• Hoosier Environmental Service was established in 1978.

    Long-Time Family Environmental Business Moves

    A family-owned environmental construction company has relocated its headquarters from Plainfield to Camby. Hoosier Equipment Service Inc. had been based in Hendricks County for nearly 40 years. Hoosier Equipment Service says the company's 16 employers are now under the same roof for the first time. The new space includes office facility and storage for large trucks and equipment.

  • YouthBuild's network includes 260 urban and rural programs in 46 states.

    Evansville Lands Federal YouthBuild Grant

    The Evansville Housing Authority will receive more than $1 million as part of a federal pre-apprenticeship program. The U.S. Department of Labor's YouthBuild program aims to help at-risk youth complete degree programs and earn certifications for in-demand occupations. The authority is the only Indiana agency to receive a grant in the national $80 million round of funding.

  • (Image of Starke County Airport courtesy of Jeff Dixon)

    FAA Grants Boost Indiana Airports

    Seven airports throughout the state have received funding for improvements from the Federal Aviation Administration. The Airport Improvement Program involves funds for infrastructure maintenance and improvements that support safety, capacity, security and the environment. The most recent round supports projects in 31 states and totals $162.4 million. Indiana's portion amounts to nearly $3 million and involves projects including...

  • Furrion says the Prosthesis can run 21 miles per hour and jump 10 feet high.

    Furrion on New Tech: 'We Like Crazy'

    A global technology company that recently opened its U.S. headquarters in Elkhart says its latest endeavor shows "we dream big and then make it happen." Furrion, which manufactures high-end products for the RV industry, has debuted its latest product, Prosthesis, a mechanized racing suit which it says uses robotics to deliver super-human power to users. In the latest INdiana Connections e-newsletter, founder and Chief Executive Officer Aaron Fidler says...

  • Indiana Unemployment Rate Rises Slightly

    The state's unemployment rate has inched up to 3.1 percent. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says Indiana's labor force decreased by more than 1,000 in July, compared to June. The Indiana unemployment rate remains the lowest among Midwest states and is below the 4.3 percent national average. Indiana Department of Workforce Development Commissioner Steven Braun says the unemployment rate in the state continues to be at a near-record low. He says...

  • Building Permits on Rise in Central Indiana

    The Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis says single-family building permits jumped 14 percent in July, compared to the same month last year. The increase is the largest in any month this year. Chief Executive Officer Steve Lains says "we are pleased to see a continued steady growth in central Indiana housing and its associated economic impacts through local jobs, wages, and taxes." Through the first first seven months of the year, 3,671 new permits have been issued...

  • Patrick Industries ranks number one among manufacturers in the U.S. according to the Industry Week list.

    Indiana Manufacturers Sweep Top Spots on '50 Best ' List

    Hoosier manufacturers fare well in an annual ranking of the highest-performing public manufacturers in the country. Elkhart-based companies swept the top three spots on the 2017 Industry Week 50 Best U.S. Manufacturers list. Lafayette-based Wabash National Corp. (NYSE: WNC) was the only other Indiana company on the list, placing 29th. The publication ranks manufacturers based on multiple factors, including revenue growth and total revenue over the last year.

  • Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson (wearing red in center) and Governor Eric Holcomb (pictured to Freeman-Wilson's left) were on-hand for a groundbreaking at the future site of the new HMD Trucking headquarters.

    Another Illinois Company Moving to Indiana

    An Illinois-based shipping and logistics company has announced plans to relocate to Gary. HMD Trucking Inc. says it will invest nearly $6 million into a new headquarters, with plans to bring up to 500 jobs to Lake County by 2021. Founder Henry Malukas calls Gary a "perfect match" and cites several reasons for the move, including affordability to grow.

  • Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson will be part of Thursday's announcement at a logistics company in the Region.

    Jobs Announcement Slated For Gary

    Governor Eric Holcomb will be in northwest Indiana Thursday for a jobs announcement. He will be joined by Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and executives from HMD Trucking as part of his statewide tour promoting his recently-released Next Level Jobs initiative. The economic development announcement is slated for 2:30 p.m. Central Time.

