• Nestlé Planning $80M Anderson Expansion

    Nestlé USA has unveiled plans to invest nearly $80 million into its Anderson operations. Our partners at The Herald Bulletin report the company will purchase new equipment for the facility and add 30 jobs.

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    IU, OrthoWorx Collaboration Takes Flight

    A new partnership between the orthopedics industry and academia will target therapies for patients with musculoskeletal injuries or diseases. The collaboration among Indiana University, the Indiana University Research and Technology Corp. and AcceLINX, a business accelerator launched by Warsaw-based OrthoWorx, will focus on development and commercialization of technologies developed at the university. IURTC Chief Executive Officer Tony Armstrong says...

  • Dick Giromini has served as CEO of Wabash National for 11 years.

    Dick Giromini to Retire From Wabash National

    Lafayette-based Wabash National Corp. (NYSE:WNC) has announced retirement plans for its longtime leader. Dick Giromini will step down as chief executive officer in June and stay on for a year as an executive advisor until retiring. Current Chief Operating Officer Brent Yeagy will be the next president and CEO. Giromini has been with Wabash National for more than 15 years, 11 of which as CEO. He calls it the perfect time to step down because of...

  • Endangered Species Chocolate Adds Former Simon Exec

    A former executive with Simon Property Group Inc. (NYSE: SPG) has joined another Indianapolis company as director of brand and marketing. Former Simon Vice President of Marketing Tod Dalberg, who most recently served as chief marketing and business development officer at Utah-based Central Logic, has joined Endangered Species Chocolate. Dalberg has also previously held leadership positions with Prior to joining Central Logic, Dalberg previously held executive marketing positions at...

  • Michigan Company Closing Richmond Facility

    Michigan-based Janesville Acoustics has announced plans to close its manufacturing facility in Richmond. In a notice to the state, the company said nearly 70 employees will be laid off as a result of the closure. Janesville Acoustics did not provide a specific reason for the closure, but said it would be permanent.

  • Just one of many to announce expansion plans in 2017, Middlebury-based Grand Design RV is building two new facilities and expects to add up to 450 jobs.

    Fighting Irish Battle Elkhart Labor Shortage

    Elkhart County’s RV industry is on the upside of its tale of redemption; after the recession brought the region “down to our knees”—as one company executive described it—the area is now posting record RV sales numbers and announcing expansions at a furious rate. But the growth isn’t without hiccups. 

  • Lochmueller Group to Showcase New Jeffersonville Space

    Evansville-based Lochmueller Group Inc. will cut the ribbon Wednesday on new office space in Jeffersonville. The company, which has had a presence in the Clark County city for six years, says growth has led to the need for more space. The surveying, planning, engineering and environmental services firm changed its name from Bernardin Lochmueller & Associates in 2014 to avoid confusion with another similarly-named company that also has a presence in states including...

  • A career fair, networking sessions and one-on-one meetings gave students a chance to rub elbows with AML executives.

    ‘Cadillac’ of Case Competitions Aims to Hook Students

    The advanced manufacturing and logistics (AML) industry has an image problem; that’s the theory driving a new effort to convince college students to choose careers in the industry. 

  • Analysts can look at a single digital twin or combine many to produce a big-picture perspective of an entire fleet.

    ‘Invisible’ Digital Twins Taking Flight at GE Aviation

    As aircraft engines roll off the production line at GE Aviation in Lafayette, workers there are also producing “ghost” engines of sorts, called digital twins. 

  • The technology uses a Microsoft HoloLens to "see" the components before prototypes are manufactured.

    Lippert: Augmented Reality Tool the First of Many

    Prototyping will never be the same at Elkhart-based Lippert Components Inc. (LCI). The RV component manufacturer says it’s swapping clunky back-and-forths among the client, engineering and production for a streamlined product development method: augmented reality. 

  • The commitment from Infosys, which involves plans for 2,000 jobs that were announced earlier this year, was the largest of the year according to the IEDC.

    IEDC Chalks Up a Record-Breaker

    The state is reporting a record year for job commitments and the Indiana Economic Development Corp. says plans totaling 30,158 new jobs are heavily driven by one industry typically tied to the state and another that's rapidly gaining ground. Manufacturing, Indiana's traditional economic bread-and-butter, continued to lead the way in expected job commitments with 10,885. Job commitments in technology rose year-over-year to more than 7,600.

  • 2017 A Big One For Gary Airport

    The Gary-Chicago International Airport is marking a year of significant developments. The most recent involves Gary-based LEE Companies' selection as construction manager for a new customs facility, which will open up the airport for incoming international flights. Last month, LEE Companies also completed the new Corporate Flight Center at the Gary Jet Center and B. Coleman Aviation recently opened a 40,000 square-foot hangar that is part of $20 million in planned investment.

  • Greenville Company Lands NASA Contract

    NASA has awarded more than $10 million in development contracts to three companies, including one in Indiana. Greenville-based Techshot Inc. will work to develop a space-based, on-demand fabrication lab prototype. 

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    Patrick Acquires Elkhart Manufacturer

    Elkhart-based Patrick Industries Inc. (Nasdaq: PATK) has completed its $11 million acquisition of another Elkhart manufacturer, Nickell Moulding Co. Inc. Patrick says Nickell will continue to operate in its existing facility under its brand name. The deal included the acquisition of Nickell's accounts receivable, inventory, machinery and equipment. Nickell manufactures hardwood and wrapped mouldings and trim, custom wood frames, and door components for the...

  • Lebanon Manufacturer to Celebrate Expansion

    Lebanon-based Shark-Co Manufacturing will Monday afternoon cut the ribbon on its expanded manufacturing facility in Boone County. The Boone County Economic Development Corp. says the project was completed with the help of its microloan program. 

  • East Chicago Site Targeted For 'Intense' Remediation

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has included a northwest Indiana property on its list of Superfund sites that are "targeted for immediate and intense attention." The old USS Lead property in East Chicago, also known as U.S. Smelter and Lead Refinery Inc., will receive remediation work designed to accelerate redevelopment efforts. The actions, the EPA says, include more direct involvement from Administrator Scott Pruitt. The response could include...

  • $46M in Red Line Rapid Transit Contracts Under Negotiation

    IndyGo will begin negotiations on nearly $46 million in contracts for the first phase of a high-profile mass transit expansion. Phase One of the Red Line rapid transit work involves road, sidewalk and station canopy construction. The 13-mile Broad Ripple-to-University of Indianapolis campus route is slated to open for service in the spring of 2019. Officials call it "the reliable spine" of a revamped transit system. Voters last year approved...

  • Tolliver: Record Stretch For Commercial Real Estate

    Cushman & Wakefield Regional Vice President of Research Jason Tolliver has high hopes for the commercial real estate market in Indiana in 2018. Tolliver says 2016-2017 represents the best two-year stretch ever in Indiana and will lead into a "Goldilocks" scenario for next year. "I think you're going to have strong demand. I don't know that it's going to be as strong as what we've seen this year, but it's not going to overpower the amount of...

