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    'Best and Brightest' Finalists Unveiled

    Junior Achievement of Central Indiana has unveiled its list of "Indy's Best and Brightest" finalists. The event honors 100 of the area's "most outstanding young professionals" in central Indiana under the age of 40 in 10 industries including technology, manufacturing and government.

  • Ingram Micro has more than 170 facilities throughout the world.

    CA Company Has $40M Jeffersonville Plans

    A California-based technology and supply chain services company has announced major plans for southern Indiana. Ingram Micro Inc. will invest nearly $40 million to lease, renovate and equip a 590,000-square-foot third-party distribution center in Jeffersonville, creating up to 550 jobs. The company, which already employs nearly 2,000 full-time and seasonal workers in Indianapolis and Plainfield, plans to launch operations in Jeffersonville by early 2018.

  • Steel Dynamics Reports Slight Profit Dip

    Fort Wayne-based Steel Dynamics Inc. (Nasdaq: STLD) is reporting third quarter net income of $153 million, down from $157 million during the same period last year. Chief Executive Officer Mark Millett says the "strong performance" comes despite continued high levels of steel imports.

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    Steel Production Drops in Northwest Indiana

    Steel production in the Great Lakes region saw a sharp decrease last week. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report steel mills produced 641,000 tons, down 9.3 percent from the previous week.

  • Harman Details Elkhart Layoffs

    Connecticut-based Harman International Industries Inc. (NYSE: HAR) has announced the first round of layoffs stemming from the closure of its Crown Audio plant in Elkhart. In a notice to the state, the company says 50 employees will be let go December 22. In September, the audio technology manufacturer announced plans to close several facilities worldwide and lay off 650 workers. The Elkhart plant employs approximately 115 people. Harman says the 50 employees being laid off...

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    Fort Wayne Metals Announces Major Expansion

    Fort Wayne Metals says it will invest more than $50 million into its Allen County operations and add more than 330 new jobs by 2021. The precision wire, strand and cable manufacturer says growing demand led to the expansion, which includes an addition to its corporate office and a new building. Fort Wayne Metals currently has more than 800 full-time employees at facilities in Fort Wayne and Columbia City. Chief Financial Officer Troy Linder says the ...

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    Cummins Acquires Battery Tech Platform

    Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) is acquiring the assets of Brammo Inc. in Oregon. Cummins says adding the energy storage technology platform plays into its ongoing strategy to become a global electrified power leader. Brammo designs and develops battery packs for mobile and stationary applications.  "By adding the expertise of Brammo and its employees to Cummins, we are taking a step forward in our electrification business and differentiating ourselves from our...

  • Snack Maker Opens Plymouth Plant

    Bluffton-based Pretzels Inc. will Tuesday join state and local officials to cut the ribbon on the snack maker's production facility in Plymouth. The Marshall County Economic Development Corp. says the $18 million facility, originally announced last September, is already fully operational.

  • Westfield Mayor Andy Cook (podium) and Governor Eric Holcomb took part in Monday's announcement. (photo courtesy city of Westfield)

    'Next Generation' Expansion in Westfield

    A subsidiary of Japan-based Toyota Industries Corp. has unveiled plans to build a new manufacturing center in Westfield. Indianapolis-based Bastian Solutions LLC will invest more than $8 million to construct the 90,000-square-foot facility, creating up to 87 high-wage jobs by 2020. The global systems integrator and consulting firm, which was recently acquired by Toyota Advanced Logistics, provides material handling and robotic automation for large-scale product distribution.

  • New CFO For Celadon

    Indianapolis-based Celadon Group Inc. (NYSE: CGI) has appointed Thom Albrecht chief financial officer and chief strategy officer. Albrecht most recently served as president of Virginia-based transportation consulting firm Sword & Sea Transport LLC. 

  • Mayor Andy Cook will join the governor for today's announcement.

    Jobs Announcement Planned in Westfield

    Indiana's logistics sector is set for another boost. Governor Eric Holcomb and Westfield Mayor Andy Cook will this morning join executives from Toyota Advanced Logistics and Bastian Solutions for an economic development announcement. Bastian Solutions is a global systems integrator and consulting firm that was recently acquired by Japan-based Toyota Industries. Today's announcement is set for 10:00 a.m. Inside INdiana Business will be there and will update this story.

  • Talbert Manufacturing was founded in 1938.

    Rensselaer Company Scores Military Contract

    A Rensselaer manufacturer has landed a $17 million military contract. The deal with Talbert Manufacturing involves trailers and associated products for the U.S. Army. The Department of Defense says work on the contract will be performed in Rensselaer, with a planned completion date of November 30, 2018. The contracting activity is U.S. Army Contracting Command in Warren, Michigan. Talbert Manufacturing was founded in 1938 and...

  • (photo courtesy Boone County Economic Development Corp.)

    D-A Lubricant to Expand Again in Lebanon

    Lebanon-based D-A Lubricant Co. Inc. has announced plans to invest $4.6 million to install a new production line at its Boone County headquarters in the Lebanon Business Park. The automotive lubricant manufacturer says the expansion is expected to be complete within the next year, though the Boone County Economic Development Corp. says no new jobs will be added as a result. The announcement marks the company's third expansion since locating to Lebanon in 2011.

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    Bloomington Mayor Discusses 'Hive' of Economic Activity

    The mayor of Bloomington says work continues to overcome one of the city's greatest challenges: converting to a "new age" economy from a manufacturing-focused heritage. John Hamilton says one high-potential tool in the mission is the Trades District, a 12-acre portion of Certified Technology Park downtown that used to be home to Shower's Brothers Furniture Co. The new vision for the property involves a "thriving cultural and economic destination."

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    Amazon Opens up 7K Indiana Holiday Jobs

    Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) has announced massive, nationwide holiday season hiring plans, which include 7,000 positions in Indiana. The company expects to add more than 120,000 holiday jobs in 33 states. The openings will include positions at fulfillment centers, sortation centers and customer service sites. Amazon says it expects to retain thousands of holiday positions as full-time, regular workers following the end of the season.

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    Auction Taking Place For Northeast Indiana Manufacturer

    Remaining equipment will be sold Thursday from a manufacturer in Bluffton that closed up shop earlier this year. Tiger Group and Century Services Corp. will host an online auction for assets of the former PendaForm Co. facility in Wells County. In January, the owner of its Wisconsin-based parent company announced it was cutting 76 employees and closing the Bluffton operation.

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    Defense Contracts Total $290M For Indiana Manufacturers

    Two manufacturers in Indiana have been awarded contracts from the U.S. Department of Defense. ERAPSCO in Columbia City could receive up to $220 million as part of contract modification for production of underwater sound series sonobuoys and South Bend-based AM General LLC will provide various components through $69 million deals. ERAPSCO says the work involves...

  • Young says the double-tracking project would tie northwest Indiana to Chicago and "catalyze a private sector stimulus."

    Young 'Cautiously Optimistic' on South Shore Funding

    Senator Todd Young (R-IN) calls the $900 million South Shore rail expansion projects "the best bang for the buck" Indiana could hope for in terms of federal funding for infrastructure projects. Young says, since President Trump's proposed budget would eliminate the funding stream that local officials were planning on, he is working with stakeholders including Congressman Pete Visclosky (D-1) and Jackie Walorski (R-2) as well as Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) to find...

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    Manufacturing Job Fair Coming to Knox

    WorkOne Northwest Indiana and Starke County Economic Development Foundation Inc. will Wednesday host a manufacturing job fair in Knox. The event will feature several organizations including Elkay Manufacturing, Selected Furniture and the Starke County Highway Department.

  • (Image of BRU Burger Bar in Evansville courtesy of the Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau.)

