Dannar CEO: Not Chasing 'ZIP Codes With Incentives'

2013-06-19T13:02:00Z Dannar CEO: Not Chasing 'ZIP Codes With Incentives'Gerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
June 19, 2013 1:02 pm  • 

A high-tech, mobile power station producer is bringing some ambitious plans to Indiana. DD Dannar LLC is leaving South Carolina and placing its headquarters and assembly operations in Muncie. The company specializes in what it describes as mobile power units. Dannar says it could potentially employ around 480 within five years and produce 1,000 units annually. Founder Gary Dannar will be a guest this weekend on Inside INdiana Business Television. He says the people of Muncie attracted him to the area.


Texas Company Acquires ProLiance Energy

Evansville-based Vectren Corp. and Citizens Energy Group in Indianapolis have announced the sale of some assets to a Texas company. The deal with Energy Transfer Partners LLP (NYSE: ETP) involves jointly-owned subsidiary ProLiance Energy LLC. ETP expects to retain most of ProLiance's Marion County workers.


Hospital Group Details Reductions

St. Mary's Health System in Evansville says more than 70 full and part-time employees could be let go as part of a previously-announced restructuring. A small number of open positions will also remain unfilled. A spokesman with Indianapolis-based St. Vincent Health, which is affiliated with St. Mary's, tells Inside INdiana Business the organization has not determined the number of its employees that will be affected.


Old National Names Skillman to Board

Evansville-based Old National Bancorp has appointed former Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman to its board of directors. She currently serves as president of Radius Indiana.


Dave Matthews Band Hooks Up With Green BEAN

An Indianapolis-based company will be supplying a high-profile band with food produced by local and regional farmers during Midwest tour stops. Green BEAN Delivery says it will provide the food to Dave Matthews Band when it performs this week in Indianapolis and next month in Cincinnati and St. Louis.


Regional Chamber Names Executive Director

The Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana has named Vince Buchanan executive director. He has served as president of the New Haven Chamber of Commerce since 2005.


Historic Covered Bridge Set to Reopen

A historic northeast Indiana covered bridge, damaged by a truck crash last year, could reopen next week. DeKalb County Highway Department Director Eric Patton tells Inside INdiana Business repairs to the Spencerville Covered Bridge are complete, but it must pass an inspection scheduled for Tuesday before it can handle traffic.


Evansville Awaits Hotel Details

The city of Evansville could soon learn the next major steps for a $70 million convention hotel proposal. A spokeswoman with Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke's office confirms discussions with Missouri-based HCW Development LLC are continuing and a public announcement regarding the development is expected by the end of the month.


East Allen County Schools Picks Superintendent

East Allen County Schools has named Kenneth Folks superintendent. He most recently served as assistant superintendent of Marion Community Schools and has been a principal in Northwest Allen County Schools and Northern Wells Community Schools.


Indiana State Touts Health Care Programs

Indiana State University says health care programs launched in 2011 have already produced physician assistants, registered nurses and doctor of nursing practice graduates. The university says nearly 200 students are currently enrolled in those courses and three new programs starting this summer and fall.


Ivy Tech, Trine Reach Transfer Deal

Ivy Tech Community College and Trine University have agreed to a credit transfer deal involving 17 degree programs. The initiative includes two "pathways" to bachelor's degrees at Trine.


Challenger Learning Center Lands Grant

A grant from steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal will help fund programs at the Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana. The initiatives will focus on teachers and students in East Chicago, Gary and Whiting.


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