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    President of Indiana's Fastest-Growing Company 'Surprised'

    The president of The Garrett Companies says he experienced one overriding emotion when he heard his Greenwood-based development business was named the fastest-growing in Indiana on the 2017 Inc. 5000 list. "We're a little bit surprised," Eric Garrett told Inside INdiana Business. "We've been trying to limit or even slow this growth a bit." The company experienced more than 2,000 percent growth year-over-year, according to the publication, and Garrett says...

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    Cummins Expanding Indiana Wind Farm

    Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) is expanding a wind farm in northern Indiana. The company says, when fully operational, the farm will generate renewable energy equal to the amount Cummins uses at its Indiana facilities. The expansion will add 75 megawatts of capability to the plant, which is enough to power about 20,000 average Indiana homes. The Meadow Lake Wind Farm complex currently has a capacity of 600 megawatts.

  • State Completes Takeover of Delayed I-69 Work

    The Indiana Department of Transportation has officially taken over direct control of Section 5 of the I-69 project. The work, previously handled by a private sector group called I-69 Development Partners, has been fraught with delays and was initially slated to be complete last October. The Indiana Finance Authority has wrapped-up the settlement deal between I-69 Development Partners and the state and will reimburse the developer's bond holders for $246 million.

  • (Image from April 2017 during construction courtesy of FireKing)

    FireKing to Toast New Distribution Center in Home City

    Southeast Indiana officials will hold a ribbon cutting Wednesday at the first business to open at Grantline Industrial Park West in New Albany. FireKing International LLC, which has been headquartered in the Floyd County city for 40 years, will celebrate a new, $4 million distribution center. The facility is expected to bring up to 50 jobs to the area within five years.

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    City: Urban Infill Effort to be Catalyst in Kokomo

    The city of Kokomo has announced a program designed to build new, market-rate houses on vacant or underused properties. Officials say the effort, led by the city and the Kokomo Community Development Corp., will enhance and revitalize existing urban neighborhoods. Mayor Greg Goodnight says the program fills a big need. "Providing new housing options in already existing neighborhoods is a proven strategy for smart growth," he says.

  • (Image courtesy of Calumet Specialty Products Partners)

    Calumet Selling Wisconsin Refinery

    Indianapolis-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP (Nasdaq: CLMT) has agreed to sell its Superior Refining operation in Wisconsin to Husky Energy Inc. of Canada. The deal is valued at $435 million and expected to close in the fourth quarter. Husky says it will retain the nearly 180 workers at the facility. The Canadian company plans to make investments into the facility.

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    Report: New Owner For Former BorgWarner Plant

    A once-thriving, long-vacant automobile components plant has been acquired. The Star Press in Muncie reports Ohio-based Jim Wallace Co. has purchased the former BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE: BWA) property and filed a demolition permit with the city building commission. The 1.1 million square-foot plant has been vacant for most of the last eight years. In the late-1950s, a former plant timekeeper told The Star Press about 10 years ago, the half-mile-long operation employed 5,000.

  • Blair Milo is the new Indiana Secretary of Career Connections and Talent.

    State Debuts Initiative Targeting Skills Gap

    The newest cabinet member of the Holcomb administration spent her first day with the governor in Clay County helping to launch an initiative focused on linking Hoosiers to higher-paying, in-demand jobs. Former La Porte Mayor Blair Milo, who now serves as secretary of career connections and talent, says the Next Level Jobs initiative includes "two more tools in our toolbox" to help Hoosiers be successful in their careers.

  • Governor Holcomb and Blair Milo announced the program in Brazil this morning.

    Holcomb, Milo Unveil 'Next Level Jobs' Program

    Governor Eric Holcomb and new Secretary of Career Connections and Talent Blair Milo today rolled out Indiana's Next Level Jobs initiative. Holcomb says the program will provide more than $20 million over the next two years through grants to support training efforts to fill high-demand, high-wage jobs throughout the state.

  • Skyline Corp. is headquartered in Elkhart.

    Skyline Corp. Profit Falls For The Year

    Elkhart-based Skyline Corp. is reporting flat fiscal year net income, down from $1.7 million the previous year. The manufacturer says the yearly performance is partially the result of the closure of its manufacturing facilities in Elkhart and Mansfield, Texas.

  • The C&A Tool Engineering Inc. headquarters is in Churubusco.

