Private Companies

Lab software firm raises $8.5M, names new CEO

June 9, 2014
Dan Human
A San Diego venture capital firm has made a big bet on Indigo BioSystems Inc., which just installed its founder as the new chief executive.
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Outside law firms find fertile ground in Indianapolis

June 4, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Quarles & Brady is the latest large law firm to expand to Indianapolis, and it plans to make a splash with a platoon of attorneys in high-profile office space.
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Big-rig seller Stoops to unload six-location dealership

May 23, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Stoops Freightliner, an Indianapolis truck and trailer dealer, has agreed to sell to a larger dealership after more than 25 years in business. Owner Jeff Stoops grew it into a $323 million firm with 563 employees.
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UPDATE: Tech firm triggering $10M data center downtown

May 14, 2014
Dan Human
Michigan-base Online Tech plans to open a 25-employee facility just west of Lucas Oil Stadium, serving businesses that need cloud computing.
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Factory for refurbishing buses to close doors

May 14, 2014
Associated Press
Many of the 160 workers for ABC Companies in Nappanee will have a shot at jobs in a nearby plant for building double-decker buses.
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MacAllister Machinery gearing up for new HQ on southeast side

May 14, 2014
Scott Olson
The Caterpillar dealer is seeking to expand with new corporate offices and sales and service facilities on more than 130 acres of land near the interchange of Interstates 465 and 74.
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Lilly to pay dearly for Novartis animal health biz

April 22, 2014
J.K. Wall
Wall Street analysts raised their eyebrows at the hefty price Eli Lilly and Co. will pay to acquire Novartis Animal Health, when compared to the value of the biggest player in the field.
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Software firm Salesvue secures $3M in venture capital

April 22, 2014
Dan Human
The Indianapolis-based firm expect to boost its employment by 50 percent by the end of the year as it expands its sales and marketing nationally.
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Deca Financial to wind down after trustee opts for liquidation

April 15, 2014
Chris O'Malley
The Fishers debt collection agency had been forced into bankruptcy by creditors. On Monday, a judge approved a request to terminate the once-promising firm.
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Indy-based Web firm for coaches makes Atlanta acquisition

April 7, 2014
Dan Human
Startup dot-com BookIt Commerce Inc. is in the midst of expanding its site for vetting and marketing coaches into new markets.
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Hiring at U.S. companies picked up momentum in March

April 2, 2014
Associated Press
After a frigid winter, companies added nearly 200,000 jobs last month, according to payroll processor ADP. That bodes well for the government's report on overall employment, due Friday.
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Bill opens door to crowdfunding investments for businesses

March 19, 2014
Dan Human
Privately owned businesses in Indiana will be able to raise investments online as part of a bill on the way to Gov. Mike Pence's desk.
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Bluelock adds former ExactTarget exec, plans to hire 20

February 26, 2014
Dan Human
Joe Kuntz will help the cloud-services firm explore new markets. Its recent move into data recovery has sparked plans to increase headcount by about 50 percent.
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Bloomington limestone firm to close, lay off 166

February 25, 2014
 IBJ Staff
An 88-year-old Indiana company that supplied limestone to many of the country's most important buildings is going out of business.
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New owner plans to reopen RV factory

February 19, 2014
Associated Press
The factory's Florida-based parent company closed the plant without notice on Feb. 10, ending the jobs of about 85 workers and turning away those who arrived for work in the morning.
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Lighting factory to close, laying off 95 workers

February 13, 2014
Associated Press
In 2008, the Federal-Mogul factory in Avilla announced an expansion that could bring employment to 170 by 2010. But the company says it now has only 95 employees.
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Architecture firm closing, renovated HQ on block

February 7, 2014
Scott Olson
A2SO4 Architecture LLC has begun to wind down operations as a bank forecloses on a couple of construction loans for its new headquarters with a total balance of more than $1 million.
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Hat World plans include new HQ, hiring 758 workers

January 10, 2014
Scott Olson
The Indy-based retailer that operates nationally as Lids plans to build a 150,000-square-foot headquarters in Zionsville, beef up local distribution operations, and go on a major hiring spree.
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St. Vincent Health names new CEO from Valparaiso

December 31, 2013
Jonathan S. Nalli, 39, has led Porter Health System in Valparaiso since 2007. He will take over the 22-hospital St. Vincent system on Feb. 1.
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Wheaton Van Lines acquires high-end Boston mover

November 25, 2013
Mason King
Indianapolis-based Wheaton is making a strong move into the high-end corporate relocation business with its purchase of Boston-based firm Clark & Reid Co. Inc.
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Apparel maker plans to boost operations, hire 28

November 12, 2013
Mason King
Founded in 1987, Indy-based Motionwear LLC currently employs more than 180 full-time workers and already has begun hiring new manufacturing, administrative, sales and warehouse employees.
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IU Health to lay off 800 employees

September 12, 2013
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based hospital system said Thursday it must make the cuts because fewer patients have been coming to hospitals and payment rates for its services have been declining.
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Mammoth distribution center sold to California firm

August 26, 2013
Mason King
A real estate firm with growing holdings in the Indianapolis area has purchased a 1.1 million-square-foot distribution building in the AmeriPlex at Indianapolis business park.
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Phone company lays off hundreds amid inquiry

July 15, 2013
Dan Human
A subsidized phone service provider under scrutiny from Indiana regulators is laying off hundreds of salespeople across the country amid inquiries into its sales tactics.
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Dunbar Cook deal an omen of more accounting mergers

July 11, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Accountants point to aging partners at firms who are looking to retire, more complex regulations and an attractive local business climate as reasons out-of-town accounting firms are looking this way.
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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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