• (Image courtesy of the town of Bloomfield) Bloomfield Schools were the first participants in the southern Indiana program.

    Work Simulation Program Growing

    A program designed to create a pipeline for workers at the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center is expanding. The Workplace Simulation Project, which launched two years ago in southern Indiana, will be offered at the school districts in Shoals, Paoli and Spring Valley and at French Lick and at Loogootee-based STIMULUS Engineering Services Inc. The WSP, which is organized by NSWC Crane, Indiana University and DirectEmployers, was first started in Bloomfield Schools in 2015.

  • BWI to Break Ground on First U.S. Facility

    State and local officials will Wednesday afternoon join executives from BeijingWest Industries Co. Ltd. to break ground on a more than $80 million manufacturing facility in Greenfield. The nearly 275,000 square-foot building will be the Chinese company's first production site in the U.S. and is expected to create up to 441 jobs by 2021.

  • In late November, then President-elect Donald Trump announced the plan to keep 800 jobs from leaving Indy for Mexico.

    Carrier Parent Looks to 'Set The Record Straight'

    The parent of Carrier Corp. says it is looking to clear up some confusion about its plans for its Indianapolis manufacturing facility. Connecticut-based United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) says there have been inaccurate reports about the facility and the jobs associated with it.

  • Precision Plastics was founded in Columbia City in 1955.

    Manufacturer Growing Again in Columbia City

    Columbia City-based Precision Plastics Inc. is planning to add 32 jobs as part of an expansion. In addition to nearly 12,000 additional square-feet of space, the company says it will install new injection molding machinery as part of a $3 million investment. Precision Plastics is one of the largest employers in the county. The company produces components for industries including automotive, agricultural, aerospace, defense and consumer.

  • Ribbon cutting ceremonies for the new project offices were held in Evansville (pictured) and Henderson.

    Winnecke: I-69 Bridge Plans 'On The Right Track'

    The Indiana and Kentucky project offices for the proposed I-69 Ohio River Crossing are now open. Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke says the offices show the bridge, which would join Evansville with Henderson, Kentucky, is "on the right track and on the way to completing this important connection." Plans were formalized a year ago when then-Governor Mike Pence signed a memorandum of understanding with Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin.

  • (Image of Staymetrics' Tire Safety Module courtesy of Staymetrics)

    Collaboration Claims Ability to Predict Employee 'Fit'

    A South Bend-based trucking industry technology company has announced a collaboration with a Belgian HR firm. The partnership with Twegos involves an online application the companies say can accurately predict if a driver will be a good fit with an organization, team or colleague. Missouri-based Prime Inc. is Stay Metrics' first customer to use the technology. It has paired trainers with new drivers.

  • Layoffs Coming to Logansport Facility

    Michigan-based Carter Fuel Systems has announced plans for a work force reduction at its facility in Logansport. In a notice to the state, the company says it will lay off more than 80 employees beginning in late August. 

  • Peerless Potato Chips was established in 1928.

    Potato Chip Maker Closes Its Doors

    Gary-based Peerless Potato Chips, a staple in The Region for 90 years, has gone out of business. Owner John Hogg tells our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana there "wasn't a way around" closing due to several major market factors. Hogg says the recent bankruptcy of Central Grocers Inc. of Illinois, parent company of Highland-based grocer Strack & Van Til, was the last straw.

  • Jobs to Come With Easterseals Crossroads Acquisition

    An organization that mainly employs people with disabilities has announced an acquisition it says will create around a dozen jobs in Indianapolis. Easterseals Crossroads has added the pressure switch product line of Illinois-based A.J. Antunes & Co. The process to locate production to the organization's plant on the east side of Indianapolis is underway and expected to be complete by August 1.

  • (Image courtesy of GE Aviation)

    Indiana Key to $31B in GE Orders

    GE Aviation says its Indiana operations will play a large part in more than $31 billion in orders and commitments the company announced at last week's Paris Air Show. GE's $110 million jet engine assembly plant in Lafayette has more than 70 employees, and could grow to more than 230 when the LEAP engine program reaches peak production. The company says the orders and commitments come from more than 30 airlines and others has grown its orderbook by more than 1,700 engines.

  • Construction on the center is expected to be complete in the spring of 2018.

