Merrillville projects receive tax abatement approvals

The Merrillville Redevelopment Commission and Town Council have approved tax abatements for six projects in the Lake County town. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report the investments total more than $130 million and are expected to create hundreds of jobs in Merrillville.... Read More

Boone County chamber hires new executive director

The Boone County Chamber of Commerce has named Joslyn McGriff-Bensley its new executive director. The chamber says McGriff-Bensley brings more than 15 years of leadership and professional experience to the position, including strategic planning, project management and relationship building.... Read More

Zero-carb pizza crust maker growing in Evansville

An Evansville-based startup is making waves for its zero-carb pizza crust and has plans for growth. ZeroCarb LYFE produces a high-protein crust that includes chicken among its ingredients and is available for purchase in more than 150 restaurants and select supermarkets. ... Read More

Schneider Geospatial receives growth investment

Indianapolis-based Schneider Geospatial, a provider of geospatial services, has received what it calls a significant growth investment from Align Capital Partners, a private equity firm with offices in Ohio and Texas. While the specific financial details are not being disclosed, Schneider says it does expect to add jobs as a result of the investment.... Read More

Two regional law firms merge

Indianapolis-based law firm Katz Korin Cunningham has merged with Louisville-based Stoll Keenon Ogden PLC. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the firm, which will operate under the SKO name, says the deal takes effect immediately.... Read More

Ozdemir: Indy Eleven village ‘dream come true’

Indy Eleven majority owner Ersal Ozdemir says he looked at approximately 20 sites over several years before deciding on the Diamond Chain property in downtown Indianapolis for the planned $1 billion Eleven Park soccer stadium and mixed-use district. Ozdemir believes the project, and its proximity to existing venues, can be transformational for the city’s near west side. ... Read More

Alcoa shuts down smelting line at Warrick site

Pittsburgh-based Alcoa Corp. (NYSE: AA) says it has ended one of three operating smelting lines at its Warrick Operations facility in Newburgh. The company says the move was made due to "operational challenges," but did not provide specifics.... Read More

Department of Ed names career pathways grant recipients

The Indiana Department of Education is awarding nearly 100 schools and community partners throughout the state with more than $57 million in Explore, Engage and Experience grant funding. The IDOE says the funding will support schools and local partners working to strengthen, expand and create effective career pathways.... Read More

Indy accounting firm bought by Sikich in Chicago

Chicago-based Sikich, which provides technology and professional services, has acquired Petrow Kane Leemhuis PC, a public accounting firm in Indianapolis. While financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, Sikich says the move expands its presence in the central Indiana area.... Read More

Glick awards relief funds to 14 Indy organizations

Indianapolis-based nonprofit Glick Philanthropies is awarding nearly a total of $700,000 in grant funding to 90 organizations in 11 states. Fourteen Indianapolis-based organizations are among the recipients, set to receive funding through the Glick Community Relief Fund.... Read More

Café Baby announces West Coast expansion

An Indianapolis-based baby food company has announced plans to expand operations to the West Coast. Café Baby, which opened its first storefront and commercial kitchen on the northeast side of Indy two years ago, says Café Baby West will open this fall in Sacramento, California. ... Read More

Indy security company ordered to pay $370K in back wages, damages

Protection Plus Inc. and employer Raymond Stanley have been ordered to pay more than $185,000 in wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to the U.S. Department of Labor for distribution to the workers. Overtime wages were owed to 215 security professionals who patrol Indianapolis International Airport’s grounds, guard local businesses, and provide traffic control in the area.... Read More