• (Spreadsheet provided by BAGI.)

    Builders Association Tempers News of Permit Rise

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  • 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...

  • Companies With Indiana Presence Among 'Best' to Work For

    Multiple companies with large Indiana footprints have been dubbed one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. The results of the annual list from Fortune are determined by more than 315,000 employee survey responses. The publication's Trust Index Survey included over 50 questions that focused on executive team effectiveness, innovation and people-focused programs. Companies on the list have at least 1,000 employees and must reach certain participation and confidence levels.

  • Randy Mitchell is president of White County Economic Development.

    White County Touting Year of Growth

    The president of White County Economic Development Organization Inc. says "everything is on the move" in terms of business progress in the northwest Indiana county. White County farmers produce more popcorn than any other county in the state and Randy Mitchell says the county's economy is also bolstered by a manufacturing presence that is tied to one-third of all jobs. During the organization's annual luncheon that drew 400 attendees, Mitchell talked with...

  • (photo courtesy Patrick Industries)

    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...

  • (image courtesy Consolidated Container Co.)

    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.

  • (photo courtesy Rolls-Royce)

    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.

  • Picture Courtesy: Indiana Manufacturers Association

    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

    The skills gap, or lack of middle-skill workers, is a top concern for manufacturers throughout the state, but perhaps felt most acutely in Indiana’s manufacturing pockets. Warsaw, for example, is very manufacturing-intense as “Orthopedic Capital of the World,” and Kosciusko County’s low 2.3 percent unemployment rate is squeezing the already-tight labor market. 

  • (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.

  • Photo courtesy of Indiana Landmarks

    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.

    Parent Company Seeks to Sell Lids Sports Group

    The Tennessee-based parent company of Lids Sports Group is attempting to sell the headwear and team athletics retailer that is headquartered in Zionsville. Genesco Inc. (NYSE: GCO) says it's part of an effort to focus on its footwear business, which includes Journeys locations in the United States and Schuh stores in the United Kingdom. The company says a strategic review process has found the move would create...

  • (Image courtesy of the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport.)

    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'

    Five Indiana-based companies are included among the "World's Most Ethical Companies." The companies on the list, compiled by the New York-based Ethisphere Institute, were selected based on criteria such as ethics and compliance programs, corporate citizenship and responsibility, and governance. 

  • (Photo courtesy of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.)

    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.

  • (Image courtesy of DHL Supply Chain.)

    Walmart Offering Opportunities to Displaced Greenfield Workers

    A spokesman with Walmart (NYSE: WMT) tells Inside INdiana Business all 511 employees slated to be laid off at a DHL Supply Chain-operated logistics facility in Greenfield will "have an opportunity to transition to Walmart." The retailer is taking over operations at the facility and says a hiring and selection process is already underway for the DHL employees. Ryan Currell, who works in corporate communications with Walmart, adds...

  • (Image courtesy of LCI.)

    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

    The Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon has set a new record for cargo. The port handled 6.8 million tons of cargo in 2017, more than any port in the nearly 60-year history of the Ports of Indiana and more than 200,000 tons more than the previous record set in 2015. 

  • 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. 

  • (Image courtesy of Rolls-Royce.)

    $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...

  • (Image courtesy of Allegiant)

    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...

  • (Image courtesy of Cummins Inc.)

    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...

  • (Image courtesy of JeffBoat.)

    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.

  • (Image courtesy of South Bend International Airport.)

    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...

  • New Owners For Warsaw Chemical

    Warsaw Chemical in Kosciusko County is under new ownership. Indiana natives Scott Wolfrum and Tyler Sadek have acquired the company, which produces cleaning products for a variety of industries, though financial details were not disclosed. 

  • (photo courtesy Ports of Indiana)

    New Leader For Jeffersonville Port

    The Ports of Indiana has selected an Indiana native as the new port director for the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville. Jeff Miles, who most recently served on the senior executive team for the North Carolina State Ports Authority, succeeds Scott Stewart, who stepped down in January. 

  • Record December Adds to 2017 RV Industry Surge

    The Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, which has a regional office in Elkhart, is reporting a more than 17 percent annual jump in wholesale shipments. The organization represents manufacturers and suppliers that it says build 98 percent of all American-made RVs. The RVIA full-year report shows 504,599 units were shipped in 2017, compared to 430,491 in 2016. The final month of the year, the figures suggest, was the best December on comparable record. Other numbers include...

  • (Image courtesy of Grace College.)

    New Grace College Program Draws on 'Vital' Connection

    The provost of Grace College in Winona Lake says the school's newly-launched mechanical engineering program will help with "large demand" across a number of industries. John Lillis says the three bachelor's degrees are designed to prepare graduates with "the most diversified set of applications" to enter the workforce in orthopedics and manufacturing-heavy Kosciusko County, northeast Indiana or beyond.

  • (Image of empoyees courtesy of Lime City Manufacturing.)

    Local Entrepreneurs Keep Manufacturer in Huntington

    A small manufacturing business in Huntington is staying put with a new local owner. Reber Enterprises LLC has acquired Lime City Manufacturing Co. Inc., which was founded in 1941. Huntington County Economic Development Executive Director Mark Wickersham tells Inside INdiana Business all 15 current employees will be retained and the Lime City brand will remain. He says terms of the deal have not been announced. Wickersham says...

