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    Indy Companies Land Major Military Contracts

    The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded contracts to two companies in Indianapolis. The contracts, awarded to Major Tool & Machine Inc. and Rolls-Royce Corp., call for production work for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy. 

  • Gordon Food Service plans to build a 500,00-square-foot distribution center in Westfield.

    Distribution Center Could Bring Hundreds of Jobs to Westfield

    Pending approval of government incentives, construction will begin next spring in Westfield on a new distribution center for Gordon Food Service.  The Michigan-based company today announced its plans to build the $150 million food storage facility in the Northpoint Industrial Park. The company says the distribution center will initially create more than 200 jobs, with the long-term hope of creating more than 400 by the end of 2025. Before dirt is moved however...

  • Boating is a $313M industry in Kosciusko Co. (image ctsy of Pixabay/PDPics)

    Boat Components Maker to Startup in Milford

    Williamsburg Marine has announced it will locate a startup operation in the town of Milford, adding up to 75 new jobs in Kosciusko county. The company says it will invest more than $1 million to equip an existing 30,000-square-foot building in the town.

  • Cement operations were first started in the early 1900s. (photo courtesy Lehigh Hanson)

    Work to Begin on $600M Mitchell Project

    Officials will Tuesday break ground on a $600 million project in Lawrence County. Texas-based Lehigh Hanson Inc. is set to begin work on the expansion and modernization of the Lehigh Cement Co. plant in Mitchell, which is expected to create 50 jobs.

  • Creative Works manufactures entertainment-based attractions, including esports. (Provided Photo/Creative Works)

    Manufacturer Details Morgan County Growth Plans

    Mooresville-based Creative Works has announced plans to grow its Morgan County operations. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says the company, which designs and manufactures themes, props and attractions for the entertainment industry, will invest $1.1 million in the expansion and create up to 70 jobs by the end of 2022. Creative Works plans to construct an addition to its existing four-building, 33,000-square-foot campus. Specific details on the addition are being finalized.

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    Vincennes Launches Workforce Development Effort

    Vincennes University is partnering with four major Indiana employers to launch a training program to prepare students for careers in advanced manufacturing, and help companies find skilled technical talent. The Indiana Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education initiative provides select students with training in automation, robotics, and other aspects of advanced manufacturing, while also earning an associate degree from Vincennes. 

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    Patrick Industries Expands Boating Products Line

    Elkhart-based Patrick Industries Inc. (Nasdaq: PATK) has completed the acquisition of G.G. Schmitt & Sons Inc., a designer and manufacturer of customized hardware and structural components for the recreational boating industry.   Patrick says G.G. Schmitt's trailing 12-month revenue through August 2019 was approximately $20 million.

  • Thor Industries is headquartered in Elkhart.

    Thor Fiscal Year Profit Drops

    Elkhart-based Thor Industries Inc. (NYSE: THO) is reporting fiscal full-year net income of $132 million, down from $430 million the previous year. The recreational vehicle manufacturer says the results included nearly $115 million in costs related to the acquisition of Germany-based Erwin Hymer Group SE, which was completed in February.

  • Gov. Holcomb meets with leads of China-based Zhejiang HengFeng and its Indy-based subsidiary, Westfield Outdoors. (photo courtesy of IEDC)

    Holcomb Reaffirms Relationship with Zhejiang Province

    Governor Eric Holcomb and a delegation of Indiana officials and business leaders have renewed a 32-year sister-state relationship with officials from China's Zhejiang Province. The governor and Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger are in China to establish new business connections and strengthen current partnerships. 

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    Bedford Company Details Growth Plans

    A manufacturer of reusable sewn fabric packaging products is growing in Lawrence County. Indiana Fabric Solutions Inc. is investing $2 million to add 25,000 square feet of space at its Bedford facility and create 15 jobs. The Lawrence County Economic Growth Council says the investment also includes the addition of new equipment, which will allow the company to diversify its product offerings, as well as reduce lead time and transportation costs. Some of the new...

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    Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Awards New Venture Champion

    A Fort Wayne manufacturer that created a tool for CNC machining shops took home top honors from 2019 New Venture Competition, hosted by Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne. Matt Anderson, founder of Anderson Manufacturing Inc., received $20,000 for his business.

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    Berry Global Adding to Odon Facility

    Evansville-based Berry Global Group Inc. (NYSE: BERY) is looking to grow its presence in Daviess County. The Daviess County Economic Development Corp. says the company plans to add 40,000 square feet to its blown film operations in Odon and create 11 jobs.

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    RV Shipments Drop in 2019

    A trade association representing 400 recreational vehicle makers and parts suppliers is expecting RV wholesale shipments to drop for the remainder of 2019 and into 2020. The RV Industry Association's quarterly forecast shows a “modest cyclical decline” of 17 percent from the same period last year.

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    Frito-Lay to Make $70M Investment in Frankfort Plant

    The Frito-Lay plant in Frankfort is about to receive a multi-million-dollar investment and add nearly four dozen new jobs. PepsiCo Inc. (Nasdaq: PEP), the parent of Frito-Lay, says it intends to invest an additional $70 million in the plant, adding a new snack line and expanding a warehouse. The company says it expects to add 45 new jobs with the expansion. The announcement comes more than a year after another expansion announcement from Frito-Lay, which involved...

  • The majority of Alcoa employes represented by the USW work at the company's Warrick Operations. (Provided Photo/Alcoa)

    USW Members Ratify Alcoa Deal

    Members of the United Steelworkers union have ratified a new labor agreement with Pennsylvania-based Alcoa Corp. (NYSE: AA). The four-year deal covers some 1,700 active employees in the U.S., the majority of whom are employed at the company's Warrick Operations in southwest Indiana.

  • The Honda Greensburg plant opened in 2008.

    Honda to Invest $4M, Add Jobs at Greensburg Plant

    The American Honda Motor Co. continues to invest in its Greensburg, Indiana plant as it has announced the factory will be producing the company’s first electrified sport utility vehicle in the U.S. The company says it will invest more than $4 million and add 34 new jobs in the plant to support production of the CR-V Hybrid.  

  • Zimmer Biomet is headquartered in Warsaw.

    Zimmer Biomet Device Receives FDA Clearance

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has awarded clearance to Warsaw-based Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ZBH) for a meniscal repair device. The medical device manufacturer says the device, known as JuggerStitch, will be available in the U.S. market.

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    River Ridge Donates Land to Charlestown

    Final approval has been given by the River Ridge Development Authority for the transfer of 106 acres at the River Ridge Commerce Center to the city of Charlestown. The southeast Indiana development authority had been working with Charlestown Mayor Bob Hall and a consultant to survey the acreage and define boundaries. 

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    ALOM CEO: Indy 'One of Our Biggest Successes'

    The chief executive officer of California-based ALOM says in the two years since opening a fulfillment and distribution hub in Indianapolis, the facility has been one of the company's biggest successes. The supply chain management company this week cut the ribbon on its expanded 160,000-square-foot facility, which Hannah Kain says will lead to continued growth in Indy. When the project was first announced earlier this year, ALOM said it would increase employment by 25%.

  • GTA Containers is headquartered in South Bend.

    South Bend Company Awarded Military Contract

    A previously awarded military contract with GTA Containers Inc. has been modified to bring more work to the South Bend company. GTA has been awarded an additional $9.5 million contract to construct collapsible fuel tanks for the U.S. Air Force.

  • In 2017, ALOM had a ribbon cutting for its brand new hub. Now, it's tripling in size.

