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Blue Ribbon Transport plans move, new jobs

April 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis logistics firm Blue Ribbon Transport Inc. will invest $1 million to move into a larger headquarters, adding as many as 75 jobs over the next three years, economic development officials said Thursday morning.
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HOLT: New York threatens to ballast Indiana exports

April 2, 2011
David Holt
Regulations aimed at stopping invasive species are too stiff.
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Indiana seeks to become player in cargo flights

March 27, 2011
Associated Press
The state nicknamed the "Crossroads of America" wants to become a preferred landing spot for cargo planes, but industry leaders say Indiana could have a tough time attracting flights from neighboring states because many airports are competing for the same business and freight companies are resistant to change.
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Freight brokerage plans local office, 50 jobs

March 15, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Cincinnati-based Total Quality Logistics Inc., a national freight brokerage firm, plans to open a satellite office in Indianapolis in April.
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Truck stocks signal economic growth

February 24, 2011
Bloomberg News
Companies that act as brokers for trucking services are gaining favor with investors as the 20-month-old rebound shifts into a new phase that’s less dependent on inventory restocking.
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Celadon sees quarterly rise in profit, revenue

January 25, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based trucking company reported revenue of $133.1 million, up 4.6 percent from the same quarter of 2009. Profit rose to $2.9 million from $1 million.
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Family Dollar plans 350 jobs in northeast Indiana

January 19, 2011
Scott Olson
A $70 million investment in a new distribution center by the North Carolina-based discount retailer is expected to create up to 350 jobs. The facility should be operational by spring 2012.
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HOLT: Regional airports can fuel economic development

December 4, 2010
David Holt
Some smaller airports have excess cargo capacity.
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Online Transport buys Frontier assets from Toronto firm

December 1, 2010
Greenfield trucking company buys 794 trailers from Toronto-based Vitran Corp. for about $5 million to bolster operations.
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Logistics provider moves to city’s northwest side

November 30, 2010
FitzMark Inc. relocates to space on Zionsville Road to accommodate growth, much of it resulting from the launch of an online subsidiary called FreightCity Inc.
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FedEx launches nonstop flights from China to Indy

November 16, 2010
Chris O'Malley
First nonstop scheduled cargo flights from China are a milestone for Indianapolis International Airport and could attract companies that rely on ready access to Asia.
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Celadon's quarterly profit, revenue improve

October 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based trucking company reported revenue of $140.3 million for the fiscal first quarter and profit of $4.4 million.
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Lacy company takes stake in Oregon logistics firm

September 18, 2010
 IBJ Staff
LDI Ltd. has acquired a majority position in Portland-based Oregon International Air Freight Co.
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Celadon reports higher quarterly, fiscal-year profit

August 2, 2010
CEO Steve Russell attributed the improved earnings to a recovering freight environment, coupled with a decrease in competition. Celadon also is benefiting from increased trade with Mexico.
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Celadon reports quarterly profit on higher revenue

April 27, 2010
The Indianapolis-based trucking company saw profit rise to $400,000 in its third quarter from a $2.1 million loss in the same period last year.
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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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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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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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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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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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Celadon sees trouble ahead for trucking fleets

February 6, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis trucking firm is not among the weaklings and, if anything, will benefit from additional fleet failures to the extent it diminishes industry capacity.
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Celadon reports lower profit, higher revenue

January 25, 2010
Indianapolis trucking firm Celadon Group Inc. saw revenue rise to $127.2 million in its fiscal second quarter, although profit fell to $1 million.
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Pickens' natural-gas plan may prove boon to truck builders

January 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
Converting the U.S. trucking industry to natural gas will benefit manufacturers including Columbus-based Cummins Inc., T. Boone Pickens says.
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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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