    BorgWarner Center New Chapter in Noblesville

    An executive with Michigan-based BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE: BWA) says employees will be able to "just feel the innovation, the collaboration, the creativity" of its new technical center in Noblesville. Vice President of Product and Manufacturing Strategy Tania Wingfield was on-hand today as the company broke ground on the $28 million facility. She says the location, which will consolidate the company's existing centers in Anderson and Pendleton, will allow for...

  • CEO Maggie Galloway says the company's technology is born out of a need identified by an emergency physician.

    WEB EXCLUSIVE: Woman-Owned Device Company on a Roll

    Jeffersonville-based Inscope Medical Chief Executive Officer Maggie Galloway took top prize at the recent Winner's Circle competition at inX3 in Indianapolis. The startup develops controllable suction technology designed for breathing tube procedures. Galloway says the first device will be fully-launched in September with the goal of "getting this device in every hospital around the world."

  • (Image courtesy of Conexus Indiana)

    Connecting Students to Manufacturing, Logistics Experience

    The two-day kick-off of a statewide program that exposes high school students to careers in advanced manufacturing and logistics continues Friday at several Hoosier companies. The Conexus Indiana Interns initiative involves paid, six week summer internships. Participating companies include Rolls-Royce, Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ALSN) and Merchandise Warehousing Co. Conexus Indiana says 280 students are enrolled in this year's session.

  • Daimler is headquartered in Portland, Oregon and employs more than 20,000 associates throughout the United States.

    Distribution Center Opens in Whitestown

    Oregon-based Daimler Trucks North America LLC has cut the ribbon on its $12 million distribution center at the AllPoints at Anson business park in Whitestown. The more than 283,000 square-foot facility is the first of its kind in the Midwest for Daimler and will create up to 45 jobs by the end of the year.

  • (Image of the commercial assembly plant courtesy of AM General)

    'Intelligent' EV Maker Agrees to Buy AM General Plant

    A Chinese-owned, Silicon Valley-headquartered company has announced an agreement to acquire the Mishawaka commercial assembly plant of South Bend-based AM General LLC. SF Motors says it plans to produce "environmentally-friendly, intelligent" electronic vehicles in St. Joseph County. The company is a subsidiary of Chongqing Sokon Industry Group and says it intends to retain the facility's full current work force and invest $30 million into upgrades.

  • Ito began in the position in February.

    Consul-General: Indiana-Japan Ties Getting Stronger

    The new Consul-General of Japan in Chicago says Indiana's strong incentive offerings and cooperation from economic leaders are keys to continued strong relations with the Asian nation. Naoki Ito, who represents Indiana and nine other Midwestern states, says there are currently about 280 Japanese companies operating in Indiana, supporting around 58,000 jobs. During a Studio(i) interview, Ito said, while the manufacturing and auto industries will...

  • (Graphic courtesy of Ball State University)

    Ball State Study Warns of Automation, Offshoring Threats

    A new report from Ball State University provides a snapshot of two forces that could have a big impact on the work force of the future: automation and offshoring. The research looks at communities throughout the country and suggests 10 counties in Indiana could be especially susceptible. Nationwide, the analysis found approximately one in four U.S. jobs faces future threats from foreign competition.

  • Ripley County Company Expands Footprint

    Sunman-based Deufol North America has acquired select assets of Wisconsin-based Bentley World-Packaging. The custom packaging, engineering and IT services firm will take over Bentley's operations in Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Cincinnati in a move it says will nearly triple Deufol's industrial presence.

  • The Governor Eric Holcomb-led trade delegation included meeting with global companies like Arconic.

    Holcomb Touts Face Time With Potential Employers

    Governor Eric Holcomb has wrapped up his first international trade mission as governor and says the trip, which included time at the Paris Air Show and in Hungary, yielded meetings with companies interested in locating to Indiana. The delegation included business, political and economic development leaders from throughout the state and focused on boosting connections with the aviation, aerospace and defense industries.

  • (photo courtesy the Ports of Indiana)

    Port Partnership Could Double Bulk Business

    In a move that Ports of Indiana Chief Executive Officer Rich Cooper says can be a "game-changer," California-based Metro Ports will next month become the new bulk terminal operator at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor. Cooper predicts the agreement with the 165-year-old company could double bulk cargo business at the port within the next five years. The operation will be Metro Ports' first outside of the East, West and Gulf coasts.