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

    Preliminary Peek at Potential I-69 Bridge Project

    The preliminary alternative routes for three potential I-69 bridge corridors over the Ohio River have been unveiled. Transportation officials from Indiana and Kentucky are continuing to seek feedback on the proposals that have taken into account factors including access, traffic performance and safety. Funding is expected to come from a combination of tolling, traditional sources and grants. Other considerations include...

  • (photo courtesy IUPUI)

    Cummins Adds to Battery Tech Portfolio

    Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) has acquired the automotive battery systems business of United Kingdom-based Johnson Matthey. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, however Cummins says it will collaborate with Johnson Matthey on the development of high-energy battery materials for commercial heavy duty use.

  • Wabash National Hits 'Small Reset' in 2017

    Lafayette-based Wabash National Corp. (NYSE: WNC) is reporting full-year net income of $111 million, down from $119 million the previous year. Chief Executive Officer Dick Giromini says, following five consecutive years of record profitability, "a small reset was seemingly inevitable at some point."

  • The president of Innovative Health Solutions is Brian Carrico.

    Indiana-Made Opioid Symptom Device Gaining Traction

    A Versailles-based company that has developed what it says is the first medical device to treat opioid withdrawal symptoms is "very close" to receiving insurance approval for use in multiple states. Innovative Health Solutions Inc. President Brian Carrico says crossing the hurdles at the state level with the NSS-2 BRIDGE will help offset costs for the technology and procedure that could cost up to $1,500. During an interview in the Business of Health, Carrico said the device...
  • Brinegar Breaks Down Business Bills

    As the 2018 General Assembly closes in on the midway point, Indiana Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer Kevin Brinegar says some key pieces of business-focused legislation are progressing, while others have been pared back more than he would've liked. In a Studio(i) interview with Gerry Dick, Brinegar discussed bills concerning workforce, township consolidation and smoking that have all advanced this week. Brinegar believes...

  • (Picture Courtesy: The Union 525)

    Greenlight Guru Continues to Write Growth Story

    An Indianapolis-based company that makes quality management software for the medical device industry is beginning to bear the fruits of its investment. Greenlight Guru, which last year moved into The Union 525 downtown and announced plans to add up to 120 jobs by 2020, says nine of the new employees are slated to be added in the first quarter. The company, which currently employs 29, says total revenue doubled year-over-year.

  • Crafton was formerly president of 360 Services.

    Nelbud Picks Indy For HQ

    Nelbud Services Group Inc., which merged with Indianapolis-based 360 Services in 2015, has chosen the city for its headquarters. The commercial kitchen exhaust system cleaning, maintenance and repair company, formerly based in New Jersey, has also named Michael Crafton chief executive officer.

  • Inovateus Solar has completed multiple projects throughout the state, including this one in New Castle.

    Inovateus CEO: Despite Tariffs, 'Nothing is Going to Stop' Solar

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  • (photo courtesy INvets)

    New Initiative Targets Veteran Employment

    Governor Eric Holcomb and Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch have launched an effort designed to find jobs for veterans. The Next Level Veterans Initiative provides a "one-stop-shop" for veterans throughout the country looking for employment, training or housing in Indiana. The state has launched a website that provides information on available jobs in the state through the Conexus Indiana INvets program, as well as education and training opportunities, and...

  • FedEx Targets $1.5B For Indy

    Memphis-based FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) says it plans to pump $1.5 billion into its Indianapolis hub in the coming years. The global shipping provider, which has detailed multiple large investments in Indianapolis in recent years, credits the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act for paving the way for the latest announcement. A company spokeswoman tells Inside INdiana Business, FedEx is not releasing any further details at this time.

  • The anaerobic digester in Greensburg is Kroger's second built in the U.S. (photo courtesy Kroger)

    Kroger Subsidiary Completes Wastewater System Project

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  • Scooch is headquartered in Noblesville.

    Scooch Has Global Growth Ambition

    A Noblesville-born smartphone accessory company has big global growth plans. The co-founders of Scooch LLC, makers of the Wingman 5-in-1 case and the Wingmount dashboard mounting device, are aiming to have their products carried in 15,000 stores this year, a nearly three-fold increase of the company's current footprint. Matt Foley says Scooch's first year, 2015, resulted in $250,000 in revenue. Last year, he says the company generated $3.5 million in sales.

  • (photo courtesy Allura)

    Manufacturer Reopens Terre Haute Plant

    A Texas-based fiber cement siding manufacturer has reopened a massive facility in Terre Haute. Allura USA says the decision to reopen the 438,000-square-foot manufacturing plant, which closed in 2014, will help the company provide much-needed product availability. Chief Executive Officer Jessica Navascues says the company is working to develop markets through the Midwest so having products available will be necessary to meet that goal. Allura signed a national agreement with...

  • ERAPSCO Awarded Military Contract Boost

    The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded an additional contract boost to ERAPSCO in Columbia City. The $9.7 million contract calls for work related to sonobuoys for use by the United States Navy. 

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