Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

State, United confirm direct flights to San Francisco

September 4, 2013
Gov. Mike Pence and executives from United Airlines on Wednesday formally announced that Indianapolis will receive nonstop daily service to San Francisco starting in January. IBJ first reported plans for the service last week.
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Indianapolis airport set to open new service plaza

September 4, 2013
Associated Press
Airport officials announced Wednesday that the convenience store and 24-pump gas station are scheduled to open in mid-September, followed by two fast-food restaurants opening later this year.
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Commuters cope with downtown Indy highway project

September 3, 2013
Associated Press
Officials say they didn't see problems any worse than anticipated Tuesday morning when commuters dealt with the closure of a key section of Interstates 65 and 70. But the afternoon could be a different story.
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East Chicago, Gary push competing port proposals

August 28, 2013
Associated Press
Two northwestern Indiana cities are proposing plans for developing a new $400 million port that would become Indiana's second shipping port on Lake Michigan.
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United plans direct flights between San Francisco, Indianapolis

August 28, 2013
Mason King
The daily flights, which are expected to begin on Jan. 7, will fulfill a longtime wish of local tech firms eager for more direct access to the West Coast and Silicon Valley.
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Denver firm snaps up Greenwood property for $15.7 million

August 27, 2013
The acquisition of the 450,000-square-foot distribution center is another sign of the improved health of the Indianapolis area's industrial market.
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Special Report: City's building spree leaves trail of spoilsRestricted Content

August 24, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard takes pride in Rebuild Indy, the city’s nearly $400 million program that doubled the volume of public works projects—and became engineering and construction firms' largest business opportunity with the city in more than a decade.
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Airport authority sues insurance carrier for $9.2M

August 23, 2013
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Airport Authority claims Travelers Property Casualty Co. of America failed to pay it all the money it is owed following a steel-beam collapse during construction of the midfield terminal.
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Next I-69 section to cost less than expected

August 20, 2013
Associated Press
State officials say revised plans for a section mean fewer homes and businesses would be torn down. And the cost is at least $100 million less than an estimate released last year.
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Amtrak service, local maintenance facility in danger

August 19, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis will lose regular passenger rail service to Chicago and possibly a major employment center if the state declines to take over a federal subsidy for Amtrak after Oct. 1.
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Video game distributor plans local warehouse, 40 jobs

August 19, 2013
Solutions 2 Go LLC, a California-based distributor of specialized video game products, said that it will invest $3.3 million to open a facility in Indianapolis, creating the jobs by 2016.
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Fastenal sponsorship deal draws NASCAR contractsRestricted Content

August 17, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Vending machines aren’t the only reason the Fastenal brand is resonating.
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Fastenal vending machines serve up a revolutionRestricted Content

August 17, 2013
Vending machines, warehouses bristling with technology slash costs.
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Fate uncertain for current U.S. 31 through Kokomo

August 12, 2013
Associated Press
The stoplight-plagued U.S. 31 through Kokomo will soon be supplanted by a new bypass nearing completion around the city.
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U.S. 31 upgrade might begin in fall, INDOT says

August 8, 2013
Associated Press
INDOT said Wednesday it has awarded a $141 million contract for upgrades between 96th and 136th streets in Carmel to a joint venture between E&B Paving Inc. of Anderson and Gradex Inc. of Indianapolis.
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Four teams bidding for I-69 financing, construction

August 7, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The state hopes to start converting the 21-mile stretch of interstate early next year. The project is estimated to cost $394 million.
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Vera Bradley to invest $26M in expansion, add 128 jobs

August 3, 2013
Associated Press
Handbag and luggage maker Vera Bradley Inc. plans to bolster its design and distribution centers near Fort Wayne.
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Celadon to pay $18.5M settlement over fatal crash

August 2, 2013
Jeff Newman
The Indianapolis-based trucking firm has agreed to pay $18.5 million to the families of two men who died in a multiple-vehicle accident involving a Celadon truck driver in northwest Indiana in February 2011.
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Frontier may become ultralow-fare carrier after acquisition

August 1, 2013
Bloomberg News
Frontier Airlines, the Denver-based airline owned by Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings, may soon become a legitimate down-market competitor.
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Private equity group may bid on Republic subsidiary

August 1, 2013
Bloomberg News
Spirit Airlines Inc.’s largest investor, private-equity firm Indigo Partners LLC, is preparing to sell its stake in the discount carrier in what could be preparation to make a bid for Frontier Airlines, a Cowen & Co. analyst said Wednesday.
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Mass-transit planners unveil proposed route details

July 31, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Central Indiana’s mass-transit planners unveiled detailed route information for the first time Wednesday and say a series of open-house meetings in August will be the public’s last chance to request changes before final recommendations.
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Amazon.com looks to fill 'hundreds' of jobs in Indiana

July 29, 2013
Associated Press
The company said it will add 5,000 full-time jobs at its U.S. distribution centers, including hundreds of jobs in Indiana. An unspecified number of those jobs are set to be added in Indianapolis.
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Software firm finds beer business is a frothy marketRestricted Content

July 27, 2013
Dan Human
Carmel-based Blue Horseshoe Solutions develops software that manages supplies, warehousing, deliveries, worker productivity and other logistical complexities connected with any number of goods-producing businesses, but about 25 percent of its business falls within the beverage category.
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Bidders lining up to build key I-69 legRestricted Content

July 27, 2013
Five global financing and construction teams want to build the next stage of Interstate 69 from Bloomington to Martinsville.
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Republic Airways earnings rise despite lower revenue

July 26, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based company on Thursday reported quarterly earnings of $24.6 million, a 23-percent increase over the previous year. The earnings beat consensus analyst predictions by 4 cents per share.
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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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