    ALOM to Celebrate Growing Distribution Hub

    California-based ALOM is Thursday celebrating the opening of its new state-of-the-art facility, tripling its warehouse space in Indianapolis just two years after opening its first fulfillment hub. The supply chain management company says it plans to increase employment by 25 percent as a result of the expansion.

  • Allison Transmissions acquired one of its suppliers, Walker Die Castings, in Sept 2019

    Allison Acquires Castings Supplier

    Indianapolis-based Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ALSN) has purchased one of its longtime suppliers of aluminum transmission castings, plus an affiliated tool and die maker, in a deal worth approximately $103 million. Allison says it acquired Walker Die Casting of Lewisburg, Tennessee which has been a supplier for 20 years. 

  • The majority of Alcoa employes represented by the USW work at the company's Warrick Operations. (Provided Photo/Alcoa)

    Alcoa, Union Reach Tentative Agreement

    Pennsylvania-based Alcoa Corp. (NYSE: AA) and the United Steelworkers union have reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract. The steelmaker says the four-year contract would cover some 1,700 workers at five U.S. locations, the majority of whom are located at its Warrick Operations in Newburgh.

  • Nestlé USA to Close Indy Facility, Cut 170 Jobs

    Virginia-based Nestlé USA is detailing more layoffs from an Indiana facility. In a notice to the state, the company says it plans to close its facility on the near southeast side of Indianapolis at the end of the year, leaving more than 170 employees out of work. Two weeks ago, Nestlé said 40 employees were being let go from its Fort Wayne distribution center, however that facility would remain open. A spokesperson for the company says the moves are part of a...

  • Mount Vernon Company to Lay Off 80

    Mount Vernon-based Westech Building Products LLC is planning to close its facility in Posey County. In a notice to the state, the company says the move will leave more than 80 employees out of work by late November.

  • Plant workers had been on strike since June 30. (photo courtesy of Joseph S. Pete/The Times of Northwest Indiana)

    Regal Beloit Workers End Strike to Save Jobs

    Employees at the Regal Beloit Corp. (NYSE: RBC) plant in Valparaiso, who have been on strike for the past two months, have agreed to return to work. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report the decision was made in an effort to help union officials continue collective bargaining talks with the company, which this week announced it  is closing the plant, a move that would affect more than 170 jobs.

  • Plant workers have been on strike since June 30. (photo courtesy of Joseph S. Pete/The Times of Northwest Indiana)

    Regal Beloit to Close Valparaiso Plant

    Wisconsin-based Regal Beloit Corp. (NYSE: RBC) is planning to close its plant in Valparaiso, where employees have been on strike since the end of June. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report at least 130 employees will be out of work as a result. The manufacturer has informed the International Association of Machinists Local 2018 of the planned closure Tuesday. The facility makes bearings for helicopters and planes, including Air Force One.

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    Batesville Tool & Die Acquires Tipton Company

    Batesville Tool & Die is adding to its portfolio. The metal stamping manufacturer has acquired a majority interest in Tipton-based DC Coaters LLC. Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed.

  • UPDATE: Nestlé Details Fort Wayne Layoffs

    Virginia-based Nestlé USA says only 40 employees will be laid off at the company's Fort Wayne distribution center. A spokesperson for Nestlé tells Inside INdiana Business a WARN Notice filed with the state incorrectly stated the facility would close at the end of the year, affecting nearly 70 workers.

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    Cummins President, COO to Retire

    The president and chief operating officer of Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) has announced plans to retire. Rich Freeland will step down from his role, as well as the board of directors, in October after 40 years with the manufacturing company.

  • Wolfgang Moessinger is the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chicago.

    German Consul General Pitching Apprenticeship Program

    The Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chicago is looking to expand an apprenticeship program to Indiana. Wolfgang Moessinger traveled to Indiana this week to pitch the ICATT Apprenticeship Program, which is based in Chicago, to Governor Eric Holcomb. The program was developed by the German Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest and focuses specifically on high-tech manufacturing companies. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business Reporter...

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    Logistics Company Planning Expansion

    Indianapolis-based Hoosier Logistics Inc. has announced plans to grow its footprint. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says the logistics and supply chain management provider will invest more than $1.6 million to scale up its corporate office in Indy and add its first satellite office in Fort Wayne. The effort is expected to create up to 45 jobs over the next few years. Hoosier Logistics says it will consolidate the corporate functions for all of its subsidiaries at its...

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    Wire and Cable Startup to Set Up Shop in Argos

    A startup wire and cable company has announced plans to launch operations in Marshall County. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says Sequel Wire and Cable LLC will invest $53 million to purchase and equip the 50,000-square-foot Argos Manufacturing Center and create 120 jobs by the end of 2024. The company plans to expand the facility to more than 162,000 square feet and begin operations in early 2020. The $2.7 million Argos Manufacturing Center was built in part with...

  • L-R Tekie Kismu, Bosma Enterprises ; Jeff Mittman, Bosma Enterprises president and CEO; Connie Poulsen, PPG business manager; and Joe Iames, Bosma Enterprises

    PPG, Bosma Enterprises Work to Employ Visually Impaired

    The Indianapolis aerospace application support center for Pittsburgh-based PPG Inc. (NYSE: PPG) has announced an initiative with Bosma Enterprises in Indy to provide work for those who are blind and visually impaired. The ASC is opening up light assembly work to Bosma employees using PPG-designed tools to build and gather small parts used to mix aerospace sealants.

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    Noblesville Company Receives FDA Clearance

    Noblesville-based Nexxt Spine LLC has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its NEXXT MATRIXX Stand Alone Cervical System. The system is a "stand-alone anterior cervical interbody fusion system" intended to be used for treatment of degenerative disc disease.  

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    Eyeglass Lens Maker Closing Plymouth Facility

    A subsidiary of Texas-based Hoya Vision Care North America has announced plans to close its facility in Plymouth. In a notice to the state, Hoya Optical Labs of America Inc. said the closure will affect more than 80 employees.

  • Allison Transmission's global headquarters are located in Indianapolis. (photo courtesy of Allison Transmission)

    Record Sales Lead to Higher Profit for Allison

    Indianapolis-based Allison Transmission Inc. (NYSE: ALSN) is reporting second quarter net income of $181 million, up from $174 million during the same period last year. The manufacturer says it also hit record net sales of $737 million, a 4% increase over second quarter 2018.

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    Fort Wayne Company to Add Jobs

    A Fort Wayne-based company is looking to grow. Guardian Machine Protection LLC, which provides preventative maintenance services for industrial machinery in the manufacturing industry, has announced plans to add up to 170 jobs. Greater Fort Wayne Inc. says Guardian Machine Protection was born in 2011 out of "a need to provide a solution to a common pain point in the manufacturing sector." Yan Wall, founder and chief executive officer of Guardian, says the company provides...

  • Columbia City-based Micropulse Inc announces expansion

    Medical Device Maker Growing in Whitley County

    A medical device manufacturer in Whitley County is growing its operations. Micropulse Inc. has announced plans to invest nearly $7 million to expand its Columbia City facility and create up to 25 jobs by the end of 2020. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says the company will add 15,000 square feet to its 160,000-square-foot facility, while also renovating 3,000 square feet of existing space to make it "better suited for growth." The company says the project will allow...
  • The company employs nearly 80 in Roanoke. (photo courtesy of Auto Truck Group)

    Illinois Manufacturer Growing in Fort Wayne Area

    An Illinois-based company has announced plans to expand in Allen County. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says Auto Truck Group will invest more than $6 million to build and equip a new facility in the Stonebridge Business Park in Roanoke and create up to 50 jobs by the end of 2022. The company designs, manufactures and installs truck equipment for customers in a variety of industries. The more than 72,000-square-foot facility will house Auto Truck Group's manufacturing...

