10, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The Indianapolis Airport Authority board had heard the allegations that John Clark, their star candidate for airport CEO, spent big on world travel while chief of the Jacksonville Aviation Authority. Now, the Florida state attorney is collecting travel records there and information from Indianapolis about trips Clark made here for job interviews.
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Ballard mimics Major Moves infrastructure-improvement plan

April 3, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
So far, in discussing his plan to sell the city's water and sewer utilities, Mayor Greg Ballard has emphasized the impact on utility rates, the $1.5 billion in city debt Citizens would assume, and the chance to improve streets and sidewalks. But Ballard also has another key objective: business attraction and expansion.
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Shared car service arrives at IU Bloomington

April 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indiana University has made space for four cars owned by Cambridge, Mass.–based Zipcar, which operates a car-sharing service in 150 cities, mostly on college campuses.
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Airport chief faces subpoena for Florida work

April 1, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Jacksonville Airport Authority spokesman Michael Stewart confirmed Thursday that investigators subpoenaed calendars, time sheets and leave records for former airport chief John D. Clark III.
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Fishers approves $19M auto mall development

April 1, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The town has agreed to create a tax-increment financing district to help fund infrastructure improvements for Butler Automotive Group's proposed development.
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Logistics study revisits old concerns

March 30, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The two-year study by the Conexus Indiana Logistics Council Executive Committee involved 36 logistics executives statewide.
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Airport ponders radical ideas to boost revenue

March 27, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The Indianapolis Airport Authority is poised to pull out all the stops to maximize revenue in the face of declining travel. Possibilities include hosting a farmer's market atop the airport parking garage and opening secure areas to shoppers who aren't flying anywhere.
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Local beverage entrepreneur retrenches with new venture

March 25, 2010
Scott Olson
J. Smoke Wallin launches Pelican Brands LLP to help booze companies market and distribute their products after his attempts to acquire underperforming brands fizzled due to the credit crunch.
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Court: Celadon 'general counsel' lacks license, can't practice law

March 24, 2010
Scott Olson
Kenneth Core, who referred to himself in letters and electronic correspondence as Celadon Group's general counsel, cannot practice law in Indiana until he receives a state law license, the Indiana Supreme Court said.
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Trucking firms shift gears to weather long downturnRestricted Content

March 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Logistics companies have found the last few years an unparalleled challenge. If it wasn't higher fuel prices, it was softening business in key sectors, such as the automotive industry. Fewer goods to move created overcapacity and softened rates.
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Conexus says infrastructure important to Great Lakes and Ohio River commerce is at risk

March 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Many of the locks controlling the key passageways date back 80 years and are failing.
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Blue Bell ice cream coming to Indianapolis

March 19, 2010
Scott Olson
Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries will begin selling its ice cream in nine metropolitan Meijer stores beginning April 5. Distribution will be assisted by the building of a 12,000-square-foot facility on the northwest side.
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Metro Airport operator seeks lease changes

March 18, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Airport contractor Indianapolis Aviation seeks approval for auto-dealership group to occupy hangar at Metro Airport in Fishers.
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National Wine inks merger deal with Dallas wholesaler

March 17, 2010
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based beverage distributor plans to merge with Republic National Distributing Co. to fend off out-of-state heavyweight.
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Airport makes more executive changes

March 15, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Airport's new hires include Gov. Mitch Daniels' chief legal counsel and a former Simon Property Group senior vice president.
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FedEx closely watching key legislation

March 12, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Congress may determine long-term fate of FedEx's Indianapolis cargo hub, where about 4,500 work.
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Republic hits turbulence with Frontier mechanics

March 11, 2010
Associated Press
The union for mechanics at Frontier Airlines is going to court over Republic Airways Holdings Inc.'s plans to shift their work to Milwaukee.
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Former Saturn franchise in Fishers enters new orbit

March 11, 2010
Chris O'Malley
An All Things Automotive franchise is replacing Saturn of Fishers. The concept, aimed particularly at displaced Saturn dealers, involves used-car sales and service bays stocked by Carquest.
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Logistics firm CEVA to lay off 250 workers in Plainfield

March 10, 2010
Jeff Newman
CEVA Logistics U.S. Inc. plans to permanently lay off nearly all of its workers at its warehouse operations in Plainfield, resulting in the loss of more than 250 jobs.
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Express lane opens for I-465 widening project

March 8, 2010
Associated Press
The lane opened Monday for eastbound traffic on I-465 from U.S. 31 (Meridian Street) to just past the Allisonville Road interchange.
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Logistics firm s2f investing $10.8M in Plainfield facility

March 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Startup logistics firm s2f worldwide LLC will invest $10.8 million to set up its headquarters and distribution center in Plainfield, creating 250 jobs by 2013, state economic development officials said early Monday.
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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.

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