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    Dwyer to Retire From Conexus Indiana

    The chief executive officer of Conexus Indiana has announced his retirement. Steven Dwyer has led Indiana's advanced manufacturing and logistics industry initiative since 2009. He helped launch Conexus Indiana as a founding board member in 2007. Dwyer previously served as chief operating officer of Rolls-Royce Corp. in Indianapolis. He spent 30 years in the aerospace and defense industries.

  • Powder Metal Tech is currently located on the east side of Indianapolis.

    Robotics Company Relocating to Franklin

    An Indianapolis-based manufacturing robotics company is relocating to Franklin. The city says Powder Metal Tech plans to invest nearly $1.4 million to construct a new facility in the Franklin Business Park and add a small number of jobs. 

  • The grants will support efforts in communities including North Vernon. (Image courtesy of the city of North Vernon)

    Hoosier Brownfield Remediation Efforts Receive Boost

    Six communities and organizations in Indiana have received a share of nearly $2.3 million in funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In all, the agency issued grants to 172 recipients for brownfield site revitalization efforts. The funding will help support local government redevelopment of contaminated properties that are vacant or unused.

  • The German company's North American headquarters is in La Porte.

    American RENOLIT Plans La Porte Expansion

    A German-owned company with a subsidiary in northwest Indiana has announced a $25 million investment in its La Porte operation. American RENOLIT Corp. is planning to add 30 jobs by 2019 as a result of the expansion. American RENOLIT currently employs 175 in LaPorte County. The manufacturer produces films used in the graphics, label, furniture and window industries. American RENOLIT located to northwest Indiana in 1999 following an acquisition from Solvay group.

  • Governor Eric Holcomb led an economic development mission to Europe, which included time at the Paris Air Show.

    Aerospace 'Partnership For The Ages' Grows

    The vice president of public affairs with Rolls-Royce North America in Indianapolis says a new research and development collaboration among the company, Purdue University and the state demonstrates a "comprehensive approach" to pushing forward the engine technology of tomorrow. Joel Reuter says the turbine airfoil technology that will be the focus of a planned $24 million gas turbine engine laboratory will have implications in the commercial and defense sectors.

  • Accuride to Acquire German Supplier

    Evansville-based Accuride Corp. has announced plans to acquire Germany-based steel wheel supplier mefro wheels GmbH. Financial details were not disclosed and Accuride says the deal remains subject to antitrust approvals.  

  • (Image courtesy of the Indiana Economic Development Corp.) The announcement caps off an economic development mission in France and Hungary.

    Purdue, Rolls-Royce Announce $24M Aerospace R&D Partnership

    Purdue University and Rolls-Royce, which employs more than 4,000 Hoosiers, have announced a $24 million partnership. The agreement, announced Monday by Governor Eric Holcomb and Rolls-Royce officials at the Paris Air Show, involves launching a turbine laboratory for gas turbine engine research and development at Purdue. It will be housed at Zucrow Laboratories on Purdue's campus, which is one of the largest propulsion labs of its kind at a university in the U.S.

  • The governor is more than halfway through his first international trade mission since taking office.

    Holcomb Touts Global Aerospace, Motorsports Strength

    Governor Eric Holcomb spent the weekend promoting Indiana's motorsports, aviation and aerospace industries to an international audience. The governor attended the 24 Hours of Le Mans race Saturday in France before kicking off the 2017 International Paris Air Show on Sunday. The governor met with Pierre Fillon, president of the Automobile Club de l'Ouset, which organizes the Le Mans race.

  • Skyline Corp. is headquartered in Elkhart.

    Skyline Announces Board Member Retirements

    Elkhart-based Skyline Corp. has announced the retirements of three members of the company's board of directors. The company says the board plans to nominate candidates to succeed Jerry Hammes, William Lawson and David Link at its upcoming annual meeting of shareholders.

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    Governor Has High Hopes For Hungary

    Governor Eric Holcomb says a new economic development partnership with Hungary taps into a market "where the growth is occurring." The memorandum of understanding, which Holcomb says is a first-of-its-kind agreement between a state and the country, sets the table for cooperation among governmental entities, education and research institutions and businesses. Indiana's business and academic communities have several connections to Hungary, including...

