• IN3, formerly API, involves major defense, govermental, economic development and academic stakeholders from throughout the state.

    New Name, First Contract For Defense Tech-Focused Institute

    Indiana Innovation Institute, formerly known as the Applied Research Institute, is kicking off a rebranding with the announcement of its first contract. The $2.3 million trusted microelectronics collaboration with Purdue University also includes researchers and personnel from the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indiana University and the University of Notre Dame. The work involves rapid development of counterfeit-resistant technology that is immune to global attacks.

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    Berlin Metals Acquired by Ohio Company

    Hammond-based Berlin Metals LLC is under new ownership. Olympic Steel Inc. (Nasdaq: ZEUS) in Ohio has acquired the more than 50-year-old company, though financial terms of the all-cash deal were not disclosed. Berlin Metals President Roy Berlin tells our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana he had been thinking about succession plans as he nears retirement age. He said consolidation was the logical path and he looked for a company that would be...

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    'Supercar' Assembly Operation Planned For Purdue

    The England-based manufacturer of a car billed as the fastest street-legal vehicle on the road has selected the Discovery Park District at Purdue University for a showroom and assembly facility. Keating Supercars LLC will produce its first model to be sold in the U.S., the Viperia Berus coupe, which is capable of reaching speeds greater than 230 miles-per-hour. The company is slated to cut the ribbon on the showroom late next month and eventually ramp up production at Purdue to...

  • Manufacturer Adding Production in Daviess County

    Florida-based ISOFlex Packaging will Tuesday celebrate the opening of a third production line at its facility in Daviess County. The company, which produces specialty plastic films and bags, will add a small number of jobs as a result. The company has invested more than $4 million into the new production line. The facility originally opened in 2014 following a $25 million investment by Alliance Barrier Films, which was acquired by ISOFlex in January.

  • Lippert to Break Ground on Manufacturing Plant

    Elkhart-based Lippert Components Inc. will Monday break ground on a new facility at its manufacturing complex in Goshen. LCI says the 107,000-square-foot facility will be used for the manufacturing of I-beams used in nearly every chassis frame the company produces. Financial terms of the company's investment in the facility were not disclosed. LCI manufactures chassis for the towable RV, trailer, park model and residential housing markets. The company says the new...

  • Battery Systems Manufacturer Expanding in Kokomo

    Kokomo-based Green Cubes Technology has announced plans to expand its Howard County operations. The company, which manufactures advanced battery power systems, will invest $1.8 million to build a new global headquarters and create more than 70 jobs by the end of 2021. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says the 20,000-square-foot facility will also serve as the company's technology center and manufacturing site, nearly doubling its current footprint. 

  • Pike County Partners Unveil Master Plan For Massive Acreage

    A long-term strategic plan focused on developing 4,000 acres off of I-69 in southwest Indiana has been released. The Pike County I-69 Interchange master plan is designed to boost retail, commercial, residential and industrial investment opportunities near Petersburg. Properties involved in the initiative, which was launched last year, include a portion of the massive Southwest Indiana Megasite.

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    State Boosts Broadband Focus

    In an effort to ramp up its focus on broadband access, the state has launched a search for a director of broadband opportunities. The newly-created position will create a single point of contact to deal with the federal government, industry, academia and other stakeholders connected to broadband topics and issues. A key area of focus is boosting access in rural Indiana, which Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch calls the state's "next great economic development frontier."

  • (Image courtesy of SEL) Ed Schweitzer, pictured right, is a Purdue grad who started SEL from his basement in Washington state in the 1980s.

    Purdue Discovery Park District Strikes 'Breakthrough Moment'

    Purdue University has announced another private employer's plans to locate to the 450-acre Purdue Discovery Park District and create hundreds of jobs. Pullman, Washington-based Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Inc., led by President Ed Schweitzer, a Purdue graduate, says it will build a 100,000 square-foot electric power research facility that could employ up to 300. Earlier this week, the Purdue Research Foundation released a master plan for the district, which is expected to...

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    'Generational Development' Planned For I-69

    Officials in Pike County Thursday will provide details on a master plan for the I-69 corridor in southwest Indiana. The Pike County Economic Development Corp. says the presentation will cover future land use, transportation and infrastructure efforts. The section of interstate running through the county opened in late-2012 and additional work that will expand the road from Bloomington to Indianapolis continues. The EDC says Thursday's news conference will focus on...

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    Michigan City Hotel, Manufacturing Plant Land Incentives

    Two development projects in Michigan City have received tax abatements from the city council. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report the projects, which include a new hotel and a manufacturing plant expansion, will create a total of up to 35 jobs over the next five years.

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    AM General Opens Michigan Tech Center

    South Bend-based AM General LLC is celebrating the opening of its Technology and Engineering Center in Michigan. The specialized vehicle manufacturer says the more than 175,000-square-foot facility signifies its continued commitment to growth and innovation. 

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    State OKs More I-69 Maintenance, Travel Lane Additions

    The Indiana Department of Transportation has awarded $79 million for road construction and maintenance that will continue the repair and widening of I-69. The contracts with Walsh Construction Group, which has a regional office in Crown Point, and Goshen-based Rieth-Riley Construction Co. Inc. involve interchanges, bridges and pavement near Pendleton and Daleville. The full timeline has not yet been released, but the work is expected to be complete by the summer of 2020.

  • Maureen Donohue Krauss is the chief economic development officer for the Indy Chamber.

    Anticipation Grows For Indy-to-Paris Flight

    The chief economic development officer for the Indy Chamber says excitement for Indiana's first transatlantic nonstop flight is building on both sides of the pond. Maureen Donohue Krauss says the Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) flight from Indianapolis International Airport to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, set to begin May 24, is resonating with businesses in Indiana and throughout Europe. She says having a direct connection and quicker access to the Indy market is...

  • The hotel will be located at the WestGate@Crane Technology Park (pictured).

    Construction to Start on Tech Park Hotel

    Groundbreaking on the first hotel at WestGate@Crane Technology Park will take place Wednesday in Odon. Officials say the $7 million Sleep Inn and Mainstay-branded hotel will employ more than 20. Owners Mike and Debbie Hicks also own the Comfort Suites in French Lick and the Legend of French Lick Resort Boutique Hotel and Event Center. Plans include...

  • Old GM Site Developer Envisions '20 Minute Neighborhood'

    Developers of the former General Motors Stamping Plant site near downtown Indianapolis say the 103-acre property is unlike any in the world. Ambrose Property Group Senior Vice President Andrew Greenwood says the uniqueness of the site offers a blank canvas to create a major, urban mixed-use development that will be a first class destination. "We looked internationally, we looked nationally we looked at Indiana and there's nothing that compares," said Greenwood.

  • (Discovery Park District rendering courtesy of Purdue University.)

    Master Plan Lays Out $1B Purdue Discovery Park District

    The Purdue Research Foundation and its private development partner, Indianapolis-based Browning Investments LLC, have unveiled the 30-year master plan for the massive Discovery Park District in West Lafayette. The mixed-use property is expected to include some $1 billion in projects and opportunities for on-campus private investment that Purdue University says will create "a mixed-use gateway for intellectual discourse and commercial partnerships." Officials also detailed...

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    Spot Freight Expands in Charlotte

    Indianapolis-based Spot Freight Inc. is growing its presence in North Carolina. The Charlotte office, which opened three years ago and currently employs 10, could add about 50 jobs by year's end. In an interview a year ago on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, President Andrew Elsener discussed the company's growth plans in Indianapolis, which include 260 new Hoosier jobs by 2023.

  • Jeffersonville Call Center Could Bring Over 600 Jobs

    Ohio-based United Collection Bureau Inc. has announced plans for a new southeast Indiana call center that could employ up to 621 over the next four years. The company intends to pump $2.4 million into improvements and equipment at a leased facility on the River Ridge Commerce Center campus in Jeffersonville. UCB says renovations have already begun on the 55,000 square-foot call center, which is slated to open by the end of next month.

  • Skyline Corp. is headquartered in Elkhart.

    Skyline Corp. Continues Profit Swing

    Elkhart-based Skyline Corp. is reporting fiscal third quarter net income of $1.2 million, compared to a net loss of $2.4 million during the same period last year. The results mark the fourth consecutive quarter of profit growth for the manufactured housing company.

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    Flexware Innovation Details New Fishers HQ

    Fishers-based Flexware Innovation Inc. is planning to relocate within the city to a new headquarters in a more prominent location. The company, which also has an office in Valparaiso and a presence at the new Indiana IoT Lab in Fishers, says the $3.5 million project near the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater could break ground in the fall. The company is seeking more than $265,000 in tax incentives from the city. Late last year, it announced plans to invest some $8 million into...

  • Jessica Navascues is CEO of Allura USA.

    Demand Drives Restart of Terre Haute Plant

    The head of a Texas-based building materials manufacturer says the reopening of its Terre Haute plant represents just the beginning of a long-term commitment to the Wabash Valley. Allura USA Chief Executive Officer Jessica Navascues says, when fully-operational, there could be upwards of 150 employees at the facility that restarted this year after being closed in 2014. "Stage one" plans, she says, involve the 60 employees already working at the nearly...