  • Key Portion of I-69 Widening Work to Wrap Up

    The Indiana Department of Transportation says a third lane in each direction on a busy section of I-69 will reopen Friday morning. The stretch between State Road 37 and State Road 38 is part of a $92 million project that also involved reconfiguring the Campus Parkway exit into a double-crossover diamond formation. The latter was completed in the summer.

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    Commissioning Complete at $200M Wind Farm

    State, local and company officials Thursday are commissioning Indiana's newest wind farm. The $200 million Bluff Point Wind Energy Center includes 57 turbines and Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources Inc. says the installation in Jay and Randolph Counties could produce enough power for more than 36,000 homes.

  • The company said last month it plans to launch operations by April.

    Indian Company Picks Columbus For North American HQ

    An executive with an India-based engineering company planning to establish its North American headquarters in Columbus is touting Indiana's work force. Vice Chairman Sudhakar Gande says AXISCADES will "leverage the availability of skilled engineering talent in Indiana" to fill an expected 500 openings by 2023. AXISCADES, which announced plans to locate in Indiana, expects to create up to 100 jobs within the first year of operation as part of a $10 million investment.

  • Blue Horseshoe broke ground on the project in March 2016.

    Blue Horseshoe to Open Carmel HQ

    Carmel-based Blue Horseshoe Solutions will Thursday cut the ribbon on its new $3.5 million corporate headquarters. The global logistics software firm announced the project in March 2016, saying it would add 70 jobs by 2020. 

  • WorkOne Hosting Elkhart Job Fair

    WorkOne Northern Indiana will Wednesday host a job fair in Elkhart. The event will feature a dozen companies looking to fill more than 600 full-time, part-time, and seasonal positions. The job fair will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the WorkOne office at 430 Waterfall Drive in Elkhart. 

  • The Indianapolis hub opened more than 25 years ago and employs thousands of Hoosiers.

    FedEx to Invest $385M in Central Indiana

    FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) is planning to invest $385 million into new equipment at its hub at Indianapolis International Airport. The move, the company says, would result in the creation of 125 jobs and 450 part-time jobs by 2026. It would also help retain more than 800 full-time positions and nearly 3,000 part-timers. FedEx is requesting a tax abatement package from the Metropolitan Developments Commission totaling some $29.2 million over 10 years. In that time, the MDC estimates...

  • Tridien develops, manufactures and markets medical support surface and patient positioning technology.

    Medical Device Maker to Close Fishers Operation

    A Florida-based company says it will close its Fishers facility late next year. Tridien Medical, which was acquired last year by Chicago-based Hill-Rom Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HRC), says in a filing with the state the decision will affect 69 employees. The first round of Indiana employees are expected to be let go January 31 and continue through the end of September. Hill-Rom Executive Director of Human Resources says in a letter to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development...

  • Recycling, Metals Company Grows Lafayette Footprint

    Lafayette-based Oscar Winski Co. has acquired the former Caterpillar Lafayette Logistics Center. Financial details were not immediately disclosed, however the company says the new facility will more than double its logistics and e-recycling capacities.

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    White River Bridge Construction to Take 2+ Years

    A key stage of bridge construction on a well-traveled thoroughfare in Muncie is set to begin Tuesday. Beam installation on the White River bridge east of downtown begins this week and the full project is set to be complete in 2020. The Indiana Department of Transportation says the nearly $3 million State Road 32 Jackson Street project will be handled one lane at a time. During the initial phase...

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    Big Canadian Monument Made With Indiana Limestone

    A new monument in Canada is using 22 tons of limestone from Bloomington-based Indiana Limestone Co. The hand-carved blocks are incorporated into the First Nations Peace Monument in Ontario as the nation celebrates its 150th anniversary. The monument pays tribute to Laura Secord, who gained recognition for warning British troops of an upcoming invasion by American forces during the War of 1812. Indiana Limestone Co. says the monument also...

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    Honda Hiring in Greensburg

    A hiring event is set for Saturday at Honda Manufacturing of Indiana Inc. in Greensburg. Columbus-based Elwood Staffing, which is hosting the event, says starting pay for the jobs is $15.55. The openings are for production associate positions and the pay could progress up to $17.33 per hour. The application process, Elwood Staffing says, is open to residents of select, nearby Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky counties. You can connect to more about the hiring event by clicking...

  • (L to R) SIA Executive Vice President Tom Easterday, Governor Eric Holcomb, & Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski

    Ascent at SIA Drives $140M Investment

    Subaru is planning another major investment at its Lafayette plant. At an unveiling ceremony for the new Subaru Ascent, Subaru of Indiana Automotive announced the automaker will invest more than $140 million into production of the SUV and plans to create up to 200 jobs. The company, which has more than 5,600 associates in Lafayette, says the move will help meet growing demand for mid-level vehicles in North America. The announcement comes two years after...

  • ARBOC is headquartered in Middlebury.

    Middlebury Bus Manufacturer Acquired

    A subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc. in Canada has acquired a Middlebury-based bus manufacturer. Transit Holdings Inc. says the $95 million deal for ARBOC Specialty Vehicles LLC represents the growth and diversification strategy of its parent company.

  • (Image of Jamie Hyneman courtesy of Twitter.)

    Battery Innovation Center to Feature 'Mythbusters' Host

    The former co-host and executive producer of Discovery's "Mythbusters" will headline an Indiana technology-focused event Tuesday in Indianapolis. Jamie Hyneman will be among the speakers at this year's Battery Innovation Center Annual Stakeholder luncheon that will be emceed by Inside INdiana Business Host Gerry Dick. Additional participants include...

  • Subaru to Unveil Ascent in Lafayette

    State and local officials will Friday join executives from Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. in Lafayette to unveil the next vehicle to be produced at the facility, the Ascent SUV. Governor Eric Holcomb's office says the event will also feature an economic development announcement.

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    Hoosiers Remembering Andre Lacy

    Influential leaders from throughout the state are reacting to the loss of a highly-regarded name in the Indiana and Indianapolis business and philanthropic communities. Andre Lacy was board chair of LDI Ltd. LLC and a senior adviser to Butler University's School of Business, which bears his name. Terre Haute-based Hulman and Co. Chief Executive Officer Mark Miles says "it would be difficult to exaggerate his transformative impact on our city and state."

  • Kinetrex currently operates two Marion County plants, including one in Beech Grove (pictured).

    Kinetrex Proposing $20M LNG Plant Investment

    Indianapolis-based Kinetrex Energy is planning to invest $20 million into a new plant to turn methane gas captured at landfills and by anaerobic digesters into liquefied natural gas. The former Citizens Energy Group subsidiary has not yet detailed where in central Indiana the plant will be located or how many jobs it could create, but says the facility could be operational at the beginning of 2019. The plant is expected to produce...