  • (Image courtesy of Meisler Trailer Rentals)

    Texas Investors Acquire Evansville Business

    Evansville-based Meisler Trailer Rental has been acquired by a Texas investment firm. The Main Street Capital Corp. (NYSE: MAIN) deal is valued at $20 million. Meisler has locations in southwest Indiana and Memphis, Tennessee. The company's rental fleet includes more than 6,000 trailers and containers. Meisler was founded around 50 years ago and it provides maintenance services at both locations.

  • Liquidations Set For Unsold Marsh Stores

    A spokesman for Indianapolis-based Marsh Supermarkets says liquidation sales will begin Thursday at 18 stores not identified as sold to two Ohio-based buyers earlier this week. Tom Mulligan also tells Inside INdiana Business the sales of 26 locations to subsidiaries of Kroger and Fresh Encounter totaling $24 million have received conditional approval in bankruptcy court.

  • Marsh Identifies Two Buyers

    Bankruptcy court documents have revealed two successful planned bids for Indianapolis-based Marsh Supermarkets. The company, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection a month ago, has 44 remaining stores in its portfolio. The sales to Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) subsidiary Topvalco Inc., and Generative Growth II LLC, whose grocery chain-owning parent is also based in Ohio, involve a combined 26 locations for a total of $24 million.

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    UPS Move Illustrates 'Global Logistics Powerhouse'

    A professor at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis says today's announcement from United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS) involving nearly 600 new jobs in Plainfield speaks to the strength of the state's logistics industry. Mohan Tatikonda believes Indiana's manufacturing strength and "good fortune of location" will continue to fuel demand for logistics services in the state.

  • Tony (pictured left) and Julie (pictured right) Bombacino launched Real Food Blends in 2013 following an online crowdfunding campaign.

    Real Food Blends Partners on National Distribution

    Chesterton-based Real Food Blends has announced a distribution agreement with a company with a national footprint. The feeding tube meal provider's pouches are now available through Coram CVS Specialty Infusion Services, which is considered the largest home infusion and nutrition company in the U.S. Real Food Blends was established in 2013 by wife and husband team Julie and Tony Bombacino when they found a lack of real food nutritional options for their son who used a feeding tube.

  • (Image courtesy of Bell Aquaculture)

    Acquisition Lined up For Hoosier Indoor Fish Producer

    A Massachusetts company has reached an agreement to acquire a once-promising east central Indiana indoor fish farming business. AquaBounty Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: AQB) says the $14 million deal for assets of the Bell Fish Co., which had previously been billed as the largest yellow perch producer in the U.S. The agreement includes Bell's farming facility in Albany. AquaBounty, a subsidiary of Intrexon Corp. (NYSE: XON), says the deal is expected to close within a month.

  • (Image courtesy of UPS)

    UPS Details Plans For Massive Plainfield Hub

    Georgia-based United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS) is planning to invest more than $260 million into a new hub in Plainfield. The company says it could create nearly 580 jobs by 2023. UPS says the proposed 893,000 square-foot facility, which is already under construction, could be complete in the fall of 2019. In all, UPS currently employs some 9,500 Hoosiers. It could begin adding package handlers and drivers in the fall.

  • (Graphic courtesy of Ball State University and Conexus Indiana)

    Report: Manufacturing, Logistics Outpacing Neighbors

    While the manufacturing and logistics industries in most Midwest states have lost ground over the last 20 years, Indiana has grown in a big way. A new study from the Ball State University Center for Business and Economic Research and Conexus Indiana shows the industries have grown by 41 percent in the state since 1997, beating Wisconsin's 4 percent growth and losses in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio.

  • (Image courtesy of WPTA-TV)

    State Details Multimatic Expansion

    The Indiana Economic Development Corp. has confirmed reports that Canada-based Multimatic Inc. will invest $40 million to expand its Indiana operations. The auto parts supplier plans to open a 125,000 square-foot facility in New Haven, creating up to 180 jobs by the end of 2018. 

  • (Image courtesy of AM General)

    AM General Contract Involves Humvee Engines

    South Bend-based AM General LLC has secured a more than $30.5 million U.S. Department of Defense contract. The deal involves Humvee engines and is expected to be complete over the next three years. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Marine in Michigan.

  • Lippert Components is one of the major companies looking to fill open positions.

    Elkhart County Looking to Fill Jobs

    The Indiana Department of Workforce Development says Elkhart County is having difficulty in finding qualified workers for the manufacturing industry. The county says companies are looking to fill an estimated 20,000 to 25,000 open positions. 