    Japanese Company to Acquire 50-Year-Old Indiana Manufacturer

    The Japan-based parent of New Hampshire Ball Bearings Inc. has announced the acquisition of C&A Tool Engineering Inc. in Churubusco. Under terms of the deal, MinebeaMitsumi Inc. will own 51 percent of the longtime Whitley County precision metal processor and the Development Bank of Japan will own 49 percent. C&A's products are used in the medical, aerospace, industrial and fuel systems fields. The company will become part of the NHBB/myonic Business Unit.

  • Former Governor Mike Pence and Governor Matt Bevin (pictured left-to-right in foreground) signed a memorandum of understanding on behalf of their respective states along with state and local leaders last July.

    Tri-State Leaders Recommend I-69 Bridge Preference

    A group of stakeholders in the Tri-State is urging the project manager of the I-69 Ohio River Crossing project to move forward with the lowest-cost and shortest of the three routes on a short-list of suggested alternatives. The BridgeLink board members say the $860 million "Central Corridor 1" option would maintain use of the current twin bridges in the area. The community leaders also argue tolling should be part of the plans to pay for the corridor, but...

  • (Sportsplex And Community Center rendering provided by the city of Hammond)

    Sportsplex Groundbreaking Keeps Hammond Hot Streak

    A groundbreaking ceremony Friday for the $17 million Hammond Sportsplex and Community Center marks additional progress on what has been a series of economic development wins in the Lake County city. Plans for the facility, located on the former Woodmar Mall property, include six basketball courts, a dozen volleyball courts and two regulation-sized indoor soccer fields. During a recent interview on Inside INdiana Business Television, Mayor Tom McDermott said...

  • Forest River Inc. is headquartered in Elkhart.

    Manufacturer Expanding in Noble County

    Elkhart-based Forest River Inc. is planning to locate to an empty, 118,000 square-foot warehouse in the city’s industrial park. The company plans to create some 130 jobs by the end of the year. The positions could start between $15 and $18 per hour and could eventually rise to $40 per hour. The total investment has not been disclosed.

  • (Image courtesy of Wabash National Corp.)

    'Amazon Effect' Drives Wabash National's Supreme Acquisition

    Lafayette-based Wabash National Corp. officials say the so-called "Amazon Effect" was a major catalyst in plans to acquire Goshen-based Supreme Industries Inc. The continued growth of e-commerce drove the truck trailer manufacturer to offer $21 per share, or $364 million in equity value, for the second-largest truck body maker in America. Consumer demand and growth are so high for home delivery that the company will launch a "final mile" business unit.

  • Furrion says the Prosthesis can run 21 miles per hour and jump 10 feet high.

    Luxury RV ‘Toys,’ Robot-Human Machine the Focus at New Elkhart Facility

    Visible from the Indiana Toll Road, a futuristic-looking building juts incongruously from the typical Elkhart landscape that drivers are likely accustomed to. The recently-opened North American headquarters for Furrion is in the heart of the RV manufacturing industry, but the company’s sweet spot is supplying the wealthiest of RV owners—think retractable helipads and rooftop hot tubs. 

  • CSS expects its freight business to grow about 25 percent in the next 20 years.

    NWI Double Tracking to Boost Cargo Too

    A nearly $300 million double tracking project in northwest Indiana is being touted as a win for commuters: it will build a second railroad track for the South Shore Line between Gary and Michigan City, adding speed and capacity for passengers. 

  • Following tradition, Kukorlo cut his "tail" (the back of his shirt) for his first solo flight.

    Deaf A&P Mechanic Earns His Wings

    Zackary Kukorlo doesn’t let adversity stand in his way. He says being deaf didn’t present much of a challenge when he recently earned his Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certificate, which enables him to work as an aircraft maintenance technician; such workers are in high demand as industry experts predict a shortage of mechanics in the next decade as airlines look to expand. 

  • A Purdue professor and graduate students prepare a vibration experiment; the work will help build car seat models to optimize comfort and vibration isolation.

    Ford Taps Purdue to Help Navigate New Auto Industry

    Ford Motor Co. believes the traditional automotive business model is evolving. While the company says consumers buying a car and driving it themselves will persist, an emerging transportation model champions shuttles, car-sharing and smart urban transportation systems—with the end game being autonomy. 

  • (Image courtesy of Brooks Running Co.)