    Developer Proposing Big Mixed-Use Project in Evansville

    Indianapolis-based Scannell Properties is proposing a mixed-use development on the same square block at the renovated former Greyhound bus station. It describes the potential 191,000 square-foot, live-work-play project as multi-story and says it would be in-line with the city and county's 2015-2035 comprehensive plan that calls for a generating more pedestrian-friendly environment. The company is seeking a variance from the city's Board of Zoning Appeals to install...

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    Ivy Tech Programs to Take Competency-Based Approach

    Two competency-based credentials, the first for Ivy Tech Community College, have been approved by a national higher education accreditation organization. The Software Development Technical Certificate and the Business Operations, Applications, and Technology Technical Certificate will be offered starting in April. The programs received the go-ahead from the Higher Learning Commission's Institutional Actions Council.

  • Skyline Corp. is headquartered in Elkhart.

    Skyline Corp. Reports Profit Increase

    Elkhart-based Skyline Corp. is reporting fiscal first quarter net income of $1.6 million, up from $744,000 during the same period last year. The earnings report marks the second consecutive quarter of growth for the manufacturer, despite a flat full-year net income reported in August. 

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    Companies Enshrined in Indiana Manufacturers Hall of Fame

    Eleven companies throughout the state have been inducted into the Indiana Manufacturers Hall of Fame. The Indiana Manufacturers Association honorees cover the state in cities from Michigan City to Jeffersonville. The organization says the Hall of Fame companies have contributed to Indiana's "healthy, dynamic environment" and the state's economic well-being. The event was held last week at the Biltwell Event Center in Indianapolis and also included...

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    Cummins Partnering on Electric Buses

    Columbus-based Cummins (NYSE: CMI) has announced a partnership with California-based heavy-duty transit bus manufacturer GILLIG LLC. Cummins says the collaboration will focus on the integration of its new battery electric technology to power GILLIG's zero-emission buses. 

  • Dan Murray (left) was named the new president, succeeded Steve Murray.

    Fort Wayne Company Transitions to Third Generation

    A Fort Wayne-based company is now under its third generation of family leadership. Murray Equipment Inc. has named Dan Murray president, succeeding his father, Steve Murray, who has served in the role for nearly 40 years.  Steve Murray will remain with the company, focusing on its KleerBlue Solutions brand. Steve took over leadership of the company from his father, Clarence Murray, who founded the company in 1950. Dan Murray joined the company in 1997 and has been vice-president...

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    Hoosier Beers Earn Great American Medals

    Beers from eight Indiana breweries were medal winners at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Touted as "the premier U.S. beer festival and competition," the Brewers Association event this year included 800 breweries. Ten beer varieties made in Indiana received medals this year from beer makers in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Columbus, Fishers and Bargersville. Hoosier winners include...

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    Crane Rail Workers Become Army Civilians

    A dozen Navy rail employees at Naval Support Activity Crane have taken the oath to become Army civilians. The installation says missions have evolved over the last 40 years, adding it "made sense" to have the workers now fall in as Crane Army Ammunition Activity employees. The U.S. Army took over the conventional munitions mission at the Crane Navy base in 1977. At that time, it formed Crane Army to fulfill the mission of providing munitions readiness to...

  • (Image provided by Kokomo Opalescent Glass) From left-to-right: Jim O'Donnell, Jeff Shaw, Dick Elliott.

    Iconic Kokomo Company Under New Ownership

    A storied glass making business has a new owner. In an announcement on the Kokomo Opalescent Glass Facebook page, Chief Executive Officer John O'Donnell identified Jeff Shaw as the 130-year-old company's buyer. O'Donnell says he will leave KOG to pursue other business interests and President Dick Elliott will remain with the company. O'Donnell says Shaw is "new to the art glass industry but has years of experience in managing manufacturing operations."

  • (Image of Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson courtesy of the city of Gary)

    Steering Committee Lines Up For NW Indiana Amazon Bid

    A steering committee of leaders from Gary and northwest Indiana is place for a bid to land the second Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) headquarters. The group includes the city and its economic development team, Northwest Indiana Forum, Merrillville-based Northern Indiana Public Service Co. and consultants SEH Inc. Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson last month announced the city was making a region-backed play for what the online marketplace says will lead to an estimated 50,000 jobs.

  • (Image courtesy of Fort Wayne Metals, the parent of Fort Wayne Metals Advanced Materials Development LLC in Columbia City.)

    Columbia City Metals Manufacturer Details $12M Investment

    A manufacturer in Columbia City is expanding. The Whitley County Economic Development Corp. says Fort Wayne Metals Advanced Materials Development LLC plans to invest $12 million into new equipment and add 15 jobs. The company is a subsidiary of Fort Wayne Metals Research Products Corp. and it says the expansion will boost stainless steel, nickel, cobalt, nitinol, titanium alloys and composite material melting capacity. The company currently employs more than 40.

  • Jayco is now a subsidiary of Thor Industries.

    Jayco Planning Major Idaho Expansion

    Middlebury-based Jayco Inc. is expanding operations at its Twin Falls, Idaho campus. Financial details were not disclosed, however a spokesperson for the recreational vehicle manufacturer tells Inside INdiana Business the project is expected to create more than 500 jobs. 

  • Co-author Mark Frohlich is an associate professor of operations management at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis.

    Manufacturing Survey: 'Arrow is Pointing Up'

    Researchers behind the 2017 Indiana Manufacturing Survey say employers facing an ongoing work force shortage are turning their efforts and investment to automation. However, authors say more technically-advanced operations will require more skilled workers, so ongoing education and training programs must continue to be a priority. Overall, the survey suggests "a lot of general optimism" in the state's manufacturing industry, but adds executives are keeping an eye on...

  • International Plastics Company Picks Porter County

    An Israeli-based manufacturing company is planning to launch a North American headquarters and has picked Portage as the location. MCP USA Inc. says it will invest more than $11 million and add up to 60 jobs by 2019. The plastic meal-tray maker, which is a subsidiary of Plazit Industries Group and Kibbutz Hamaapil, plans to begin operations next summer.

  • (Images of Dustin Smith [pictured left] and Kevin Page [pictured right] provided by Wabash National.)

    New Group Presidents in Place at Wabash National

    Lafayette-based Wabash National Corp. (NYSE:WNC) has two new group presidents. Dustin Smith will lead the Commercial Products group, while Kevin Page will be in charge of the Diversified Products group. Smith previously served as his group's senior vice president and general manager. Page was vice president and GM of the Final Mile and Distributed Services Group. Both will report to...

  • (Image of TradeRev CEO Mark Endras [pictured left] and KAR CEO Jim Hallett [pictured right] from July courtesy of TradeRev on Twitter.)

    KAR Buys-Out Remainder of Dealer Tech Business

    Carmel-based KAR Auction Services Inc. (NYSE: KAR) has announced the acquisition of the remaining half of a dealer-to-dealer auction technology platform company. The deal for Nth Gen Software Inc., which does business as TradeRev, is valued at up to $125 million. KAR purchased 50 percent of the business in 2014 for $30 million. The latest deal follows KAR's late-September announcement that it plans to invest $80 million into a new Carmel campus that could create 400 jobs by 2020.

  • Svindland says Celadon cut its truck count by 200 between April and August, and another 200 in September.

    Celadon Continues Downsizing Moves

    Indianapolis-based Celadon Group Inc. (NYSE: CGI) says it is has refinanced its revolving credit facility and decreased its truck count by hundreds of tractors. The moves come weeks after the company sold its flatbed trucking division and exited its three Celadon Driving Academy locations. Celadon Chief Executive Officer Paul Svindland says the company is "moving rapidly toward implementation" of a new strategic plan.

  • Katie Culp (pictured left) serves as president of KSM Location Advisors and Tim Cook (pictured right) is CEO of the business.