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    Building Product Maker to Mark Plant Restart

    Officials will celebrate the reopening of a manufacturing facility Wednesday in Terre Haute. The Allura USA plant, owned by a Texas-based parent, closed in 2014 and was restarted in January. The company employs 60 in the Wabash Valley. Allura USA makes fiber cement building products for new homes including siding, trim, soffit and shakes. The plant covers 438,000 square-feet and supplies homebuilders throughout the region and the country.

  • Oasis Lifestyle manufactures commercial bathroom products.

    Oasis Lifestyle to Expand Plymouth Operation

    Plymouth-based Oasis Lifestyle LLC is planning two building expansion projects in Marshall County. The company, which manufactures commercial bathroom products, will invest nearly $2 million which it says will help retain its more than 240 employees.

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    Manufacturer Growing in Huntington

    A Minnesota-based company has announced plans to expand operations in northeast Indiana. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says Ecolab, which manufactures soaps, sanitizers and cleaners will invest $4.5 million in new equipment at its Huntington plant. The addition will support a new product line and create a small number of manufacturing and plant logistics jobs.  Ecolab expects the equipment upgrade to be operational this month. The company employs...

  • Simon plans to redevelop five properties across the country

    Simon to Redevelop Five Properties

    Indianapolis-based Simon (Nasdaq:SPG) has announced plans to redevelop five properties across the country. The multi-million dollar plans include shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use developments.  

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    Former GM Site Ripe For 'All Different Types' of Development

    The company poised to lead a massive redevelopment of the Indianapolis site where a General Motors stamping plant once stood says there is "not a playbook" anywhere in the world that could guide the vision for the project. Senior Vice President Andrew Greenwood says the purchase of the 103-acre property continues progress on a "once in a generation opportunity."

  • Würth to Debut Greenwood HQ

    Würth Industry North America will Tuesday showcase its new Greenwood headquarters. The company, which is a subsidiary of Würth Group in Germany, broke ground in late-2016 on the facility. The new facility is expected to be home to up to 60 new jobs by 2020. WINA was previously headquartered on the northwest side of Indianapolis and it employs around 100 Hoosiers. The new facility includes 230,000 square-feet for customer fulfillment operations and office functions.

  • Crane, Contracts at Center of Buy Indiana Expo

    An event designed to connect Indiana companies with resources and knowledge on the government contracting process is underway at the French Lick Resort and Casino. The Buy Indiana Expo, in its 21st year, is hosted by The Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center and Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce. In a recent interview on Inside INdiana Business With Gerry Dick, NWSC Crane Deputy Director for Small Business Matt Burkett discussed how an event that began in a cafeteria has...

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    Deal Closes on Old Indy GM Stamping Plant Site

    The acquisition of the former General Motors stamping plant property near downtown Indianapolis is now complete. Indianapolis-based Ambrose Property Group, the developer approved by the site's previous handler RACER Trust, is planning to launch a $92.5 million first phase of construction by year's end. The agreement was first announced last year, but it required a long-term vetting process by the city and the trust before Ambrose could take ownership.

  • Calumet Acquires California Startup

    Indianapolis-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP (Nasdaq: CLMT) has completed its acquisition of Biosynthetic Technologies LLC. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. 

  • Scenery along the proposed path includes the historic Arcadia train depot. (Image courtesy of the Nickel Plate Express.)

    'Nickel Plate Express' Sets Sights For Summer

    The newly-signed operator of a 12-mile, tourism-focused rail line in northern Hamilton County says activity between Atlanta and Noblesville will begin in the summer. Nickel Plate Heritage Railroad Inc. has signed a 15-year operating agreement with the track's manager, the Hamilton County-based Hoosier Heritage Port Authority. The authority controls 37 miles of track that stretches between Tipton and Indianapolis.

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    New Job Numbers Emerge From Jasper Group in Orleans

    The chief executive officer of a major southern Indiana manufacturer that employs is calling Indiana "the ideal location for growth." Dubois County-based Jasper Group's Mike Elliott made the comment Friday during a visit from Governor Eric Holcomb as the company detailed previously-announced plans to move in and renovate a former Paoli Inc. facility in Orleans and add 316 jobs.

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    Manufacturer Growing in Hobart

    Hobart-based heavy equipment part supplier ITR America is investing more than $5 million into an expansion. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report the project will result in about 55 construction jobs and a handful of permanent positions. ITR says its new facility will be behind its existing operation in the NorthWind Crossings Business Park. The company will assemble track frames at the plant.

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    Holcomb to Make Jobs Announcement in Orleans

    Governor Eric Holcomb will Friday make an economic development announcement in Orleans. The governor will join local elected officials and executives from Jasper Group in the Orange County town, where the company announced last year it would expand a manufacturing facility that was previously set to close.

  • Land O'Frost Adds New Jersey Meat Maker

    Munster-based Land O'Frost Inc. has announced the acquisition of what it calls "an established and respected leader" in natural and organic meats. The deal includes the full brand portfolio of Wellshire Farms Inc. of New Jersey. Wellshire products are currently carried in specialty retailers including...

  • Paragon Medical is headquartered in "The Orthopedics Capital of the World," Kosciusko County.

    $375M Deal For Paragon Medical

    Tennessee-based NN Inc. (Nasdaq: NNBR) has announced plans to acquire a high-profile medical device manufacturer in Kosciusko County. The company expects the $375 million deal for Paragon Medical Inc. to close in the second quarter. NN is an industrial manufacturer of high-precision metal and plastic components and assemblies, according to its website. Richard Holder, chief executive officer of NN, says the acquisition fits perfectly with the company's plan to...

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    Indiana Aquaculture Facility Could Start Over This Year

    The Massachusetts company that last year purchased the Bell Fish Co. LLC in Albany says the indoor fish farm could begin generating revenue late next year. AquaBounty Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: AQB) says the east central Indiana operation will become the company's first U.S. commercial production site and could begin being stocked within the next few months. In March of last year, Texas-based private equity firm Trive Capital acquired the assets of Bell.

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    Calumet Losses Deepen in Earnings Report Revision

    Indianapolis-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP (Nasdaq: CLMT) has released revised earnings showing a greater fourth quarter and full-year loss than previously reported. The hydrocarbon processor says it lost $103.8 million in 2017, $83.6 million of that in the fourth quarter. The loss in 2017 was still an improvement from its 2016 performance where the company reported a $328.6 million loss. 

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    Concrete Company to Build New Carlisle Plant

    Valparaiso-based Smith Ready Mix is planning a new concrete batch plant in St. Joseph County. The South Bend Tribune reports the company will invest $2 million to build the facility in an industrial area being developed by the county near New Carlisle. The plant is expected to open this summer and create 15 jobs.

  • Four vehicles, including the new Ascent, are produced at Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc.

    Sales Records Continue For Indiana-Made Subarus

    Subaru of America Inc. is reporting its best-ever first quarter for sales. The New Jersey-based company markets and distributes Subaru models, which are manufactured by Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. in Lafayette, to more than 600 U.S. retailers. SOA says last month's sales totals were the best for any March, boosting year-to-date sales to just under 150,000 vehicles, a nearly 4 percent gain from the first quarter in 2017. In December, SIA unveiled the Ascent sport utility vehicle.

  • BraunAbility's headquarters are located in the Pulaski County city of Winamac.

    BraunAbility Continues European Expansion

    Winamac-based BraunAbility has announced the acquisition of the remaining shares of Sweden's Autoadapt AB. The company, which previously owned nearly half of the European mobility manufacturer's shares, says the deal is expected to close later this month. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. In addition to Autoadapt, BraunAbility says it will acquire the company's subsidiaries Unwin and Martech, based in the United Kingdom and Denmark, respectively.

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    Celadon Details Deeper Financial Reporting Problems

    Indianapolis-based Celadon Group Inc. (NYSE: CGI) says an ongoing internal audit has turned up issues with its accounting and public financial reporting practices going back four years. The transportation logistics company announced last May it was using independent legal and accounting experts to review six previous quarters of earnings reports and says it soon expects to be removed from trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Celadon received...

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    LDI Adds Well-Known Northern Indiana Manufacturer

    Indianapolis-based LDI Ltd. has acquired Polygon Co. of Walkerton. The nearly 70-year-old composite components manufacturer employs 250 in St. Joseph County. The move continues a diversification from LDI's early days as U.S. Corrugated-Fibre Box Co. into the manufacturing, distribution and logistics industries. Chief Executive Officer J.A. Lacy says "investing in a growing Indiana company has been a top priority for LDI."

  • U.S. EPA teams monitored and tested Burns Waterway and Lake MIchigan waters after an April 11, 2017 spill.

    Chemical Spill Costs U.S. Steel Over $600K

    The U.S. Department of Justice says Pittsburgh-based United States Steel Corp. (NYSE: X) has agreed to pay more than $600,000 to cover U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Park Service costs associated with a chemical spill a year ago. Wastewater containing hexavalent chromium from the company's Portage plant got to Lake Michigan via a nearby waterway and caused...

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    Meetings On Deck For I-69 Bridge Proposal

    Indiana and Kentucky transportation officials behind a proposed I-69 bridge over the Ohio River will Tuesday hold the first of six public meetings in April and May. The I-69 ORX Project Team Community Conversations will provide an opportunity to discuss preliminary route alternatives and tolling. Tuesday's event is set for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the C.K. Newsome Community Center in Evansville. The next meetings will be...