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    Chinese Company Opens Brownsburg Distribution Center

    A Chinese manufacturer is celebrating the opening of its first U.S. distribution center. Hangzhou Hidea Power Machinery Co. Ltd., which produces outboard engines and motors, is investing $500,000 in the Brownsburg facility and will add a small number of jobs.

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    Patrick Completes Acquisition of California Company

    Elkhart-based Patrick Industries Inc. (Nasdaq: PATK) has completed its $81 million acquisition of LMI Inc. in California. Patrick says it will continue to operate LMI on a stand-alone basis in its existing facilities.

  • Precision Medical Technologies has an implants division in Warsaw and an instrumentation division in Rome City.

    Ortho Manufacturer Expanding in Wabash County

    North Manchester-based Precision Medical Technologies plans to launch an operation to produce disposable surgical instruments in Wabash County. The orthopedic technology contract manufacturer says it will invest nearly $5 million and add up to 60 jobs over four years. Precision Medical Technologies has existing facilities in Warsaw and Rome City. The company currently employs 140 in Wabash and Noble counties and plans to start hiring positions in...

  • (Image of 2019 Subaru Ascent courtesy of Subaru of America Inc.)

    Subaru Showcasing Newest Indiana-Made Model

    Subaru's Lafayette-built Ascent has made its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The sport utility vehicle is the largest ever by the company and its production has led to expansion at Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc., which is slated to host its own unveiling of the 2019 model Friday. The plant, which is the only North American producer of Subarus, has experienced major growth over the last four-plus years.

  • The school and association signed a memorandum of understanding November 9.

    ISU, Pilots Association Ink Agreement

    Indiana State University has launched a mentorship program with the Air Line Pilots Association International. The union says mentoring boosts the likelihood of employee success. The partnership will also include professional development opportunities for aviation flight students. Association education committee members will visit classrooms at least once a semester as part of the agreement.

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    Council Clears Way For North River Acquisition

    The Fort Wayne City Council has agreed to buy a 29-acre property that was once the site of a metal recycling facility. The deal for the former OmniSource Corp. property, known as North River, has received support from Mayor Tom Henry and Greater Fort Wayne Inc., who say it will create opportunities for private investment. The vote had been delayed and the proposal has received opposition from several members of council.

  • The Greensburg plant began production the CR-V in February.

    Indiana-Produced Vehicle Earns Major Honor

    A vehicle manufactured in Indiana has received top marks from Motor Trend magazine. The publication has named the Honda CR-V, which is produced at Honda Manufacturing of Indiana LLC in Greensburg, its 2018 SUV of the Year.

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    Public Comment Open For NIPSCO's Planned Rate Increase

    The state agency representing energy consumers is seeking feedback on a proposed natural gas rate increase from Merrillville-based Northern Indiana Public Service Co. When it was announced earlier this year, NIPSCO said the increase would be the first in over 25 years and could boost annual revenue by more than $140 million. The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor is hosting public field hearings on the request, the first of which is scheduled for...

  • The company's current facility covers 200,000 square feet in the Lebanon Business Park.

    Logistics Company Plans Boone County Expansion

    New Jersey-based United States Cold Storage is planning to invest nearly $30 million to expand its Lebanon operations. The Lebanon City Council has approved incentives for the expansion, which will add about 30 jobs and 100,000 square feet of space to the company's facility in the Lebanon Business Park.

  • Cook Group in Bloomington is one of the largest life sciences companies headquartered in the state.

    Cook Group Completes Acquisition of Former GE Plant

    Bloomington-based Cook Group Inc. has completed the purchase of the former GE refrigeration plant site on the city’s west side. The company says the property will help accommodate its growth and lead to 500 new jobs in the Monroe County city over the next 10 years. Cook Group announced plans to acquire the property in September, along with the $950 million sale of its Cook Pharmica business to New Jersey-based Catalent Inc. (NYSE: CTLT). President Pete Yonkman says...

  • Thor relocated its headquarters to Elkhart County in 2013.

    Thor Hits Record Profit

    Elkhart-based Thor Industries Inc. (NYSE: THO) is reporting record fiscal first quarter net income of $128 million, up from $78.7 million during the same period last year. Chief Executive Officer Bob Martin says the recreational vehicle manufacturer's results are due to industry demand, which "remains exceedingly strong."

  • The facility formerly housed the Michiana Event Center, which recently relocated to Shipshewana.

    New Tenant For Former Michiana Event Center

    Michigan-based Morgan Olson LLC has announced plans to expand operations in northeast Indiana. The walk-in van manufacturer will invest $2 million to set up shop in the former Michiana Event Center facility in Howe. The LaGrange County Economic Development Corp. did not state if any jobs would be created as a result of the expansion. Morgan Olson says it plans to have interior renovations and installation of new equipment complete and have the facility fully operational by...

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    Indy Manufacturer Lands Military Contract

    The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded a more than $10 million contract to Indianapolis-based Laibe Corp. The contract calls for the company to provide three water well drilling systems, including support, storage and transportation, for the U.S. Army. 

  • Anchor Drilling Fluids USA is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

    Calumet Completes Sale of Subsidiary

    Indianapolis-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners (Nasdaq: CLMT) has announced the sale of its subsidiary, Anchor Drilling Fluids USA, to Houston-based Q’Max America. Calumet will receive approximately $84 million in considerations as a result of the deal. The company says the sale's value includes $50 million in cash, $15 million to be paid over the next two years for net working capital, and 10 percent equity ownership of Q’Max’s parent, Fluid Holding Corp.

  • (Image courtesy of Iv(Image courtesy of Ivy Tech Community College.)y Tech Community College Northeast.)

    Apprenticeship Collaboration 'Natural Fit' For Ivy Tech

    Ivy Tech Community College has announced it is handling a new job training resource. As a U.S. Department of Labor-approved apprenticeship sponsor, the school will register companies' apprentice programs, collect on-the-job learning hours and assist with related D.O.L. audits. The Fort Wayne campus will serve as pilot site and Ivy Tech says it will launch it on other campuses in the future. The school says program participation will lead to more apprentices enrolled at Ivy Tech.

  • (Image of Ron Fenech courtesy of Grand Design RV.)

    LCI Industries Adds RV Vet to Board

    A well-known figure on the northern Indiana recreational vehicle scene is joining the Elkhart-based LCI Industries (NYSE: LCII) board. Grand Design Recreational Vehicle Co. co-founder Ron Fenech, who previously held executive positions with Thor Industries Inc. (NYSE: THO) and Keystone RV Co., will also serve on the LCI board's corporate governance and nominating committee.