    Brooks Running Co. Plans Whitestown Jobs

    Seattle-based Brooks Running Co. is planning to locate a footwear and apparel distribution center in Boone County. The 400,000 square-foot facility in the AllPoints at Anson business park in Whitestown is expected to involve more than 130 new jobs by 2023. The company did not immediately reveal the planned investment total for the new operation, but has been offered $800,000 in conditional tax credits from the Indiana Economic Development Corp.

  • Wabash National to Acquire Supreme Industries

    One heavyweight of Indiana manufacturing has announced an agreement to buy another. Terms of the deal call for Lafayette-based Wabash National Corp. (NYSE: WNC) to acquire Goshen-based Supreme Industries Inc. (NYSEMKT: STS) for $21 per share, or $364 million in equity value. Wabash National Chief Executive Officer Dick Giromini says...

  • (Image courtesy of the Academy of Model Aeronautics.)

    Drone Racers Converging in Muncie

    The Academy of Model Aeronautics, headquartered in Muncie, will Wednesday host a high-tech racing competition. The organization bills the 2017 MultiGP International Open Drone Racing Festival as "paradise" for camera-piloted, remote-controlled drones. Organizers say more than 60 pilots, many with big followings on YouTube, will race in events on eight separate tracks at the 1,200-acre Delaware County property.

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    Foundry-to-Apartment Project Secures Key Funding

    The city of Elkhart has approved economic development revenue bonds to help fund a $32 million mixed-use development planned downtown. The $4.7 million bond was approved unanimously and the project represents the first large-scale, market rate apartments in the city in almost 30 years. Indianapolis-based Flaherty & Collins Properties is developing the property and is slated to cover $20.6 million of the project.

  • Brad Bishop has served as executive director of OrthoWorx since 2010.

    Leadership Changes at OrthoWorx

    The state orthopedic industry initiative has shuffled leadership. Former Chief Executive Officer Sheryl Conley has been selection president of the AcceLINX Inc. musculoskeletal health business accelerator and Chief Operating Officer Cathy Limina is leaving for a job in the private sector. Brad Bishop will continue to serve as OrthoWorx executive director, a position he has held for more than seven years. He will work with the board of directors on future staffing considerations.

  • DOT Gives Approving Nod to Potential Port Funding

    The U.S. Department of Transportation is recommending a nearly $10 million grant for the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor. The funding, which still requires Congressional approval, would cover half of a proposed $19.7 million infrastructure expansion at the Portage operation. The project plans are extensive and the work, which officials say would boost cargo handling capacity and multimodal capabilities at the port, includes...

  • (Image courtesy of the Progressive Insurance Chicagoland In-Water Boat Show)

    Promoter Drops Michigan City Boat Show

    A boat show that previously drew more than 20,000 attendees to the Lake Michigan shores in Michigan City has been canceled for 2017. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report organizers of the Progressive Chicagoland In-Water Boat Show called off the 37 year-old event that was set to run this weekend. Organizers say the show has had a more than $68 million economic impact since it was launched. The publication says no reason for the cancellation was given.

  • (Image courtesy of the DeKalb County Airport)

    FAA Awards Funding to Indiana Airports

    Four airports in the state have received grants from the Federal Aviation Administration. The most recent rounds of funding from the Airport Improvement Program total nearly $645 million nationwide and close to $10 million is marked for projects in Indiana. The money can be spent on aviation infrastructure maintenance and improvements that support safety, capacity, security and the environment. The work involves runways, taxiways, airport signage, lighting and markings.

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    I-74 Revamp Kicks-Off in Southeast Indiana

    State transportation officials Monday are breaking ground on $61 million worth of pavement work in southeast Indiana. The construction on I-74 in Decatur, Franklin and Ripley counties is part of the state's long-term, $30 billion Next Level road and bridge improvement effort. Crews will be rebuilding I-74 in stages over the next two-and-a-half years. In addition to full-depth pavement replacement, the work involves...

  • (Image of Timothy Judge courtesy of Stay Metrics)

    Stay Metrics Tapping Top Minds For Advisory Board

    Stay Metrics, a trucking industry analytics firm based at Notre Dame's Innovation Park in South Bend, has launched a Scientific Advisory Board. The company says the group is made up of some of the world's top researchers in areas including employee retention, employee behavior and behavioral analytics.

