Indianapolis Business Journal

SEPTEMBER 7-13, 2009

This week's issue includes a story about the lawsuit 43 former Navistar employees filed, alleging the plant closure that cost them their jobs violated their labor contract. Also, an Evansville bank president says it's only a matter of time until an Indiana bank fails. And in our annual Arts & Entertainment Season Preview, you meet some behind-the-scenes players who have a big role in what audiences see.

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Region’s expertise in hybrid cars goes beyond high-profile players

Bright Automotive and EnerDel are well known for their development of components for hybrid cars, but the region has several
other players poised to be big players in the sector. In fact, few realize that North America’s largest producer
of electric motors for hybrid vehicles is based northeast of Indianapolis, in Pendleton.

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Soft sales plague furniture retailers

Furniture is one of the easiest big-ticket purchases for consumers to defer when money is tight. Couple
that with a housing bust that left demand for new couches on the curb, and tight credit markets that
continue to prevent retailers from financing customers without perfect credit, and you’ve got the
worst market for furniture since the Great Depression.

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Sidewalk inspections help downtown get spiffed up for big events

They used to say that downtown Indianapolis rolled up the sidewalks at 6 p.m. No one says
that anymore. Now they say those sidewalks need to be clean. Sidewalk cleanliness is important on a day-to-day
basis for aesthetic reasons, but even more so when Indianapolis wants to put on its best face for major events
like the Final Four, the Indianapolis 500 and the Super Bowl.

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MAURER: Can you puzzle out My Word?

I recently welcomed a special guest to “Mickey’s Corner”—Will Shortz, the crossword editor of The
New York Times
and the riddle maven we love to listen to every Sunday morning on
National Public Radio. In order to engage this creative genius, I conceived a challenge that I present to
you now: a two-part game called My Word.

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ZEIGLER: Downtown deserves better design

Downtown Indianapolis has a housing problem. I am not referring to the abandoned and foreclosed homes that blight many of
our neighborhoods. This is a problem of new, prominent construction projects that are out of place in our built environment.

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Reduce government role in health care

Bruce Hetrick’s patronizing and dismissive reference [in his Aug. 24 column] to the idea of death panels (“There is,
of course, no such clause or intent in any health-reform legislation”) is insulting to any reader who has followed the
debate over health care reform.

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ISO conductor should live here

I know that I will not be supporting the [Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra] in any way until they have a conductor that lives here and is paid a reasonable salary.

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Wrestler also excelled at football

[Mickey Maurer’s Aug. 24 column] on Cleo Moore caught my attention. I have read his name in the papers many times
and thought it sounded familiar. As I read through your article on Moore, it dawned on me why I recognized his name.

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Investing columnist needs new topics

It is rather obvious [investment columnist] Keenan Hauke has run out of things to write about. Give the readers a break,
this guy’s views are downright irresponsible.

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Hall-Render co-founder returns to law firm

A co-founder of Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC is returning to the downtown law firm more than a decade after
he left it. Rex Killian will lead the firm’s governance consulting practice, which serves both not-for-profit
and for-profit health care clients.

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PROXY CORNER: Monroe Bancorp

Monroe Bancorp, 210 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington, 47408 ( is the holding company for Monroe Bank, which provides consumer and commercial banking services and related financial services in Monroe, Hendricks, Lawrence and Jackson counties.

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