  • Dexter to Acquire Utah Manufacturer

    Elkhart-based Dexter Axle is adding to its portfolio. The company has announced plans to acquired Utah-based Henderson Wheel & Trailer Supply Inc. Financial details of the deal were not released. 

  • Monahan: Sunday Carryout Deal 'Sets New Tone'

    The president of the Indiana Retail Council believes a truce between his group and the Indiana Beverage Retailers Association on Sunday alcohol sales marks the beginning of a new era at the Indiana Statehouse. "It really sets a new tone for both of our organizations and our memberships going forward," said Grant Monahan. "I think it puts an end to the alcohol wars in the Statehouse for a long time." The two groups recently announced a deal to...

  • Haynes produces high-performance alloy products.

    Haynes Reports Full-Year Loss

    Kokomo-based Haynes International Inc. (Nasdaq: HAYN) is reporting a fiscal full-year net loss of $10.2 million, compared to a net income of $5 million the previous year. The high-performance alloy manufacturer says, despite the loss, revenues in the aerospace market reached its highest level of the year during the fourth quarter.

  • Indiana Unemployment Rate Ticks Higher Again

    The Indiana Department of Workforce Development says the state's unemployment rate has risen slightly to 3.9 percent, offset in part by a gain of 2,500 jobs in the private sector. The October report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the Indiana labor force had a net decrease of nearly 11,700, compared to September. The unemployment rate since June has increased 0.9 percent. Indiana's unemployment rate is lower than the 4.1 percent national average and...

  • Brinegar: Tolling 'Not a Forgone Conclusion'

    The General Assembly has opened up the possibility of additional interstate tolling, a concept Indiana Chamber of Commerce President Kevin Brinegar says, while not a done deal, is the "most realistic" method of filling potential funding gaps for road work in the future. The Indiana Department of Transportation recently released a feasibility study on tolling, which suggests revenue from collections could exceed $53 billion between 2021 and 2050.

  • The company changed its name from Berry Plastics to Berry Global Group in April 2017.

    Berry Global to Acquire Ohio Company

    Evansville-based Berry Global Group has announced plans to acquire Ohio-based Clopay Plastic Products Company. The deal, valued at $475 million, is expected to close in early 2018. Clopay produces breathable films and laminates for a variety of markets, such as hygiene, healthcare and construction. Berry Chief Executive Officer Tom Salmon says the acquisition is directly aligned with the company's fundamental strategic initiatives.

  • The e-retailer has already added close to 200 new workers.

    E-Retailer Celebrates Greenwood Growth

    The co-founder of a plus-size women's clothing company says work force and economic development programs led the company to choose Greenwood for a distribution center and hundreds of new jobs. Dia&Co. cut the ribbon on its $2.7 million Johnson County distribution center today, and President Lydia Gilbert says the company expects to grow in Greenwood "for many years to come." The e-retailer has already added close to 200 new workers, and Gilbert says it hopes to add...

  • Officials broke ground on the expansion Tuesday. (photo courtesy Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke)

    Logistics Company Growing in Evansville

    Mount Vernon-based Warehouse Services Inc. has announced plans to expand its Evansville operations. The third-part logistics provider says it will invest $8 million to add a 200,000-square-foot centralized distribution center, creating more than 50 full-time jobs by 2019. The addition will be used by California-based TaylorMade Golf Co. which is looking to consolidate its North American distribution operations to a more centrally-located site.

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    Greenwood to Toast Newest Major Employer

    A ribbon-cutting for a facility expected to eventually bring on more than 870 jobs is Thursday in Greenwood. Dia & Co., an e-retail business focused on plus-size women's apparel, is investing $2.76 million in its Johnson County distribution center. The company has hired 200 employees so far and plans to add the remaining hundreds of Hoosier workers over the next four years. Thursday's 9 a.m. ceremony will include...

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    'Stay-at-Home Economy' Fueling Terre Haute Startup

    The e-commerce boom and popularity of companies like Birchbox are driving growth for a Terre Haute-based manufacturer. BoxUp Chief Executive Officer Curt Stephens says the "stay-at-home economy" offers unlimited potential for the year-old business with a growing staff of nine. The Subscription Trade Association estimates the industry's current value at $5 billion. BoxUp offers custom boxes and designs in quantities from 12 to 5,000 to customers including Hoosier...

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    Plymouth INDOT Operation Ready For Winter

    The Indiana Department of Transportation has cut the ribbon on its $7.6 million Plymouth Sub District facility. It will serve parts of St. Joseph, Marshall, Fulton and Starke counties as a base of operations for highway maintenance functions in the area. It replaces the nearly 40-year-old building and salt barn in Plymouth. INDOT says it used Tuesday's ribbon-cutting in Marshall County as a backdrop for the start of winter operations.

  • DWD Testing Digital Job Fairs

    The Indiana Department of Workforce Development will Wednesday kick off the first two trial digital job fairs in Jasper and Warsaw. The department says it is looking to use an online format that will lessen time, scheduling and travel conflicts for both job seekers and employers. A third digital job fair will take place Thursday in Elkhart.

  • Martin Yale manufactures, among other things, equipment for the print finishing market.

    Manufacturer Acquires Kansas Distribution Company

    Wabash-based Martin Yale Industries has announced the acquisition of Kansas-based distributor Dry-Lam LLC. Financial details were not disclosed, however the print finishing, office and mailroom equipment manufacturer says the deal will expand its current offerings and service.

  • Ammex Plastics is headquartered in Monroe, Michigan.

    Echo Engineering Acquires Michigan Company

    Indianapolis-based Echo Engineering and Production Supplies Inc. has acquired Ammex Plastics in Michigan. Financial terms were not disclosed, however the plastic injection molding company says the deal will allow Echo to increase its product offerings and its market share within the automotive plastics industry.

  • (Image of headquarters courtesy of BraunAbility.)

    New Leader to Take Over at BraunAbility

    Winamac-based BraunAbility has announced its next president and chief executive officer. Staci Kroon will succeed Nick Gutwein, who will retire at the end of the month. Kroon most recently served as executive vice president of Eaton Business Systems, a division of global manufacturer Eaton Corp. PLC (NYSE: ETN). Gutwein says...

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    $27M Project Underway in Plainfield

    Indianapolis-based Strategic Capital Partners LLC is partnering with a national real estate investment firm on a $27 million development near the Indianapolis International Airport. The project involves two new facilities that are part of the Metro Air Business Park Buildings in Plainfield. The new buildings will increase the park's space by 500,000 square-feet, bringing it up to more 1.2 million square-feet. The project is a collaboration between...

  • Sunrise Coal operates several facilities in Indiana, including the Carlisle Mine in Sullivan County. (photo courtesy Sunrise Coal)

    Coal Loading Facility Planned For Princeton

    A subsidiary of Denver-based Hallador Energy Co. (Nasdaq: HNRG) has announced plans to construct a new truck-to-rail coal loading facility near Princeton. Sunrise Coal LLC in Terre Haute says the facility, known as the Princeton Loop, is expected to be complete in the spring of 2018. 

