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Chrysler to invest another $85M in Kokomo plant

December 14, 2010
Associated Press
Chrysler Group LLC said Tuesday it plans to invest an additional $85 million in its Kokomo transmission plant. The money is in addition to the recently announced $1.2 billion investment in other facilities in the north-central Indiana city.
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TJX closing South Bend facility, cutting 725 jobs

December 14, 2010
 IBJ Staff
More than 700 workers will lose their jobs when an A.J. Wright distribution center in South Bend closes next year as part of as a national consolidation by parent TJX Cos.
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IU's health care budget could be $25 million short

December 11, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana University's board of trustees has learned that the school's health care budget is $24.9 million short of projected expenses in 2011-12.
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Clarian Health looks to scoop up White County hospital

December 9, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based hospital system’s board of directors could vote to acquire the 25-bed hospital as early as next week, but might put off a decision till February.
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Refinancing boosts Bioanalytical Systems

December 8, 2010
J.K. Wall
Shares of the West Lafayette-based pharmaceutical-services firm soared after it wriggled out from under a $1.3 million loan that was due in February.
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Printpack closing 230-worker Greensburg plant

November 18, 2010
 IBJ Staff
More than 200 workers will lose their jobs when packaging materials maker Printpack Inc. will close its Greensburg plant early next year, the company said in a notice filed this week with the state Department of Workforce Development.
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Irwin Financial trustee poised to sue insiders

November 13, 2010
Greg Andrews
Court papers reveal officers and directors of the holding company for the failed Columbus-based bank will soon be defendants in a $40 million suit.
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Manufacturer plans to hire 40 in Portland

November 2, 2010
Fort Recovery Industries Inc., an Ohio-based aluminum and zinc die cast hardware manufacturer, said it plans to create the jobs by locating a manufacturing plant in the northeastern Indiana city.
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Former IU tech-transfer chief: State isn't competitive enoughRestricted Content

October 30, 2010
Norm Heikens
Mark Long was president of the Indiana University Research & Technology Corp., which was responsible for the university’s tech transfer, before launching a consulting firm, Long Performance Advisors, in 2008.
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Sallie Mae consolidation bringing 350 jobs to Indiana

October 29, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Student-loan giant Sallie Mae will consolidate operations in Indiana as part of a company-wide restructuring, creating about 350 jobs at its existing facilities in Fishers and Muncie.
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Rushville broadband firm sued by companies it acquired

October 26, 2010
Scott Olson
Omnicity Corp. is named in three lawsuits brought by owners of companies the firm bought who say they've not been paid the entire purchase price. All told, they claim they're owed more than $1.2 million.
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German American Bancorp acquires Bank of Evansville

October 5, 2010
American Community Bancorp Inc.'s subsidiary bank, Bank of Evansville, will become part of Jasper-based German American Bancorp Inc. in a deal valued at nearly $30 million.
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Heightened competition puts mayors on hot seat

October 2, 2010
Norm Heikens
Elected officials are struggling to know how to respond to the weak economy and constituent demands for jobs.
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Indiana University aims to raise $5B in a decade

September 29, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana University President Michael McRobbie says the university is in "constant campaign mode," and private philanthropy is vital for enhancing student financial aid, endowed faculty chairs, specialized buildings and academic initiatives.
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Reopening set for Moscow covered bridge

September 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Organizers are planning a weekend ceremony to dedicate a rebuilt covered bridge in central Indiana that was destroyed by a tornado more than two years ago.
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Kokomo firm taps state tax credits to make animated film

August 31, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Kokomo-based Bach Morris Technologies Corp. will spend $2.4 million to produce “Whoever Heard of a Herd of Fird?” a movie based on company co-founder Othello Bach’s 1984 best-seller “Whoever Heard of a Fird?” A Ball State University commercial spinoff will provide production and design services.
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Indiana universities nearly double research spendingRestricted Content

August 28, 2010
J.K. Wall
In the last 10 years, Indiana’s major research universities—Indiana and Purdue—have nearly doubled their science-based research budgets, to a total of $895 million. Yet Indiana’s public universities still run in the middle of the pack nationally.
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Kirr Marbach & Co. mutual fund among nation's best performers

