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.
Indianapolis-based Hurco Cos. this morning reported another quarterly loss after sales dropped a staggering 64 percent. Hurco
lost $1.2 million, or 19 cents a share, in its fiscal third quarter ended July 31. The company had a profit of $5.8 million,
or 90 cents a share, during the same quarter last year.
After working in retail management for four years, Rich and Jodi Scheve decided to take business into their own hands—and
their own garage. Passing on business plans for Subway and South Bend Chocolate Co. franchises, the couple
skirted heavy franchise fees and started Twisted Wick Candle Co.
The city of Anderson soon will tap a new well to help accommodate demand from Nestle USA, which opened a Madison County plant
in May 2008 producing bottled, flavored Nesquik and liquid Coffee-mate, a water-based creamer. The
company already has launched an expansion slated for completion in 2011.
The Indiana Recycling Coalition scored big in the just-concluded session of the Indiana General Assembly with the passage
of House Bill 1589, which requires that electronics manufacturers help pay for recycling of their old televisions and computer
Local manufacturing stalwart Allison Transmission will have to restructure its more than $4 billion in debt or further cut
expenses if it’s going to weather the recession.
Facing anemic demand and slumping sales, manufacturers are increasingly attempting to tap the U.S. Department of Defense for contracting opportunities.
Elkhart’s industries could be transformed to focus on energy conservation and environmental improvements
Elkhart’s industries should shift to producing mass transit vehicles and manufactured housing for low-income, high-density neighborhoods.
At IBJ press time, the General Assembly was set to close another session without significant change to the state’s complex alcohol distribution system, ensuring another year of wrangling between wineries and wholesalers. A proposal to raise the direct shipping limit to 10,000 cases failed. So did a broader deregulation bill brought by a new Indiana wine drinker’s group, VinSense.