  • Thor Names New Board Chairman

    Elkhart-based Thor Industries Inc. (NYSE: THO) has selected Andy Graves as chairman of the board. Graves, who most recently served as president and chief executive officer of Motorsport Aftermarket Group in Texas, will be the company's first independent chairman.

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    Patrick Industries' Struggles Tied to RV Balancing Act

    Elkhart-based Patrick Industries Inc. blames the RV industry "rebalancing" its inventory and bad weather for a weaker second quarter. The company is reporting net income of $27.4 million, compared to $34.9 million during the same period last year.

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    BWI to Open Greenfield Plant

    Governor Eric Holcomb and Greenfield Mayor Chuck Fewell will Friday join executives from BeijingWest Industries Co. Ltd. to celebrate the grand opening of the company’s $80 million, 275,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. The project is expected to create up to 441 jobs by 2021.

  • (photo courtesy of GCI Slingers)

    Manufacturer Growing in Boone County

    Zionsville-based Gravel Conveyors Inc. has announced plans to expand. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says the company, which manufactures commercial materials placement machines, will invest nearly $7.5 million to add to its Boone County facility and create nearly 40 jobs by the end of 2022. Doing business as GCI Slingers, the company specializes in building and assembling mobile conveyors and hydraulic systems and says increasing demand from its Midwest client base led to the...

  • Mark Howell is the president and CEO of Conexus Indiana. (photo courtesy of Conexus)

    Conexus Preparing Businesses for 'Industry 4.0'

    It's being called the next Industrial Revolution and Indiana's advanced manufacturing and logistics initiative is working to help Hoosier companies adapt. Conexus Indiana Chief Executive Officer Mark Howell says Industry 4.0 centers around technology adoption, migration and innovation and affects all industries fundamentally changing the way people live and work. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Howell said for Indiana to maintain its leadership position...

  • ERAPSCO Awarded Military Contract

    ERAPSCO has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Department of Defense. The joint venture between Columbia City-based Ultra Electronics Holdings plc and Illinois-based Sparton Corp. (NYSE: SPA) will manufacture and deliver sonobuoys. The sonobuoys are electro-mechanical anti-submarine warfare acoustic sensors designed to relay sounds associated with submarines and ships. 

  • Tire Maker To Open Whitestown Facility

    Georgia-based Maxxis International USA is planning a 350,000 square foot distribution facility in Whitestown. The company has not announced financial details, but says the facility is expected to house 55 employees. 

  • The facility could be build within the River Ridge Commerce Center.

    Jeffersonville Being Considered for CBD Plant

    California-based Layn USA could soon establish operations in southern Indiana. One Southern Indiana, the economic development organization and chamber of commerce for Clark and Floyd counties, says the company has signed a purchase and sales agreement with the River Ridge Development Authority for a proposed $52 million CBD manufacturing facility. The project, the company says, would have the capacity to process a minimum of 5,000 tons of hemp biomass each year. As part of the...

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    MXD Process Considering Return to Jeffersonville

    Kentucky-based MXD Process, a manufacturing company founded in Jeffersonville, may return to the city. The company says it is considering leasing a new facility, an $1.8 million project contingent on the Jeffersonville City Council’s approval of incentives, that could to create 40 new jobs. MXD Process, formerly Mixer Direct, is a manufacturer of industrial mixers, stainless steel tanks and batch control systems that automate mixing operations...

  • Sweetener Supply Expanding to White County

    Illinois-based Sweetener Supply Corp. has announced plans to establish operations in White County. The company, which manufactures food ingredients such as sugars, corn sweeteners and honey, says it will invest $20 million to construct a 150,000-square-foot building in the Mid-America Commerce Park.

  • Hillenbrand is headquartered in Batesville. (photo courtesy Hillenbrand)

    Hillenbrand Announces $2B Acquisition

    Batesville-based Hillenbrand Inc. (NYSE: HI) has announced plans for a major acquisition. The manufacturer has entered into an agreement to acquire Cincinnati-based Milacron Holdings Corp. (NYSE: MCRN) in a $2 billion cash and stock deal. The acquisition has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies. Milacron manufactures, distributes and services systems in the plastics technology and processing industry. Hillenbrand says the acquisition will enhance...

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    Nix Companies Adds to Portfolio

    Poseyville-based Nix Companies Inc. has acquired a fabrication company in Gibson County. Financial terms of the deal for Princeton-based Heritage Custom Fabricators Inc. are not being disclosed, however the company will continue to operate as an independent division of Nix Companies.

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    Inteplast to Expand in Indiana

    New Jersey-based integrated plastics manufacturer Inteplast Group plans to expand capacity in a newly-acquired northwest Indiana facility. The group's AmTopp division will increase capacity of its stretch film manufacturing by investing $20M to add two lines in their Remington, IN facility.

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    Logistics Company Growing in Allen County

    A transportation and logistics company based in Allen County has announced plans to expand. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says Universal Dedicated of Fort Wayne will invest $25 million to build out about 10 acres in Roanoke that will serve as a holding yard to house transportation assets and dispatch operations offices. The company says the project will create up to 130 jobs by the end of 2020. The company says the site will help increase efficiencies in its regional...

  • Berry Global is headquartered in Evansville. (photo courtesy of Berry Global)

    Berry Completes Purchase of RPC Group

    Berry Global Group, Inc. (NYSE: BERY) has completed its $6.5 billion acquisition of RPC Group Plc to make one of the world's largest plastic packaging companies. The acquisition includes approximately $4.3 billion of cash paid for the equity interest in RPC and $2.2 of net debt and estimated transaction costs.

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    Cummins to Acquire Canadian Company

    Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) has announced plans to acquire a fuel cell systems provider in Canada. The deal for Hydrogencis Corp. (Nasdaq: HYGS) is valued at approximately $290 million and has been approved by the Hydrogenics board of directors. The transaction will see Cummins acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Hydrogenics. However, the company's current largest equity shareholder, The Hydrogen Co., will maintain its ownership in Hydrogenics.

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    Catalent to Break Ground on Expansion

    State and local officials will Friday join executives from New Jersey-based Catalent Inc. (NYSE: CTLT) to break ground on a new drug product manufacturing facility in Bloomington. The project is part of a $100 million expansion announced in January that is expected to create up to 200 jobs by the end of 2024.

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    DOT America Growing in Whitley County

    Columbia City-based DOT America Inc. has announced plans to further expand its Whitley County operations. The Whitley County Economic Development Corp. says the medical coating technology provider plans to add 10 jobs at its facility in the Blue River Industrial Park by 2021.

  • The location in Dearborn County could serve as the state's fourth port. (photo courtesy of the Ports of Indiana)

    Purchase Agreement for Fourth Port Extended Again

    A purchase agreement for a site near Lawrenceburg that could potentially serve as the state's fourth port has been extended once again. The Ports of Indiana originally signed the agreement in September 2017 to acquire up to 725 acres of land that formerly housed the American Electric Power plant. The option to decide whether to purchase the land was extended in November and set to expire June 30. Governor Eric Holcomb's office says the option has again been extended...

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    Radial Opens Fulfillment Center in Brownsburg

    Pennsylvania-based Radial Inc. says its new fulfillment center in Brownsburg is now open. The e-commerce technology and operations company says the nearly 700,000-square-foot facility is the largest in its network and will have the capacity to house about 2,000 employees.