  • Culture Matters: Kirby Risk's Employee Investment

    A third-generation electrical and lighting manufacturer, supplier and service provider is continuing to focus on training as a way to retain and attract employees to the nearly century-old company. Our Culture Matters segment this month features Lafayette-based Kirby Risk Corp., which First Person Managing Director Paul Ashley says takes an approach that is "all about the people." Kirby Risk has grown to include nearly 1,000 employees and...

  • Ignition Park is a state-certified, 140-acre technology park on the former Studebaker manufacturing property.

    New Buildings Proposed at Ignition Park

    Three new buildings are planned for the South Bend industrial park that used to be home to the Studebaker Corp. The South Bend Tribune reports the 900 Franklin Street project is being developed at Ignition Park by Charlie Hayes and family, who own Hayes Towers. The $1.5 million initial phase will include a 30,000 square-foot building that is slated to be built this summer. Two smaller buildings could be build with four years.

  • The communities are working with Hancock County-based NineStar Connect on "smart" technology initiatives.

    Communities Collaborate on Connectivity

    Three towns in Hancock County are moving forward on what they call the logical outgrowth of continued collaboration. Leaders from Cumberland, McCordsville and New Palestine are joining forces to roll out "smart" technology and initiatives throughout the Mt. Comfort Corridor, which include integrating high-tech pavement sensors into the trail system and continuing the build-out of fiber. In January 2017, the towns released...

  • SF Motors unveiled concept vehicles Wednesday during an event in California.)

    'Intelligent' EV Production Coming to Mishawaka

    A California-based electric vehicle maker says trial production of its "intelligent" cars will begin in Mishawaka by the end of the year. SF Motors unveiled its concepts Wednesday at its Santa Clara headquarters, saying the SF5 model will be available for pre-order this year and will be on the road in 2019. The company in November completed the acquisition of a former AM General LLC commercial assembly plant where a contract with Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc. had ended.

  • GMC Sierra AT4 built at GMC's Fort Wayne Assembly Plant

    GMC Unveils Truck Built in Roanoke

    The Roanoke-built GMC Sierra AT4 has made its debut. GMC says the 4-wheel drive is being built alongside the Chevy Silverado at the Fort Wayne Assembly plant.

  • South Bend - Elkhart Regional Partnership Chief Executive Officer Regina Emberton is one of several Michiana leaders supporting the effort.

    'Project Propel' Seeks to Raise Region Through Air

    Business and community leaders throughout Michiana are joining forces to boost the regional economy through increasing the number of direct flights at South Bend International Airport. Project Propel focuses on policies that drive business travelers toward SBN first. Right now, organizers say, 60 percent of business flights go to other airports in cities like Chicago, Indianapolis or Fort Wayne. The greater Grand Rapids, Michigan area launched a similar effort that estimates...

  • Bottle Works Gaining Steam in Fort Wayne

    A low-income housing community that includes a former Coca-Cola bottling plant is progressing in Fort Wayne. Two single-family homes of a planned 19 to be built within the $14.5 million Bottle Works Lofts development are now complete and work is continuing to transform of the old industrial facility into a 31-unit rental property.

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    Holcomb Wraps Up Canada Trip

    Governor Eric Holcomb's fourth international trade mission is complete. The Indiana delegation wrapped up the three-day trip to Canada by meeting with officials from the province of Quebec in an effort to advance international partnerships in logistics and business.

  • Montgomery County Courthouse (photo courtesy state of Indiana)

    Montgomery County Devising First Comprehensive Plan

    Montgomery County Commissioners have been approved to fund the county's first comprehensive plan process. The Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs awarded a $50,000 grant, and the county received $38,000 from Indiana West Advantage, to fund the process. 

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    Road Fixes Ramp up Following Flooding

    Heavy rains, flooding and freeze-thaw cycles in recent weeks have caused embankment slides on a major road near one of southeast Indiana's biggest attractions. The Indiana Department of Transportation says it is bringing in a contractor to shore up slopes along State Road 111 near Horseshoe Casino in Elizabeth.

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    Jeffboat Details Upcoming Closure

    Jeffersonville-based Jeffboat LLC has released an updated timeline for the previously-announced closure of its facility. In a notice to the state, the company says the final round of layoffs is expected to begin April 2 and continue through May 14, when the facility will close its doors for good.

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    Trade Mission Brings Out Big Names in Canada

    An economic development trip with the state's largest trading partner is putting Governor Eric Holcomb and the delegation he is leading in front of big-name Canadian leaders. The trip kicked off Monday with a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, cabinet officials and business executives with companies that have ties to Indiana. The Indiana delegation also includes...

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    Closing on The Horizon For Jeffboat

    An industrial mainstay in southeast Indiana is shutting down. Jeffersonville-based Jeffboat LLC, located on what's considered the largest inland shipyard in the United States, is expected to close around the end of next month. One Southern Indiana says up to 170 workers will be affected by the decision. 1si Chief Executive Officer Wendy Dant Chesser says her organization will "help the effected employees identify other sustainable work opportunities in our region."

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    Manufacturers Eye Whitestown For Dozens of Potential Jobs

    Two manufacturers are planning to locate new operations in Whitestown and add a total of nearly 200 jobs. Royal Interpack Midwest Inc., part of California-based plastic packaging manufacturer Royal Inter Pack Co. Ltd., expects to invest $20 million. NTN Bearing Corp. of America, an Illinois-based subsidiary of a Japanese company, says the equipment proposed for a new location would cost $2.1 million.

  • Scott Massey is a co-founder of Heliponix.

    'Food Computer' Creator Marketing to World

    The chief executive officer of a West Lafayette-based indoor agricultural technology company has lofty global ambitions. Heliponix co-founder Scott Massey says the company, which makes the GroPod hydroponic "food computer," has a potential market the size of every home in the world. "Ultimately, I see us becoming the world's largest farming company without owning a single acre of land." In an interview for The INnovators with Dr. K, Massey said...

  • City of Gary receives HUD grant

    Gary Receives HUD Grant for Demolition

    A federal grant will allow Gary to demolish abandoned housing at two developments. Gary was awarded a Capital Fund Emergency Safety and Security Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development of more than $3.2 million.

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    Finish Line Reaches Merger Agreement

    A major retailer in the United Kingdom has announced plans to acquire Indianapolis-based The Finish Line Inc. (Nasdaq: FINL). The deal with JD Sports Fashion Plc is valued at nearly $560 million. The earliest the transaction could close, the companies say, is June. The merger agreement still requires approval of Finish Line and JD shareholders, as well as regulatory approvals. JD bills itself as the "leading European retailer of sports, fashion and outdoor brands."

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    Indianapolis Lands World Trade Center

    Indiana's emerging profile as a global business center is getting a boost. After more than a year of effort, organizers have received final license from the New York-based World Trade Centers Association to establish a World Trade Center in Indianapolis. "World Trade Center Indianapolis is going to be a conduit to the world for trade, trade services in particular," said former Marion County Clerk Doris Anne Sadler, who is serving as president of WTC Indianapolis.

  • One of the contracts calls for ongoing engine services for the T-45 training aircraft fleet. (photo courtesy Rolls-Royce)

    Rolls-Royce Lands Military Contract Boosts

    The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded two military contract extensions to Rolls-Royce Corp. in Indianapolis. The contracts, totaling more than $100 million, call for ongoing engine services work for the U.S. Navy and the production of engines for its V-22 Osprey program.

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    Next Round of Road Work on I-469

    The second leg of a major pavement project in northeast Indiana kicks off this week. The Indiana Department of Transportation says the nearly $25 million of work will involve replacement and resurfacing of portions of I-469. Bridge rehabilitation is also on the schedule for I-469 bridges over the Chicago, Fort Wayne and Eastern Railroad south, Tillman Road and the Chicago, Fort Wayne and Eastern Railroad north, as well as a bridge deck overlay over Houk Ditch near Fort Wayne.

  • FedEx first announced plans for the 608,000 square-foot facility in October.

    Greenwood 'Disappointed' as FedEx Pulls $259M Plans

    FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) has dropped plans for a $259 million small package distribution center in Greenwood. The company cited "projected operational needs" in halting plans for the hub, which was expected to result in up to 455 new jobs. In a statement, the city of Greenwood said it is "certainly disappointed" in the decision, but adds that FedEx's initial announcement led to interest from "a number of other high-profile companies." The city says it exp...
  • (Image of Root family-sponsored fiberglass Coke bottle courtesy of the Root Family Art Project.)

    Super-Sizing Terre Haute's Coke Bottle Heritage

    An initiative designed to highlight Terre Haute as birthplace of one of the most recognizable product packages in the world will make its debut Thursday afternoon. The Root Family Public Art Project involves 27 six-foot-tall fiberglass Coca-Cola bottles that have been decorated by artists from the Wabash Valley. The now iconic Coke bottle shape was the winning design submitted by the Root Glass Co. of Terre Haute in 1915 for a nationwide competition put together by the soft drink maker.

  • Toyota Supplier Planning Growth in Princeton

    Princeton-based Vuteq USA Inc. has announced plans to build a new facility in Gibson County. The Gibson County Economic Development Corp. has confirmed to Inside INdiana Business the company, which makes components for Toyota vehicles, will invest $27 million to construct a new support center and plant, which would employ 400 people by 2022. Vuteq currently has a plant located just north of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana in Princeton.