  • Greenwood Lands U.S. HQ of U.K. Company

    An England-based luggage maker has announced plans for a U.S. headquarters in Greenwood. IT Luggage USA Ltd. says it will invest $1.8 million into renovations at a facility in the Johnson County city and could add 15 jobs by 2021. The operation is slated to open in the fall and will house positions in areas including customer service, finance, warehouse and logistics. There are currently more than 60 U.K.-based business facilities in Indiana.

  • LCI Components has more than 30 facilities throughout Indiana.

    'Industry-Wide Growth' Leads to Record Sales For LCI

    Elkhart-based LCI Industries (NYSE: LCII) is reporting second quarter net income of $40.1 million, up from $37.6 million during the same period last year. The recreational vehicle components manufacturer is also reporting a record $547 million in net sales, a 24 percent increase from second quarter 2016.

  • Ivy Tech Exec Extols Benefits of Dual Credit

    The senior vice president of work force alignment at the state's largest post-secondary education institution says completion and availability of dual credit courses for Hoosier high schoolers continue to rise. Chris Lowery says 59,000 high school students right now are taking college courses offered by Ivy Tech alone, double what it was two years ago. In May, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education released a study showing dual credit course participation is at an all-time high.

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    Approval Clears Path For Customs Facility at Gary Airport

    The Gary/Chicago International Airport has cleared its final regulatory hurdle for a new, on-site General Aviation Customs and Border Patrol facility. Officials have launched the request for proposals process for bidding, inspection and construction management of the project, which could be complete early next year. Currently, incoming international flights have to land at another airport to clear U.S. Customs procedures before continuing to GCIA.

  • (Image courtesy of Praxair) The company and institution say the program will train dozens of prospective advanced manufacturing technologists.

    Ivy Tech, Praxair Team Up For Skills Training

    Ivy Tech Community College and Praxair Inc. (NYSE: PX) have announced a new advanced manufacturing training partnership. The initiative will be funded thorough the Praxair Skills Pipeline Workforce Development Program and will involve instruction, career support and professional development for around 50 students. The company's coatings and technologies unit, Praxair Surface Technologies Inc., is located in Indianapolis.

  • Mario Rodriguez is executive director of the Indianapolis Airport Authority.

    Allegiant Base Could Bring New Flights

    Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Co. (NASDAQ: ALGT) says plans for a $40 million, two-aircraft base at Indianapolis International Airport could bring opportunities for new nonstop routes. The low-cost carrier says the facility could involve nearly 70 jobs and be operational in February. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says the new positions are expected to pay 85 percent higher than the state's average wage. Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch said...

  • Kimura Foundry is a manufacturer of components for automotive and industrial customers.

    Shelbyville's Global Focus Continues to Pay

    An $8 million investment announced Wednesday morning by Kimura Foundry America Inc. continues a string of international investment that Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBaun says spawned from a concerted effort between the public and private sectors. The automotive and industrial supplier's proposed 3D printing-enabled facility means Shelby County is now home to 12 Japanese-owned employers. DeBaun says...

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

    AM General Details Mishawaka Layoffs

    South Bend-based AM General LLC has detailed plans to lay off more than 430 employees at its commercial assembly plant in Mishawaka, which is in the process of being acquired by California-based SF Motors Inc. However, the company says the affected employees are expected to return to the facility once SF Motors begins production. In a notice to the state, AM General says it expects the deal with SF Motors to close as early as October 31.

  • (Image of downtown Shelbyville courtesy of Mainstreet Shelbyville Inc.)

    Details on Deck For More Japanese Investment in Shelbyville

    Local, state and business officials are set to detail another investment from a Japanese manufacturer in Shelby County. A U.S. subsidiary of Kimura Group is planning to build a foundry on 10 acres in Shelbyville, joining 11 other Japan-based employers in the county. The $8 million investment is expected to create 25 jobs. Shelby County is currently home to a total of 13 international businesses.

  • (Photo courtesy Indianapolis Airport Authority)

    Allegiant Poised For Indy Jobs Announcement

    Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch will be part of a jobs announcement Thursday in Indianapolis. Las Vegas-based Allegiant (Nasdaq: ALGT) executives will unveil details this afternoon at Indianapolis International Airport. Allegiant's presence at the state's largest airport has grown in the past year and a half.