    KSM: 'Long-Shot' Central Indiana Amazon Pitch Worth It

    The chief executive officer and president of Indianapolis-based KSM Location Advisors say central Indiana could put together a compelling bid for the second headquarters of Seattle-based Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), but it faces big challenges. Tim Cook and Katie Culp agree Boston, Denver and Austin appear to be frontrunners, but Culp says the Indy/Fishers pitch will be among the "off-the-radar cities" that could be in the mix.

  • Culture Matters: BSA LifeStructures

    An Indianapolis-based architecture and engineering firm has developed its headquarters to suit the collaborative needs of the industry. In this month's Culture Matters segment, FirstPerson Managing Director Mark Minner profiles BSA LifeStructures, which he says their spaces have a "new-age feel," which reflects the culture of the organization.

  • (Image of 2016 Manufacturing Day courtesy of Daman Products Company Inc. in Mishawaka.)

    Events Statewide Tout Manufacturing

    Manufacturing Day throughout the nation will officially take place Friday and dozens of Indiana companies, organizations and institutions are participating in events this week. Greater Lafayette Commerce is hosting its own version, which is expected to include some 1,700 area students, with a goal to "immerse our future workforce in advanced manufacturing." The global founding partner of Manufacturing Day is Fabricators and Manufacturers Association International.

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    Wine Preserving Technology Launched by Purdue Grad

    A Purdue University graduate has developed technology he says can keep wine fresh for days even in an open bottle. ArT Wine Preserver is a creation of Chicago-based R Fred Innovations LLC founder Ryan Frederickson that uses contained argon to prevent oxidation, which causes wine to spoil. He says $1 billion to $2 billion worth of wine is estimated to be thrown away each year in the U.S. During The INnovators with Dr. K on Inside INdiana Business Television, Fredrickson said...

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    Cummins Targets Advanced Combat Engines

    Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) has received a more than $47 million contract to develop an improved combat vehicle engine. The work from the National Advanced Mobility Consortium involves boosting the mobility, power, range and fuel economy of engines compared to current technology. Cummins is partnering with California-based Achates Power Inc. on what Vice President of Corporate Research and Technology Wayne Eckerle says...

  • Mike Canada joined EnerDel in 2014.

    Once-Fading Battery Maker Rebounding After 'Right-Sizing'

    The chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based EnerDel Inc. says the company is transitioning to profitability this year for the first time in its history. Mike Canada, who took the helm at the lithium-ion battery maker two years after its parent predecessor Ener1 filed for bankruptcy in 2012, says EnerDel has been "right-sizing" ever since. Backed by an exclusive agreement with Indianapolis-based Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ALSN) and...

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    Cook, Bloomington Agree on Non-Annexation

    Bloomington-based Cook Group Inc. has agreed to pay its home city $100,000 per year to prevent company-owned land from being annexed. The agreement in lieu of taxes will cover 15 years. The city says the arrangement was a "significant factor" in the company's plans to invest more than $100 million into an expansion at an old General Electric site and adding more than 500 jobs over the next decade. The city says the company's payment will be...

  • South Shore Rail Line 'Baton' Passes to Federal Leaders

    "Time is of the essence" for federal action on the proposed $900 million South Shore rail expansion projects says the chief executive officer of the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Bill Hanna says Fiscal 2019 budget talks are beginning now and it's important for the South Shore project to be in the mix. He points to recent, high-level attention for the work as signs of "excellent progress."

  • (Image of President Donald Trump at the Indianapolis International Airport courtesy of the Office of Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch)

    Chamber Backs Trump's Tax Plan

    The chief executive officer of the state's largest business advocacy group is lauding what President Donald Trump is calling an "America First Tax Relief Plan." Indiana Chamber's Kevin Brinegar says the plan, which includes corporate tax cuts, makes the kinds of changes to the country's tax structure that the organization has been calling for "for some time." Brinegar and some 100 Hoosier business leaders are in Washington D.C. this week.

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    Hoosier Energy Adds Solar Arrays

    Bloomington-based Hoosier Energy says its plan to build 10 solar arrays throughout its service area is almost complete. The generation and transmission cooperative says it has completed two 1-megawatt arrays in southern Indiana and expects the final array to be dedicated next month.

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    Central Indiana Home Building Permits Increase in August

    The nine-county Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis says single-family home building permits rose in August and continue to increase year-to-date. Last month, 595 were issued in central Indiana, compared to 521 in August 2016. Through the first eight months of the year, 4,266 permits have been issued, compared to 3,981 at the same point last year.

  • AM General is based in South Bend.

    AM General, Rolls-Royce Land Military Contracts

    The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded a total of more than $180 million in military contracts to two companies in Indiana. The contracts with South Bend-based AM General LLC and Rolls-Royce Corp. in Indianapolis call for the production of Humvees and aircraft engines. 

  • Thor relocated its headquarters to Elkhart County in 2013.

    Thor Full-Year Profit Jumps

    Elkhart-based Thor Industries Inc. (NYSE: THO) is reporting fiscal full-year net income of $374 million, up from $257 million the previous year. Chief Executive Officer Bob Martin says the strong earnings are the result of heavy demand, especially for the RV manufacturer's more affordably-priced products.

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    Elkhart-Goshen GDP Growth Among Nation's Highest

    Recently-released figures show the Elkhart-Goshen metropolitan area is one of the fastest-growing in terms of Gross Domestic Product in the country. The Bureau of Economic Analysis says the Elkhart-Goshen metro area notched a $15.5 billion annual GDP in 2016, compared to a 2015 figure of $14.4 billion. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business Television last month, Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer Kyle Hannon said...

  • Wabash National Completes Acquisition

    Lafayette-based Wabash National Corp. (NYSE: WNC) has completed the acquisition of Goshen-based Supreme Industries Inc. (NYSEMKT: STS). The deal, which had a $364 million equity value, will make Supreme a subsidiary of Wabash National. Wabash National had offered $21 per share for the country's second-largest truck body producer. As a result of the acquisition, Supreme Industries will no longer be a publicly traded company and will merge with...

  • Kokomo Makerspace Aimed at 'Enabling' Innovation

    The SHAK Makerspace will Wednesday afternoon cut the ribbon on a more prominent location in Kokomo's evolving downtown. Mayor Greg Goodnight says the facility matches well with the types of residents the city is trying to attract downtown to fill hundreds of new apartments and condos. SHAK Makerspace, he says, offers "that space to keep their creative skills active."

  • Indy CDL Recruitment Firm Acquired

    Virginia-based workforce management firm TransForce Inc. has acquired Indianapolis-based commercial truck driver recruitment and staffing firm Driving Ambition Inc. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, however TransForce says the integration of Driving Ambition will begin early next year.

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    A 'Home Run' Redevelopment Tour in Terre Haute

    The president of a local nonprofit focused on redeveloping the Wabash riverfront in Terre Haute says the $20 million transformation of the old American Can factory will "absolutely" attract additional investment. Riverscape's Charlie Williams says the 166-unit Riverfront Lofts project is a "home run" for the city and continues 12 years of progress in the area. Indianapolis-based Core Redevelopment is leading the renovation and will host...

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    Plymouth Company Expanding

    The Plymouth Common Council has approved a seven-year tax abatement for American Containers Inc., which is planning to invest nearly $550,000 in facility upgrades. The company says the investment improve automation and efficiency, while helping retain more than 60 jobs at the Marshall County plant.

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    Manufacturer Celebrates Opening of Linton HQ

    Linton-based ProMark Building Solutions has cut the ribbon on its new headquarters in Greene County. The commercial and residential steel roofing manufacturer has invested more than $1.5 million into the 10-acre site, which it says will create 17 jobs by 2020. 

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    Production Ending at Rexnord

    Today is the final day of production at Wisconsin-based Rexnord Corp.'s (NYSE: RXN) Indianapolis plant. Dozens of employees are working their final day today, as a result of the company moving work to Mexico and laying off more than 300 employees. The company first announced plans to close the plant, which makes bearings for the automotive, industrial and agriculture sectors, in October.