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    Electric Shuttle Fleet Begins to Roll at Indy Airport

    The first electric shuttle bus, part of what the Indianapolis International Airport says will grow to be the largest fleet of its kind in the country, has started serving travelers. Plans call for nine buses to be operating at IND by the end of 2019. Zero Emission grants from the Federal Aviation Administration totaling $3.6 million will cover the cost of the buses.

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    Indiana Chamber Salutes 2017 Award Winners

    A record crowd of more than 2,000 was on hand Tuesday to celebrate honorees at the 28th Annual Indiana Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner. Winners include: Lafayette-based Subaru Indiana Automotive Inc. Senior Executive Vice President Tom Easterday, State Representative Ed Soliday (R-4), former Salesforce Marketing Cloud Chief Executive Officer and current TechPoint board chair Scott McCorkle and the city of Goshen.

  • (Image of Vice President Mike Pence's September 2017 visit to Anderson courtesy of our partners at the Herald-Bulletin.

    Pence Plans Plainfield Roundtable

    Vice President Mike Pence returns to central Indiana Thursday to talk with business and political leaders about tax reform. The former governor and Indiana congressman is slated to join Governor Eric Holcomb and U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta at a roundtable discussion at TKO Graphix in Plainfield. Pence also traveled to the state in September to address a crowd at the Flagship Enterprise Center in Anderson about tax reform.

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    Survey: Hoosiers Want Cold Beer, Sunday Sales

    A newly-released study shows a majority of Hoosiers support cold beer sales in supermarkets and convenience stores and alcohol sales on Sunday. The results are part of the Old National Bank/Ball State University 2017 Hoosier Survey and come from 600 telephone respondents. Political Science professor and survey analyst Sean Hildebrand says results from the 2014 Hoosier Survey show, while support for both issues has remained about the same, opposition has fallen.

  • Go Electric is located at the Purdue Polytechnic Anderson facility.

    Go Electric Details Fourth U.S. Military Agreement

    Anderson-based Go Electric Inc. has secured another U.S. military contract. The nearly $300,000 agreement involves microgrid technology for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Construction Energy Research Lab. Go Electric says the contract will mark the fourth deployment of its AutoLYNC microgrid control technology, with previous installations at bases in Hawaii, Utah and Michigan. Chief Executive Officer Lisa Laughner says...

  • The Ports of Indiana-Jeffersonville is one of three ports throughout the state.

    Indiana Ports Deemed Fiber-Ready

    Two of Indiana's ports have been certified AT&T Fiber Ready. AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)  Leaders from AT&T* and the Ports of Indiana joined local elected officials and business leaders today at the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville to announce that the Jeffersonville and Mount Vernon ports have both been certified as, “AT&T Fiber Ready.”

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    Holcomb: Agenda Spotlights 'Record of Opportunity'

    Governor Eric Holcomb says his legislative and administrative priorities for 2018 will place an even heavier emphasis on work force. Holcomb's Next Level Agenda includes five "pillars" focusing on jobs, economic growth, the opioid crisis, infrastructure and government service. During an address Wednesday morning at the Indiana Statehouse, Holcomb said "we are going to be the ones, I predict -- Hoosiers -- to crack the work force shortage code."

  • The IEDC says the 28,846 new committed positions have an average hourly rate of $27.38, or $57,000 per year.

    State Details 'Historic' Economic Development Year

    With more than a month left to go, Governor Eric Holcomb says Indiana is on its way to a record economic development year in 2017. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says the state has secured 270 commitments from businesses planning to create nearly 29,000 jobs, the best numbers since the IEDC was established in 2005. The state says the average wage of the planned new jobs is more than 27 percent higher than the state average, also representing a record. 

  • (Image of Fred Payne provided by the state of Indiana.)

    Payne to Head Indiana DWD

    The state is looking to the private sector for the next leader of the Department of Workforce Development. Fred Payne, who currently serves as chief administrator for Greensburg-based Honda Manufacturing of Indiana LLC, will take over as DWD commissioner December 12. Payne will succeed Steve Braun, who resigned in August to run for the 4th Congressional District. Braun is vying to fill the seat that will be vacated by Todd Rokita, who plans to run for Sen. Joe Donnelly's post.

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    Culver to Detail 'Huge Deal'

    The town manager of Culver says Wednesday's "Stellarbration" will serve as another opportunity to spotlight the community's goal of bringing more business, affordable housing and permanent residents to an area best known as a leisure destination. Jonathan Leist says being named a 2017 Stellar Community is a "huge deal" and could help attract millions of dollars in new investment. He says the town's home prices are very high because of the second and...

  • The company has operations in Indiana and Alabama.

    Plastics Company Investing in Jennings County

    North Vernon-based Decatur Plastics Products Inc. is investing in an expansion and training. The injection-molded components manufacturer says it will pump $3 million into its Jennings County operations and add up to 40 jobs over the next year. DPP, which currently employs 165 in Indiana, has openings for press operators, flockers and production supervisors. Its multi-million dollar investment involves...

  • Medical Device Company Growing in Columbia City

    A Columbia City-based medical device manufacturer has announced plans to expand operations in Whitley County. Micropulse Inc. will invest $5.5 million to boost its machining and inspection capacity, creating 25 jobs. 

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    Carrier: Demand Drives Layoff Delay

    Carrier Corp. says a round of layoffs that had been scheduled for December 22 has been pushed to January. The company, citing rising demand and attrition, tells Inside INdiana Business the previously-announced cut of 290 positions has been reduced to 215. A round of nearly 340 workers were let go in July as part of high-profile plans that included outsourcing some work performed at the Indianapolis campus to Mexico and a $16 million investment touted by Donald Trump.

  • Groundbreaking on Deck For Argos Manufacturing Center

    Officials in Marshall County will Tuesday break ground on the Argos Manufacturing Center. The project was approved for $400,000 in funds from the Regional Cities Initiative. Plans call for a 50,000 square-foot facility with access to fiber connectivity and availability to expand to as much as 300,000 square-feet in the future. In all, Regional Cities of Northern Indiana pitched more than three dozen projects totaling more than $700 million in potential investment.

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    High-Tech Manufacturer Breaking Ground in Shelbyville

    A Japanese-owned company will mark the start of construction on an $8 million facility in Shelbyville. The 35,000 square-foot Kimura Foundry America Inc. operation will be the parent company's first in the U.S. Kimura Group expects the facility to create up to 20 jobs by 2020. It is expected to open by the end of next year and will supply components from the automotive and industrial sectors using 3-D printing technology.

  • Howell spent five years as Angie's List chief operating officer.