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    Amazon Jobs Day Comes to Whitestown

    A fulfillment center in Whitestown is one of a dozen Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) sites looking to add workers as part of Wednesday's Amazon Jobs Day. The event aims to help fill more than 50,000 openings throughout the country. Local representatives say Amazon plans to make "thousands of on-the-spot, benefitted offers" to potential employees. The company says job seekers can also apply online if they cannot attend the events.

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    Shipments Up at Ports of Indiana

    Nearly 5.7 million tons of goods were shipped at the Ports of Indiana during the first six months of 2017, up 19 percent over the same period last year. Officials say the increase is mainly due to increased shipments of coal, ethanol, fertilizer, minerals and steel. The numbers represent the second-highest volume during the first two quarters of any year in Ports of Indiana history.

  • (Image of students in Hire Tech program courtesy of Conexus Indiana.)

    Teachers Train on 'Hire Tech' Certifications

    Dozens of Indiana teachers have completed training to deliver the first national advanced manufacturing certification program for high school students. Indiana's advanced manufacturing and logistics initiative Conexus and the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council are partnering on the Hire Tech training. Hire Tech is a two-year high school curriculum that gives students the opportunity to earn Icy Tech Community College credits and national manufacturing industry credentials.

  • The job fair will take place on the IPFW campus.

    Banks Hosting Job Fair in Fort Wayne

    Congressman Jim Banks (R-3) will Wednesday host a job fair on the campus of IPFW. More than 70 employers from northeast Indiana will be on hand in an effort to fill 2,300 open positions.

  • Vince Griffin spent 19 years with the Indiana Chamber.

    Vince Griffin to Lead Indiana Advanced Energy Economy

    Former Indiana Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Energy and Environmental Policy Vince Griffin has been named executive director for Indiana Advanced Energy Economy. Its parent Advanced Energy Economy, which expanded its presence in Indiana last year, advocates for policies to support energy-related businesses. Griffin retired last year from the chamber. The national organization is led by Chief Executive Officer Graham Richard, a former Fort Wayne Mayor.

  • (Image of Cummins Global Headquarters courtesy of Columbus, Indiana Visitors Center.)

    Demand in China, India Drives Cummins Profit

    Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) is reporting second quarter net income of $424 million, compared to $406 million during the same quarter last year. Chief Executive Officer Tom Linebarger says all four operating segments "delivered strong revenue growth" and the company has raised its full-year outlook for 2017. He says the strong numbers were boosted by "improving conditions in a number of important markets where we also have leading share."

  • Staffing Company Expands to Lafayette

    Indianapolis-based ULG Staffing has opened a new office in Lafayette. The subsidiary of Logansport-based ULG Companies LLC did not give details of its investment in the Tippecanoe County city, but says the office will focus on servicing the manufacturing and distribution industries in the region.

  • Survey: RV Shipments Continue Upward Trend

    A monthly report from the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association shows RV shipments continue to outpace last year's numbers. The organization says June marked the fourth-straight month shipments exceeded the 40,000-unit mark, adding to a more than 13 percent jump through the first half of 2017, compared to the same period last year. June 2017 shipments, according to results of an RVIA survey, came in at 47,416 units, up from 40,072 units during the same month last year.

  • Jim Schellinger is the Indiana secretary of commerce.

    Schellinger: Progress on International Nonstop

    Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger says stepped-up efforts to land a transatlantic flight at Indianapolis International Airport are paying off and "we'll have something to talk about in a matter of months." In an interview on Inside INdiana Business Television, Schellinger said the $5 million approved by the Indiana General Assembly to help attract the flight is working.

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    Demand Drives LifeScience Logistics Expansion

    A Texas-based company has announced plans to expand its Indianapolis warehouse operation. LifeScience Logistics is pumping more than $1 million into growing its pharmaceutical and medical device distribution footprint. The company currently employs 80 in Indianapolis and could add 20 more in the next two years. Chief Executive Officer Richard Beeny says the move is a response to increased demand for U.S. Food and Drug Administration-regulated space.

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    West Lake, Double Track Projects Take Step Forward

    The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District's board of trustees has approved resolutions authorizing South Shore administrators to purchase properties for the double tracking and West Lake Corridor projects. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report South Shore will wait for the Federal Transit Administration to advance the projects before making any purchases.

  • Chitralekha Beniwal is a business systems analyst with Lippert Components.