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    New Business Park Planned for Whiteland

    Missouri-based Jones Development Co. has begun construction on a new business park in Johnson County. The 2.4 million-square-foot Whiteland Exchange will be located on 167 acres near I-65 in Whiteland.  Financial terms of the developer's investment in the project were not disclosed. The business park is slated to include modern industrial buildings for logistics, advanced manufacturing and related uses. Work is underway on the first two speculative buildings, which total nearly...

  • Business Expanding in Plymouth

    Culver Tool and Engineering has announced a $3.7 million expansion with a new facility just north of its existing building in Plymouth. The spinal rod manufacturer plans to invest $2.2 million to renovate and expand the new building and also will invest $1.5 million to build and install machinery and equipment. The expansion will create 10 new jobs, to add to the 180 existing employees. 

  • Enbi was acquired by Watermill Group in April. (photo courtesy of Enbi Group)

    Enbi Group Acquires New York Company

    Shelbyville-based Enbi Group has acquired an industrial roller manufacturer in New York. Financial terms of the deal for Pierce Industries are not being disclosed, however Enbi says the acquisition will expand its capabilities and positions the combined company for strategic growth.

  • Foppers CEO Michelle Leffert (left) and Executive Director of National Sales Emily Gillam

    Logansport Company Selected in Walmart Open Call

    A Logansport-based dog treat manufacturer is one of several companies chosen to have their products sold on Walmart shelves. Foppers Pet Treat Bakery took part in Walmart's annual Open Call event, in which hundreds of small businesses and entrepreneurs pitched their products for the chance to sell them in stores. Foppers Chief Executive Officer Michelle Leffert says she was shocked to hear she was selected during the two-day event at Walmart's headquarters in Arkansas.

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    American Wire Rope & Sling Acquired

    Fort Wayne-based American Wire Rope & Sling is under new ownership. The company has been acquired by Bishop Lifting Products in Texas, though financial details of the deal were not disclosed. AWRS manufactures a variety of products for the rigging industry, according to its website.

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    PUMA to Open Distribution Center in Whitestown

    Massachusetts-based PUMA North America Inc. is planning to establish operations in Boone County. The company is looking to invest $40 million to lease and equip a more than 635,000-square-foot building in the Whitestown Business Park and create up to 90 jobs.

  • Blue Buffalo makes natural cat and dog food and treats, which are sold nationwide.

    Blue Buffalo to Open $200M Richmond Facility

    Connecticut-based Blue Buffalo Pet Products (Nasdaq: BUFF) will Monday hold a grand opening for its $200 million manufacturing facility in Richmond. The natural pet food producer plans to create up to 165 jobs in Wayne County. Governor Eric Holcomb and Richmond Mayor Dave Snow will join company executives Monday morning for the grand opening. The facility, which includes a research and development center, is Blue Buffalo's second in the United States. When the company announced...
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    Allison Details $400M Expansion Plans

    Allison Transmission Holdins Inc. (NYSE: ALSN) today detailed expansion plans involving more than 300 new jobs through 2020. The company says it will invest more than $400 million over the next few years in projects including a new Vehicle Environmental Test facility and an Innovation Center in Indianapolis. As part of the announcement, Allison today broke ground on the Innovation Center, which is expected to open in 2021. The Innovation Center will feature virtual and physical...

  • Allison Transmission's global headquarters are located in Indianapolis. (photo courtesy of Allison Transmission)

    Allison Transmission Set For Expansion Announcement

    Indianapolis-based Allison Transmission Inc. (NYSE: ALSN) will Friday provide details on a planned expansion. Governor Eric Holcomb and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett will be on hand for the economic development announcement and groundbreaking at the company's headquarters.

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    Jeffersonville Railyard Facility Officially Open

    A new railcar-transload facility in Jeffersonville is expected to expand the ability to distribute malted grain to Indiana and Kentucky distilleries and breweries. Louisville & Indiana Railroad and Vancouver, Washington-based Great Western Malting Company took months of planning for the 33-railcar facility located at LIRC's railyard.

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    Elkhart RV Product Supplier Acquired

    Ohio-based Next Sparc LLC has acquired a majority interest recreational vehicle product manufacturer and supplier based in Elkhart. Financial details of the deal with Way Interglobal Network LLC were not disclosed.

  • Lippert is headquartered in Elkhart.

    Lippert to Acquire UK Company

    Elkhart-based Lippert Components Inc. has announced plans to add a United Kingdom-based marine equipment supplier to its portfolio. The company has made an initial cash offer of more than $42 million to acquire Lewmar Marine Ltd. as part of an agreement with Lewmar's board of directors.

  • Harrington Noodles is expanding their Plymouth production capacity (photo courtesy Harrington Noodles)

    Two Businesses Expanding in Plymouth

    Two companies have announced expansion plans in Plymouth. Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. plans a $2.8 million expansion and Harrington Noodles wants to invest $632,000 in a new facility.

  • NSWC Crane is located within Naval Support Activity Crane, one of the largest naval bases in the U.S.

    Indiana Could Lead Hypersonic Tech Future

    Indiana could play a key role in the future of hypersonic technology, according to the chief executive officer of the National Security Technology Accelerator. The North Carolina-based nonprofit has offices in Bloomington and is working with Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane on a program to work on the military priority, which includes weapons or supply vehicles that travels over five times the speed of sound. Tim Greeff says the organization's partnership with Crane can be an...

  • Thor Industries is headquartered in Elkhart.

    Thor Profit Drops in Fiscal Q3

    Elkhart-based Thor Industries Inc. (NYSE: THO) is reporting fiscal third quarter net income of $31.4 million, down from $180 million during the same period last year. Despite the drop, the recreational vehicle manufacturer says it hit record net sales of $2.5 billion for the quarter.

  • Raytheon, UTC Announce 'Merger of Equals'

    Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN), which has operations in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne and United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) are planning what they call a "merger of equals." The all-stock deal excludes Carrier and Otis, which are set to separate from United Technologies next year. The combined company, to be called Raytheon Technologies Corp., will be headquartered in Massachusetts. The companies say the combined operation will have about $74 billion in 2019 sales.

  • IWC plans to add 60 full-time Plymouth employees by the end of the year.

    Manufacturer Planning 100+ Plymouth Jobs

    A startup manufacturing company is planning to invest $23 million to establish operations in Marshall County. Indiana Wheel Corp., which is a joint venture led by China-based Jingu Company Ltd., says it will create up to 117 jobs in Plymouth over the next few years. The company will produce and distribute steel wheels, with production expected to start later this year. IWC plans to 60 full-time employees by the end of this year, including executives, skilled machinists and operations...
  • About 40 Hamilton Heights students are expected to participate in the program next fall.

    Hamilton Heights Earns Certified SEAL Program

    Hamilton Heights High School in Arcadia is now the first in the state to offer the State Earn and Learn program designed for the construction industry. The program is a partnership with industry and education to offer students the opportunity to earn credentials while participating in job training. Students also have regular interaction with construction and industry-related employers. 

  • The company will occupy a shell building in the Vanderburgh Industrial Park.

    Manufacturer Expanding to Evansville

    Elkhart-based EFP Corp. has announced plans to expand to southern Indiana. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says the company, which specializes in the manufacturing and conversion of expanded foam protective packaging, will invest $2.1 million to lease a 100,000-square-foot building in the Vanderburgh Industrial Park and create up to 29 jobs by the end of 2021. EFP also plans to invest nearly $4.5 million in production equipment for the facility. The new location will be...