    Angie's List Exec to Lead Conexus

    Indiana's advanced manufacturing and logistics initiative Conexus Indiana has appointed a new chief executive officer. Mark Howell, former Angie's List chief operating officer, succeeds Steven Dwyer, who is retiring at the end of the year. Howell has been involved with Conexus since 2007, previously serving on the organization's board. He tells Inside INdiana Business he believes Indiana's manufacturing and logistics sectors are "fully equipped" to be at the forefront of...

  • Aunt Millie's Closing to Affect 91 in Fort Wayne

    Fort Wayne-based Aunt Millie's Bakeries says it will close its commercial bakery in the city. The 116-year-old company's six remaining baking facilities will continue to operate, as will its headquarters, which houses around 120 of approximately 1,600 total employees. The decision will affect 91 workers. The first phases of the closing will begun this month and will continue through April. Aunt Millie's says employees have been informed of the move and those affected will be...

  • New Venture Looking to Start in Jeffersonville

    A Jeffersonville-based manufacturer is proposing to locate its newest venture at the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville. Cylicron plans to invest $1.5 million to establish qubeworX at the port and add up to 20 jobs by 2021.

  • GM Suppliers to Celebrate Expansion

    A supplier for General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) will Tuesday cut the ribbon on its expanded operations in Allen County. Michigan-based Android Industries says, in addition to celebrating the opening of the new space at its Roanoke facility, the company will also accept applications to fill new jobs.

  • Zimmer Earnings Dip in 3Q

    Warsaw-based Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ZBH) is reporting third quarter net earnings of $98.8 million, compared to $158.8 million during the same period last year. Interim Chief Executive Officer Daniel Florin says the "challenged" results are a reflection of factors including softened domestic market conditions. He adds "while we are not satisfied with our overall performance during the quarter, we remain confident in the Company's dedicated s...

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    Feasibility Study Examines Potential Tolling Impact

    A feasibility study focusing on the potential impact of tolling on Indiana interstates has been released by the Indiana Department of Transportation. It addresses potential tolling along I-64, I-65, I-69, I-70, I-74 and I-94 and was created as a result of the long-term road funding plan approved earlier this year by the Indiana General Assembly. INDOT says the purpose of the study is to determine options for an anticipated decrease in revenue from fuel tax because of...

  • LCI Reports Sales Record

    Elkhart-based LCI Industries (NYSE: LCII) says a record quarter for sales has driven profit higher for the third quarter. The recreational vehicle components supplier is reporting net income of $32.1 million, compared to $29.8 million during the same period last year. Third quarter sales, says LCI, rose 35 percent to $555 million. The company says sales were driven by an industry-wide increase in towable and motorized RV shipments.

  • 'Blank Check' Company Merges With Indy Wind Farm Developer

    An Indianapolis-based renewable energy sector company is involved in a mega-merger. IEA Energy Services LLC has entered into an agreement with New York-based M III Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: MIII) in a combination that will create Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives Inc., which will be publicly traded under the symbol "IEA" on the Nasdaq Capital Market. The price of the transaction at closing is expected to be $255 million, a price that could rise...

  • SIA in Lafayette makes the Legacy, Outback and Impreza models and will begin making Ascent models next year.

    Indiana Vehicles Continue to Drive Subaru

    Subaru of America Inc. is reporting the best October sales ever for one of its Indiana-made models. The automaker says sales of the Impreza, which is made at Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. in Lafayette, increased more than 120 percent last month compared to October 2016. Overall, Subaru reported 54,045 vehicle sales for October 2017, which is a 0.5 percent increase over October 2016. Year-to-date, Subaru is reporting sales of 532,893 vehicles, which is 6.4 percent higher than ...

  • Eco-Tek created and sells equipment that converts manure into dairy bio-fiber. (Photo courtesy: National Dairy Council)

    Lafayette Startup Turning Poop Into Profit

    A Lafayette company is using cow manure to make products for the agriculture industry. Eco-Tek LLC founder and President Roland Kessler says the company runs manure through a biological process and ultimately turns it into natural bedding for dairy farmers and potting mix for horticulture operations. Kessler, a respiratory therapist and paramedic before becoming an entrepreneur, says Eco-Tek is working with the Purdue Foundry to find investors and distribution opportunities.

  • (Image of filtration system courtesy of Parker-Hannifin.)

    Tell City Plant to be Shuttered

    Ohio-based Parker Hannifin Corp. says it will close its Tell City operation by the end of September. In a notice to the state, the component manufacturer says 78 employees will be affected and the layoffs are expected to begin November 10. The affected positions include operators, maintenance and shipping/receiving. The Perry County facility is part of the process filtration division. Earlier this year, Parker Hannifin completed the acquisition of...

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    Jeffboat Details Layoffs

    A more than 180-year-old shipbuilding company has announced layoffs. In a notice to the state, Jeffersonville-based Jeffboat LLC says decreased demand has led to the decision to cut 278 jobs by the end of March. The company expects the layoffs to be permanent. The positions affected include welders, fitters, painters and some salaried employees. It plans to part ways with the workers in stages that have already begun and are scheduled to be complete March 30.

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    Grants Support Solar Projects Statewide

    Plainfield-based Duke Energy Indiana has announced grants to 16 nonprofits to help pay for solar power projects. The $400,000 in funding, part of a settlement among the utility, several consumer and environmental groups and Nucor Steel, will offset costs for work in communities including Princeton, Bloomington and Columbus. Duke Energy Indiana President Melody Birmingham-Byrd says...

  • Kimball says the deal adds an "attractive product portfolio" to its residential market offerings.

    Kimball Unit Makes $20M Acquisition

    A subsidiary of Jasper-based Kimball International Inc. (Nasdaq: KBAL) says it is acquiring D'style Inc. in California. Kimball Hospitality President Kourtney Smith says the $20 million acquisition will allow the unit to become a "significant player in the public space area" and expand its reach beyond guest room furnishings. D'style makes metal public space and guest room furnishing ranging from tables and vanities to lighting. Kimball says the deal adds...

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    EV Manufacturer Wraps Up Deal For Mishawaka Plant

    Silicon Valley-based SF Motors says it has closed on the acquisition of AM General LLC's commercial assembly plant in Mishawaka. The electric vehicle manufacturer says all 430 employees from the facility that has produced Mercedes-Benz and Hummer brand vehicles will be brought on to SF Motors. AM General's contract with Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc. will expire this year and the Mishawaka workers had been slated to lose their jobs before the high-tech manufacturer moved in.

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    IND Reaches Record For Nonstops

    A new flight at Indianapolis International Airport pushes the nonstop route total into record territory. Executive Director Mario Rodriguez says the Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) flight to Oakland International Airport, making 49 nonstops, will not be the last. Rodriguez adds "from our view, there is more to come - and Southwest has been a key contributor to getting us to this point today." More Southwest nonstops, 21, fly from IND than any other carrier.