    Study Highlights 3D Printing Benefits

    A major Hoosier manufacturer has released a study that suggests use of a type of 3D printing could "revolutionize the whole metal casting industry." Elkhart-based Lippert Components Inc. (NYSE: LCII) says the research focused on the feasibility of integrating binder jet additive manufacturing technology, compared into more traditional methods. The study says using the technology in conjunction with sand foundries could...

  • The IEDC says the new positions are expected to pay an average hourly rate of $28.60 per hour, or $59,000 per year.

    IEDC: 2017 Shaping Up to be Record Year

    Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger says, if economic development continues at its current rate, 2017 "could be the best year in IEDC's history." The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says, so far in 2017, the state has secured 164 commitments from companies to locate or grow in Indiana. The organization says those businesses have committed to more than $5.4 billion in expansion plans that involve nearly 18,000 new jobs.

  • If approved, the new weekly route to Cancun International Airport (pictured) is set to begin in March.

    UPDATE: Indy Airport Adds to International Options

    Officials from Indianapolis International Airport and Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) have announced a new seasonal flight between Indianapolis and Cancun International Airport. The nonstop route is scheduled to provide weekly service beginning in March. The Indianapolis Airport Authority says Cancun is considered the number one current international destination out of Indy.

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    Patrick Industries Reports Bump in Profit

    The chief executive officer of Elkhart-based Patrick Industries Inc. (Nasdaq: PATK) says momentum in the manufacturer's key industries is driving a profit increase. Todd Cleveland adds strategic growth efforts, which include May's $73.5 million acquisition of Leisure Product Enterprises LLC, are contributing to a second quarter net income of $21.3 million. The manufacturer's profit was nearly $17 million during Q2 of 2017.

  • Zimmer Biomet Swings to Profit

    Warsaw-based Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ZBH) is reporting second quarter net income of $184 million, compared to a net loss of $31.3 million during the same period the previous year. The earnings report follows the announcement earlier this month that Chief Executive Officer David Dvorak is stepping down.

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

    Vincennes University to Swap Out Aviation Fleet

    Vincennes University has approved $5.85 million for the purchase of a new aircraft fleet. The college expects to sell its current group of nine planes once the 11 new Cirrus and Piper aircraft are delivered in a year. The aircraft are used by the Aviation Flight program in Indianapolis. Officials anticipate receiving $5 million from the sale of the current fleet. Students train at the VU Aviation Technology Center, which also houses the school's Aviation Maintenance program.

  • Wabash National is headquartered in Lafayette, Indiana.

    Wabash National Profit Dips in Q2

    Lafayette-based Wabash National Corp. (NYSE: WNC) is reporting second quarter net income of $22.9 million, down from $35.5 million during the same period last year. Despite the drop, Chief Executive Officer Dick Giromini calls the results "solid," saying they represent the second-strongest second quarter in the company's history.

  • (photo courtesy of our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana)

    U.S. Steel to Invest Millions More Into Gary Works

    U.S. Steel Corp. (NYSE: X) has detailed plans for $35 million in additional investment to its Gary Works operation. The Pennsylvania-based company recently completed the $23 million first phase of its Hot Strip Mill Restoration Plan at the massive Lake County operation. The latest round of investment was announced Wednesday during its quarterly earnings report presentation and is part of a planned revitalization effort through 2020 totaling around $1.2 billion.

  • Go Electric located recently to the Purdue Polytechnic facility.

    Battery Tech Startup on 'Cusp' of Bigger Things

    The chief executive officer of Anderson-based Go Electric Inc. says the energy technology provider is "on the cusp of a major growth spurt." Lisa Laughner says a new, $1.7 million contract to provide a battery storage system for the microgrid at the Tooele Army Depot in Utah provides further validation for the startup. The deal with Perini Management Services Inc. is the second big defense-related contract for Go Electric.

  • During a news conference this morning, Hogsett said the new programs are the latest in ongoing efforts to help displaced workers.

    Help on Way For Carrier Workers

    The city of Indianapolis is setting aside more than $1 million for transition assistance and hiring incentives for workers affected by Carrier Corp. layoffs. Mayor Joe Hogsett says companies that hire and retain a displaced Carrier worker for at least one year will be eligible for up to $1,000 in incentives. In addition, the city is offering up to $1,000 per impacted employee for transition assistance for expenses including transportation, childcare and work-related...