  • POSCO ribbon cutting ceremony at Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville.

    Holcomb: Indiana Becoming 'Crosswaters of America'

    South Korea-based POSCO has opened its second U.S. plant at the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville and Governor Eric Holcomb says it's another sign that Indiana is becoming the "Crosswaters of America." Holcomb adds the last three years have seen Indiana Ports record the highest shipment totals in their 56-year history. "Ports are very important to our state and to our state's success," said Holcomb.

  • Rendering of planned redevelopment at former GE Fort Wayne site.

    GE Wraps-up Fort Wayne Campus Sale

    The $5.5 million sale by General Electric of its former Fort Wayne campus is complete. RTM Ventures, the redevelopment group made up of partners from Baltimore, Indianapolis and Decatur, could begin remediation efforts by year's end. Plans for the more than 30-acre campus include some $300 million in development funded through public and private investment.

  • The contract calls for production of sections of the MK 48 Mod 7 heavyweight torpedo. (photo courtesy Lockheed Martin)

    Military Contract Work Coming to Bedford

    The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded a nearly $28 million contract boost which will have an impact in Lawrence County. Virginia-based Science Applications International Corp. is the recipient of the contract, though the majority of the work will be performed in Bedford.

  • Manufacturer to Lay Off 70 in Brownsburg

    A manufacturer of aftermarket motorcycle performance parts has announced plans to halt operations at its Brownsburg facility. In a notice to the state, California-based Vance & Hines Performance LLC says the decision will result in the layoffs of 70 employees. 

  • WATCH: 'Can Do' Attitude Fuels Jasper

    When asked what's behind more than $215 million in economic development projects, Mayor Terry Seitz didn't hesitate. "If you want something done, have someone from Jasper on your board or in your group, and it'll get done," said Seitz during an interview on Inside INdiana Business Television. Next month, ground will be broken for an 80-room Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites Hotel, part of the $30 million River Centre mixed-use project along the Patoka River.

  • Holcomb: Steelmaker’s Indiana Presence a 'Magnet'

    Officials have cut the ribbon on a wire rod processing facility in Jeffersonville that Governor Eric Holcomb says could spur more global investment. South Korea-based POSCO (NYSE: PKX) is pumping $21 million into the initial phase of the operation at the Ports of Indiana - Jeffersonville, creating up to 60 jobs. He says POSCO's presence will open the door for the state to the "friends and suppliers" of one of the world's largest steel makers.

  • North Vernon Municipal Airport is one of the recent recipients of federal funding.

    Millions Heading to Hoosier Airports For Improvements

    Nearly three dozen Indiana airports have received funding through a federal program. The grants from the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Improvement Program can be used for work including taxiway and runway improvements, snow removal equipment and terminal building construction. The amount distributed nationwide in the most recent rounds of funding totals $541.5 million. The list of Hoosier facilities securing funding includes...

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    Possible Port Site Hits Transportation 'Trifecta'

    The Ports of Indiana vice president says a potential fourth port would help Indiana with a commodity that continues to be at a premium: space. Jody Peacock says the three existing state ports in Jeffersonville, Mount Vernon and Portage are using up more than 80 percent of their original footprint, "so there is a need to grow." The state announced Thursday an $8 million purchase agreement for the former Tanners Creek coal power plant in Dearborn County.

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    Vintage Bus Enthusiasts Gather in Evansville

    A vintage bus event billed as the largest of its kind in the U.S. is underway Friday in Evansville. The Busboys Collection, founded by Dan and Stan Holter, will be on display at the BRU Burger restaurant in Evansville. The downtown eatery is located in the city's former Greyhound Station, which was built in 1939 and has undergone a massive facelift. The vintage bus gathering will include rides, industry-related product vendors and a downtown parade.

  • The facility is located at the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville.

    Steel Maker to Open Jeffersonville Facility

    South Korea-based POSCO (NYSE: PKX) will Friday celebrate the grand opening of its $19 million wire rod processing center at the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville. The project was announced in April 2016 and the company said the 136,000-square-foot facility would create up to 60 high-wage jobs by 2018.

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    Ivy Tech's Big Auto Tech Play Coming Together

    Officials expect Ivy Tech Community College's $16 million auto technology center on the Indianapolis west side to be complete in two years. The facility will help feed an industry that continues to seek highly-trained openings as baby boomers leave the work force. Indianapolis Auto Trade Association Board President Tom Miller says graduates of the program, which is supported by a $1 million grant from the organization, "will be guaranteed a job."

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    Agreement Hones in on Potential Fourth Port Site

    The Ports of Indiana has signed a purchase agreement for 725 acres along the Ohio River as the potential location for another state-run port. The property in Lawrenceburg and Aurora is owned by Tanners Creek Development LLC and previously served as an American Electric Power Co. Inc. (NYSE: AEP) coal-fired power plant. If the site clears the state's environmental and economic viability study process, the acquisition could be finalized by December of 2018.

  • The 50-ton Chillzilla thank is the first of its kind in the world. (photo courtesy Sutton-Garten Co.)

    Dry Ice Manufacturer Completes Upgrades

    A nearly 100-year-old company has completed a $600,000 upgrade to its dry ice production facility in Indianapolis. Sutton-Garten Co. says the investment included the installation of the world's first 50-ton Chart Chillzilla tank, which cools liquid CO2. 

  • IEDC Considers New Carlisle Site a Contender For Potential Toyota-Mazda Plant

    A spokeswoman for the Indiana Economic Development Corp. confirms the state sees a site in New Carlisle as a potential fit for a $1.6 billion project being floated by Toyota and Mazda. Abby Gras adds that at any given time, the IEDC is evaluating sites for some 80-90 projects in its pipeline. The automaking collaboration could bring an anticipated 4,000 jobs wherever it ends up being located. Gras says it is too early to speculate on which sites the state sees as top contenders.

  • Nearly 400 Counties, Cities, Towns Score Matching Road Funds

    Hundreds of Hoosier communities will share in $150 million from the state for local road work. The Next Level Roads: Community Crossings Initiative involves matching funding for nearly 400 city, county and town projects. Applications for the second-year program rose by nearly 50 percent. At least half the available funding had to go to communities with a population of 50,000 or fewer.

  • The Anderson job fair will take place at Mounds Mall.

    Anderson, IPFW Hosting Job Fairs

    The city of Anderson and IPFW are each hosting job fairs Thursday. The events, both of which are free and open to the public, will feature a total of more than 200 employers looking to fill thousands of open positions.

  • The CDA in Texas is one of the three locations involved in the decision. (photo courtesy Celadon)

    Celadon Dropping Driving Academies

    A subsidiary of Indianapolis-based Celadon Group Inc. (NYSE: CGI) has announced plans to exit its three Celadon Driving Academy locations. Celadon Trucking says one of the company's third-party driving school partners will establish accredited driving schools at the current CDA locations.

  • Stealth Trailers expects to begin production at the facility on October 1.

    Trailer Manufacturer Expanding to Grant County

    Bristol-based Stealth Trailers has announced plans to add a second Indiana location. Financial details were not disclosed, however the Indiana Economic Development Corp. says the new facility in Marion will create up to 115 jobs by 2020. The cargo trailer manufacturer has already begun installing equipment inside the 48,000-square-foot Grant County facility, which it says will house trailer manufacturing operations, including trailer welding, assembly, and final finishing.