  • The recreational vehicle manufacturer is based in Elkhart.

    Thor Details Senior Leadership Changes

    Elkhart-based Thor Industries Inc. (NYSE: THO) has announced new senior management positions for its North American operations. The recreational vehicle manufacturer says the staffing moves are an "essential step" to its overarching strategy. Chief Executive Officer Bob Martin has named Matt Zimmerman and Chris Hermon to the newly-created roles of RV group managers. Zimmerman and Hermon, who previously served as CEO of Keystone RV Co. and president of Heartland RV Co...

  • Wynnchurch is acquiring the facilities from Allegheny Technologies Inc.

    Jay County Forging Plant to be Acquired

    Illinois-based private equity firm Wynnchurch Capital LLC has acquired two closed-die forging facilities, one of which is located in Jay County. The firm purchased the facilities in Portland and Lebanon, Kentucky from Pittsburgh-based Allegheny Technologies Inc. (NYSE: ATI), though financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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    Cummins, Isuzu Further Partnership

    Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) and Isuzu Motors Ltd. have announced a new partnership agreement. The companies say the deal formalizes a business structure to bring new diesel and diesel-based powertrains to market.

  • The facility would be the third location near the Indianapolis International Airport for FedEx.

    FedEx Plans New Facility, Jobs in Indy

    FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) is again looking to grow its presence near the Indianapolis International Airport. The company plans to invest $9 million to lease and equip a large portion of a newly-constructed speculative building in the AmeriPlex Indianapolis industrial park, which will be a new location for its FedEx Supply Chain Inc. division. According to documents filed with the city, FedEx has committed to adding 225 full-time jobs at the facility by 2021. FedEx Supply Chain...

  • GM CEO Mary Barra joined city and state leaders for this morning's announcement.

    GM Announces $24M Investment in Fort Wayne Truck Plant

    General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) has detailed plans to invest $24 million into its Fort Wayne Assembly Plant to boost full size truck production. The automaker says sales of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 crew cab pickups, which increased a combined 20 percent in the first quarter of 2019 over the previous year, is fueling the growth. GM says, including today's announcement, it has invested more than $1.2 billion in the plant since 2015. GM Chief Executive Officer Mary...

  • The plant makes GM's Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra models.

    GM Set For Big Fort Wayne Plant Announcement

    General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra will this morning be at the automaker's Fort Wayne Assembly Plant for an announcement. Our partners at WPTA-TV in Fort Wayne report she is expected to make an investment announcement involving future operations at the Roanoke truck assembly facility. Few details are known about this morning's announcement, which will also involve GM Executive Vice President of Global Manufacturing Gerald Johnson and local leaders.

  • Polytek Completes Franklin Expansion

    Pennsylvania-based Polytek Development Corp. has completed an expansion of its production facility in Franklin. The company, which manufactures specialty polymers for mold making and casting applications, is not disclosing financial details of the expansion.

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    Peanut Butter Producer Growing in NW Indiana

    A producer and distributor of artisanal peanut butter has opened its new production facility in northwest Indiana. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says Portage-based BNutty is investing nearly $2 million to lease, renovate and equip the facility inside the AmeriPlex at the Port business park and create up to 100 jobs by 2021.  The company says it had outgrown its former 2,500-square-foot facility. The new, 16,000-square-foot production center will allow...

  • Conexus Honors Langham With Award

    Conexus Indiana has announced Langham Logistics President and Chief Executive Officer Cathy Langham is the recipient of the second annual Andre B. Lacy Vanguard award. The award honors leaders who benefit the advanced manufacturing and logistics industries, and model civic and philanthropic leadership. 

  • (photo courtesy of Magna Powertrain)

    Manufacturer Details Muncie Expansion

    Michigan-based Magna Powertrain of America has announced plans to expand its operations in Muncie. The Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance says the automotive parts and systems supplier will invest $9.3 million to add new equipment to its 200,000-square-foot MPT Muncie facility and create 50 full-time jobs. The company says the addition of the new equipment will support increased business. The installation of the equipment is expected to be complete by April 2020.

  • The company plans to add the new jobs next month.

    Aurora Casket Facility Adding Jobs

    Pittsburgh-based Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions has announced plans to add nearly three dozen jobs at its Dearborn County casket facility. The company says the new jobs come as a new cremation casket product line is being added to the facility in Aurora.

  • NIBCO is headquartered in Elkhart. (photo courtesy of NIBCO)

    Companies Detail Closures, Layoffs

    Four companies have announced plans to lay off a total of nearly 300 employees. In separate notices filed with the state, the companies say the moves will affect workers in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Charlestown and Peru.

  • (photo courtesy of Aisin USA Manufacturing Inc.)

    Council Approves Seymour Projects

    Two companies in Seymour are planning expansion projects. The Seymour Tribune reports the city council has approved tax abatements for more than $47 million in investments from Aisin USA Manufacturing Inc. and The Andersons Inc.

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    Rolls Royce Awarded Military Contract

    The Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded a major contract to Rolls Royce Corp. The corporation's Indianapolis facility was awarded an $8.6M contract for 10 marine turbine installation parts kits for LCAC 100 Class craft. The kits consist of four engine intakes, two right hand and two left hand engine exhausts that will support the Ship-to-Shore Connector Program. 

  • Linebarger says the $33 million Columbus investment will initially mean about 75 new jobs.

    Linebarger: Tech, Innovation Fueling Cummins Growth

    Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) Chief Executive Officer Tom Linebarger frequently refers to the Columbus-based engine maker as a technology company that happens to be in the manufacturing sector, and last week’s announcement of nearly $70 million in projects suggests that mantra will ring true for decades to come. A new $35 million digital and IT hub in Greenwood is a perfect example. It will bring together information technology, digital and engineering talent to focus on ways to...
  • LHP currently employs nearly 200 associates in Columbus and close to 500 worldwide.

    Engineering Company Adding Jobs in Columbus

    Columbus-based LHP Engineering Solutions says it will expand its Bartholomew County operations and add up to 135 jobs by 2023. The company, which provides engineering services for the automotive, aerospace and medical industries, says it will invest more than $1 million to upgrade its Columbus headquarters. LHP currently employs nearly 200 associates in Columbus and close to 500 worldwide. In addition to its Indiana headquarters, the company has operations in California...

  • Hillenbrand is headquartered in Batesville. (photo courtesy Hillenbrand)

    Hillenbrand Launches Workforce Initiative

    Batesville-based Hillenbrand Inc. (NYSE: HI) is launching what calls a first-of-its-kind workforce initiative. The manufacturer is partnering with its Germany-based subsidiary Coperion on the effort, which is designed to attract and retain talented employees on a global scale and help bridge the international gap in its workforce.

  • Cummins says the new $35 million office building will be along I-65 and County Line Road.

    Big Investments Coming Along 'Cummins Corridor'

    Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) says it will invest nearly $70 million in its Columbus and Indianapolis operations as it celebrates 100 years in business. The company plans to pump $33 million into its Columbus Engine Plant to make it the center of its Electrified Power segment. At an event today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Cummins also announced plans to build a $35 million office building in Greenwood for about 500 digital and information technology employees...

  • Northpoint Business Park in Westfield is one of 6 sites chosen for the program in Indiana. (photo courtesy of NPwestfield.com)

    Duke Energy Chooses Sites for Readiness Program

    Duke Energy has chosen six Indiana communities to participate in its Site Readiness Program, which finds, evaluates and improves sites for potential industrial development.  Site development companies and an engineering company will assess the sites and make recommendations. Properties typically chosen for the program are at least 40 acres, served by the utility, or a vacant industrial building with at least 20,000 square feet. 