  • (Image of seat oven courtesy of Lear Corp.)

    Construction Underway on New Lear Corp. Plant

    Michigan-based Lear Corp. (NYSE: LEA) has broken ground on a $30 million manufacturing facility in Hammond. The company says the plant will eventually employ 875 workers transferred from current operations in Hammond and Portage. The new 240,000 square foot facility will produce seats for the Ford Motor Co., which will be used in sport-utility vehicles beginning in the 2020 model year.

  • The company plans to launch operations by April.

    Another 'Big Deal': Indian Company Bringing HQ to Indiana

    Another Indian company is bringing hundreds of jobs to Indiana. Engineering company AXISCADES has announced plans to locate its North American headquarters in the state and create up to 500 jobs by the end of 2023. Governor Eric Holcomb, who is leading a delegation in India on an economic development trip, says the company's work in the engineering, automotive, aerospace and medical device spaces makes it a "match made in heaven" with Indiana. AXISCADES is considering...

  • Allison Transmission is headquartered in Indianapolis.

    Allison Riding Big Third Quarter

    Indianapolis-based Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ALSN) says a 37 percent net sales increase helped drive up profit for the third quarter. The manufacturer is reporting quarterly net income of $111 million, compared to $45 million during the same period last year. Chief Executive Officer Larry Dewey says...

  • Hathaway Strategies specializes in public and governmental affairs consulting.

    Hathaway to Lead Medical Device Council

    The Indiana Medical Device Manufacturers Council has named Anne Hathaway executive director. She is founder of Indianapolis-based Hathaway Strategies and previously served as chief of staff for the Republican National Committee. Hathaway Strategies specializes in public and governmental affairs consulting. Hathaway is chair of the Julian Center Board and serves on the boards of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce. The Illinois native will su...
  • The company says earnings were impacted in part by the acquisition of Goshen-based Supreme Industries.

    Wabash National Profit Dips

    Lafayette-based Wabash National Corp. (NYSE: WNC) is reporting third quarter net income of $18.9 million, compared to $33.4 million during the same quarter the previous year. Chief Executive Officer Dick Giromini says, while the earnings are not up to "the lofty standards that we have become accustomed to in the past couple years," he is encouraged by recent market trends. The company says earnings were impacted in part by the acquisition of Goshen-based Supreme...

  • Forest River Inc. is headquartered in Elkhart.

    DeKalb County Next For Forest River Growth

    Elkhart-based Forest River Manufacturing LLC plans to expand again. The recreational and commercial vehicle maker is looking to add 125 jobs by 2019 as part of a $2.9 million investment into new construction and renovations at its Butler operations. In January, Forest River announced plans for up to 425 jobs in LaGrange County, which represents a $6.7 million proposed investment. In August, Inside INdiana Business also reported on the company's plans to...

  • 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 Ligonier’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.

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    Plant to Close in Steuben County

    An Arizona company says it plans to close a plant in Angola by the end of the year. In a notice to the state, Carlisle Fluid Technologies says the decision will affect more than 30 Hoosier jobs. Half the positions are assemblers. The company says the eliminations and the closing are permanent. According to last week's quarterly earnings report released by parent Carlisle Companies Inc. (NYSE: CSL), its Carlisle Fluid Technologies division has been undergoing...

  • (Image of Karnataka Minister for Information, Technology, Biotechnology and Tourism Priyank Kharge and Governor Eric Holcomb courtesy of the Indiana Economic Development Corp.)

    Holcomb: Relationship With India at 'Very Top of The List'

    Governor Eric Holcomb says he would place the state's quickly-evolving partnership with India at the top of the list in terms of relationships between the state and the rest of the world. Monday, Indiana formalized a sister-state arrangement with Karnataka, the Indian home state of tech giant Infosys and Wipro, which owns Indianapolis-based Appirio following a $500 million acquisition last year.

  • NYSE Allows Celadon to Remain Listed

    Indianapolis-based Celadon Group Inc. (NYSE: CGI) has been granted a reprieve from being delisted from the New York Stock Exchange, The logistics company will be allowed to remain active on the NYSE through May 2 as it continues to "work diligently" again become current with its filings to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Celadon says the extension is subject to review by the NYSE and provides it time to file annual reports from fiscal years ending...

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    Cummins Profit Grows

    Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) is reporting net income of $453 million, compared to $289 million during the same period the previous year. The engine maker has raised its expectations, and now projects 2017 revenues to grow 14-15 percent compared to last year. Chief Executive Officer Tom Linebarger says stronger volumes and operational improvements "more than offset increased quality costs." The company says third quarter revenue was $5.3 billion, a 26 percent...

  • (Image of Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor courtesy of the Ports of Indiana.)

    Federal Funding Comes Through For NW Indiana Port Expansion

    The Ports of Indiana-Burns Harbor has been approved for federal funding to cover half of a $19.7 million infrastructure expansion. Plans include building a 2.3-acre multimodal cargo terminal, adding 4.4 miles of rail line, two new rail yards and more dock and truck marshalling space. The northwest Indiana port will be one of 10 recipients of the FASTLANE small project grants this year. The property in Portage is coming off a three-year period of record shipping totals.

  • Purdue Startups Staying Put

    Purdue University says record startup activity on the West Lafayette campus is creating a pipeline for the Indiana economy.  The Purdue Foundry announced last week that it has launched 165 startups since opening in 2013, 100 of them with Purdue intellectual property. "Eighty percent of those companies that we are working with have stayed here in Indiana," said Purdue Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Greg Deason.

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

    Shipments Rise Again at Ports of Indiana

    More than 8.1 million tons of cargo were shipped at the Ports of Indiana during the first nine months of 2017, up 10 percent over the same period last year. Officials say the numbers, which represent the second-highest volume during the first three quarters in Ports history, are due mainly to increased coal, steel, fertilizer and ethanol shipments.

  • Aaholm says Cummins has used IoT its test vehicles to capture information from engines to alert designers about chronic issues.

    Cummins: IoT Bringing 'Revolutionary' Change

    An executive with Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) says the emerging Internet of Things industry brings new opportunities and challenges for manufacturing technology companies. Chief Information Officer Sherry Aaholm says IoT technology allows the company to tell customers if there is an issue with an engine before a problem occurs. During the latest edition of The New Crossroads podcast, Aaholm said the company has also developed proprietary platforms to...

  • Accuride Details Realignment Plan

    Evansville-based Accuride Corp. has announced a realignment of its organizational structure. The company has consolidated its wheel end component business units and created two separate units for its commercial vehicle wheels division. 

  • The company says the expansion will also retain 27 existing positions.