  • (Rendering provided by KAR Auction Services)

    KAR's Big Carmel Investment About Talent 'Fight'

    KAR Auction Services Inc. (NYSE: KAR) Chief Executive Officer Jim Hallett says a planned $80 million investment in a new Carmel headquarters will serve the company's existing needs and boost talent attraction. Some 900 employees are located at the company's current HQ, and KAR says the new space will house 400 new workers that will be added in the coming years. Hallett says "we're all in a fight for talent," especially in the technology space. He calls central Indiana...

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    INDOT Discusses Timeline For 'North Split' Overhaul

    One of the busiest interchanges in the state is going to be rebuilt. The Indiana Department of Transportation has announced the overhaul of the I-65/I-70 North Split in Indianapolis will include rehabilitation or widening of 32 bridges, adding new bridges and making room for future through-lane capacity on both interstates. The interchange handles some 170,000 cars per day. It was built 50 years ago and INDOT says its "useful life" is nearing the end.

  • The celebration will take place at the Toyota Visitors Center in Princeton.

    Toyota to Celebrate Milestone in Princeton

    Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana Inc. will Wednesday celebrate a milestone in Gibson County. Governor Eric Holcomb will join company officials to commemorate the five millionth vehicle produced at the Princeton plant. 

  • (Image of Governor Eric Holcomb (left), CEO Jim Hallett (middle) and Mayor Jim Brainard (right) courtesy of the Indiana Economic Development Corp.)

    KAR Auction Services Plans $80M Carmel Expansion

    Carmel-based KAR Auction Services Inc. (NYSE: KAR) has announced a headquarters expansion that is expected to create 400 jobs by 2020. The company plans to invest $80 million into what it says will be a state-of-the-art campus to house 1,500 workers. During an announcement Tuesday at the Center for the Performing Arts, Chief Executive Officer Jim Hallett said...

  • (Image of Sue McCloskey courtesy of fairlife LLC)

    Fair Oaks Co-Founder Among 'Awesome Women'

    Fair Oaks Farms in northwest Indiana and Chicago-based fairlife LLC co-founder Sue McCloskey is being recognized by a national publication. Good Housekeeping has named McCloskey one of its Awesome Women Award winners. The honor, the publication says, goes to "creators, visionaries, helpers and trailblazers." This year's recipients also include Spanx founder Sara Blakely, TriBeCa film festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal and actress and entertainer Whoopi Goldberg.

  • Cook Pharmica was founded in 2004.

    Cook Group to Sell Cook Pharmica, Buy Old GE Plant

    Bloomington-based Cook Group Inc. has announced what it calls "significant, positive changes for the future." The global life sciences  company has reached a $950 million agreement to sell its contract biopharmaceutical business, Cook Pharmica, to New Jersey-based Catalent Inc. (NYSE: CTLT). Cook Group has also announced the acquisition of the former GE refrigeration plant in Bloomington, which it says will lead to 500 additional jobs in Monroe County.

  • Gary Taking a Shot at New Amazon HQ

    Another Indiana community is planning to throw its hat into the ring for the second Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) headquarters. Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson says she still expects to hear from Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos after her city took out an advertisement Monday in The New York Times' business section appealing to the online marketplace mogul to consider the Lake County city. Freeman-Wilson understands Gary isn't top-of-mind like high-profile contenders, but...

  • Celadon Sells Flatbed Trucking Division

    Indianapolis-based Celadon Group Inc. has completed the sale of "substantially all assets" of its flatbed trucking division to a subsidiary of Alabama-based PS Logistics LLC. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed.

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    Proposed Hyperloop Route Would Run Through Indiana

    A proposed Hyperloop route through Indiana that would connect Chicago, Columbus, Ohio and Pittsburgh is a finalist to receive a deeper examination. The Midwest Connect team was one of 10 groups selected by California-based Hyperloop One for its Global Challenge to find potential routes for the high-tech cargo and passenger system that uses magnetic levitation to send pods through low-resistance tubes at "airline speeds."

  • Mike Langellier is CEO of Indiana's tech growth initiative TechPoint.

    Langellier: Indy 'Well-Positioned' For Amazon

    TechPoint Chief Executive Officer Mike Langellier says while Indianapolis is well-positioned to bid for Amazon.com Inc.’s (Nasdaq: AMZN) second headquarters, it will take "a giant, collective, creative, big thinking effort" to pull it off. Amazon says "HQ2" would be a $5 billion project creating 50,000 jobs over 15 years. "This is a once in a generation opportunity... akin to a Super Bowl bid and bigger in a lot of respects," said Langellier.

  • The trade mission included Governor Eric Holcomb and Aichi Prefecture Governor Hideaki Ohmura signing a Memorandum of Understanding. (Image courtesy of the Indiana Economic Development Corp.)

    Japan Trade Mission Wraps With 'Perfect Capstone'

    Governor Eric Holcomb's first overseas trade mission is in the books. Last week's trip to Japan included signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Aichi Prefecture, which is home to 70 Indiana-connected companies, and meetings with executives from Toyota Industries Corp., Aisin Seiki and NTN Corp. Holcomb said "our visit to Nagoya was a perfect capstone to our economic development trip."

  • Sirmax began construction on the facility in 2015. (file photo courtesy The Herald Bulletin)

    Anderson Manufacturer Plans to Expand

    Just months after beginning operations at its Anderson headquarters, Sirmax North America is already planning an expansion. Our partners at The Herald Bulletin report the Italian manufacturer subsidiary will invest $5 million to add a third production line in 2018.

  • (Image courtesy of Crossroads Galvanizing LLC.)

    Crossroads Galvanizing Moving Forward on Lafayette Plant

    Company and local officials are marking the groundbreaking of a new galvanizing plant in Lafayette. Family-owned Crossroads Galvanizing LLC says plans call for up to 60 new workers within its first year. Manager Jason Monnig says that number has potential to grow in the future. He adds "for us, the choice to locate a plant in Lafayette was an easy one. From the outset, we noticed a strong workforce and a "can-do" attitude from City and County officials."

  • Pyrotek Adding Jobs in Columbia City

    A Washington-based company has announced plans to add a new manufacturing line at its Columbia City facility. Financial details of the expansion were not disclosed, however Pyrotek Inc. says the addition will retain nearly 60 jobs and add a small number more. 

  • Flexible Concepts is headquartered in Elkhart.

    Elkhart Company Part of Military Contract

    An Elkhart-based company will share in a major military contract. The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded the nearly $57 million contract to Flexible Concepts Inc. as well as Ohio-based Gayston Corp. The contract calls for the production of tail fins for 60mm and 81mm mortars. 

  • The partnership will also give Ivy Tech a presence at the annual Indianapolis Auto Show.

    Gift to Fuel Ivy Tech Automotive Center

    Ivy Tech Community College says it has reached its $22 million goal for its "Closing the Achievement Gap" campaign. The school says the most recent gift, $1 million from the Indianapolis Auto Trade Association, will support scholarships and a new automotive technology training center in Indianapolis. IATA President Tom Miller says the training center will create "an outstanding learning environment for the next generation of automotive service technicians" and...

  • Hope Academy Using VR in The Classroom

    A charter school in Indianapolis that focuses on helping students who are battling substance abuse s turning to a high-tech solution to boost engagement. Hope Academy, which is sponsored by the city and connected to Fairbanks Addiction Treatment Center, is partnering with Iowa-based startup VictoryVR on STEM-centered virtual reality technology. The goggles and software, VictoryVR founder Steve Grubbs says, take students to historic and significant sites.

  • Harman to Lay Off 650 Worldwide, Close Elkhart Facility

    A Connecticut-based audio technology manufacturer has confirmed plans to lay off 650 workers and close several facilities throughout the world, including its Crown Audio plant in Elkhart. A spokesperson for Harman International Industries Inc. (NYSE: HAR) tells Inside INdiana Business the closures will take place over the next year, though it was not immediately known exactly how many Indiana employees would be out of work. The company, which employs more than 3,700 worldwide...

