Private Companies

Cell phone retailer to establish Carmel office, hire 145

July 2, 2013
Mason King
One of the largest private firms in Indiana, Moorehead Communications will occupy a 47,000-square-foot building that it acquired earlier this year. The project will run about $5 million.
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Fair Finance trustee to continue pursuit into 2014

June 21, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The attorney charged with recovering some $200 million for the 5,300 investors bilked by Tim Durham’s Fair Finance Co. plans to continue filing lawsuits for reparations into next year.
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Explanations vary for dearth of women in top rungs of business

June 1, 2013
Dan Human
Of 112 public and large private-company CEOs, only four are women, although women make up 47 percent of Indiana's work force. The four Indiana companies with a woman as CEO at the end of 2012—Bioanalytical Systems, Fortune Industries, Defender Direct and HP Products Corp.—were among a tiny group nationwide with women at the helm.
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Broad Ripple telecom firm plans big growth, 183 jobs

May 10, 2013
Mason King
Founded in 2007 by Purdue University students, Weeks Communications has established a new headquarters in Broad Ripple and plans to invest $4.1 million as it aggressively hires new employees.
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Geico service center to create up to 1,200 jobs in Carmel

March 18, 2013
Mason King
The insurer will invest millions to lease, renovate and equip a 109,000-square-foot customer service center at 101 W. 103rd St. It plans to begin hiring immediately, and bring up to 1,200 new jobs by 2016.
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Settlement talks set for Don Marsh severance dispute

March 1, 2013
Scott Olson
Lawyers for Marsh Supermarkets Inc. and its former CEO will meet Monday on the issue of whether Don Marsh should have to repay the roughly $2.1 million in severance he received from the company.
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LDI installs new Lacy as CEO, hunts for acquisitionRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
J.A. Lacy replaced David Shane, who retired Jan. 1. Lacy wants to add another distribution or logistics and manufacturing firm to the company's portfolio.
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UPDATE: Sensient to cut 125 jobs due to Chicago move

February 14, 2013
Sensient Technologies Corp. has alerted state officials that it will lay off 125 workers from its Indianapolis operations. That follows the company's announcement that it plans to move its local Flavors & Fragrances Group headquarters to suburban Chicago.
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Greensburg auto-parts plant plans expansion, 200-plus hires

February 12, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Automotive supplier Valeo expects to invest $15.5 million in new machinery for its Greensburg facility as part of its plans to expand operations in the plant and bring more than 200 workers onto the company payroll by 2014.
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Defense attorneys turn tough in Bales trial

February 1, 2013
Cory Schouten
The legal team representing real estate broker John M. Bales and partner William E. Spencer haven't called their first witness and already they're putting up a spirited fight as federal prosecutors seek to prove 13 charges including bank, mail and wire fraud.
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Developer loses fraud appeal

December 28, 2012
Scott Olson
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed Christopher White's 2009 conviction, resulting from a $500,000 bad check he wrote as he tried to save his real estate development firm.
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Fort Wayne church insurer plans to add 102 jobs

December 27, 2012
Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Co. expects to hire the employees by 2016 as part of a $15 million expansion that includes building a 54,395-square-foot facility at its headquarters.
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Gerdt Furniture to close doors after 53-year run

December 21, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The last remaining store for the family-owned business, which recently shuttered its Castleton location, will stage a liquidation sale on Dec. 28.
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Speech recognition technology firm gets cash infusionRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
Waveform Communications LLC got its second round of funding for research and development.
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New rules open door to ads for private placementsRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
In accordance with the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, the Securities and Exchange Commission will lift the long-standing ban on “general solicitation” of unregistered securities.
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Six from Indiana make top 500 on Inc.'s fastest-growing list

August 21, 2012
 IBJ Staff
A half-dozen Indiana companies were ranked in the top 500 in Inc.'s annual list of the the nation's fastest-growing private companies, but only two are from Indianapolis.
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Web startup aims to connect private businesses, investors

July 28, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Private firms that need to raise relatively modest amounts of capital have a hard time finding money. Now three Indianapolis entrepreneurs think they have the answer: crowdfunding. Individuals make small investments that are aggregated to fund a business. Indianapolis-based Localstake wants to be the matchmaker.
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Commodities fueled some of Indiana's largest private companies in '11Restricted Content

June 16, 2012
Norm Heikens
Oil, grain were particularly helpful for cooperatives. An improved economy also propelled manufacturers ahead.
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Indianapolis fastest-growing companies run the gamutRestricted Content

June 16, 2012
Marc D. Allan
This year's list of fastest-growing private companies in the Indianapolis area is a diverse lot, operating in industries ranging from human resources to office furnishings to construction to home health care and games.
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Sale of Fortune Industries would take company private

March 30, 2012
Scott Olson
The company is set to be purchased by CEP Inc., a holding company led by Fortune Industries CEO Tena Mayberry and Chief Financial Officer Randy Butler. But several law firms are investigating the sale for potential unfairness on behalf of shareholders.
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Wheaton acquiring residential mover BekinsRestricted Content

February 11, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Wheaton World Wide Moving is buying the nation’s oldest and one of its largest household movers, Bekins Van Lines. The deal is expected to bring 38 jobs to Wheaton’s northeast-side headquarters.
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Acquisition-minded investors eye Indiana companiesRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
Francesca Jarosz
As deadlines loom, private equity firms, others, move to deploy capital.
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Great-grandson of LDI's founder prepares to take reinsRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
In a world that likes to see businesses grow by leaps and bounds, LDI Ltd. is a tortoise. The family-owned holding company typically hangs onto firms in its portfolio for 15 years or more. It might take more than two years to zero in on an acquisition target. And it’s putting its next CEO, J.A. Lacy, through a year-long apprenticeship.
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Maregatti Interiors acquired by HKS architectural firm

October 13, 2011
Scott Olson
Indianapolis' largest commercial interior design business has been purchased by the national architecture firm that designed Lucas Oil Stadium.
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Olympia Media Partners' newspapers reaching more college campusesRestricted Content

October 8, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
IU grads add employees, revenue as they prepare to expand their company's footprint to 45 schools.
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