  • IoT Lab Opens With Eyes on Future

    The founder of the Indiana IoT Lab says the innovation and collaboration space is focused on an industry that will "future-proof" Hoosier businesses. John Wechsler says companies that are dialing into the Internet of Things are playing in a sector that is forecast to grow to $2.2 trillion. The facility Wednesday night hosted more than 700 at a grand opening event. Wechsler said some of the state's trademark industries will be "radically affected" by...

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    Logistics Company CEO Makes $3M Gift to IU

    The chief executive officer of Chicago-based logistics provider GLP has made a $3 million donation to Indiana University. The gift from Ming Mei, a 1996 IU graduate, will be used to establish faculty chairs at the Kelley School of Business and the School of Global and International Studies at IU Bloomington.

  • New Manufacturing Center Launches Amid Industry 'Revolution'

    A new center focusing on training leaders for one of Indiana's biggest economic sectors has been launched at the Kelley School of Business at IUPUI. The Center for Excellence in Manufacturing will work with undergraduate and Evening MBA students and provide field research through partnerships with Indiana companies. It is supported through a $1 million gift from Illinois-based Tenneco Inc. Executive Chairman Gregg Sherrill, a 1991 Kelley graduate, and his wife Sabine.

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    New Plant Reflects I-69 Impact, Collaboration

    Officials in Daviess County say a ribbon-cutting this morning in Washington illustrates development efforts sparked by the I-69 expansion are paying off. M&C Tech Indiana plans to employ 70 at its new, $4.6 million plant. Daviess County Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Ron Arnold says the facility is a reflection of strategic and collaborative work among stakeholders throughout the region. M&C makes plastic components including...

  • Rolls-Royce has a large presence in Indianapolis.

    Indiana Hosting National Aerospace Conference

    Rolls-Royce North America is hosting a national aerospace conference this week in Indianapolis. The Aerospace Industries Association's Supplier Management Council Meeting has attracted a record number of industry suppliers from throughout the country. 

  • BAGI says single-family home permits continue to rise

    Central Indiana Home Building Permits Increase in February

    The nine-county Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis says the number of single-family permits rose again last month. 481 permits were issued in February, compared to 351 in February of last year, which is an increase of 40%.  

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    Bethel College to Host Career Fair

    Bethel College will host a career fair on its campus Wednesday, March 21st. More than 100 local employers will be on hand to answer questions, and explore opportunities for career options. The fair will be held from 10am-1pm inside the Wiekamp Athletic Center.

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    Conexus Establishes Award in Honor of Andre Lacy

    Indiana's advanced manufacturing and logistics initiative is accepting nominations for the inaugural Andre B. Lacy Vanguard Award. Conexus Indiana says the award aims to recognize those who demonstrate the key qualities exhibited by the noted business leader and philanthropist, who passed away in November.

  • Developer Selected For River Ridge 'Front Door'

    The River Ridge Development Authority has selected Louisville-based Hollenbach-Oakley LLC to serve as master developer of an office park in the 6,000-acre property. Plans include a Class A office building in the gateway portion of the River Ridge Commerce Center near the new Lewis and Clark Bridge interchange. Officials say the office park will offer a different environment than the manufacturing and distribution-focused operations located throughout the rest of River Ridge.

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    Manufacturer to Cut Ribbon in Daviess County

    Governor Eric Holcomb will Tuesday join officials in Daviess County to celebrate the opening of a new manufacturing operation along the new I-69 corridor. Japan-based M&C Tech Indiana is investing $4.6 million into the Washington facility, which is expected to create up to 70 jobs by 2021.

  • Patrick Industries acquires Collins & Company (photo courtesy Patrick Industries)

    Another Acquisition for Patrick Industries

    Elkhart-based Patrick Industries (Nasdaq: PATK) has announced the acquisition of another company, Collins & Co. in Bristol. The total cash consideration in the deal is approximately $36.5 million.

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    New Businesses Coming to Carmel City Center

    Carmel City Center is set to open several new businesses this summer. Oliver's Twist, Be.You.Tiful Nails and Addendum Gallery will all move from current locations to a larger space in the new Baldwin & Chambers Building. 

  • Boone County Doubling Down on Quality of Place Focus

    After a big year in 2017, economic development leaders in Boone County say a key to maintaining momentum will be a focus on making the county an attractive place to live, work and play. Boone County EDC Executive Director Molly Whitehead says 14 companies committed to invest nearly $200 million in expansion projects in 2017, with job commitments totaling nearly 1,800. The county has already announced three corporate expansions in 2018, with more in the pipeline.

  • The WestGate Academy Conference and Training Center is located in Odon.

    Radius Names Purdue@WestGate Best of Year

    Radius Indiana recently named the top 10 economic development projects of 2017, with Purdue@WestGate coming in at number one. More than 50 nominations were submitted at their annual stakeholders meeting held in French Lick.  

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    Hurco More Than Triples Quarterly Profit

    Indianapolis-based Hurco Companies Inc. (Nasdaq: HURC) is reporting fiscal first quarter net income of $2.9 million, up from $879,000 during the same quarter the previous year. Chief Executive Officer Michael Doer says the CNC manufacturer is in the best financial position of its history. 

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    Former Kellogg's Plant to Get New Life

    A Germany-based company is planning to establish operations in Vigo County. Our partners at WTHI-TV report Saturn Petcare will move into the former Kellogg’s plant in Seelyville, adding 200 jobs over the next five years. The company is looking to construct a new plant on the property, which could begin next year and be complete by 2020. The Seelyville Town Council has approved 10-year real and personal property tax abatements for the...

  • Representatives from the 22 schools gathered at the Toyota Indiana Visitors Center Wednesday.

    Toyota, Project Lead The Way Announce Grants

    Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana and Project Lead The Way have announced nearly $300,000 in grants to 22 K-12 schools in southwest Indiana. The funding from the Toyota USA Foundation will give the schools access to computer science, engineering and biomedical science curriculum. Toyota Indiana President Millie Marshall says the grants will help schools "create the innovators and problem solvers of tomorrow, while uplifting Indiana communities."

  • The BIC opened near the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center in August 2013.

    Indiana 'Well-Postured' in Advanced Energy

    The acting president of the Battery Innovation Center in Greene County says the operation's presence is truly worldwide. Ben Wrightsman says only a handful of the approximately 100 firms that work with the BIC are based in Indiana and the majority are global. The center will mark its fifth anniversary in August and he says the BIC's focus is what makes it stand out. "Rather than having technology that just kind of stays in an incubator or stays in that R&D loop," he said...

  • The company designs, produces and distributes aluminum and plastic automotive parts.

    Global Manufacturer Coming to Fort Wayne

    A Germany-based manufacturer is expanding its operations into northeast Indiana. Auto part-maker ElringKlinger plans to invest $23 million to launch a facility in Fort Wayne and create up to 150 jobs by 2022. The company designs, produces and distributes aluminum and plastic automotive parts. It has more than 9,000 employees in around 50 global locations, including U.S. facilities in Georgia, Michigan and California. The Allen County Facility will produce aluminum shielding systems f...
  • Pretzels Inc. Plymouth Facility

    Two Plymouth Businesses Announce Expansions

    Two separate companies have announced expansions in Marshall County. Pretzels, Inc. and Carey's Child Care, both of Plymouth, will soon expand operations. 

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    Job Fair Targeting Former Jeffboat Employees

    WorkOne will Thursday host a manufacturing job fair in New Albany. The organization says the event will focus on assisting workers who have been displaced by recent layoffs from Jeffersonville-based Jeffboat LLC.

  • (Image courtesy of the city of Mishawaka) Dave Wood, pictured on the right next to Indiana Economic Development Corp. President Elaine Bedel, is mayor of Mishawaka.

    Mishawaka Mayor Continues Quality of Life Focus

    Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood says a $7 million park proposed for an emerging downtown area is a play on city leadership's top priority: attracting people. "Now, more than ever, people want to pick their community, then they'll pick their job," said Wood, who first came to office in 2010 and has emphasized quality-of-life investment. He used Monday's State of The City Address to detail plans for the amenity, which will be located on the site where the city was originally founded...

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    Noblesville Manufacturer Moving Forward on Big Expansion

    Noblesville-based SMC Corp. of America is planning to double its Hamilton County footprint and add more than 90 jobs by 2022. The company, which is the largest private-sector employer in the city, is looking to invest $67 million into the expansion. The Noblesville Common Council Tuesday approved preliminary resolutions involving 10-year tax abatement for the subsidiary of SMC Corp. of Japan. The investment, the automated control technology maker says, will also retain 954 jobs.

  • The company changed its name from Berry Plastics to Berry Global Group in April 2017.

    Berry Global Expansion Gaining Traction

    The previously-announced plans for Evansville-based Berry Global Group Inc. (NYSE: BERY) to expand its manufacturing operations are moving forward. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. has approved tax incentives for the $70 million project, that will result in 150 new jobs by 2020. Berry says it will add four new thermoforming lines to produce plastic packaging at its current manufacturing facility in downtown Evansville. The IEDC is offering Berry up to...

