City sues insurers over brownfield cleanup

A discovery of insurance policies abandoned by now-defunct Ertel Manufacturing Co. has led the city of Indianapolis to sue at least 15 insurance companies for costs to clean up the site, the city said yesterday.

The city is seeking more than $5 million for removing PCBs, cadmium and solvents from the site northeast of downtown at 2045 Dr. Andrew J. Brown Ave. Ertel, which made car, truck and airplane parts, occupied the site from 1917 until 2003.

Thousands of boxes of records and hundreds of waste drums were left behind after the company went out of business.

Major Tool & Machine Inc. is moving its headquarters to the site in an expansion. Major Tool is moving from 1458 E. 19th St. nearby and plans to hire 50 workers in addition to the 265 it already employs.

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