  • German Subsidiary Growing in Whitley County

    Columbia City-based DOT America Inc. has announced plans to further expand operations in the Whitley County city. The company is proposing a $3.2 million investment to add to its current facility along with new equipment and a small number of jobs.

  • Hogsett formed the Carrier Task Force in 2016.

    Hogsett to Detail Support For Carrier Workers

    Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett will Wednesday join city and community leaders for an announcement related to layoffs by Carrier Corp. Hogsett's office says the announcement will center on the "implementation of programming designed to support workers and spur economic growth."

  • Harris Corp. employs nearly 500 at its Fort Wayne facility.

    Expansions Planned in Fort Wayne

    Several companies in Fort Wayne are looking to the Fort Wayne City Council for approval of tax abatement requests related to proposed expansions. Among them is a $7.5 million investment by Silverado Cook Properties LLC to nearly double the size of its 240,000 square-foot facility which houses nearly 500 Harris Corp. (NYSE: HRS) jobs.

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    Indy Airport to Receive Federal Improvement Funds

    The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded more than $5 million in grants to the Indianapolis Airport Authority through the Airport Improvement Program. The Indianapolis Airport Authority says the funding will support projects including taxiway and runway rehabilitation, as well as lighting technology modernization. The authority tells Inside INdiana Business the work will help "maintain and preserve the airport as part of ensuring its continued public value."

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    • State Debuts Initiative Targeting Skills Gap

      The newest cabinet member of the Eric Holcomb administration spent her first day with the governor in Clay County helping to launch an initiative focused on linking Hoosiers to higher-paying and higher-demand jobs. Former La Porte Mayor Blair Milo, who now serves as secretary of career connections and talent, says the Next Level Jobs initiative includes "two more tools in our toolbox" to help Hoosiers be successful in their careers.

    • Allegiant Planning $40M Indy Base

      Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Co. (NASDAQ: ALGT) has announced plans for a $40 million, two-aircraft base at Indianapolis International Airport. The low-cost carrier says the investment involves up to 66 jobs. The facility could be operational in February and bring with it additional routes in the future. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says the new positions are expected to pay 85 percent higher than the state's average wage.

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INdiana Connections features news surrounding the growth, success and excitement in the state’s advanced manufacturing and logistics industries. The monthly e-newsletter covers the spectrum of the sectors, from developments at early stage and startup companies to breaking news at established corporations. INdiana Connections is a partnership with Conexus Indiana. The complimentary e-newsletter is part of the special projects unit of Grow INdiana Media Ventures LLC, the parent company of the Inside INdiana Business brand of business news products.

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    • The Cyber Threat: Indiana’s Call to Action

      We see it in the news everyday: social media accounts falling victim to cybercriminals and everyday devices connected to the internet, such as cars, under threat of cyberattacks by hackers. Cybersecurity is an issue that affects everyone in Indiana – from small business entrepreneurs to policy makers at the State Capitol.   

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    • Cummins Expanding Indiana Wind Farm

      Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) is expanding a wind farm in northern Indiana. The company says, when fully operational, the farm will generate renewable energy equal to the amount Cummins uses at its Indiana facilities. The expansion will add 75 megawatts of capability to the plant, which is enough to power about 20,000 average Indiana homes. The Meadow Lake Wind Farm complex currently has a capacity of 600 megawatts.

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    • Busche Owner Makes Another Acquisition

      Albion-based Busche Performance Group Inc. says its parent company has acquired Michigan-based 3Point Machine Inc. Shipston Equity Holdings LLC, based in New Hampshire, says 3Point will be called Busche Performance Group Southfield Inc. as a result of the merger. 

    • Indiana Is Lifting the Future of Flight

      While on the floor of the Farnborough International Airshow, the world’s largest exhibition dedicated to the aviation industry, it was clear to international industry leaders that Indiana is propelling the future of aerospace and aviation. That’s because, from the unveiling of a new flight technology to the top companies exhibiting at the airshow, everything seemed to keep coming back to Indiana.

    • Saint Joseph's Students, Faculty Scrambling

      Two days after the Saint Joseph's College Board of Trustees voted to suspend activities on the Rensselaer campus, students and faculty are searching for answers. A source with close knowledge of the situation tells Inside INdiana Business one of the issues that led to the school's "dire" financial situation is a trust involving land some say is worth up to $75 million, but would only be able to sell for $15 million because of restrictions in place.