  • Kokomo Manufacturer to Double Operations

    Kokomo-based AndyMark Inc. has announced plans to expand its Howard County operations. The robotic parts supplier says it will invest $1.5 million to move into a new facility on the northeast side of Kokomo and create 30 jobs by 2021. The Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance says the 88,000-square-foot facility will have space for the company's current light manufacturing equipment, e-commerce fulfillment operations and allow for future expansion. 

  • (Image of Indianapolis campus courtesy of Lincoln Tech.)

    Lincoln Tech Adding Welding Courses in Indy

    Lincoln Educational Services Corp. (Nasdaq: LINC) is adding welding and metal fabrication training to its offerings in Indianapolis. The for-profit post-secondary education institution says Indy is one of three campuses that will launch the welding program this year. The first courses will begin at the end of June and will launch later in South Plainfield, New Jersey and Columbia, Maryland. Lincoln Tech says the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports nearly 130,000 welding jobs will...
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    Council OKs Millions More to Fix Indy Potholes

    The City-County Council in Indianapolis has approved $14.5 million for pothole repairs on the city's roadways. The funding process was fast-tracked following an emergency request from Mayor Joe Hogsett. The city has some 8,100 miles of roads that have been hit with tens of thousands of potholes. A statement from the City-County Council says the funding "will make traveling on city streets safer for constituents and their vehicles."

  • IBC is headquartered in Lebanon.

    IBC Coatings Expanding in Lebanon

    Lebanon-based IBC Coatings Technologies Inc. has announced plans to grow its Boone County operations. The company says it will invest nearly $5 million to expand its headquarters and create up to 14 jobs. IBC Coatings produces advanced surface treatments for "applications requiring significant wear and corrosion resistance," according to the Boone County Economic Development Corp. The company says the investment will support a new production line.

  • New Hangar to open later this year at Clinton County Airport

    Aircraft Hangar to Open in Clinton County

    First Wing Jet Center, formerly Montgomery Aviation, has announced it will open state-of-the-art hangar facilities later this year. The new 12,000 square foot, heated hangar will open at the Frankfort/Clinton County Municipal Airport. 

  • GTA Containers is headquartered in South Bend.

    South Bend Company Awarded Military Contract

    The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded a mult-million dollar contract to South Bend-based GTA Container Inc. The contract, totaling more than $36 million, calls for the production of collapsible fuel storage tank assemblies.

  • Indiana Rail Road Company wins prestigious for second time (stock photo courtesy Nickel Plate Express)

    Indiana Railroad Wins Prestigious Award

    The Indiana Rail Road Company (INRD) has been named "Regional Railroad of the Year" by Railway Age magazine. It's the second time INRD has won the award, after receiving the prestigious recognition in 2012. 

  • SugarCreek to Add 100 Jobs in Wayne County

    Ohio-based SugarCreek Packing Co. has announced plans to add 100 jobs at its Cambridge City production facility. The Palladium-Item reports the food manufacturer is investing more than $7 million in new equipment for the facility, which began production in 2015. SugarCreek currently employs more than 400 at the Wayne County plant and is looking to fill the new positions by June 2019. The Wayne County Council this week unanimously approved a 10-year tax abatement for the...

  • Young Urges Accountability For 'Cheating' China

    Several members of Indiana's congressional delegation are weighing in on President Donald Trump's executive orders imposing a 25 percent tariff on all imported steel and a 10 percent tariff on all imported aluminum. Canada and Mexico are exempt from the actions, which are slated to take effect March 23, and the order leaves room for allies of the United States to discuss their own exemptions. In an interview just before the order was signed, Senator Todd Young said...

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    International Welding Company Opening Portage Facility

    Austria-based voestalpine Böhler Welding Group has announced plans to invest more than $13 million to set up operations in Portage. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report the company will build a 138,000-square-foot facility at the AmeriPlex at the Port business park and create 50 jobs over the next three years.

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    Cummins Unveils Major Investment in Women

    In the midst of International Women's Day, Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) has detailed what it calls a "landmark" community initiative designed to boost the impact of women and girls on the world. Cummins Powers Women is a multi-million dollar effort that involves investment and partnerships with nonprofits in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia focusing on female empowerment. The company made the announcement Thursday in Indianapolis during its...

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    Despite Net Loss, CEO Says Calumet 'Turned The Corner'

    Indianapolis-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP Chief Executive Officer Tim Go says the company has "successfully turned the corner." In its annual earnings report, the hydrocarbon processor says it cut fiscal 2017 loss to $85.1 million, compared to a $328.6 million loss in fiscal 2016. He says quarterly results have improved on a year-over-year basis for five consecutive quarters. Calumet is reporting a fourth fiscal quarter loss of...

  • Burns Harbor Port Touts 'Landmark' Year

    The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor says cargo shipments increased 8 percent in 2017. The port handled 2.8 million tons of cargo last year, marking the highest four-year total in its history, up 27 percent over the previous four-year period. 

  • Aggressively Organic's Presence, Ambition Expanding

    A central Indiana indoor agriculture company is growing its footprint. Aggressively Organic creates hydroponic, micro-growth chamber technology to grow produce for what it says is "less than the cost of a large pizza." The less-than-one-year-old company is currently located at Launch Fishers and it will next week open a 40,000-square-foot facility elsewhere in the Hamilton County city.

  • Thor relocated its headquarters to Elkhart County in 2013.

    Near-Record Sales Drives Thor Profit

    Elkhart-based Thor Industries Inc. (NYSE: THO) is reporting fiscal second quarter net income of $79.8 million, up from $64.8 million during the same period last year. Chief Executive Officer Bob Martin says the recreational vehicle manufacturer achieved its third-highest sales level of any quarter in its history, in what it calls a historically low-volume quarter.

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    Splenda Owner Eyeing New HQ

    A Carmel-based company that owns the Splenda brand of low-calorie sweeteners is planning to relocate to a new headquarters not yet determined and grow in central Indiana. Heartland Food Products Group, which currently employs 70 in Carmel, is looking for space in either Indianapolis, Westfield, Fishers or elsewhere in Carmel. It could also add approximately 130 jobs as a result of the move. Heartland Food Products employs 1,200 globally.

  • The city of Angola was tops among Indiana cities on the list.

    Indiana 'Micropolitans' Ranked Nationally For Developments

    A national publication's list of the top "micropolitan" areas for facility investments last year includes six Indiana cities. Overall, Site Selection magazine says Indiana ranked sixth in the U.S. and its communities on the list racked up a total of 20 investments in 2017. The publication says qualifying cities and towns are statistical areas with one or more adjacent county that have at least one urban core area of 10,000-50,000 people and...

  • Posey County Bridge Project Receives Federal Funding

    The Maunie Railroad Bridge will receive much-needed improvements due to $10 million in federal funding. The grant will be used to rebuild approaches to the bridge that connects southwestern Indiana to Illinois.  

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    Onward With Three Floyds Expansion Plans

    A multi-million dollar expansion planned by Munster-based 3 Floyds Brewing Co. is moving forward. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report the project received unanimous approval Tuesday from the Town Council. Construction, which involves transforming the current and surrounding properties into a well-landscaped campus, will begin after the beer maker's famed Dark Lord Day in May. The publication describes the planned results as...

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    Hurco Marking 50 Years

    An Indianapolis-based CNC manufacturer is celebrating a milestone. Hurco Companies Inc. (Nasdaq: HURC) was co-founded by Gerald Roch and E.L. Humston with investments of $2,500 in 1968 and has since grown to employ around 750 globally. Hurco has a manufacturing, sales or engineering presence in countries including Taiwan, Italy, China and Germany. In addition to Indianapolis, its U.S. footprint includes Minnesota and Michigan.

  • (Image of Aditya Mittal courtesy of ArcelorMittal.)

    ArcelorMittal Names President

    The Luxembourg-based parent of one of the largest employers in the northwest part if the state has announced changes at the top. ArcelorMittal Group Chief Financial Officer and ArcelorMittal Europe Chief Executive Officer Aditya Mittal has been named president of ArcelorMittal, reporting to his father, ArcelorMittal Chairman and CEO Lakshmi Mittal. The senior Mittal said...

  • The company's water soluble pod product is called MonoDose.

    Indiana 'Pod' Film Manufacturer Growing In-State

    Merrillville-based MonoSol LLC is continuing to grow its Indiana footprint. The manufacturer, whose water-soluble films are used in products like laundry and dishwasher detergent pods, is planning to invest more than $70 million into a new Lebanon facility and create 89 jobs. Monday night, the Lebanon City Council approved tax incentives for the company. Mayor Matt Gentry tells Inside INdiana Business the Boone County community faced competition outside of the state.

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    Rail Museum, Jeffersonville Secure Tourism Support

    Two projects in southeast and southwest Indiana have received grants from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development. The $470,000 in funding will support Indiana Railway Museum Inc.'s restoration of passenger rail cars and development of the city of Jeffersonville's Arts and Cultural District. IOTD Executive Director Mark Newman says...

  • New walkway to connect Terre Haute to West Terre Haute

    Walkway Announced in Vigo County

    A newly planned concrete walkway will connect Terre Haute to West Terre Haute. State officials announced the details last week. The 1.17 mile walkway will be built along U.S. 50 at a cost of $8.7 million.

  • Patrick Industries acquires IMP Holdings (photo courtesy Patrick Industries)

    Patrick Completes Purchase of Indiana Marine Products

    Elkhart-based Patrick Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: PATK) has finished the acquisition of Angola-based Indiana Marine Products. The deal is worth $18.5 million, plus the potential of another $11.5 million if certain performance metrics are met over the next three years. 