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    Cummins to Make Expansion Announcement

    Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) will Thursday provide details on big investment and expansion plans. The manufacturer says the next phase of the plans will take place on the "Cummins Corridor" along I-65 from Seymour to Whitestown.

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    ArcelorMittal Investing $160M at Burns Harbor

    Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal has announced plans to invest more than $160 million in its Burns Harbor steel mill. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report the steelmaker's investment will focus on several areas within the facility over the next several years.

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    Lippert Components Hosts Career Quest

    Northern Indiana middle school students found themselves immersed in finding a career pathway during Career Quest 2019 hosted by Lippert Components and Horizon Education Alliance. About 50 businesses were on hand to provide students a better understanding of several industries, including advanced manufacturing, construction and trade, healthcare and information technology. 

  • The Whitestown facility will produce graphic packaging, custom partitions, packaging supplies and more.

    Michigan Company Adding Jobs in Boone County

    Michigan-based Opus Packaging Group has announced plans to establish an operation in Whitestown. The packaging and supplies manufacturer says it will invest nearly $3 million in the Boone County operation and create up to 43 jobs by the end of 2022. Construction on the operation is underway and expected to be complete by July. Opus Packaging Group says the facility will allow it to boost production for clients in Indiana and throughout the Midwest. The company currently has...

  • (file photo courtesy of Ryder)

    Logistics Company to Cease Operations in Plainfield

    A subsidiary of Florida-based Ryder System Inc. (NYSE: R) says it will no longer operate its facility in Plainfield. In a noticed filed with the state, Ryder Integrated Logistics says more than 430 employees will be laid off as a result of the closure, though many will have the opportunity to transition to a new position. The company says it expects to cease operations at the facility on July 12, which is the same date the employees are expected to be let go. Ryder says the...

  • Schellinger was a guest on this weekend’s edition of Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick.

    Saab Jet Fighter Investment May Be Just the Beginning

    It is viewed as a major win for Indiana’s increasing effort to attract global investment in the aviation and aerospace sectors. But Saab’s plans to invest $37 million and add 300 jobs at a fighter jet plant in the Purdue Discovery Park District may be just the beginning of a far-reaching partnership. "It's not just going to be the fuselage down the road and the partnership with Boeing,” said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger.

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    AMERICAN Flow Control to Open Crawfordsville Facility

    An Alabama-based company plans to open a new research and development facility in Crawfordsville. AMERICAN Flow Control, the valve and hydrant division of AMERICAN Cast Iron Pipe Company, will invest $9 million to build and equip the new facility for enhancing existing valve products and developing new products. The 30,000 square foot facility will be named the AMERICAN Flow Control Center for Innovative Excellence and will be built on 17 acres in the Crawfordsville Commerce Park.

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    WishBone Medical Acquires Plymouth Company

    Warsaw-based WishBone Medical has acquired a medical device manufacturer in Marshall County. Financial terms of the deal for Plymouth-based CSpine Inc. are not being disclosed, however a spokesperson for WishBone tells Inside INdiana Business no jobs will be affected.

  • CDT opened in the early 1970s in New Haven.

    Continental Diamond Tool to Add Jobs in Allen County

    Continental Diamond Tool, a global provider of superabrasive grinding wheels and custom tooling, says it will expand its operation in Allen County, adding up to 225 jobs over the next four years. The company says it will invest $5.5 million into the expansion, which will add to manufacturing and research and development labs at its current New Haven operation.  In a news release, Indiana Economic Development Corporation President Elaine Bedel said the expansion is an important...

  • Daniels: Saab Facility Will Have 'Enormous' Impact

    Purdue University President Mitch Daniels says today's announcement that Sweden-based Saab will establish a $37 million facility at the Discovery Park District will have a major impact on the university and state. The company plans to build an advanced manufacturing facility to be used for the production of part of the T-X jet trainer aircraft for the U.S. Air Force and create up to 300 jobs. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business Reporter Mary-Rachel Redman...

  • The company is based at The Center on the northwest side of Indianapolis.

    Indy Company Secures $9.5M in Funding

    Indianapolis-based Biosynthetic Technologies has completed a $9.5 million Series A round of funding. The company, which develops fluids used in lubricants, chemicals and cosmetics, received financing from HG Ventures in Indy.

  • Kimball Electronics Hits Record Earnings

    Jasper-based Kimball Electronics Inc. (Nasdaq: KE) is reporting record fiscal third quarter net income of $11.8 million, up from $10.8 million during the same period last year. The company also set quarterly records for net sales and operating income over the three-month span.

  • (photo courtesy of ArcelorMittal)

    ArcelorMittal Rebuilding Burns Harbor Coke Battery

    ArcelorMittal is looking to improve a key facility at its Burns Harbor steel mill. The Luxembourg-based steelmaker says it is investing nearly $20 million to rebuild the No. 2 coke battery, with the main area of concern being much-needed roof repairs.

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    Spot Freight Adds to Downtown Indy HQ

    Spot Freight Inc. has completed an expansion of its downtown Indianapolis headquarters. The logistics company, which moved into the second floor of the former Jillian's building in 2016, has completed the renovation of the building's third floor, doubling the size of its previous office space. Spot Freight says it has invested more than $2 million between its two expansions over the past three years and plans to continue the growth of its Indiana footprint over the next five years.

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    Cummins Quarterly Profit Grows

    Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) is reporting first quarter net income of $663 million, up from $325 million during the same period last year. The manufacturer also saw an 8 percent increase in quarterly revenue, driven largely by increased truck production in North America and stronger demand in global construction and North American power generation markets.

  • (photo courtesy of Tampico Grain)

    Incentives Approved For Crothersville Expansions

    The Jackson County Council has approved tax abatement for two companies planning expansions in Crothersville. The Seymour Tribune reports projects from Alabama-based Sims Bark Co. and Tampico Grain LLC total $9.6 million investment and will create more than 20 jobs.

  • Celadon is headquartered in Indianapolis. (photo courtesy of Celadon)

    Celadon Offloads Business Unit

    Indianapolis-based Celadon Group Inc. has sold the assets of its North American "container on flat car" intermodal operations to Bison Transport in Canada. Financial terms of the all-cash deal are not being disclosed. 

  • Celadon is headquartered in Indianapolis. (photo courtesy of Celadon)

    Celadon to Pay $42M For Securities Fraud

    Indianapolis-based Celadon Group Inc. has agreed to pay more than $42 million in restitution to the federal government. The U.S. Department of Justice says the company committed securities fraud by "filing materially false and misleading statements to investors and falsifying books, records, and accounts." Celadon entered into a deferred prosecution agreement in connection with the securities fraud charges. Court documents say a Celadon subsidiary, Quality Companies...

  • The facility began production in 1989.

    SIA Produces Four Millionth Vehicle

    Subaru of Indiana Automotive in Lafayette is celebrating a milestone. The auto manufacturing facility earlier this week produced the four millionth vehicle since the plant opened 30 years ago. The silver 2019 Subaru Outback rolled off the assembly line late Monday morning.

  • Eli Lilly and Co. is headquartered in Indianapolis.

    Lilly to Offload Chinese Drug Rights, Manufacturing Plant

    Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) has announced plans to sell the rights in China for two of its antibiotic medicines, as well as a Chinese manufacturing facility. The deal with Eddingpharm is valued $375 million.

