Indianapolis Business Journal

AUGUST 20-26, 2012

This week, find out what state safety inspectors have to say about a Shelbyville glass factory two years after a worker's death and read about the warning Illinois' lottery chief is giving his Indiana counterparts. In Focus, meet Tony Bennett's mentor and see how he is influencing education reform. And Forefront columnists weigh in on the issues of the day.

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Vacant Consolidated Building purchased by local buyers

Two local buyers are angling to revitalize a century-old, 15-story downtown landmark that has confounded redevelopment attempts since its last tenants departed in the late 1990s. Ambrose Property Group and The Whitsett Group hope to transform the Consolidated Building into 98 apartments with first-floor retail or restaurant space.

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Cummins cools off, but Seymour expansion still in works

Cummins Inc.—a company that quadrupled its profits in two years—has shifted to cost-cutting mode amid a drop in global sales, but the Columbus-based engine manufacturer says it’s still on track to increase sales from $18 billion in 2011 to $30 billion in 2015.

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Illinois lottery superintendent says Indiana taking flawed path

The Illinois Lottery is not a model Indiana should follow in seeking a private manager to boost revenue, according to Illinois’ own lottery chief. Hoosier Lottery officials say they’ve taken steps to avoid the problems Illinois had with its privatization contract, but several key elements of the process mirror Illinois’.

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Violations persist after fatality at Shelbyville glass factory

A Shelbyville glass factory has had almost two years to address safety violations resulting from a worker’s death, but the state says the plant still has a lot of the same problems. Pilkington North America faces $150,000 in fines after an Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection in March and April.

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CSX passing over Avon yard, investing elsewhere

Central Indiana’s rail terminal to the world is CSX Transportation’s Avon yard, in Hendricks County. But don’t look for much in the way of rail shipments from here directly to the West Coast. The yard operates well below capacity. Meanwhile, CSX has been investing hundreds of millions of dollars in infrastructure upgrades to terminals in Ohio and farther east.

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Local distillers produce Indiana sorghum spirit

Two central Indiana entrepreneurs are making a new spirit from an old crop—supplied largely by an Amish farmer who doesn’t drink alcohol. The product is Sorgrhum, a distilled liquor made from the syrup of sweet sorghum, a stalk-like grain used as a sweetener before sugar cane became widely available.

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EDITORIAL: Mayor must sign road, benefits measures

One measure provides health care benefits to the domestic partners of city employees. The other, known as Complete Streets, requires that projects be designed to accommodate pedestrians, bicyclists and public transportation, not just cars.

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A better sun?

In the [July 30] “On the Record” section, there was a story about Indianapolis Power & Light Co. awarding a 15-year contract to buy 30 megawatts of solar power from Sunrise Energy Ventures.

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Some food trucks are nuisances

The [Aug. 13] story about food trucks was interesting, noting that Barnes & Thornburg attorney Crystal Williams stated food trucks must comply with local regulations.

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UIndy’s enrollment sets new record

The private college announced Wednesday that it now has more than 5,500 students, including both graduates and undergraduates. The school welcomes 1,100 new students this fall, including its second-largest freshman class of 830.

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