  • New Program Has Jobs, Wants Veterans

    Conexus Indiana is taking a "full-picture" approach to recruiting military veterans to careers in advanced manufacturing and logistics. INvets is a new, industry-driven initiative designed to offer more than a jobs board. For job seekers, it also includes career advising and educational and training pathway advice. Employers who partner with the program will have access to the database of candidates and be able to provide information about their company and job openings.

  • (Image courtesy of WPTA-TV)

    Report: Auto Supplier Moving Into Former Vera Bradley Plant

    A Canadian auto parts supplier could be locating in New Haven's former Vera Bradley facility. Our partners at WPTA-TV in Fort Wayne report Multimatic Inc. could bring 170 jobs to the Allen County city. Mayor Terry McDonald tells WPTA-TV the company is "in process and they are in the building," but says official paperwork has not yet been filed. Vera Bradley closed the New Haven plant about two years ago. At the time, 250 workers were employed there.

  • (Image of GTI employee courtesy of the city of Anderson)

    GTI Plans Another Expansion in Anderson

    Ohio-based Greenville Technology Inc. has announced plans for its third expansion in more than a year. Our partners at The Herald Bulletin report the Anderson Board of Zoning Appeals granted the company a special exception for the construction of two office additions. 

  • Marsh Bankruptcy Sale Attracts 'Numerous Bidders'

    The Wednesday deadline to accept potential buyout bids for Indianapolis-based Marsh Supermarkets has passed and a spokesman for the financially-strapped grocery chain says "numerous bidders" made offers. The company and its advisors are not providing any details about the offers or revealing the identity of any bidder. A statement from Tom Mulligan, a spokesman for Marsh who is based in New York, reads...

  • Riesbeck joined hhgregg in 2014 and took the helm in late-2016.

    hhgregg Cuts Loose CEO, Other Execs

    hhgregg Inc. says it has terminated the employment of three of its last remaining executives less than three months after announcing a non-binding buyout offer for the bankrupt retailer fell through. Chief Executive Officer Robert Riesbeck, Chief Information Officer Tom Schuetz and Chief Merchandising Officer Aaron Trahan have all left the company. Chief Financial Officer Kevin Kovacs has been named CEO, CFO and president by the board of directors.

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    Medical Device Manufacturers Council Head to Retire

    The executive director of the Indiana Medical Device Manufacturers Council has announced plans to step down. Kathy Heuer, who has served in the role since 2014, says she will retire later this year. 

  • (photo courtesy INDYCAR)

    Dallara to Manufacture INDYCAR Bodywork Kits

    Indianapolis-based INDYCAR has announced Italian manufacturer Dallara will provide the universal bodywork kits that will be used by all Verizon IndyCar Series teams during the 2018 season. The kits will fit the current chassis, which are also manufactured by Dallara at its factory in Speedway.

  • Columbus is home to the Dorel Juvenile USA Technical Center for Child Safety.

    Walmart Exec: Indiana 'Doing Something Right'

    A Walmart (NYSE: WMT) executive says Indiana is seeing the benefit of a competitive business climate in the retail and manufacturing sectors. Vice President of U.S. Manufacturing Cindy Marsiglio points to the commitment by Dorel Juvenile USA to move production of one million child car seats to its facility in Columbus, creating 60 jobs in the process, as evidence of the state's success. Dorel announced the move last week and officials celebrated the announcement Tuesday at...

  • (rendering courtesy NTK)

    NTK to Break Ground on $100M Anderson Plant

    Officials are set to break ground this morning on a 300,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in Anderson. Japan-based NTK Precision Axle Corp. is investing more than $100 million to build the facility, which it says will create nearly 200 jobs by 2021.

  • The company launched in Jamestown in 2014.

    SIA Supplier Expanding in Boone County

    Continued growth at Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. in Lafayette has spurred an Indiana supplier to expand. Fukai Toyotetsu Indiana Corp. is confirming plans to invest $57 million into an additional facility and up to 103 jobs in Boone County. The company, located in Jamestown, is a joint venture between Japan-based Fukai Manufacturing Co. Ltd. and Toyotetsu. FTIC launched the Indiana operation in 2014 and its primary customer is SIA.

  • Beach Mold and Tool is headquartered in New Albany and also has an office in Virginia.