  • Work Truck Show Set For 'Really Exciting Year'

    The largest work truck event in North America kicks off this week in downtown Indianapolis. More than 11,000 visitors are expected for the annual Work Truck Show, which runs Tuesday through Friday at the Indiana Convention Center. The event, produced by Michigan-based NTEA - The Association for the Work Truck Industry, will include the introduction of six new trucks and 100 new products from various companies. This will be the fifth consecutive year the Work Truck Show has...

  • (Image courtesy of SF Motors.)

    EV Maker Revving Up Autonomous Ambitions

    An electric vehicle manufacturer with a plant in Mishawaka is progressing on its autonomous vehicle efforts. SF Motors, which is based in California and has a multi-year research and development agreement with the University of Michigan, has received permission from the California Department of Motor Vehicles to test its autonomous driving technology on public roads. Road testing will also be conducted in Michigan and China. The company says it has made...

  • Jeff Wuslich helped co-found Cardinal Spirits in 2015.

    Cardinal Spirits Poised For Indiana, National Growth

    With Indiana's first Sunday of package alcohol sales behind it, Bloomington-based Cardinal Spirits LLC President Jeff Wuslich says the company is poised for expansion inside and outside the state. A new deal with Texas-based Republic National Distributing Co., which is one of the largest distributors in the country and has a presence in Indiana, will grow the distiller's footprint in its home state. A relationship with Blueprint Brands of Brooklyn will also place it in...

  • Thor relocated its headquarters to Elkhart County in 2013.

    Thor Makes Global Joint Venture Official

    Elkhart-based Thor Industries Inc. (NYSE: THO) has closed on its 50/50 joint venture with New Zealand-based Tourism Holdings Ltd. Known as TH2, the venture is focused on digitally connecting recreational vehicle enthusiasts with every aspect of RV ownership.

  • Holcomb made the announcement at Stark Industries in Terre Haute.

    New Office to Skill-up Workforce 'As Quickly as Possible'

    Governor Eric Holcomb has launched a new state office designed to help Hoosiers skill-up for in-demand fields. The Office of Apprenticeships & Work-Based Learning seeks to double the number of Indiana residents participating in apprenticeships and work-based learning programs by 2020. Holcomb says the office will also expand such opportunities for students and working adults in a more diverse range of industries. During a ceremonial signing...

  • Decrease in Statewide Building Permits

    Indiana Builders Association officials say single-family home construction decreased a small amount in the first month of 2018. According to association statistics, 858 permits were pulled in January, compared to 868 during the same month the previous year.

  • The company opened its current Jeffersonville location last summer.

    Logistics Company Plans Jeffersonville Expansion

    Kentucky-based Bluegrass Supply Chain Services LLC is planning to invest nearly $10 million in a new facility in Jeffersonville. One Southern Indiana says the 200,000-square-foot facility will allow the third party logistics provider to retain 14 employees and add 70 by the end of 2020. The facility, to be constructed in the Bridgeport Business Center, will include warehouse and office space the company says will serve clients in the areas of...

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    Distribution Center Closing Expected to Affect Nearly 150 Jobs

    A book distribution operation is closing on the northwest side of Indianapolis. In a notice to the state, Illinois-based ReaderLink Distribution Services LLC says layoffs will begin in April and continue until the center shuts down at the end of August. The move is expected to affect 147 workers. The bulk of the positions are warehouse associates, clerks, maintenance technicians and forklift operators.

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    Fleet Management Company Growing

    Indianapolis-based Earthwave Technologies says it will invest $1.2 million as part of an expansion. The company, which develops wireless fleet management systems for customers that use heavy equipment, says it expects to add up to 56 new jobs by 2022. Earthwave Technologies' headcount is currently 33 and the additional office space will house the new sales, hardware, software development and customer service jobs.

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    Rolls-Royce North America Names CEO

    Rolls-Royce Holdings plc has appointed a new chief executive officer for Rolls-Royce North America, which has a major presence in Indianapolis. Tom Bell will succeed Marion Blakey, who earlier this month announced plans to retire at the end of June. 

  • DOD Chooses AmeriQual For Ration Production Contract

    AmeriQual Packaging in Evansville has been awarded a contract worth more than $521 million. It involves producing food rations for the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. The U.S. Department of Defense says the work will cover five years. AmeriQual Group LLC has two Evansville facilities. The 375,000 square-foot packaging plant assembles meal kits, group feeding rations, variety packs, retail store packs and single-serving dry snack items.

  • Holcomb Slated to Sign Sunday Alcohol Sales Bill

    Governor Eric Holcomb will sign into law Wednesday one of the most high-profile pieces of legislation in this year's General Assembly. Senate Enrolled Act 1 permits Hoosier retailers to sell carryout alcohol on Sundays. The signing sets the stage for carryout sales to begin this Sunday. During The INsiders on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, Visit Indy Vice President Chris Gahl and financial planner Peter Dunn weighed in on the effects of the shift.

  • The company changed its name from Berry Plastics to Berry Global Group in April 2017.

    Evansville Council Approves Berry Incentives

    Evansville-based Berry Global Inc.'s (NYSE: BERY) previously announced expansion plans are moving forward. Our partners at WEHT-TV report the Evansville City Council has approved a five-year tax phase-in plan for the $50 million project, which includes a new commercial production facility.

  • Digital Marketing, Printing Company to Open Indy 'HQ East'

    Montana-based PFL will open its "HQ East" Wednesday in downtown Indianapolis. The company, which was founded in the mid-1990s as online printing company PrintForLess, has expanded into marketing automation and customer relationship management technology. PFL says the second office will lead to at least 40 new jobs. The company's portfolio of partners includes Salesforce Marketing Cloud and PFL says it will benefit from being in the Eastern Time Zone.

  • The contract modification involves the M1167 series of Humvee.

    Army Orders More Mishawaka-Made Military Vehicles

    The U.S. Department of Defense has boosted a contract with South Bend-based AM General LLC. The $11.8 million modification involves production of an additional 60 Humvees. The work for the U.S. Army National Guard will be performed in Mishawaka and estimated to be complete by year's end. U.S. Army Contracting Command in Warren, Michigan is the contracting activity. The deal involves the M1167 series of High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle. AM General says its approximately 230,...
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    Former Sanatorium to Receive New Life

    The former Lake County Tuberculosis Sanatorium will be the new home of the Indiana Ballet Theatre. IBT entered into a 10-year lease in 2017 and began renovating the building to create a regional arts hub. The Crown Point Historic Preservation Commission designated the Nurses' Home as a locally protected landmark, which ensures future exterior work will maintain its historic character. The Nurse’s Home and superintendent’s house are also listed in the National Register.

  • Goshen College, College Mennonite Church to install new solar array

    Goshen College to Install Solar Array

    Goshen College and College Mennonite Church will partner to install a 924-panel solar array on campus. The panels will be installed on the roof of the college's fitness center to provide fully renewable energy to the Church-Chapel building. 

  • Another Acquisition For Patrick

    Elkhart-based Patrick Industries Inc. (Nasdaq: PATK) has completed its second acquisition in as many weeks. The manufacturer has added Aluminum Metals Co. LLC, also based in Elkhart, to its portfolio in a $16.5 million deal. 

  • The Richmond facility will be operated by the company's Heartland Pet Food subsidiary. (rendering courtesy Blue Buffalo)

    General Mills to Acquire Company Growing in Richmond

    Minnesota-based General Mills Inc. (NYSE: GIS) has announced plans to acquire a Connecticut-based company with a major presence in Indiana. The $8 billion deal for Blue Buffalo Pet Products Inc. (Nasdaq: BUFF) includes the company's new facility in Richmond, which remains under construction.

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    Sunday Sales Bill Now Awaits The Governor

    A bill allowing Sunday carryout alcohol sales in Indiana is headed to Governor Eric Holcomb's desk. The measure will take effect upon its passage, rather than waiting until July 1 when approved laws are typically slated to take effect. When the vote to concur was brought to the full Senate floor Thursday, Senate Bill 1 author Ron Alting (R-22) called it a historic moment for the state.

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    Valpo to Add Logistics Management Degree

    The Valparaiso University College of Business is launching a new degree program in supply chain and logistics management. The university says the program, which will be available both as a major and minor, will "prepare business leaders to manage complex operations" across a variety of industries, including technology, manufacturing, and retail. Valpo says the program will feature new courses in...

  • Matsuzaki has been with Honda.

    Honda Announces Greensburg Leadership Changes

    Honda Manufacturing of Indiana LLC in Greensburg has announced Isao Matsuzaki as the company's new president. He succeeds Bob Nelson, who will become senior vice president and regional division manager of the North America E-Planning Division at Honda of America Manufacturing in Ohio. Matsuzaki has been with Honda for more than 30 years, most recently serving in the production operation division at the Honda Motor Co. Ltd. Saitama Factory in Japan.

  • The transition includes a rebranding of the company featuring a new logo.

    Weber Group Announces New Management Plan

    Sellersburg-based Weber Group has announced a generational ownership transition and a rebrand of the company.  A buyers group, including Max Weber, Adam McIntyre, Jim Doiron and Paul Ohlin, has been selected within the company to join existing owners Donny and Barbara Weber as partners. 

