• Businesses Rely on General Aviation

    The business community in Dubois County is dominated by a niche industry: furniture. Some of the county’s largest employers are furniture manufacturers, like Best Home Furnishings, Masterbrand Cabinets, Kimball International, and my business, OFS. Though our businesses have locations across the country, we all take advantage of Indiana’s manufacturing tradition. By basing large plants in smaller towns like Huntingburg, Jasper and Ferdinand, we promote economic development...

  • New Emissions Regulations to Hit The Bottom Line

    Starting Jan. 1, 2020, the International Maritime Organization will require all fuels used by container ships to contain no more than 0.5 percent sulfur. The cap is a significant reduction from the existing sulfur limit, which is 3.5 percent, and is well below the industry average of 2.7 percent sulfur content. The new regulation is a year away, but the impact will hit the bottom line in 2019 for companies that import or export goods.

  • How VR and AR Can Help Keep Engineers Safe and Manufacturing Strong

    The 2018 Indiana Manufacturing Survey, published by accounting firm Katz, Sapper & Miller, found that 91 percent of Hoosier manufacturers expected to see increases in revenue in 2018. After years of uncertainty, the local manufacturing industry remains a competitive force in the state, in part because of the availability of smart, connected and often automated technology. Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are no exception, and the application of these technologies...

  • NSWC Crane Can Strengthen Indy's Economy

    Roughly 80 miles southwest of Indianapolis, the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane is home to more than 3,200 personnel - approximately two-thirds of them scientists, engineers and skilled technicians. It's the only naval base not on a coast, a unique operation with a singular focus: Overcoming the technical challenges facing America's military to build a decisive technological advantage over our adversaries. 

  • Don’t let logistics be a barrier to tapping untapped markets

    In August, the RV market report (a survey of some 30 branded RV manufacturing companies) showed the best August on record since 2003. The past few months show 2017 has continued this momentum. 

  • How the Trucker E-log Law Can Impact Your Company's Cargo

    A long awaited electronic logging device (ELD) rule takes effect Dec. 16, 2017. This new federal rule, years in the making, requires truck operators to use electronic logging devices to record hours they are operating. Paper logs will no longer be kept. Company leaders that depend on their supply chain to run smoothly are encouraged to think now about how to avoid disruption. The new rule has survived numerous legal challenges. The Supreme Court rejected a request to hear arguments...

  • My Internship: Learning and Landing My First Job

    Hi, my name is Douglas Dillion, and I am currently a junior at Terre Haute South Vigo High School. This past summer I was honored to participate in the Conexus Interns Program along with nearly 300 other students in Indiana. I was interested in the Conexus Interns Program when I heard about it. I figured it would be a great experience and it fit perfect with my career pathway. 

  • The Cyber Threat: Indiana’s Call to Action

    We see it in the news everyday: social media accounts falling victim to cybercriminals and everyday devices connected to the internet, such as cars, under threat of cyberattacks by hackers. Cybersecurity is an issue that affects everyone in Indiana – from small business entrepreneurs to policy makers at the State Capitol.   

  • Report: The Data and Story Behind Indiana’s “Crossroads of America” Designation

    Indiana has no shortage of advantages when it comes to its robust transportation network, favorable business environment and engaged industry leaders and government officials committed to ensuring Indiana continues its leadership position as the “Crossroads of America.” But what does being the “Crossroads of America” really mean and how does Indiana maintain its leadership position? 

  • Why Tolling Could Be Important to Indiana’s Future

    Indiana is truly at a crossroads and could become one of the few states with the right tools in the toolbox to tackle long-term sustainable transportation funding for our roads and bridges.  

  • Executives Help Power Indiana’s Logistics Talent Pipeline

    As a long-time Indiana logistics industry executive, I am acutely aware of the need to build a strong talent pipeline as the business of moving products from manufacturing floor to store shelf is projected to double by 2035. 

  • The 'Crossroads of America' for the Next Generation

    As legislators return to the Indiana Statehouse, passing an honestly balanced budget which responsibly funds critical priorities like education and public safety will be our top goal. But there is another priority this year which is critical for every Hoosier: adopting a long-term, sustainable funding plan for Indiana’s road infrastructure. 

  • Conexus Interns Program is a Win for Students, Industry and Indiana’s Economic Future

    The innovative 6-week summer Conexus Interns Program places high school students into the workforce where they learn and perform real-world activities in an advanced manufacturing or logistics (AML) company. During the internship, they experience life in the high-tech and challenging world of modern manufacturing and logistics.

  • Indiana Is Lifting the Future of Flight

    While on the floor of the Farnborough International Airshow, the world’s largest exhibition dedicated to the aviation industry, it was clear to international industry leaders that Indiana is propelling the future of aerospace and aviation. That’s because, from the unveiling of a new flight technology to the top companies exhibiting at the airshow, everything seemed to keep coming back to Indiana.