    Orthopedic Company Growing in Huntington

    Huntington-based Incipio Devices LLC says it will invest more than $7 million to expand its manufacturing and research operations. The orthopedic device company plans to add more than 20 new jobs over the next three years. The company says the expansion will also retain 27 existing positions. President Troy Johnson says Huntington has been a "great place to do business" and have been supportive of the company, adding, "It's how economic development should be done."

  • The 8,300-square-foot Corporate Flight Center includes seating for more than 45 people. (photo courtesy Gary Jet Center)

    Corporate Flight Center to Bring Regional Growth

    The president of Gary Jet Center says the new $3 million Corporate Flight Center is the final step in the effort to attract more corporate travelers heading to the downtown Chicago market. Lynn Eplawy says the facility is not only important for Gary Jet Center's growth, but will also help change the perception of the Gary/Chicago International Airport and the region.

  • Starcraft RV Inks Licensing Deal

    A recreational vehicle manufacturer in LaGrange County has signed a licensing agreement with Mississippi-based outdoor lifestyle company Mossy Oak. The deal makes Starcraft RV the sole manufacturer of Mossy Oak-branded RV products in North America. 

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    Patrick Profit Ticks Up in Q3

    Elkhart-based Patrick Industries Inc. (Nasdaq: PATK) is reporting third quarter net income of $17.9 million, up from $12.1 million during the same period last year. Chief Executive Officer Todd Cleveland says the nearly 50 percent increase reflects continued strength in all of the company's primary markets and a focus on efficiency improvements.

  • Ludo Fact acquired Jessup Paper Box in 2016.

    Board Game Company Growing in Lafayette

    A Germany-based board game manufacturer has announced plans to expand operations in Tippecanoe County. Ludo Fact GmbH says it will invest $13 million in its Lafayette facility over the next five years, creating up to 75 jobs. The company, which produces components for a variety of board games and puzzles, established Ludo Fact USA in 2016 after acquiring Jessup Paper Box in Lafayette. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says the expansion will begin...

  • New Albany Chemical Manufacturer Acquired

    Ohio-based private investment firm Signet has acquired a nearly 50-year-old chemical manufacturer in New Albany. Financial details of the deal for Blue Grass Chemical Specialties LLC were not disclosed, however Signet says the management team at the company's New Albany plant will remain in place to ensure continuity.

  • This pod design, the team's second, added an on-board propulsion system.

    Purdue Hyperloop Team Aims to Test With SpaceX

    A group of Purdue students aspires to travel at the speed of sound as it accelerates the development of its second pod for SpaceX Hyperloop events. The Purdue Hyperloop team recently wrapped its second SpaceX competition and—like many Boilermaker engineers before them—will return to the drawing board to push the envelope on the future of travel. The Hyperloop concept is the brainchild of Elon Musk, the same mind behind Tesla and SpaceX.  Musk envisions the Hyperloo...

  • Dow says eliminating shipping boxes has saved 45,000 pounds of cardboard in just nine months.

    LEGO Meets Logistics: Dow Agro Shipping Stackable Bottles

    Indianapolis-based Dow AgroSciences moves a mind-boggling amount of product around the globe, and the company just captured an award for changing one of its common containers. The company says, in just nine months, the adjustment prevented nearly 80,000 pounds of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere, saved 45,000 pounds of cardboard box material and eliminated 40 metric tons of packaging paper. The manufacturer says the sweeping change is a relatively simple concept: build a be...

  • An earlier project led to TASI's creation of a “crash-able” bicyclist mannequin to test automatic emergency braking systems.

    IUPUI Keeping Driverless Vehicles ‘On the Road’

    Autonomous vehicles are gaining traction with each passing day; the industry is pushing the accelerator on their development, with major auto manufacturers investing heavily in self-driving technology.

  • Grand Design recently announced it will invest $10 million to build two new production facilities.

    Recreational Redemption: Elkhart RVs Boom After the Bust

    The recreational vehicle industry is posting impressive numbers: RV wholesale shipments through August are up 15 percent compared to the first eight months of 2016, says the RV Industry Association (RVIA). And that means booming business in Elkhart, where half of all RVs on the road are manufactured, say local leaders. The president of one manufacturer in the RV Capital of the World says 2017 “will set an all-time industry record in RV shipments.” It’s a tale of rede...

  • The Purdue team won a $5,000 cash prize for taking first place.

    Purdue Team Wins Logistics Competition

    A team of students from Purdue University's Krannert School of Management took the top prize in Conexus Indiana's Logistics Case Competition. The event featured students from 18 universities and colleges and received support from 20 Indiana logistics companies. The Purdue team won a $5,000 cash prize for taking first place. Teams from Indiana State University and Indiana University won $2,000 and $1,000 prizes for placing second and third, respectively.

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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.

  • (photo courtesy Joseph Pete/The Times of Northwest Indiana)

    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.

  • (Rendering provided by the city of Bloomington.)

    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."

  • (Image courtesy of Amazon.com Inc.)

    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.

  • (Image courtesy of PendaForm)

    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.

  • (Image of sonobuoys courtesy of Ultra Electronics Group)

    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

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  • (Image courtesy of Ivy Tech Community College Northeast.)

    Ivy Tech Programs to Take Competency-Based Approach

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  • Skyline Corp. is headquartered in Elkhart.

    Skyline Corp. Reports Profit Increase

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    Companies Enshrined in Indiana Manufacturers Hall of Fame

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  • (Image courtesy of Cummins Inc.)

    Cummins Partnering on Electric Buses

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  • 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...

  • (Image of Great American Beer Festival Entries courtesy of Mad Anthony Brewing Co.)

    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

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  • (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

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

    Celadon Continues Downsizing Moves

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

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  • 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

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  • (Image courtesy of Cummins Inc.)

    Cummins Targets Advanced Combat Engines

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  • Mike Canada joined EnerDel in 2014.

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

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  • (Graphic provided by the Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis.)

    Central Indiana Home Building Permits Increase in August

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  • AM General is based in South Bend.

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  • Thor relocated its headquarters to Elkhart County in 2013.

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  • (Graphic courtesy of the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis)

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  • Kokomo Makerspace Aimed at 'Enabling' Innovation

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  • Indy CDL Recruitment Firm Acquired

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  • (Image of Riverfront Lofts development courtesy of Core Redevelopment)

    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...

  • (photo courtesy American Containers)

    Plymouth Company Expanding

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  • (photo courtesy Linton Mayor John Wilkes)

    Manufacturer Celebrates Opening of Linton HQ

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

    Production Ending at Rexnord

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  • 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

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  • Manufacturer to Lay Off 70 in Brownsburg

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  • 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

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  • (Image courtesy of the Ports of Indiana)

    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.

  • (Image courtesy of the Busboys Collection.)

    Vintage Bus Enthusiasts Gather in Evansville

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  • 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.

  • (Rendering courtesy of Ivy Tech Community College)

    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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