  • Rightway Fasteners is headquartered in Columbus.

    Abatements Approved For Columbus Expansions

    The Columbus City Council has unanimously approved tax abatements for three companies. The Republic reports Rightway Fasteners Inc., Cintas Corp. and Tipton Mills Foods are planning a total of $16 million in expansions or new equipment in the Bartholomew County city. 

  • (Graphics courtesy of the I-69 Ohio River Crossing Project Team.)

    I-69 Bridge Team Gathering Feedback

    The I-69 Ohio River Crossing Project Team is seeking input from residents and business owners about preliminary options for a new I-69 bridge and interstate connections. The group last month announced three alternatives for the project to complete the I-69 connection between Indiana and Kentucky. I-69 ORX has posted three surveys on its project website and mailed hard copies to about 4,500 homes. The team says it will accept responses through March 16.

  • (Image courtesy of Flint and Walling.) F&W began as a hand pump and windmill manufacturer in 1866.

    F&W Moving Engine Line From Mexico to Noble County

    Kendallville-based Flint & Walling Inc. is planning to on-shore some operations to Indiana. The Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne reports the manufacturer is shifting an engine production line from Mexico to Kendallville's former Superior Essex facility that it acquired a year ago. The publication says F&W is investing more than $5 million into renovations and equipment for small sump pump engines that will be used by its parent company, Louisville-based Zoeller Co.

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    Purdue Improved Crop Storage Bags Reach Global Stage

    Some 30 years after inspiration struck for an economical way to prevent post-harvest losses from insects, a specially-designed bag system has reached global commercialization. Purdue Improved Crop Storage bags were invented by College of Agriculture professor Larry Murdock following a trip to Africa in the late-1980s. Murdock, associate professor Dieudonné Baributsa and a former Ph.D. student, Laurie Kitch, launched PICS Global Inc. to produce...

  • Scotty's Brewhouse Founder Scott Wise to Rejoin Company

    Scotty's Brewhouse Founder Takes New Role

    Scott Wise will fill a familiar role in his new job, to open more Scotty's Brewhouse locations across the midwest. The Yorktown, Indiana native has joined Luke Family Brands as Vice President of restaurant operations.  Wise will now help to open a minimum of 10 Scotty's Brewhouses in college towns in major midwest cities. 

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    Knowledge Services Moves Ahead with Fishers HQ

    Knowledge Services has selected CitiMark Management Company, and American Structurepoint, to develop and build it's new headquarters in the Green Acres Technology Park in Fishers. Construction on the 80,000 square foot building, adjacent to Navient's headquarters, is set to be complete by the end of 2019, and will provide nearly 400 jobs by 2021.  

  • (Image of Joe Hamrock courtesy of NiSource.)

    NiSource Details Annual, Q4 Earnings

    Merrillville-based NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) is reporting 2017 net income of $128.5 million, compared to $331.5 million a year earlier. For the fourth quarter, the utility company is reporting a net loss of $52.4 million, compared to a profit of $88.8 million during the same period in 2016. Chief Executive Officer Joe Hamrock calls it "a year of disciplined execution." Which included, he said in a news release about the annual and quarterly results...

  • (Spreadsheet provided by BAGI.)

    Builders Association Tempers News of Permit Rise

    The chief executive officer of the Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis says, despite a jump in January single-family building permits, the environment for builders remains challenging. Steve Lains says difficulties in the project approval process are "hindering the new construction industry’s ability to meet the ongoing demand." The nine-county organization says 480 permits were issued last month, compared to 345 in the same month a year earlier.

  • Patrick Industries acquires Metal Moulding Corporation (photo courtesy Patrick Industries)

    Patrick Completes Purchase of Tennessee Manufacturer

    Elkhart-based Patrick Industries (Nasdaq: PATK) has announced the acquisition of Metal Moulding Corporation of Madison, Tennessee. The deal was completed for $20 million in cash considerations, with the potential for up to $2 million more if certain performance metrics are met. MMC manufactures custom metal fabricated products, mainly for the marine market, like hinges, arm rests, panels and trim, along with plastic products, including boxes and inlay tables. 

  • (Rendering courtesy of Circle Centre Partnership)

    Mall GM: Big Renovations Reflect Commitment, Demo Shift

    The general manager of Circle Centre Mall says the largest in the nearly 25-year history of the downtown Indianapolis shopping destination will help deliver an "experience that people can't duplicate elsewhere." Audrie Thompson says the renovations demonstrate the commitment of managing partner Simon Property Group Inc. (NYSE: SPG) and stakeholders to maintaining what she calls the "best address downtown." Work is slated to begin in the spring and will take...

  • (photo courtesy LCI Industries)

    LCI Subsidiary to Acquire California Manufacturer

    A subsidiary of Elkhart-based LCI Industries (NYSE: LCI) has acquired California-based window manufacturer Hehr International Inc. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, however Lippert Components Manufacturing Inc. says the Hehr team will remain with LCI.

  • Berry Global Planning Major Investment

    Evansville-based Berry Global Inc. (NYSE: BERY) has announced plans for a $50 million capital investment. The company says the investment will focus on its proprietary Spinlace asset and will include a new commercial production facility in North America.

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    Kroger Unveils Lebanon Renovations

    The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) has reopened its Lebanon location following a $3.4 million revamp. The Cincinnati-based chain says the investment includes renovations to the bakery, meat, produce and deli sections. Kroger has been unveiling renovations throughout the state in recent years, including work at the New Albany location that was unveiled earlier in the month. Central Division President Pam Matthews says...

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  • Randy Mitchell is president of White County Economic Development.

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    Patrick Profit Jumps in 2017

    Elkhart-based Patrick Industries Inc. (Nasdaq: PATK) is reporting full-year net income of $85.7 million in 2017, up from $55.6 million the previous year. The company says acquisitions contributed to the strong earnings. Patrick manufactures and distributes components and building products for the recreational vehicle, manufactured housing, marine and industrial markets. Chief Executive Officer Todd Cleveland says...

  • Governor Eric Holcomb says the program could drive new workforce "pathways" in the state.

    State Getting 'Skillful' About Workforce Efforts

    Governor Eric Holcomb is one of 20 founding governors in a national effort to boost workforce skills. The Skillful State Network focuses on creating a labor market in the U.S. where employers can tap into desired talent and workers can continuously acquire new skills. The network says it will leverage data and technology and allow participating states to share "what works." In addition to Indiana, founding states include...

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    Nebraska Company Heading to Lebanon

    Nebraska-based Consolidated Container Co. LP has announced plans to expand into Boone County. The company will invest $4.4 million to set up operations inside the Ken’s Foods production facility at the Lebanon Business Park and create 10 jobs by the end of the year.

  • RV Maker Thor Hopes to digitally connect RV owners across the world with new venture

    Indiana RV Maker Announces Tech Venture

    Elkhart-based Thor Industries (NYSE:THO) will join with several companies to bring digital connectivity to RV owners across the world. The 50/50 joint venture, titled TH2, pairs Thor with New Zealand-based Tourism Holdings Ltd. Thor's initial investment in TH2 is $50 million.

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    Rolls-Royce North America CEO to Retire

    The chief executive officer of Rolls-Royce North America is retiring. The company, which has a major presence in Indianapolis, says Marion Blakey will step down at the end of June after nearly three years as CEO.

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    Manufacturing Exec: Indiana Has a 'Population Problem'

    The president of the Indiana Manufacturers Association says, to fill the growing number of openings in Indiana's manufacturing sector and beyond, the state needs to ramp up efforts to increase its population. "Our check engine light is on," says Brian Burton, "and it's blinking." He says the association is pushing a measure with state lawmakers that would exempt some people who move to Indiana for a job from paying state income tax for a number of years.

  • BWI says advancements in its MagneRide suspension system are driving business.

    Hoosiers to Build Parts for Ferraris, Lambos

    A new manufacturing facility in Greenfield will soon be making parts that help deliver the luxurious ride drivers expect when behind the wheel of a Ferrari, Porsche or Lamborghini. China-based BeijingWest Industries, Co. Ltd. (BWI) will begin operations later this year at the facility, which is the company’s first manufacturing operation in the U.S. 

  • NASA is building the Space Launch System (SLS) to reach the deep space gateway. Winning the FabLab project would mark Techshot’s first involvement in deep space exploration.

    NASA Taps Techshot to Build ‘FabLab’ for Moon, Mars

    NASA is preparing to explore the final frontier with the most powerful rocket it’s ever built, set to launch in late 2019. The Space Launch System aims to usher in a new era of space exploration, taking astronauts into the deep space gateway—the area near the moon—and far beyond to Mars.

  • The Advanced Combat Engine aims to deliver more power in a smaller package.

    Cummins to Design Combat Engines That Elude the Enemy

    The monstrous, larger-than-life military tanks of tomorrow could be powered by Hoosier ingenuity. A recent $47 million defense contract delivers marching orders for Columbus-based Cummins Inc.: develop the next-generation engine to power U.S. combat vehicles, and it must be stronger, but smaller, and elusive to enemies’ efforts to spot it. 

  • Zimmer Biomet employees have also hosted students and parents for the Think Ortho Tour.