  • The underground mining center is located at VU's Gibson County Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics.

    Mining Simulation Center to be Celebrated

    Vincennes University officials Thursday will host a grand opening ceremony for the school's Underground Mining Simulation Center in Gibson County. The $2 million facility in Fort Branch, which began training exercises early last month, is patterned after a facility at West Virginia University. The mock mine is patterned after a facility at West Virginia University and is part of the VU Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics in Fort Branch, which opened earlier this year.

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    BrightVolt Details BIC Expansion

    An ultra-thin film battery company is providing more detail on its growth at the Battery Innovation Center in Greene County. BrightVolt Inc. says it plans to add up to 30 jobs at its Newberry operation by 2020. In August, Inside INdiana Business reported on BrightVolt's partnership with the BIC, becoming the first company to set up dedicated space in the hub near Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center. By the end of the month, the company says...

  • Officials cut the ribbon on the facility Wednesday. (photo courtesy ALOM)

    California Company Opens Distribution Hub in Indy

    California-based ALOM is celebrating the opening of its fulfillment and distribution hub in Indianapolis. The supply chain management company is investing more than $1 million into the facility, which it says will expand its service capacity in North America.

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    Purdue Research Could Unlock Domestic Energy Resource

    Purdue University President Mitch Daniels calls $20 million plans for a shale gas engineering research hub unveiled Tuesday "a prestigious and important moment" in the school's history. The Center for Innovative Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources or CISTAR will be located at Discovery Park in West Lafayette. It will pull in researchers from Purdue, as well as...

  • Ivy Tech says enrollment in its cyber security program increases each year.

    Ivy Tech Helps Fill Manufacturers’ Growing Need for Cyber Security Grads

    While the mechanics of manufacturing may be obvious on the production floor, the “wired” nature of Indiana factories is less visible. From robotics to inventory management, manufacturing facilities are highly automated, underscoring the need to protect massive amounts of digital information. While the state’s four-year universities have cyber security programs, a Hoosier manufacturer also praises the unique niche Ivy Tech Community College fills by producing a tech-s...
  • Conexus says students who earn the credentials will be prepared to begin middle-skill careers in advanced manufacturing immediately after high school.

    Partnership Delivers First-in-Nation Opportunity for Hoosier High School Students

    Indiana is the first state in the country to have a new partnership with a national certification program focused on manufacturing. The goal is to get more Hoosier students graduating high school with nationally-recognized credentials in-hand, ready to start their manufacturing careers immediately. Nearly 100 high schools throughout Indiana will be offering the revamped curriculum designed to swing open the doors of opportunity. “Even on a national scale, this is a major deal...
  • Lubbers says it's critical to establish a solid STEM foundation during the elementary years.

    State Strategizes STEM Teacher Growth

    Indiana education leaders acknowledge the state’s teacher shortage, and the vacancies are perhaps even more acute in STEM classrooms, says Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers. She notes that growing the number of STEM teachers is a critical stepping stone for the state to bridge the skills gap, or lack of qualified middle-skill workers, which manufacturing leaders say is a top concern for the industry. With back to school season in full swing, a newly-formed...
  • 3rd Dimension begins with fine powder, then uses a laser to melt the powder and form the parts.

    IndyCar Engineer Shifts Gears to Manufacturing

    With a handful of “recovering racers” at the wheel, a small manufacturing operation in Indianapolis says it’s on the doorstep of explosive growth. Most of 3rd Dimension LLC’s employees are IndyCar alumni—several engineers and a machinist—who now use their skills in the additive manufacturing sector, which President Bob Markley says is progressing at a pace that rivals racecars. 

  • The 2017 edition of IndyIoT will be held at the 502 East Event Center in Carmel.

    Lineup in Place For IndyIoT

    Organizers of an event focused on the emerging Internet of Things industry have announced this year's lineup. The third annual IndyIoT will take place October 25 in Carmel and feature a keynote presentation by Fishers-based ClearObject Chief Executive Officer John McDonald and Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness. Inside INdiana Business Host Gerry Dick will moderate a group discussion during lunch.

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    Gatherings Begin on Final Changes to I-69 Section 6

    The first of three meetings to lay out final tweaks to the preferred route of the last section of the I-69 expansion will take place Tuesday evening at Martinsville High School. The Indiana Department of Transportation says the "refinements" come from feedback from the public, INDOT planners and stakeholders. The changes have been reviewed by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration and I-69 Section 6 Project Manager Sarah Rubin says...

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    Wabash National Details Supreme Acquisition Funding

    Lafayette-based Wabash National Corp. (NYSE:WNC) has issued a $325 million private offering. Proceeds from the unsecured senior notes will be used toward the pending acquisition of Goshen-based Supreme Industries Inc. Late last month, Wabash National subsidiary Redhawk Acquisition Corp.'s $21 per share offering for outstanding Supreme Industries stock went live. The deal's equity value is $364 million. Wabash National says...

  • California Manufacturer to Onshore Jobs in Cass County

    A California company says it will relocate some manufacturing functions from China to Logansport. Lytx Inc. plans to invest $50 million into moving event recorder manufacturing to the Cal-Comp USA plant in Cass County, creating 70 jobs. It says initial work in Logansport will begin next month and full production is expected to ramp up in March. Cal-Comp USA has customers in industries including...

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    Upland Brewing Searching For Next President

    The president of the state's third-largest brewery is stepping down. Upland Brewing Co. says Doug Dayhoff, who has been with the Bloomington-based business for more than 10 years, will give up day-to-day responsibilities, but "continue to support key initiatives" through year's end. Dayhoff is a part owner of Upland and came to the company when it was a brew pub. It now has a national footprint and produces over 50 beers per year, with locations in...

  • Advanced Assembly is a joint venture between Lear Corp. and Comer Holdings LLC.

    GM Supplier to Add Jobs in Whitley County

    Columbia City-based Advanced Assembly LLC has announced plans to expand operations in the Whitley County city. The company, a joint venture between Comer Holdings LLC and Lear Corp.(NYSE: LEA), both based in Michigan, will invest $7 million to increase production capacity at the plant and add 100 jobs.

  • Lilly says it expects the majority of eliminated positions to come through a voluntary retirement program.

    Lilly Announces Global Restructuring

    Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) has announced global restructuring, including work force reductions expected to impact about 3,500 workers. The company expects the moves to lead to about $500 million in annual savings beginning next year. The pharmaceutical giant says the cuts will include site closures in Iowa, New Jersey and China. Chief Executive Officer David Ricks says the restructuring will allow the company to reduce costs and "invest in the next...

  • (Image courtesy of Wabash National Corp.)

    Wabash National Acquisition Clears Hurdle

    Lafayette-based Wabash National Corp.'s (NYSE: WNC) proposed acquisition of Goshen-based Supreme Industries Inc. (NYSEMKT: STS) is moving forward. The $364 million deal has cleared a federal antitrust review period. The acquisition, announced in early August, was required to undergo a waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976.

  • Railcar Leasing Company Expanding in Vigo County

    Chicago-based GATX Corp. (NYSE: GATX) has announced plans to expand its operation in Terre Haute into a full-scale Midwest maintenance hub. The global railcar leasing company will invest $38.5 million into the project, which will create up to 59 jobs by 2020. 

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    Indy to Paris Nonstop Becomes a Reality

    A multi-faceted effort to secure additional nonstop international air service in the state is paying off. Governor Eric Holcomb has announced new Delta Air Lines service to Paris from Indianapolis International Airport. Holcomb says the new route is a culmination of years of work by state, city and airport officials that includes $5 million approved by the Indiana General Assembly directed at attracting transatlantic flights.

  • City Garage is located in the Port Covington area of Baltimore.

