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Muncie manufacturer Duffy calling it quits

Duffy Tool & Stamping LLC in Muncie has notified the Indiana Department of Workforce Development
that the company will close its plant by the end of October. Roughly 130 workers will lose their jobs as a result
of the closure, Duffy said in its July 27 filing.

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Hospitals are mixed bag for rural economies

Around Indiana, hospitals continue to grow and add workers, increasing their role as an economic driver to the state’s economy.
But health care reformers say hospital growth has a double edge, as higher health care costs dampen growth prospects for other
Indiana employers and their workers.

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Land trusts find foothold in Indiana

In an effort to preserve Indiana woodlands , some property owners are transferring development rights to Central Indiana Land
Trust Inc., a not-for-profit environmental group. Owners can grant a so-called conservation easement in exchange for an impressive
array of tax benefits.

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Experience keeps fireworks biz in demand

Phil Ramsey, 65, knows what he’s doing in the fireworks business–he’s been working fireworks shows as a volunteer since 1968
and founded Frankfort-based Ramsey Pyrotechnics Inc. in 1982. When he’s not battling Mother Nature, Ramsey is a grain farmer.

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Auto-job slide accelerating

Indiana’s automotive manufacturing employment for the last decade peaked at 142,000 in 1999. Since then, the sector has shed
20,300 jobs-a staggering one-seventh of its total. Another 5,220 are slated to be cut soon. And there’s no end in sight.

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