    Manufacturer Expanding in New Albany

    One Southern Indiana has announced a major expansion project in Floyd County. New Albany-based Beach Mold & Tool Inc. plans to invest more than $12 million to enlarge its tool shop and warehouse, purchase new equipment and install a large capacity crane.

  • Thor relocated its headquarters to Elkhart County in 2013.

    Thor Hits Record Third Quarter Profit

    Elkhart-based Thor Industries Inc. (NYSE: THO) has announced record fiscal third quarter net income of $111 million, up from $78.6 million during the same period the previous year. The company says the results reflect organic growth in both the towable and motorized recreational vehicle divisions.

  • One-third of flights from Indianapolis International Airport use Southwest Airlines.

    Flight Departs For Indy's 'Top Unserved Domestic Route'

    Another high-profile nonstop flight has taken off at Indianapolis International Airport. Executive Director Mario Rodriguez says "Southern California, and particularly San Diego, has been our top unserved domestic route for Indianapolis - until today." The San Diego International Airport flight will be offered seasonally through Southwest Airlines.

  • Royal Adhesives Acquires Georgia Business

    South Bend-based Royal Adhesives & Sealants LLC has acquired certain business assets from Texas-based Graco Supply. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, however Royal says the Georgia-based Ball Ground aircraft sealant repackaging business will now operate under the Royal name.

  • (rendering courtesy Great Lakes Capital)

    Pennsylvania Company Expanding in South Bend

    Officials with South Bend-based Great Lakes Capital and Pennsylvania-based Communications Test Design Inc. are set to break ground on a 315,000 square-foot facility in the Portage Prairie Industrial Park. Construction on the 119-acre site is expected to be complete in February.

  • The project is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

    New Tech Park Tenant Could be Sign of Things to Come

    Progress continues on a defense technology company's $4.3 million facility at the WestGate at Crane Technology Park. Virginia-based Alion Science and Technology Corp. will join some three dozen tenants at the park when construction is complete in December. Daviess County Economic Development Corp. scores it as another win for the region and the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center and says the project is the first of more positive developments coming soon to the park.

  • ArcelorMittal's facility in Burns Harbor is the newest integrated steel mill in the U.S. (photo courtesy The Times of Northwest Indiana)

    Indiana Again Leads in Steel Production

    Indiana once again led the nation in steel production in 2016. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report the state produced 27 percent of American-made steel, making it the top steel producing state for the 42nd consecutive year.

  • Columbus is home to the Dorel Juvenile USA Technical Center for Child Safety.

    Dorel To Add Jobs in Columbus

    A subsidiary of Canada-based Dorel Industries Inc. has announced plans to move production of one million children's car seats from China to Columbus. The move by Dorel Juvenile USA will bring 60 jobs to its Bartholomew County facility.

  • The Vincennes Aviation Technology Center is located at Indianapolis International Airport.

    VU, Aviation Academy Partner

    Vincennes University has announced a partnership designed to serve as a pathway to careers in aviation. The collaboration with the Indianapolis Aviation Career Education Academy and VU's Aviation Technology Center at Indianapolis International Airport involves exposure and training for high school students to positions in maintenance and flight.

  • (photo courtesy Continental Structural Plastics)

    Temporary Layoffs Coming to Huntington

    Michigan-based Continental Structural Plastics has announced plans to temporarily lay off more than 160 employees at its Huntington plant this summer. In a notice to the state, the company says the layoffs are the result of a customer suspending its contract with CSP for three months.

  • Ian Steff Picked For Post in Washington

    The state's first chief innovation officer has been selected for a position in the Trump administration. Ian Steff has been appointed deputy assistant secretary of commerce for manufacturing. Steff will take on his new role with the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration June 5. His responsibilities include overseeing several national initiatives designed to boost American manufacturers' global competitiveness in over 12 sectors.

  • (Image provided by the Indiana Department of Education) From L-to-R: Ujwala Pamidimukkala, Samantha Fassnacht, Treasurer Kelly Mitchell, Governor Eric Holcomb, Miranda Shook, Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick, Truman Bennet

    STEM Team Winners to Enter Work Force That Needs Them

    Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick says as future work force needs continue to trend toward STEM-related fields, it's important to recognize student achievements. The state has introduced the winners of the 2017 Governor's STEM Team awards, the program replacing the former Mr. and Miss Indiana Science and Math awards. McCormick says "success in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math drives our students and our state forward."

