• (L to R) LSI Group CEO Robert Baker and Roof Hugger President Dale Nelson.

    LSI Group Acquires Florida Company

    Logansport-based LSI Metal Building Components Group Inc. has acquired Florida-based Roof Hugger Inc. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, however LSI Group Chief Executive Officer Robert Baker says the acquisition helps the company achieve its goal of expanding into the retrofit roof and wall markets.

  • (Image courtesy of ARCH Inc.) The former GE Broadway Campus in Fort Wayne, slated for a massive redevelopment, has once again appeared on this year's Most Endangered List.

    ARCH Announces Most Endangered List, ARCHie Winners

    Arch Inc., a Fort Wayne-based historic preservation organization, has released its annual list of Most Endangered properties and places in the area. This year's edition includes 13 entries. During its annual ARCHie Awards, the group has also recognized the individual and organizational efforts involving outstanding preservation projects. The 2017 Endangered List includes...

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    I-65 Widening Work Starts Soon in NWI

    Crews will begin work to widen I-65 in northwest Indiana. The major project will affect the stretch between State Road 2 and U.S. 30. The Indiana Department of Transportation says lane shifts and reduced speed limits will be in place throughout the effort, which could begin around June 1. Work includes widening the busy thoroughfare, bridge repairs, adding erosion control and pavement resurfacing.

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    GE Looks to 'Balance The Equation' For Women

    General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE), which has three manufacturing sites throughout the state, is launching an effort designed to get more women into its tech-driven work force. Balance the Equation is looking to attract 20,000 women into STEM fields by 2020 and boosting its representation of women and men in entry-level programs to a 50:50 ratio. Other facets of Balance the Equation include...

  • (Image of Ashley Willis courtesy of the Pike County Economic Development Corp.)

    Pike County Continues Focus Near I-69

    Pike County officials are moving forward on an effort to attract development along the expanded I-69 corridor in the southern part of the state. A master plan for 3,500 acres of undeveloped property in Petersburg, expected to be complete by August, will lay the groundwork for future potential investment that could include a mix of retail, residential and industrial projects.

  • Carrier Details Indy Layoffs

    Carrier Corp. says it will begin the layoff process for more than 630 employees in Indianapolis this summer. The layoffs are coming despite the company's commitment to keep more than 1,000 jobs in the city, 800 of which were previously slated to be outsourced to Mexico. In a notice to the state, Carrier says the employees are part of its fan coil production operation, which is being relocated to Mexico. The affected positions were never included in the deal orchestrated by...

  • Lippert Acquires Lexington Business

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  • EasyDial expects to begin Porter County operations in 2018.

    Porter County Lands Med Tech Expansion

    A California-based medical device manufacturer has announced a big investment in Porter County. EasyDial, which makes portable hemodialysis machines, has broken ground on a more than $21 million production facility in Chesterton, which it says will result in nearly 100 new jobs. The company says the new facility will be equipped to produce 1.3 million units by 2020 for patients throughout the United States.

  • Mayor Lobbies For Affordable Housing Near New Park

    A $1.2 million affordable housing project is planned in Bloomington. Mayor John Hamilton is seeking approval of leasing city-owned land near Switchyard Park to nonprofit developer South Central Indiana Housing Opportunities for $1. The park takes up more than 65 acres of former industrial property that the city is featuring for potential redevelopment opportunities. The organization is an affiliate of the Bloomington Housing Authority.

  • (Image of Marsha Stone provided by Indianapolis International Airport)

    Indy Airport, Chamber Solidify Partnership

    As airports throughout the state continue the battle to land more direct service options, the Indianapolis Airport Authority board is moving forward with a partnership designed to tap into the resources and connections of the business community. The IAA board of directors has approved a year-long development deal with the Indy Chamber's business unit Develop Indy concerning air service and land use opportunities.

  • (Still image from video provided by Purdue University)

    Purdue Polytechnic Preps For Launch

    With just a few months before classes begin for the first time, the head of Purdue Polytechnic High School in Indianapolis says the model is poised for expansion. Scott Bess says he envisions two additional schools in Marion County and a total of six-to-nine locations throughout the state. He was joined on Inside INdiana Business Television by Fairbanks Foundation CEO Claire Fiddian-Green, who discussed the organization's recent $1.25 million contribution to the school.

  • Image of Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese (left) and Kem Krest Chief Executive Officer Amish Shah (right) courtesy of Kem Krest Corp.