    Program Wants Students to ‘Think Ortho’ Even Younger

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  • (Rendering provided by The Times of Northwest Indiana.)

    Three Floyds Pitching Major Expansion

    The state's largest production brewery is proposing a big expansion. Munster-based Three Floyds Brewing Co. says plans include more than 114,000 square-feet of additional manufacturing and warehousing space, expanded retail, brewpub and office facilities and a new outdoor garden area for dining. The Plan Unit Development filing with the town of Munster also includes more parking and infrastructure improvements.

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    Rehab Work Underway on Historic New Castle Building

    The Keiser building in downtown New Castle will soon see new life. The building, built in 1872, will be restored to preserve the history and architectural features. Preserve Henry County originally bought the building with plans to partially restore it before selling to new owners who will complete the rehab work. 

  • Rich Cooper, pictured at the podium, is CEO of the Ports of Indiana.

    Another Big Year For Indiana's Ports

    The chief executive officer of the Ports of Indiana calls 2017 an "exceptional year" that caps off a record four-year run. Rich Cooper believes 2018 is positioned well to be another big one that will capitalize on major developments in 2017, including South Korea-based POSCO's (NYSE: PKX) $21 million investment in southeast Indiana and California-based Metro Ports launching a major operation in northwest Indiana. He also cites additional expansions...

  • The Lids Sports Group headquarters in Zionsville opened in 2016.

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    Evansville Airport Adds Sunny Nonstop Route

    Evansville Regional Airport has announced a new seasonal nonstop flight to a popular tourist destination. Service to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport by Las Vegas-based Allegiant (Nasdaq: ALGT) will begin June 8, joining Chicago as the two nonstop destinations at EVV. Airport Executive Director Doug Joest says...

  • Anthem made the list for the first time in 2018.

    Indiana Companies Among 'World's Most Ethical'

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    Frontier to Fly Nonstop From Indy to Austin

    More nonstop service to a key technology destination is coming to the Indianapolis International Airport. Frontier Airlines says it will begin a new flight to Austin, Texas April 10. The inaugural nonstop flight on Allegiant Air to the central Texas city launched last May and a seasonal nonstop on Southwest Airlines will take off for the first time two days before the new Frontier flight. IND recently surpassed its nonstop flight record, now flying to 51 destinations.

  • Manufacturer Could Bring 120 Jobs to Fort Wayne

    A manufacturer is seeking tax incentives from the city of Fort Wayne on a proposed $20.6 million investment. ElringKlinger, a global automotive supplier with a German parent company, says it plans to locate to a shell building in the Persistence Industrial Park and create 120 jobs. The company's largest customer include General Motors and Ford. It currently has a presence in Michigan, Georgia and California. ElringKlinger is seeking tax abatement.

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    Walmart Offering Opportunities to Displaced Greenfield Workers

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    RV Maker Taps Into New Tech

    Elkhart-based Lippert Components Inc. (NYSE: LCII) is turning to a high-tech solution to cut time and cost from the prototyping process. The recreational vehicle manufacturer is now using augmented reality to customers during its design phases. In an interview on Inside INdiana Business With Gerry Dick, RV Product Manager Dominick Bilancio says a full prototyping cycle typically takes around a month, and if the client doesn't like the result, it's back to the drawing board.

  • Officials say the Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon can be connected to 7,200 total jobs and has an annual economic impact of $1 billion.

    Mount Vernon Port Hits Cargo Record

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  • The effort, designed to teach students sustainability concepts and practices, is being supported by a grant from the SIA Foundation.

    Rose-Hulman Creating Outdoor Makerspace

    Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is turning a campus garden into a sustainability makerspace and an outdoor classroom. When completed, the space will feature renewable energy sources including solar-powered water-pumping and ventilation systems. The effort, designed to teach students sustainability concepts and practices, is being supported by a grant from the SIA Foundation. Rose-Hulman's HERE program is leading the initiative. Program Director Jennifer Mueller Price says...

  • Anchor Tenants Sign on With Indiana IoT Lab

    The Indiana IoT Lab in Fishers has revealed the inaugural class of businesses setting up dedicated office suites at the soon-to-open property. Mayor Scott Fadness says the space, which is the first of its kind in the state, positions the city to "lead the way for innovation" in Indiana and beyond. In addition to filling eight suites, 50 members have joined and will use the coworking and prototyping amenities on-site.

  • Kimball Electronics Hits Profit Loss, Record Sales

    Jasper-based Kimball Electronics Inc. (Nasdaq: KE) is reporting a fiscal second quarter net loss of $8.3 million, compared to net income of $7.8 million during the same period last year. Despite the drop, the company hit its eighth consecutive quarterly net sales record of $258 million. 

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    $47M Involved in Rolls-Royce Engine Deal

    The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded Rolls-Royce Corp. in Indianapolis more than $47 million for work on existing turbo propeller engines. The contract relates to a previously-announced, five-year Air Force service agreement valued at $845 million. The work in the most recent announcement involves sustainment support, inventory control point management, repair, sustaining engineering support and technical data in support. The contract is slated to be complete by...

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    Allegiant Opens Indy Air Base

    A $40 million Allegiant Travel Co. (Nasdaq: ALGT) air base at Indianapolis International Airport is now operational. The facility is home to two Airbus aircraft and a locally-based crew of 80. The low-cost carrier expects to locate a third plane to the Indy base sometime this year. IND Executive Director Mario Rodriguez told Inside INdiana Business in January the base was the catalyst for two new nonstop flights -- Charleston, South Carolina and Sarasota, Florida.

  • The company changed its name from Berry Plastics to Berry Global Group in April 2017.

    Berry Completes Acquisition, Triples Quarterly Profit

    Evansville-based Berry Global Group (NYSE: BERY) has completed its $475 million acquisition of Ohio-based Clopay Plastic Products Co. Inc. The company is also reporting fiscal first quarter net income of $163 million, up from $51 million during the same period last year. 

  • Jim Hallett (pictured at podium) is CEO of KAR Auction Services.

    KAR Auction Services Grows Tech Portfolio

    Carmel-based KAR Auction Services Inc. (NYSE: KAR), which is in the midst of building an $80 million global headquarters in the Hamilton County city, has announced another acquisition. The vehicle remarketer and technology provider says its addition of San Francisco-based software company STRATIM will boost its presence in on-demand car and ride sharing, urban commuting and autonomous vehicle markets.

  • (Image courtesy of Aisin Drivetrain Inc.)

    Manufacturer Announces $16M Crothersville Investment

    An auto and heavy equipment component manufacturer plans to invest $16 million into its Jackson County operations. AISIN Drivetrain Inc. intends to create nearly 50 jobs this year. ADI Executive Vice President Scott Shade calls Crothersville "an ideal site" for the company."

  • Bunn Box was awarded the most funding of any recipient.

    Funding Boosts Indiana Recycling Efforts

    The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has named 12 recipients of grants through its Recycling Market Development Program. The funds total $1 million and are designed to expand the presence of recycling in the state. The largest grant -- nearly $420,000 -- will help Allen County-based Bunn Box Inc. with expansion and efficiency improvement efforts. Additional recipients include...

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    Cummins Swings to Quarterly Loss

    Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) is reporting a fourth quarter net loss of $274 million, compared to net income of $378 million during the same quarter the previous year. Despite the drop, the company is reporting a 22 percent increase in revenues for the quarter.

  • IPL is headquartered on Monument Circle in Indianapolis.

    Corporate 'Transformation' to Lead to IPL Layoffs

    The parent company of Indianapolis Power and Light Co. says it will cut 100 jobs in Indiana and 60 Dayton Power & Light jobs in Ohio as part of a what it calls a global strategic transformation. Virginia-based AES Corp. (NYSE: AES) says the changes will improve operational efficiencies, while continuing to serve its customers safely, reliably and affordably. Craig Jackson, who has served as chief financial officer for IPL and DP&L for five years, will serve as...

  • Ohio River Crossing Open Houses to Begin

    The project team for the I-69 Ohio River Crossing effort is looking to gather more feedback on proposed routes for a new bridge connecting Evansville and Henderson, Kentucky. The team will Tuesday host the first of two open houses to discuss the routes with members of the public. 

  • (Image of the South Shore Line courtesy of the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District.)

    South Shore Line Officials Lay Out Annual, Long-term Plans

    The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District Board of Trustees has unveiled plans for nearly $140 million in capital projects for the year. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report a total of some $1.2 billion in planned projects is on tap over the next five years. The work includes high-profile projects like the South Shore Line's West Lake Corridor extension and double-tracking the line between Gary and Michigan City. The plans include...

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    More Layoffs Hit Jeffboat

    Jeffersonville-based Jeffboat LLC has announced another round of layoffs -- the second in three months. The company, which is considered the nation's largest and longest continually-operating inland ship builder, says decreased demand caused the decision. In a notice to the state, Jeffboat says 226 employees will be affected. In November, the 180-year-old business announced 278 jobs would be cut for the same reason as this time around.

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    South Bend Airport Eyes International Nonstops

    South Bend International Airport has launched efforts to secure something it has never offered: a nonstop international flight. Executive Director Mike Daigle says the next steps involve working with federal regulators, travel professionals and carriers to zero in on the right targets. Right now, Indianapolis International Airport is the only airport in the state to offer commercial nonstop international service. The process in South Bend, Daigle says, began when...

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