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    Resurfacing, Paint Job Coming to Howard County Bridge

    The facelift of a 70-year-old bridge in Howard County will soon begin. The State Road 26 bridge, which crosses Mud Creek, will be resurfaced and its steel trusses will be repainted. The project is expected to take less than two months. INDOT says the span is eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places and is suitable for preservation.

  • (Rendering of proposed Camden Recycling LLC facility)

    Carroll County Touts Economic 'Surge'

    The Carroll County Economic Development Corp. says new industry and industrial park investment totaled nearly $425 million last year. Executive Director Laura Walls says the county is experiencing "a significant surge of interest." The biggest development in 2016 was a planned $300 million to $410 million recycling center and plastics-to-diesel refinery in Camden.

  • (Image of GECOM Corp. facility courtesy of GECOM Corp.)

    Auto Supplier Investing Heavily in Greensburg

    Japan-based GECOM Corp. is planning a $26 million investment in its Greensburg operation. The automotive lock component manufacturer is looking to launch three new production lines over the next two years and could add 30 jobs as a result. GECOM currently employs 900 in Decatur County. Construction on the first new line is underway and is expected to be complete by the end of the year and lines two and three are slated to be operational in 2019.

  • (Aerial image of the property courtesy of CBRE)

    New Brand For Old GE Campus Revamp

    The massive proposed redevelopment project at the former General Electric campus in Fort Wayne has a new identity. "Electric Works" is the branding created by development partners of the 31-acre effort and Fort Wayne-based Ferguson Advertising Inc. Construction could begin next year.

  • Airport Land Sale Continues to be a 'Great Success'

    The Indianapolis Airport Authority property director says its long-term initiative to sell thousands of acres "has been a great success." In an interview that follows last week's board-approved sale of two parcels for nearly $9 million, Eric Anderson says he expects more success "on the horizon." The most recent deals total around 150 acres in Plainfield, which could be developed in a similar fashion as other nearby properties.

  • Manufacturer Closes Bristol Facility

    A commercial modular building manufacturer has closed its plant in Elkhart County. In a notice to the state, Mark Line Industries LLC says the closure came after unsuccessful attempts to negotiate a lease extension for the building in Bristol, leaving 73 employees out of work. 

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

    LSI Group Acquires Florida Company

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

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

    ARCH Announces Most Endangered List, ARCHie Winners

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

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    I-65 Widening Work Starts Soon in NWI

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

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    GE Looks to 'Balance The Equation' For Women

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

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

    Pike County Continues Focus Near I-69

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

  • Carrier Details Indy Layoffs

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

  • Lippert Acquires Lexington Business

    Elkhart-based Lippert Components Inc. has acquired the marine and recreational vehicle seating business of Lexington LLC, also based in Elkhart. Lippert says the company will add Lexington's employees to its portfolio as part of the $40 million deal.

  • EasyDial expects to begin Porter County operations in 2018.

    Porter County Lands Med Tech Expansion

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

  • Mayor Lobbies For Affordable Housing Near New Park

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

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    Indy Airport, Chamber Solidify Partnership

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

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    Purdue Polytechnic Preps For Launch

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

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

    Kem Krest Grows Presence in Elkhart

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

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    High-End Manufacturer Debuts Elkhart Facility

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

  • Vectren Makes Adjustments to Leadership Roles

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

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

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

  • Freight Transportation Leaders in Indy to 'Talk Frankly'

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

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    Japanese Government to Recognize Mitch Daniels

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

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    Web Industries Details Fort Wayne Expansion

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

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

    Canadian Manufacturer Setting Up Shop in Gas City

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

  • Demand Drives Cafe Valley to Add Third Shift

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

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

    Autonomous Racing Series Sprouts From Indiana Connection

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

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      The Ports of Indiana is calling the move a “game-changer.” The nation’s oldest port operator, Metro Ports, is expanding to the Great Lakes for the first time at the Port of Indiana Burns Harbor. Exclusive details on a deal that some say could double bulk cargo business.

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      Michigan-based BorgWarner broke ground today on a $28 million technical center in Noblesville. The 100,000 square-foot facility will consolidate the company’s existing centers in Anderson and Pendleton into one location.


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