  • Photo of CCFF Headquarters courtesy of California Custom Fruits and Flavors

    Flavoring Company Coming to Greenwood, Adding Jobs

    California Fruit Flavoring Company Establishing Operations in Johnson County Los Angeles-based California Custom Fruits and Flavors Inc. has announced plans to establish its first Midwest manufacturing operations in Greenwood.  The food processing company says the new facility will create up to 24 full-time positions in Indiana by 2023. 

  • Allison Transmission's global headquarters are located in Indianapolis. (photo courtesy of Allison Transmission)

    Allison Makes Acquisitions, Reports Profit Growth

    Indianapolis-based Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ALSN) is adding to its portfolio. The manufacturer has acquired London-based Vantage Power, as well as the electric vehicle systems division of AxleTech in Michigan. The acquisitions have a total cash value of $132 million. Allison says the deals align with the company's electrification strategy. Allison is also reporting first quarter net income of $167 million, up from $151 million during the same period last year.

  • U.S. Corrugated currently has operations in California, Georgia, Wisconsin, Tennessee, New Jersey and Tijuana.

    Packager Planning $75M Lebanon Plant

    The Lebanon City Council has approved an incentive package for Pennsylvania-based U.S. Corrugated Inc. to bring an operation to the Boone County city. The corrugated packaging producer plans to invest about $75 million in the project, which would include about 140 new jobs. The Boone County Economic Development Corp. says the new positions are expected to pay a more than $20 per hour average wage. A spokesperson for the organization says the seven-year personal property abatement...

  • GPC is a subsidiary of Kent Corp.

    Ag Manufacturer Begins Expansion

    Iowa-based Grain Processing Corp. has broken ground on an expansion project in Daviess County, which has been more than four years in the making. The company is investing $70 million to expand its Washington plant, which could create up to 20 jobs when complete.

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    Munster Tech Company in Acquisition Deal

    Las Vegas-based security technology company ACRE has announced plans to acquire a Munster-based business. Financial terms of the deal for RS2 Technologies LLC have not been released. ACRE says the acquisition will enhance its strategic expansion plans for strengthening its access control business and product portfolio.

  • Berry Global is headquartered in Evansville. (photo courtesy of Berry Global)

    Berry Outlines Sustainability Strategy

    Evansville-based Berry Global Group Inc. (NYSE: BERY) has announced a new sustainability strategy. The company says the Impact 2025 initiative aims to support its broader sustainability efforts by minimizing product and operational impacts and maximizing positive impacts by engaging partners on key issues.

  • Bastian Solutions to Open Westfield Plant

    Officials in Westfield will Wednesday cut the ribbon on a more than $8 million advanced manufacturing facility. Indianapolis-based Bastian Solutions LLC, a subsidiary of Toyota Industries Corp. in Japan, announced plans in October 2017 for the plant, which is expected to create nearly 90 jobs this year.

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    Ivy Tech Fort Wayne to Host Job Fair

    The Ivy Tech Community College campus in Fort Wayne will Wednesday host an Automotive/Diesel Job Fair. Recruiters from more than 20 automotive and diesel technology companies in the area will be on hand to meet with potential employees.

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    Triton Metal Products Expanding in Northeast Indiana

    Hamilton-based Triton Metal Products has announced plans to expand its operations and add 13 full-time jobs. The company received state and local incentives to add 20,000 square feet of space to optimize its manufacturing processes. Triton says the incentives allow it to add a $1.5 million building expansion to its facility in the northeast Indiana town and invest $8.1 million in equipment and machinery.

  • Schellinger talked about the flurry of jobs announcements on this weekend’s edition of Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick.

    Schellinger: Every Focal Point 'Robust'

    Last week was a big week for job commitments in Indiana, with state and local officials unveiling deals totaling more than 1,100 potential positions. And while Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger was elated about the announcements, he was equally enthused about the range of industries involved. "We've gotten jobs in agribusiness, the manufacturing services, the professional services area, information technology, which we are growing at more than two times the national...

  • Dog Treat Maker Planning Expansion

    A Logansport-based dog treat manufacturer is looking to expand in Cass County. Foppers Pet Treat Bakery plans to invest more than $1 million to grow its operations and add a small number of jobs. The company currently occupies a 45,000-square-foot facility on the west side of Logansport. The Cass-Logansport Economic Development Organization says the expansion project will include real estate, improvements, and new equipment. Foppers is currently seeking $125,000 in incentives from...

  • The company has operations in Indiana and Alabama.

    Manufacturer Doubling Jennings County Footprint

    North Vernon-based Decatur Plastics Products has announced plans to expand its Jennings County operations and create up to 70 jobs by 2021. The company says it will invest more than $11 million to expand its headquarters campus over the next five years. Decatur Plastics Products is renovating a recently-purchased shell building in the North Vernon Industrial Park for additional warehousing and light assembly. The company is also planning to build an additional...

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    U.S. Army Orders AM General Vehicles

    South Bend-based AM General has secured a $185 million contract to build ambulances for the U.S. Army. The company will begin providing chassis systems later in the spring, when the ambulances will be fully fabricated. 

  • Greenleaf President Dan Curtin (podium) spoke at Monday's news conference. (photo courtesy of the IEDC)

    Greenleaf: Shelbyville Plant Not a 'One and Done'

    The president of Greenleaf Foods SPC says the planned $310 million facility in Shelbyville fills a major need. Governor Eric Holcomb joined officials from the company Monday to break ground on the 230,000-square-foot plant-based protein manufacturing facility, which is expected to create up to 460 jobs. At a news conference, Dan Curtin said Greenleaf was formed about nine months ago as a subsidiary of Toronto-based based Maple Leaf Foods Inc. and was looking for a location to...

  • Mark Frohlich is the director of the Center for Excellence in Manufacturing.

    Kelley School to Host Manufacturing Case Competition

    The Indiana University Kelley School Center for Excellence in Manufacturing will Saturday host its inaugural Gregg M. Sherrill Case Competition. The university says the event will give students interested in manufacturing a "dose of reality" as they work to solve a critical issue facing manufacturing managers throughout the Midwest.

  • Multimatic has 500 Indiana employees.

    New Haven Manufacturer Adding Jobs

    Canada-based Multimatic is expanding its New Haven operations and adding up to 75 jobs by the end of 2021. The automotive engineering and manufacturing company says it will invest over $22 million to grow in Allen County. The company, headquartered near Toronto, makes complex mechanisms, hardware, suspension system components and more for auto manufacturers. Multimatic has more than 500 employees in Allen and DeKalb counties. It previously expanded in New Haven less than two years ag...
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    Diamond Chain Co. Acquired

    Indianapolis-based The Diamond Chain Co. is under new ownership. The Timken Co. (NYSE: TKR), headquartered in Ohio, has acquired the manufacturer, which produces high-performance roller chains for a variety of markets, including industrial distribution, material handling and agriculture. 

  • Loughmiler Machine Tool & Design in Loogootee is one of the contract recipients.

    Hoosier Companies Awarded Military Contracts

    The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded contracts worth up to $35 million to seven companies, more than half of which are located in Indiana. The contracts call for the production of machined parts or composite components related to a variety of military aircraft.

  • Viewrail Stairs (picture courtesy: Viewrail)

    Goshen Manufacturer Adding Hundreds of Jobs

    Goshen-based Viewrail has announced plans to expand in the Elkhart County city and add up to 200 jobs by 2023. The floating stairs and railing systems manufacturer says it will invest more than $12 million to double its Indiana footprint. The company has reported 60 percent revenue growth for six straight years and expects to hit $100 million in sales by 2021 with the increased production. Viewrail currently employs 135 associates in Goshen and is hiring for...

