Hoping to spur alternative vehicles, lawmakers want to double the size of tax breaks on cars that run on natural gas. That
could be good news for Indiana, where Honda Motor Corp. produces the natural-gas-powered Civic GX in Greensburg.
Jobs created by the new manufacturing plant have been offset by losses elsewhere in the community, and related development
remains scarce. But local officials remain optimistic about Honda’s long-term impact.
State Treasurer Richard Mourdock’s attempt to stand up for the rule of law in the Chrysler bankruptcy appears to have been
futile, but we applaud the treasurer for trying. Mourdock went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to preserve the rights
of secured creditors in bankruptcy cases.
With economists predicting the statewide unemployment average will reach 10 percent this year, the experience of a hard-hit
city like Connersville offers a glimpse of what lies ahead for other manufacturing-reliant Hoosier communities.
Entrepreneur Steven J. Cage has launched a new quality-control business after the one he built into an industry leader shuttered suddenly.
After a stint making parts for electric cars, Symphony Motors recently became Indy Power Systems, changing course to make power control boxes for a variety of vehicles and also industrial and military applications.
The Central Indiana Corporate Partnership—the parent of the BioCrossroads, TechPoint and Conexus industry cluster initiatives—let it be known last month that there would be a fourth leg to its economic development stool: clean technology.
Indianapolis Ford dealers John Pearson and Ray Skillman will be among the 300 domestic dealers
of Mahindra trucks and SUVs when the company makes its U.S. passenger car debut as early as next summer.
Slowing auto sales have forced Carmel-based Automotive Finance Corp., which lends money to car dealers to buy used vehicles
at auction, to take a big write-off on the declining value of its loan portfolio.