  • Dr. Michael Hicks

    Indiana Manufacturing Among Top Three in U.S.

    Indiana’s advanced manufacturing sector is in both size and scope a national leader.  Firms that manufacture goods in close connection to research and development activities are termed advanced manufacturing.  

  • What The Internet of Things Means to Your Business

    The technology world has forced to think about how we describe the multiple meanings associated with words and phrases. The mouse is something you click, not something that squeaks. A monitor is a computer display rather than someone in the hallway making sure you don’t skip class. SPAM is junk email, not something you eat while in college.

  • Transportation Funding Scores a Win; Championship Still Within Reach

    You watch the hometown hockey player accelerate on his skates deking in, moving out, he has the defender beat, he lifts the stick and sends the puck at 100 miles per hour into the net past the goalie. 

  • Interns Deliver Results for Businesses and Indiana’s Future

    Last summer, one of five interns at Kauffman Engineering’s Lebanon, Ind. plant undertook a time and motion study of our shipping cell, examining ergonomics and employee movement to design a workstation with a footprint reduced by 20 percent.

  • Indiana’s Booming Automotive Industry: How it Happened

    The State of the Automotive Industry, a report recently released by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) and the Indiana Automotive Council (IAC), highlighted some very impressive facts about the importance of the automotive industry to the Hoosier economy. 

  • As manufacturing mood slips, policymakers should take heed

    Indiana’s manufacturing sector continues to generate its share of economic development victories: The recent news that Subaru of Indiana will invest another $140 million and create 1,200 new jobs at its Lafayette plant is a major vote of confidence. 
  • They Are Revolutionary, But Don't Call Them Drones

    The public hates 'drones.' When most people think of them, they think of military air strikes. I challenge you instead to think of their many other uses. Most drones today are not being used as weapons of war, but for beneficial purposes in our society...
  • Work-and-Learn Experiences in Work Force Development

    In 2013, Governor Pence and the Indiana General Assembly proposed innovative and transformative legislation to address the workforce development issues that are depressing the incomes of Hoosier workers and potentially impeding economic progress in Indiana...
  • Perspectives

    • Chris Watts is president of the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute.

      Revenue Forecast Shapes State Spending – And Surplus - Negotiations

      This week, the State Budget Committee heard an updated revenue forecast that could best be described as overcast but not stormy – yet.  Sales taxes, the largest source of state revenue, fared well from the December forecast – down a modest $15 million over the 2020-21 budget (and likely to be buoyed by new policies for online hotel and retail sales taxes moving through the legislature).  Individual income taxes showed a more dramatic decline, continuing a...

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  • Most Popular Stories

    • The Vogue opened as a movie house in 1938, then reopened as a nightclub in 1977. (Picture Courtesy: The Vogue)

      Tech Vets Purchase Popular Indy Nightclub

      A group of Indianapolis tech entrepreneurs has bought a popular nightclub in the city's Broad Ripple neighborhood. High Alpha co-founder Eric Tobias and former MOBI executives Scott Kraege and Andrew Davis say they will retain the Vogue's current staff to manage the venue's day-to-day operations. The new owners say they will detail plans to reinvigorate the Vogue through enhanced fan experience and engagement in the coming months. Tobias, Kraege and Davis purchased the Vogue...

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      Job Fair Set For Michigan City

      Officials in LaPorte County will Thursday host the fourth annual Michigan City Community Job Fair. More than 60 employers, universities, training providers, skilled trades and community organizations will be on hand to discuss job opportunities and career paths.

    • Chinese Company Adding Hundreds of Indiana Jobs

      A Chinese automotive brake and suspension system manufacturer has announced plans to set up its first U.S. production facility inside Progress Park in Greenfield. BeijingWest Industries Co. Ltd., whose customers include Audi, BMW, General Motors and Porsche, will invest more than $80 million to build the 276,000 square-foot plant, creating up to 441 high-wage jobs by 2021. Greg Dronen, global facilities director for BWI, tells Inside INdiana Business the company plans to...

    • The Vogue opened as a movie house in 1938, then reopened as a nightclub in 1977. (Picture Courtesy: The Vogue)

      New Vogue Owners Plan Enhancements For 'Historic' Venue

      The new owners of the Vogue in Indianapolis say the venue combines their passions inside and outside of their roles as tech entrepreneurs. High Alpha co-founder Eric Tobias and former MOBI executives Scott Kraege and Andrew Davis say they are hoping to increase the frequency and variety of events at the Broad Ripple venue while enhancing the experience for artists and patrons. During an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Tobias said he and is partners are also investing in...

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      Angola Runs for Spot on 'Best Historic Small Town' List

      Angola is representing the Hoosier state as a nominee for Best Historic Small Town for USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice Travel Awards. The town is being featured for its Civil War monument and historic movie house.