August 21, 2010
Among value funds that include companies of varying sizes, the performance of the Kirr Marbach Partners Value Fund ranks No. 2 out of 357 similar funds.
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Senator asks Zimmer for info about product complaints

July 31, 2010
Bloomberg News
Inquiry stemmed from an article in the New York Times about a dispute between the Warsaw-based maker of artificial hip and knee joints and two of its consultants.
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Kokomo GM plant 'assessing' business operations

July 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
GM spokesman Kevin Nadrowski says officials at the Kokomo Integrated Circuit Fab plant met with 375 workers Wednesday to say they're "assessing the business model at the plant based on recent business developments."
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Old National improves second-quarter performance

July 26, 2010
The Evansville-based bank reported a 9-percent increase in second-quarter profit, helped by a continued reduction in non-interest expenses and growth in commercial loan and business checking account activity.
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Angola manufacturers plan nearly 180 new jobs

July 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Fuel Systems of Angola and Steffy Wood Products say they will invest a total of $4.8 million on their production facilities in northeast Indiana, creating 178 jobs by 2013.
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Steel Dynamics profit up, but misses analysts' estimates

July 20, 2010
Bloomberg News
Net income was $49.2 million, compared with a net loss of $16 million a year earlier, the Fort Wayne-based steelmaker said Monday in a statement.
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Cummins gets upgrade from Moody's

July 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The company's rating rose one notch because it has taken steps to insulate itself from economic downturns.
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MARCUS: Kokomo works to advance economy

July 10, 2010
Morton Marcus
What do you do when you have little discretionary money and enormous challenges? You might follow the example being set by Mayor Greg Goodnight in Kokomo.
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  1. Apologies for the wall of text. I promise I had this nicely formatted in paragraphs in Notepad before pasting here.

  2. I believe that is incorrect Sir, the people's tax-dollars are NOT paying for the companies investment. Without the tax-break the company would be paying an ADDITIONAL $11.1 million in taxes ON TOP of their $22.5 Million investment (Building + IT), for a total of $33.6M or a 50% tax rate. Also, the article does not specify what the total taxes were BEFORE the break. Usually such a corporate tax-break is a 'discount' not a 100% wavier of tax obligations. For sake of example lets say the original taxes added up to $30M over 10 years. $12.5M, New Building $10.0M, IT infrastructure $30.0M, Total Taxes (Example Number) == $52.5M ININ's Cost - $1.8M /10 years, Tax Break (Building) - $0.75M /10 years, Tax Break (IT Infrastructure) - $8.6M /2 years, Tax Breaks (against Hiring Commitment: 430 new jobs /2 years) == 11.5M Possible tax breaks. ININ TOTAL COST: $41M Even if you assume a 100% break, change the '30.0M' to '11.5M' and you can see the Company will be paying a minimum of $22.5, out-of-pocket for their capital-investment - NOT the tax-payers. Also note, much of this money is being spent locally in Indiana and it is creating 430 jobs in your city. I admit I'm a little unclear which tax-breaks are allocated to exactly which expenses. Clearly this is all oversimplified but I think we have both made our points! :) Sorry for the long post.

  3. Clearly, there is a lack of a basic understanding of economics. It is not up to the company to decide what to pay its workers. If companies were able to decide how much to pay their workers then why wouldn't they pay everyone minimum wage? Why choose to pay $10 or $14 when they could pay $7? The answer is that companies DO NOT decide how much to pay workers. It is the market that dictates what a worker is worth and how much they should get paid. If Lowe's chooses to pay a call center worker $7 an hour it will not be able to hire anyone for the job, because all those people will work for someone else paying the market rate of $10-$14 an hour. This forces Lowes to pay its workers that much. Not because it wants to pay them that much out of the goodness of their heart, but because it has to pay them that much in order to stay competitive and attract good workers.

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  5. It is sad to see these races not have a full attendance. The Indy Car races are so much more exciting than Nascar. It seems to me the commenters here are still a little upset with Tony George from a move he made 20 years ago. It was his decision to make, not yours. He lost his position over it. But I believe the problem in all pro sports is the escalating price of admission. In todays economy, people have to pay much more for food and gas. The average fan cannot attend many events anymore. It's gotten priced out of most peoples budgets.

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