    Indy Medical Device Maker Details Maryland Collaboration

    Indianapolis-based Engineered Medical Systems Inc. is partnering on a new medical device manufacturing operation and accelerator in Baltimore. The collaboration with The MVR Co. of Maryland will result in The Factory and The LaunchPort, located in a parking structure-turned-entrepreneurial hub on the waterfront called the City Garage. City Garage is part of a the Port Covington area, which is in-line for $5.5 billion redevelopment plans with big backers like Under Armour's Kevin Plank.

  • (Image courtesy of the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana.)

    CEO Updates $2.8B Fertilizer Project

    The chief executive officer of Midwest Fertilizer Co. LLC has updated the progress of the "world-scale" nitrogen fertilizer plant in Posey County. In an interview posted by the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana, Les Wright says final financial and construction considerations remaining for the project are on pace to be complete in the second quarter of next year. He says the company is "putting the final touches" on its construction contract and...

  • (photo courtesy Atlas Die)

    New Owner For Elkhart Company

    An Elkhart-based manufacturer is now under new ownership. Michigan-based private equity firm Auxo Investment Partners has acquired Atlas Die LLC and its subsidiary, Bernal LLC, also based in Michigan. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

  • (Image courtesy of Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc.)

    Indiana-Made Subarus Help Drive Record Sales

    Subaru of America Inc., the marketing and distribution unit of Subaru Corp. of Japan, says it sold more cars in August than any other month in its history. North American Subaru production is handled at Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. in Lafayette, where Legacy, Outback, Impreza and next year, Ascent models are made. Sales of Impreza and Outback were up in August by more than 40 percent and 17 percent, respectively, while sales of the Legacy were down over 27 percent.

  • Milo: Talent is State's 'Premier Challenge'

    Blair Milo says she has always been motivated to solve complex challenges. In her new role as Secretary of Career Connections and Talent, the former La Porte mayor is getting a chance to do just that. Governor Eric Holcomb named Milo to the newly-created, cabinet level position in July, and already she says she sees the enormity of the challenge and views communication as an immediate priority.

  • Baymont manufactures fiberglass bath fixtures. (photo courtesy Baymont)

    Patrick Acquires Mississippi Manufacturer

    Elkhart-based Patrick Industries (Nasdaq: PATK) has completed the $3.4 million acquisition of Mississippi-based Baymont Inc. Patrick says the acquired company will continue to operate under the Baymont brand in its existing facilities.

  • The Great Lakes Basin Transportation rail proposal would've covered more than 260 miles.

    Federal Board Rejects Major Freight Rail Proposal

    A proposed $2.8 billion freight rail line that would've connecting LaPorte County to southern Wisconsin has been nixed. The U.S. Surface Transportation Board calls financial information from the Great Lakes Basin Transportation Inc. application for a 261-mile line "fundamentally flawed." Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report GLBT's plans included eight connection points with other railroads in Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties.

  • Raytheon, AM General Land Military Contracts

    The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded military contracts to Raytheon Co. Intelligence, Information and Services in Indianapolis and South Bend-based AM General LLC. The contracts, totaling nearly $30 million, call for the production components for military helicopters and humvees.

  • (Image of Ohio headquarters courtesy of 20/20 Custom Molded Plastics) 20/20 is located close to the Indiana State Line in Holiday City, Ohio.

    Manufacturer to Bring Jobs to Recently-Vacant Facility

    A northeast Indiana factory will not spend much time idle. Ohio-based 20/20 Custom Molded Plastics LLC has announced plans to locate to the Bluffton facility that previously housed an operation of another Ohio company, Buckhorn Inc., creating up to 155 jobs by 2020. Buckhorn announced earlier this year it would pull out of the facility before the start of this month as part of a consolidation effort.

  • The first board meeting of the Applied Research Insttute was held August 31, 2017 in Bloomington.

    $16M Applied Research Institute Making Strides

    The Applied Research Institute, which connects the state's top military, industry and higher education assets and leaders, has taken its first major steps. The ARI board, comprised of big names like Governor Eric Holcomb, IU's Michael McRobbie, Purdue's Mitch Daniels and Rolls-Royce North America Defense Aerospace President Phil Burkholder, has approved its first major project. Over the next two years, $3.5 million will go toward the development of trusted microelectronics.

  • Allison Transmission Names Next CEO

    The board of directors for Indianapolis-based Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ALSN) has selected David Graziosi as the company's next chief executive officer. Graziosi, who currently serves as president and chief financial officer at Allison, will succeed Larry Dewey, who will retire at the end of May.

  • The company was founded in Michigan in the late 1950s and relocated to Steuben County in 1982.

    Trine Family Continues Angola Investment

    A fourth-generation manufacturer in northeast Indiana is growing again. Angola-based Vestil Manufacturing Corp. has announced plans to invest close to $15 million to expand its main facility, construct a new fulfillment center and add up to 100 jobs by 2021. The company, owned by the family that is the namesake of Trine University, is currently the second-largest employer in the Steuben County city.

  • Rob Wallstrom came to Vera Bradley in 2013.

    'Right-Sizing' On-Deck For Vera Bradley

    Fort Wayne-based Vera Bradley Inc. (Nasdaq: VRA) Chief Executive Officer Rob Wallstrom is launching a "much more aggressive approach" to the company's continued turnaround efforts. In a call with investors Wednesday morning, Wallstrom says the Vision 20/20 strategic plan, which will be largely implemented in fiscal 2019, will include dialing back the availability of clearance items. The goal, executives say, is "resetting our customers' pricing perception and...

  • From left-to-right: Governor Eric Holcomb, U.S. DOT Secretary Elaine Chao, ITRCC CEO Nic Barr, Reith Riley Construction CEO Keith Rose

    Transportation Secretary Celebrates 80/90 Push Project

    Officials from the federal, state and local levels have cut the ribbon on a $220 million project designed to improve more than 70 miles of the Indiana Toll Road, including 50 bridges throughout seven counties. Completion of the 80/90 Push Project, which also involves redevelopment of eight travel plazas and installation of fiber optic cables for an Intelligent Travel System, attracted a bi-partisan group of leaders including U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

  • Julie Anderson (pictured left) and Michael Needler Jr. (pictured right) are owners of Generative Growth II.

    Some Former Marsh Stores to Carry Needler's Banner

    The 11 Indiana Marsh Supermarket locations acquired by Ohio-based Generative Growth II LLC will have a new name. Owners Michael Needler Jr. and Julie Anderson say the Needler's Fresh Market brand will be used for all of its stores in Indiana and three stores in Ohio. Its Van Wert, Ohio location will be called Chief Supermarket, an established brand in the area managed by Generative Growth-owned Fresh Encounter Inc.

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    AM General Scores Major Army Contract

    South Bend-based AM General LLC has landed another major U.S. Department of Defense contract. The five-year, $2.2 billion deal calls for the company to manufacture nearly 12,000 Humvees for the U.S. Army. 

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    Toyota Forklifts to Celebrate Milestone

    Columbus-based Toyota Material Handling USA will Wednesday celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Toyota forklift sold in the United States. The event will include Toyota executives, state and local representatives and hundreds of employees from the Bartholomew County campus. 

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    Cummins Shows Off Future Tech

    Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) says it continues to stake a claim as the global engine manufacturer best-positioned to "win" in the future. During a ceremony Tuesday at its Columbus technical center, executives unveiled a variety of natural gas and high-efficiency diesel engines, as well as debuting its fully-electric, class 7 hauler demonstration vehicle. Cummins also says it will introduce a new heavy-duty diesel engine in 2022.

  • Android and Avancez make components including consoles, headliners and radiator modules.

    Fort Wayne 'Perfect' For GM Supplier Growth

    The plant manager for Android Industries' Fort Wayne location says the operation is perfectly positioned to capitalize on General Motors Co.'s (NYSE: GM) growth. Android and sister company Avancez this morning announced plans to invest nearly $15 million in an Allen County expansion and add more than 300 jobs. Ángel Guillén says recent GM investments and local governments that are "easy to work with" makes Fort Wayne a prime spot for growth.

