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    Elanco, Gates Foundation Pair-up in East Africa

    Greenfield-based Elanco Animal Health has landed a grant of nearly $2.9 million from a big-name source. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is supporting the company's animal health and productivity initiatives for subsistence cow and chicken farmers in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Elanco Global Leader of Corporate Responsibility Noel Paul says the grant supports Elanco's cause-driven missions, engages employees and could have benefits on the business side.

  • Akanocure is also researching technology that could synthesize and develop anticancer chemotherapeutic drugs derived from natural sources.

    Startups Land Ag-celerator Funding

    The Purdue Ag-celerator has awarded a total of $100,000 to two Purdue University agriculture-based startups. The recipients, Akanocure Pharmaceutical Inc. and VinSense LLC, were chosen from among seven finalists to receive the funding as part of the spring semester Ag-celerator Demo Day.

  • Market Wagon now operates online farmers markets in Indianapolis and Evansville.

    Indy Online Farmers Market Acquired

    Indianapolis-based Market Wagon LLC has acquired FarmersMarket.com, also based in Indy. Market Wagon, which has a similar online market in the Evansville area, says it plans to rebrand the online farmers market and expand the concept to other cities throughout Indiana.

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

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    Baker Plans Production Boost, $16.5M Investment

    A frozen baked goods company is planning to expand production in Indianapolis and add 32 jobs. CraftMark Bakery LLC, formerly known as Specialty Bakery LLC, is seeking tax abatement on a proposed $16.5 million investment that could also retain 237 jobs. The company first launched its Indianapolis facility in 2014. It invested around $75 million into a 225,000 square-foot headquarters and manufacturing operation, meeting its previous hiring goals early.

  • Family Express was founded in Valparaiso and has more than 60 locations.

    Family Express Awarded Another Ethanol Grant

    The Indiana Office of Energy Development and the Indiana Corn Marketing Council have awarded more than $158,000 to Valparaiso-based Family Express Corp. The grant, which is part of the Hoosier Homegrown Fuels Blender Pump Program, adds to the nearly $800,000 grant awarded to Family Express last year.

  • Ellen Ketterson will lead the Prepared for Environmental Change team.

    Grand Challenges Recipient Lands 'Extraordinary Investment'

    Indiana University has announced a $55 million investment into the second project funded through the Grand Challenges Program. The Prepared for Environmental Change initiative is led by IU Distinguished Professor of Biology Ellen Ketterson and supported by a partners including Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI), Citizens Energy Group in Indianapolis and several Hoosier government officials. It involves...

  • Cargill Office Relocates to Purdue Research Park

    The east region office for Minnesota-based Cargill's Agricultural Supply Chain has relocated to the Purdue Research Park. Financial details of the move were not disclosed, however, Cargill says the office will initially employ 26 people with the potential to add a small number of jobs.

  • Micronutrients has operations in Indianapolis and, soon, New Castle.

    Agribusiness Company Investing $30M in New Castle

    A Dutch-owned animal feed additive company is planning to invest around $30 million into a new manufacturing plant in New Castle. Micronutrients USA, which was founded more than 20 years ago in Indianapolis, says the facility will lead to 50 new jobs by 2020. The company plans to break ground later this year and the Henry County operation is expected to launch by the middle of 2019. Micronutrients USA currently employs 150 at its Indianapolis facilities.

  • The startup is part of the Purdue Foundry.

    Startup Creates Liquid Bandages From Corn

    Indianapolis-based entrepreneurs are hopeful their new liquid bandage product made from corn could hit the market within a year. Natural Renewal LLC, launched by Purdue University graduates, produces the Natural Renewal Liquid Bandage from corn protein that is left over from the refining process. The company says scaling-up the manufacturing process would be relatively inexpensive.

  • Beck's Hybrids, Israeli Company Collaborating

    Hamilton County-based Beck's Hybrids has announced a new partnership with an Israeli genetics company. The partnership with Kaiima Bio-Agritech Ltd. involves evaluating integration of genomic changes the companies say will result in higher-yielding corn hybrids. The collaboration expands on three years of testing the efficacy of Kaiima's technology platform in Beck's elite corn germplasm. The EP technology uses the plant's own DNA to introduce novel diversity within the genome.

  • (Image courtesy of Strack & Van Til.)

    Stracks Owner Details Bankruptcy Filing

    The Illinois-based parent of northwest Indiana's Strack & Van Til chain of grocery stores has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Central Grocers Inc. says it plans to wind down distribution operations and "conduct an orderly sale" of the 22 remaining Strack & Van Til locations. The chain is based in Highland and its owners announced in April the Strack & Van Til stores were on the market.

  • Edward Breen (left) is chief executive officer of DuPont and Andrew Liveris (right) is CEO of Dow.

    Dow, DuPont Merger Lands Conditional Approval in China

    The planned $130 billion merger between DuPont (NYSE: DD) and The Dow Chemical Co. (NYSE: DOW) has received conditional regulatory approval from China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM). The merger still requires approval in the U.S. and both companies say they are confident that approval will be granted.

  • (Image of Terre Haute campus courtesy of Ivy Tech Community College.)

    Federal Grant to Support In-Demand Ag Training

    Ivy Tech Community College Wabash Valley has received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. The funding will support a new precision agriculture center of excellence, which will be housed at the Vigo County Industrial Park. The school's Diesel Heavy Truck Technology program will also be located in the facility, which was previously a doughmaking building.

  • Hospitality Industry, Project Indy Announce Partnership

    Project Indy, Mayor Joe Hogsett's initiative to find meaningful summer employment for high school students, has added another partner. The Indiana Restaurant and Lodging Association’s Indianapolis Kitchen Cabinet has signed on to help youth interested in finding summer jobs in the industry. "The fact that the association has become a full partner in our Project Indy effort, I think is very important," he said.

  • (Image courtesy of Sun King Brewing Co.)

    Sun King Makes Moves For 'Solid, Steady' Growth

    A co-founder of Indianapolis-based Sun King Brewing Co. says a shift from self-distribution in its home county will help Indiana's second-largest brewery continue to grow. Clay Robinson says an expanded distribution agreement with Indianapolis-based Monarch Beverage Co. will open additional doors to bars, retailers and restaurants in Marion County, as well as connect Sun King's sales team with Monarch's staff that service accounts "day-in and day-out."

  • WATCH: IoT Hackathon Looks to 'Energize' Economy

    More than 350 participants and dozens of companies are taking part in this weekend's 24-hour AT&T Internet of Things Civic Hackathon. AT&T Indiana President Bill Soards says teams will have 24 hours to develop IoT technology designed to "energize Indiana's economy." He says the event at Launch Fishers will marry Indiana's legacy economy of agriculture, manufacturing and logistics with the state's rapidly-growing tech strength.

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      The chief executive officer of Fishers-based ClearObject, formerly known as CloudOne, says its new brand shows the company's focus on what he calls "the biggest thing since anything." John McDonald says the Internet of Things "fundamentally changes absolutely everything," adding IoT impacts everything people do in their daily lives.


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