  • GTA Containers is headquartered in South Bend.

    South Bend Company Lands Military Contract

    South Bend-based GTA Containers Inc. is sharing in a $47 million contract from the U.S. Department of Defense. The deal calls for the production of tank fabrication berm liners for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force.

  • Alabama Company Planning Jackson County Location

    Officials in Jackson County have given final approval to Alabama-based Sims Bark Co. to build a new facility in Crothersville. The Seymour Tribune reports the company plans to initially invest up to $8 million to build the bark mulch manufacturing facility near Interstate 65 and create 20 jobs.

  • Cardinal IG has had a presence in Fremont for 20 years.

    Companies Expanding in Fremont

    The Fremont Town Council has approved tax abatements for two expansion projects in Steuben County. Cardinal IG Co. and Miller Waste Mills plan to invest a total of $5.7 million to add new equipment to their respective facilities.

  • Zimmer Biomet is based in Warsaw.

    Zimmer Biomet System Lands FDA Clearance

    Warsaw-based Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ZBH) has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its ROSA ONE Spine System. The system is used for robotically-assisted, minimally-invasive and complex spine surgeries.

  • Great Lakes Lamination says it will invest $7 million to establish operations in Bristol.

    Manufacturer Launching Sister Company, Adding Jobs

    Elkhart-based Great Lakes Forest Products has announced plans to launch a new sister company in Bristol. The company says Great Lakes Lamination will result in up to 100 new jobs over the next few years. Great Lakes Lamination says it will invest $7 million to establish operations in Bristol, with plans to begin production this summer. The company will produce laminated wood panels for the RV industry. Great Lakes Forest Products Co-owner Mark Smith says he remains "optimistic...

  • Hanna says the extension will provide Hoosiers with greater access to higher-paying jobs in Chicago.

    Northwest RDA: 'Gateway to Chicago' Now in Sight

    It’s been more than 30 years in the making and now officials in northwest Indiana believe the start of construction on the $700 million South Shore line West Lake Corridor project is in sight. A recent positive rating from the Federal Transit Administration puts the eight-mile extension of the rail line from Dyer to Hammond a step closer to up to $440 million in federal funding. Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority Chief Executive Officer Bill Hanna says...

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    AM General to Build National Guard Vehicles

    South Bend-based AM General has received an order to provide hundreds of new multipurpose vehicles for the U.S. Army National Guard. The order for 739 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles is part of the National Guard's modernization valued at $89 million. The new order is in addition to a 2018 request to build 740 of the vehicles. 

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    Spec Building Planned For Plainfield

    A joint venture between Distribution Realty Group in Chicago and a private real estate fund advised by Crow Holdings Capital in Texas has announced plans for a new spec building in Plainfield. The nearly 340,000-square-foot industrial building will be designed to appeal to high-end warehouse and logistics companies seeking space in Indianapolis.

  • Metal Powder Products has Indiana operations in Noblesville and Campbellsburg.

    Manufacturer Growing Noblesville Operations

    Noblesville-based Metal Powder Products has announced plans to move a manufacturing division from Ohio to Hamilton County and add up to 80 jobs by 2020. The powder metallurgy product manufacturer says it will invest $1.5 million to increase production capacity in Indiana. The company currently employs more than 350 associates in its Noblesville and Washington County operations, and over 1,100 overall in the U.S. and China. MPP says it has already hired 51 employees as part of the...

  • Electroless Nickel from Franke Plating Works

    Northeast Indiana Plating Company Expanding

    Fort Wayne-based Franke Plating Works has announced plans to invest over $1 million to upgrade and expand its production facility east of downtown Fort Wayne. The third-generation-owned company will add new equipment and improve the facility near its headquarters. The company says the improvements will allow for additional flexibility and ability to produce a more diverse set of parts. The expansion will more than double the company's capacity. 

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    SIA Breaks Ground on Training Center

    Officials from Subaru of Indiana Automotive in Lafayette have broken ground on a new technical training center. The company says the 20,000-square-foot facility will double the size of its current training center. SIA did not say how much it is investing in the new facility. The technical training center will feature a simulated factor floor, up to six training robots, multiple assembly line simulators, classrooms, and a larger computer lab, among other amenities. 

  • Hanna believes crews could begin "turning dirt" in 2020.

    Hanna: South Shore Project Hits 'Major, Major Milestone'

    The president of the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority says the South Shore Line West Lake Corridor project will create a crucial "Hoosier gateway in Chicago." The more than $700 million project has received a positive project rating from the Federal Transit Administration, putting it a step closer to up to $440 million in federal funding. Bill Hanna says the rail extension will help Hoosier workers connect to jobs in Chicago that often pay more...

  • (Image of planed West Lake Corridor Expansion of the South Shore commuter rail line provided by the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority.)

    South Shore Extension Moves Closer to Federal Funding

    The South Shore Line West Lake Corridor is a step closer to up to $440 million in federal funding, thanks to a positive project rating from the Federal Transit Administration. The "medium-high" rating means the project, which involves the extension of the South Shore Line between Dyer and Hammond, is eligible for funding to cover a large portion of the more than $700 million project. The rating came from the FTA's Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report on Funding Recommendations...

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    Berry Global to Acquire UK Company

    Evansville-based Berry Global Group Inc. (NYSE: BERY) has announced plans to acquire United Kingdom-based design and engineering company RPC Group Plc. The deal is valued at approximately $6.5 billion, including the refinancing of RPC's debt.

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    Two Companies Plan Seymour Expansions

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  • The facility is located at the River Ridge Commerce Center.

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  • The third-party logistics firm currently employs more than 300 full-time associates in Plainfield.

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    Evansville-based Atlas World Group Inc. has announced plans to expand its headquarters. The transportation company will move its international relocation services to Evansville from Seattle, while forming a new leasing company, AWG Equipment Leasing Inc., to offer financing to its agents and owner-operators. Plans call for the company to add up to 75 new jobs by the end of 2023. 

  • Calumet Specialty Products Partners is headquartered in Indianapolis.

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  • The announcement will be at the Toyota Visitors Center in Princeton.

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    Manufacturer to Break Ground on Columbus Facility

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  • The purchase price includes $93 million in cash and the assumption of $41 million in debt.

    Steel Dynamics Closes Majority Acquisition of Texas Company

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  • Production is set to move to a pair of other plants.

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  • Allison Transmission's global headquarters are located in Indianapolis. (photo courtesy of Allison Transmission)

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    Indianapolis-based Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ALSN) has announced plans for a new vehicle testing facility at its global headquarters. The manufacturer says the multi-million-dollar facility will be the first of its kind in the Midwest and one of only a few in the United States. The Vehicle Environmental Test facility will feature two environmental chambers that can simulate temperature extremes, altitude, and on-road conditions. It will allow testing for regulatory...

  • The event will take place at the Indiana Convention Center.

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  • Tom Bell is CEO of Rolls-Royce North America

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  • KGP Logistics has been located in Warsaw since 2009

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  • Staci Kroon is the CEO of BraunAbility.

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  • The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor runs along the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System. (photo courtesy the Ports of Indiana.)

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  • The company is a joint venture between Ohio businessman Tom Faris and Madison-based SuperATV.

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

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    Cummins Swings to Quarterly Profit

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  • The Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana plant is located in Princeton.

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  • Monday's announcement took place at a home built by Area 31 students.

    Indy, Wayne Township Schools Launch Partnership

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  • Stuart Taylor

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