  • (Image courtesy of the Indiana Department of Transportation)

    INDOT to Discuss 'Refined' Option For I-69 Section 6

    Indiana Department of Transportation officials will next month hold public meetings to update modifications made to the preferred path of the final section of the I-69 expansion. INDOT says the sessions in Martinsville, Indianapolis and Greenwood will cover a "refined preferred alternative" for Section 6 that has been reviewed by the Federal Highway Administration.

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

    Another Austin Flight Adds to Indy Nonstop Options

    Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) has announced a seasonal nonstop flight to Austin, Texas. The destination is important for the state's technology community, as Austin is one of the centers of the tech industry in the U.S. Allegiant Airlines began flying to Austin in May. IND now offers a total of 47 nonstop flights. At the end of July, Southwest announced its first international nonstop out of Indianapolis: a flight to Cancun International Airport.

  • The companies say the expansion is the result of demand from new GM contracts.

    GM Suppliers Adding Hundreds of Jobs

    Two General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) suppliers are expanding their Allen County operations with plans to create more than 300 jobs by the end of 2018. Michigan-based Android Industries and sister company Avancez say they will invest a total of nearly $15 million in the project. Android Industries says the move will increase its capacity for making components including headliners, radiator modules and consoles.

  • (Images provided by the Indiana Department of Transportation)

    State Seeks Input on Clear Path 465 Project

    The Indiana Department of Transportation is continuing to take public feedback on the preferred route for its Clear Path 465 project. The work calls for additional travel lanes, reconstruction and modification to parts of I-465 and I-69 on the northeast side of Indianapolis, which is one of the busiest corridors in the state. INDOT says three potential design alternatives are being considered and it is taking input from...

  • RV Boon Squeezes Elkhart County Job Market

    The cyclical recreational vehicle industry is on a roll and in Elkhart County, the RV Capital of the World, that means jobs and lots of them. Just last week, Jayco Inc. and Grand Design RV announced expansions plans that could mean 750 new jobs in Middlebury, the latest in a series of local jobs announcements this year. But with the county's unemployment rate hovering around 2 percent, the RV revival is squeezing an already tight job market.

  • RV Manufacturer Adding More Jobs in Elkhart County

    Middlebury-based Grand Design RV is continuing its rapid growth. The Elkhart Truth reports the company has begun a $10 million expansion to build two new facilities which, when complete, would add up to 450 jobs in the Elkhart County city. One of the facilities will house the production of Grand Design's Solitude line. The second factory will house a new RV model that is expected to be announced in January. Construction is expected to be complete...

  • (Image courtesy of Vincennes University)

    Cummins, VU Detail Training Partnership

    Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) is partnering with Vincennes University on a nationwide training initiative. Through the four-year Technician Apprentice Program, Cummins apprentices will spend the equivalent of two years at VU working toward an associate's degree in Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology and a Cummins engine certification. The school and company say graduates can pursue careers in power generation, marine, high horsepower and service operations fields.

  • Skateboard Startup Aims to Shred Onto College Campuses

    An entrepreneurial team of siblings believes its emerging skateboard business can gain a foothold on Midwest college campuses and find its way to consumers. Indianapolis-based BlackCraft Boards co-founders Paul and Perry Lierman say their startup sprouted from a high school business project. The Indiana University and Purdue University graduates say crafting longboards from carbon fiber creates a stronger, lighter and waterproof skate deck that offers more design...

  • (Image of The Finish Line's Urban Farm courtesy of the city of Indianapolis.)

    Finish Line Debuts On-Campus Farm

    Indianapolis-based The Finish Line Inc. (Nasdaq: FINL) has marked the opening of a 7.3-acre farm on its corporate campus on the city's east side. The athletics retailer says the farm is one of the largest in an urban setting in the state. The farm is a collaboration with Greenfield-based Brandywine Creek Farms and will produce cantaloupe, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers and zucchini and include space for 250,000 bees.

  • The Figuro3D management team (from left to right): Sandra Gesing, Paul Brenner, Christopher Sweet, Robert Kuang and James Sweet.

    3D Scanning Company Gains Grant

    South Bend-based Figuro3D has been awarded a High-Potential Startup Grant from Elevate Ventures. The company, which is located in Innovation Park, develops three-dimensional scanning technology used to speed up the manufacturing quality-control process. Northern Indiana is one of several regions throughout the state where Elevate Ventures is focusing on boosting entrepreneurship. The HPSG program offers pre-seed funds of up to $25,000.

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

    Manufacturer Looking to Fill Jobs in East Chicago

    East Chicago-based Hoist Liftruck Mfg. LLC has announced plans to hire 50 additional workers. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report the move, which is part of a previously-announced plan to hire up to 500 by 2022, is the result of a new production line.

  • (Image courtesy of Wabash National Corp.)

    Wabash National's Supreme Industries Stock Offer Goes Live

    The proposed acquisition of Goshen-based Supreme Industries Inc. (NYSEMKT: STS) by Wabash National Corp. (NYSE: WNC) in Lafayette is progressing. Wabash National subsidiary Redhawk Acquisition Corp. has launched its $21 per share tender offer for all outstanding shares of Supreme stock. The Supreme Industries' board of directors has agreed to terms of the offer and merger and have advised shareholders to accept it. The deal has an equity value of $364 million.

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    OrthoWorx Set For Manufacturing Tour

    Warsaw-based OrthoWorx has announced an event slated for later this month that aims to raise awareness of orthopedic manufacturing careers among students and parents. The state's orthopedic industry initiative will host a tour to educate local school faculty and staff about orthopedic career pathways in the region.

  • (photo courtesy IUPUI)

    Cummins Opens R&D Center in Mexico

    Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) has announced the opening of its Research and Development Center next to a manufacturing facility in Mexico. The company says the center includes labs and office space for about 30 employees and will support all of Cummins' aftermarket business throughout the world.

  • The company is headquartered in Middlebury.

    'Unprecedented' Growth Drives Jayco Expansion

    Jayco Inc. has announced what it calls a new "mega-facility" planned at its Middlebury campus. The recreational vehicle manufacturer says the 237,000 square-foot operation will create approximately 300 jobs. Officials expect to break ground late next month. The new facility will house two additional Jay Flight travel trailer lines and help boost efficiency for other brands. Jayco was acquired in late 2016 by Elkhart-based Thor Industries (NYSE: THO) for $576 million.

  • HVAC and Plumbing Company Moving, Growing

    Fishers-based Service Plus is planning to relocate and double its work force over the next three years. The heating, cooling and plumbing company says it will add 30 employees as part of its $1.5 million investment that includes a new home office in Indianapolis. The new facility, the company says, will house office and field workers, equipment and training space.

  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Indiana is one of over 280 companies with Japanese owners in Indiana.

    Hoosier Trade Officials to Visit Japan

    A trade delegation led by Governor Eric Holcomb will visit Indiana's largest foreign investor next month. The week-long trade mission to Japan will start September 7 and feature meetings with companies including Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE: TM), Subaru Corp. and Honda Motor Co. (NYSE: HMC). More than 280 Japan-owned businesses are located in Indiana, supporting over 58,000 jobs in the state.

  • 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.

  • (Image provided by The Garrett Companies)

    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...

  • (Image courtesy of Cummins Inc.)

    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.

  • (photo courtesy of our partners at WTHI-TV)

    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.

  • (Image courtesy of Ball State University)

    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.

  • (Rendering provided by Flaherty & Collins Properties)

    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.

  • (Image courtesy of INDOT)

    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

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  • 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.

  • (Image courtesy of Gary/Chicago International Airport)

    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.

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