    Kem Krest Grows Presence in Elkhart

    Officials have marked the opening of Elkhart-based Kem Krest Corp.'s third facility. The logistics and supply chain management provider broke ground in September on the $6.2 million, 200,000 square-foot distribution center. The company's clients include automotive, agricultural, industrial and power sports businesses in Elkhart County. The new facility is next to Kem Krest's current headquarters and it includes...

  • (Image courtesy of Furrion)

    High-End Manufacturer Debuts Elkhart Facility

    The chief marketing officer of a global manufacturer says its new U.S. headquarters in Elkhart will serve as "central hub for innovation" of its wide array of manufactured products geared toward high-end consumers. During a Thursday unveiling event, Matt Fidler said the 35,000 square-foot facility would be Furrion's "gateway of technology to the U.S. recreational vehicle, home, yacht and business industries."

  • Vectren Makes Adjustments to Leadership Roles

    Evansville-based Vectren Corp. (NYSE: VVC) has announced several changes to its upper-management structure. The utility says the moves are part of ongoing succession plans and continued development of its leadership team. The realignment involves senior vice president and vice president positions. Chief Executive Officer Carl Chapman says the changes include...

  • Global Company to Open U.S. HQ in Elkhart

    Furrion, which has its main office in Hong Kong and locations throughout the world, will Thursday celebrate the grand opening of its U.S. headquarters in Elkhart. The manufacturer says the facility will initially house 30 employees with the potential to add 50 more over the next year.

  • Freight Transportation Leaders in Indy to 'Talk Frankly'

    A national gathering of transportation infrastructure stakeholders is underway in Indianapolis. The Influencer's Roundtable, hosted by the Ports of Indiana and the American Association of Port Authorities, will focus on issues and potential solutions related to what organizers characterize as under-investment in the country's freight infrastructure system.

  • (Image courtesy of Purdue University/ Mark Simons)

    Japanese Government to Recognize Mitch Daniels

    Purdue University President Mitch Daniels Thursday will receive one of the highest honors from the government of Japan. During a ceremony at the Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C., Daniels will receive the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star for "significant contributions to the strengthening of economic relations and mutual understanding between Japan and the United States."

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    Web Industries Details Fort Wayne Expansion

    A Massachusetts-based company is planning to expand in Fort Wayne and add up to 45 jobs by 2019. Web Industries Fort Wayne Inc. says construction is underway on a 50,000 square-foot addition to its facility that currently employs 75 in Allen County. The expansion to the 110,000 square-foot facility is set to be complete by the end of the year and will serve as space for multi-color printing and large format spooling assets.

  • The facility will product automotive accessories, including interior lighting products.

    Canadian Manufacturer Setting Up Shop in Gas City

    Canada-based AVG North America Inc. is locating its first U.S. operation in Grant County in a move that will create a small number of jobs. The automotive accessories manufacturer is set to begin production and shipping from the former Custom Assemblies building in Gas City this week.

  • Demand Drives Cafe Valley to Add Third Shift

    One of Grant County's largest employers is adding a third shift. Arizona-based Cafe Valley Inc., which opened a baking production facility in Marion in 2014, says it is looking to fill more than 60 openings to keep up with demand. In addition to third shift production help, the company says it is also adding workers to its second shift, as well as maintenance, sanitation and delivery driver positions.

  • Pictured left to right: Purdue Motorsports Manager Danny White, IMS President Doug Boles, LHP Engineering Solutions CEO David Glass.

    Autonomous Racing Series Sprouts From Indiana Connection

    An all-electric, autonomous racing division with strong connections to Indiana has been launched at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Purdue University is teaming up with Columbus-based LHP Engineering Solutions and Bolton University in England to add the division to its existing evGrand Prix program. The series will begin in May of 2018 and include vehicles controlled remotely, blending the disciplines of mechanical and electrical engineering with information technology.

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    • REGO-FIX Likes What it Sees in Whitestown

      An international manufacturer has taken the wraps off of its new North American headquarters in Boone County. Switzerland-based REGO-FIX, which makes precision parts for the aerospace, medical and power generation industries, says the multi-million dollar Whitestown facility will help the company attract the highly-educated, highly-trained people it needs.

    • REGO-Fix Happy With 'Dynamic' New Home

      The president of REGO-FIX says the Switzerland-based company is glad to open its North American headquarters in a city that he says matches the company's "dynamic, growing" path. Andreas Weber says Whitestown will offer the highly-educated, highly-trained people the precision toolmaker needs. The $3.5 million investment is expected to result in about 20 new jobs.


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